If you own a hot tub, you’ve probably heard about the term “hot tub shock”. No, this does not mean getting electrically shocked in the hot tub.
Hot tub shocking refers to balancing the chemical compounds in the pool so that the water isn’t smelly and murky.
In order to do this, you must simply add other compounds to clean the water.
Why Hot Tub Shocking is Important
Even if you get the best hot tubs in the market, it won’t match up to standard if you don’t take care of it. Think of hot tub shocking as a means to maintain the water. If you maintain it well, then it will be safe for use. If not, then you can expect the water to contain contaminants that may be unhealthy for your body.
There’s no magic number as to when you should shock your hot tub, but we recommend that you do it regularly as needed.
So, you shock your hot tub if it gets too murky already and do it another time for maintenance.
Hot Tub Shock Step-by-Step Guide
Now that you know some facts about hot tub shocking, the next thing to do is to learn how to shock your hot tub. We’ve created a step by step guide to help you do this. |There are two ways to shock your hot tub, one for maintenance and the other for problems.
Maintenance shocking is called non-chlorine shock while shocking for fixing problems is known as dichlor shock. We’ll go through both of them.
- Use a monopersulfate compound (MPS)
- Make sure the MPS that you buy is compatible with both bromine and chlorine
- Put the pH levels of your hot tub water somewhere between 7.4 and 7.6
- Turn off all jets and massagers but leave circulation pump on
- Follow the label’s instructions to know how much shock you need to put depending on the size of your tub
- Slowly pour the shock into the hot tub water
Since this shock is an oxygen-based shock, it’s pretty safe to use it on a regular basis. If you use the hot tub a lot, then we recommend you maintain your hot tub at least once a week.
This is especially useful if your hot tub water becomes a bit murky quite often.
- Make sure you buy a dichlor shock that’s compatible with both bromine and your non chlorine shock
- Set the pH levels of your hot tub between 7.4 to 7.6
- Make sure to turn off all the jets and massagers but leave the circulation pump on
- Pre-dissolve your dichlor shock in water first
- Measure the ratio of water and dichlor based on your instruction label
- Add the dichlor to your hot tub water
The dichlor shock is pretty strong, which is why we usually use it for water treatment. This is often used as needed if ever your hot tub’s water is getting dark or is starting to smell.
If you experience these two symptoms, then it means the spa water is most likely contaminated or dirty already. The dichlor shock can help clean up the water quickly and efficiently.
No doubt that hot tub shocking is a very important process. Even the best hot tub will need some shocking from time to time because the water gets dirty. Keep your hot tub safe and healthy by shocking the water on a regular basis and when needed.
If you’re not very familiar with how to shock, then keep our guide beside you so that you’ll have a reference. We made very easy steps so that you don’t need to think too much when shocking your hot tub for the first time.