“It’s not the situation, but the way we respond to the situation that’s important”
One of the most popular questions we receive at Waters Choice is about balancing water’s pH and Alkalinity. The good people at Waters Choice are giving me another opportunity to take over their blog to answer one of the most popular questions about water care. (Honestly, I’m pretty sure they’re allowing me to address this topic because I’ve been there folks, and I called them A LOT!)
How Do I Take Care of My Hot Tub Water??
Coming from a place of zero knowledge regarding hot tub water care and then later a swimming pool, I have been there, asking Tom this very same question. They say everybody has to be good at something, well I was good at dialing Waters Choice’s phone number. I called EVERY time my water was cloudy or out of balance, asking the all too popular question of WHY??
Have You Tested Your Water?
Each time I called for help, Tom would nicely ask me the same thing, “have you tested your water?” and “what does the test strip say your pH level is?” I would slap my forehead, tell him to hang on while I dropped the phone, ran outside to dip a test strip in the water. Then I would rush BACK to the phone. Out of breath, I would tell him what the test strip looked like. The next question he would ask was, “what does the test strip say your Alkalinity is?”
Tom would patiently explain AGAIN that I would need to add either Waters Choice pH Up or Waters Choice pH Down (whatever was needed at that moment) to adjust and balance my water. Afterwards I’d hang up the phone, run back outside to add said product, wait a few minutes and then test the water again. Minutes later I would call Tom and tell him how my water hadn’t changed. Afterall, I wanted an instant miracle and I wanted it NOW!
Trust Your Water Test Strips
Time and time again, Tom would remind me to do the aforementioned procedure. After a while, I FINALLY understood and learned to balance my water successfully while being PATIENT. I learned that sometimes water care is not a quick process. Depending on the situation, it can take longer than expected to balance water.
Naturally High PH
In addition, it’s important to say that the water used to fill our hot tub has a naturally high pH level. I learned to take this into consideration when balancing it’s water. Each time I added water, I automatically knew that I would need to add pH Down. By adding a capful at a time, I slowly learned how to keep the water balanced and how to recognize when my hot tub needed a few more enzyme drops.
What is Waters Choice pH Up??
Waters Choice pH Up is a fast dissolving granular product that will increase the pH & Alkalinity in your spa/hot tub or small pool. It’s important to maintain your pH between 7.2 – 7.6. When pH falls outside of these ranges the water will be acidic and can cause skin and eye irritations, corrosion of equipment, and scaling in the water.
What is Waters Choice pH Down??
Waters Choice pH Down is a granular pH decreaser that is readily water soluble as well. It’s important to maintain pH in the recommended range of 7.2 – 7.6. If the pH of the water is high, the warm water accelerates scale formation on the sides of the spa/hot tub and heater elements. When this happens, water tends to be cloudy and eye irritation may develop as well as scale build-up may occur.
PH and Alkalinity Go Hand in Hand
It’s true, our water’s pH and Alkalinity go hand in hand. Once water’s pH is in the normal range on a test strip, Alkalinity will follow. Sometimes it can take additional time, but it WILL balance out. So relax and wait, it’ll happen.
I’ve Been In Your Shoes
Once you’ve passed the learning curve, water care becomes very simple and is a cost effective way to maintain your hot tub’s water. When using Waters Choice enzymes, you’ll LOVE how your hot tub water feels on your skin! You’ll also enjoy having water that is CLEAR and smells great.
Never hesitate to give the good people at Waters Choice a call with a question or problem. They have always been very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and honest.
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