How to keep your outdoor spa in good condition

Few things in life are more relaxing than sinking into a heated outdoor spa at the end of a long day. However, spas do require a certain amount of regular maintenance in order to stay in good condition. Read on for advice on how to keep yours looking great and functioning perfectly for years to come.

Protect it from the elements

One of the most basic items which every spa owner should have is a protective cover; a high-quality one made from durable materials will prevent debris from getting into and contaminating the water. If you live in an area where strong winds are a common occurrence, it may also be worth buying some sturdy straps for your cover as these will ensure that it remains securely fastened over the tub even on the windiest of days.

In addition to investing in a robust cover and straps, it's also advisable to inspect the area directly above and around the spa for anything that might potentially fall into it. If, for instance, you have a tree with branches that hang over the tub, you might want to trim these to prevent bird droppings, twigs and leaves from getting into the water when the tub is uncovered.

Change and check the water regularly

Even with the highest-quality filters and proper use of disinfectants, spa water can become contaminated with bacteria, viruses and algae, particularly if it is used on a regular basis by lots of people. As such, it's important not only to change the filters regularly, but to also change the water completely about once every four months.

Additionally, it's crucial to check the pH levels frequently. If the spa is used several times a week, the pH of the water should be tested every couple of days using a specialist pH kit. Acidic water (that is, water with  a low pH) can corrode the spa's pumps. If your water tests positive for a low pH and you have noticed signs of corrosion, you should stop using the spa and contact a spa technician from a business like PPS Service to address this problem. Depending on the extent of the damage, they may need to replace certain parts before the spa can be used again.

Alkalinity (i.e. a high pH) can also be problematic as it can interfere with the performance of certain types of disinfectant and thus lead to the growth of algae and bacteria.  If you discover that the water is excessively alkaline or acidic, you can adjust it using chemicals specifically designed for this purpose.