Chemical Quick Start Up Guide - Chlorine

A quick reference guide explaining the steps needed to start up your spa pool with fresh water.

We often get asked how to start up a new spa pool so we've put together a helpful guide that outlines the key steps you need to take when starting up your spa pool and setting up your chemicals.

 

Step 1: Fill

Fill your spa following the user manual instructions.


Remove the fittings from the end of your garden hose and place your hose into the spa
until it reaches the correct level as per the user manual.

 

 

 

Step 2: Heat

Apply power to your spa and set the temperature to your desired level.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Test and balance your water

Once the spa is heated, use the test strips to measure pH and Alkalinity. Wait for at least 20 minutes after applying any balancer chemicals before testing again.

Do not use test strips to measure the chlorine level. Use the dosing instructions on the container to manage chlorine levels. Not following this could damage your spa.

The test strips should be used to measure pH and Alkalinity. Wait at least 20 minutes after applying any balancer chemicals before testing again.

 

pH out of balance


If the pH is too LOW, add an alkalinity increaser (alkalinity up).

If the pH is too HIGH, add pH decreaser (pH down).*

 

Alkalinity out of balance


If the Alkalinity is too LOW, add alkalinity increaser (alkalinity up).

If the Alkalinity is too HIGH, add pH decreaser (pH down).*

Unbalanced spa water can damage your spa pumps and heaters.

 

 

 

Step 4: Sanitise your spa water


Once your spa water is balanced, sanitise your spa with Spa Store, Spa Chlorine. Use a start-up shock dose of 25 grams per 1,000 litres of spa water. See the sanitiser container label for the specific dosing instructions. Obtain your spa literage from your spa model specification sheet.

Do not use the test strips to monitor chlorine levels. Use the daily dosing instructions on the back of the chlorine container instead. Failure to follow this can result in damage to your spa or unsafe conditions. Always pre-mix the chlorine with water in a bucket before adding it to the spa water.

 

 


 

 

Daily Maintenance - Chemical Dosing

Following the instructions on the sanitiser container label, dose your spa with Spa Store, Spa Chlorine at 6-10 grams per 1,000 litres of spa water.
 

In the event of heavy spa use or water clarity issues, a shock dose of 25 grams per 1,000 litres of spa water can be used. See the label for the specific dosing instructions.
 

Do not use the test strips to monitor chlorine levels. Use the daily dosing instructions on the back of the chlorine container instead. Failure to follow this can result in damage to your spa or unsafe conditions.

 

 

Weekly Maintenance

A.    Test the water using the test strip following the instructions on the back of the test strip container.

 Do not use the test strips to monitor chlorine levels. Use the daily dosing instructions on the back of the chlorine container instead. Failure to follow this can result in damage to your spa.

 

 B.     Adjust pH, alkalinity and total hardness as per step 5 in the quick start guide.

 

Monthly Maintenance - Filter cleaning

Remove and clean your pleated cartridge filters by following the instructions on the container.

Remove and clean your pleated cartridge filters using a filter cartridge cleaner by following the instructions on the
container.

 

Micron filters found in VortexTM and Jacuzzi® Spas cannot be cleaned and must be replaced.

 

Tip: If your water is cloudy, clean your filters more frequently.

 

 

4 - 6 monthly Maintenance - Replace your spa water

Spa water should be changed at least every 4-6 months for portable spas and 12-18 months for swim spas depending on the number of spa users and hygiene.

 

Follow these instructions for changing your spa water

 

A. Remove the Purezone filter if one is being used. Add pipe degreaser to your spa following the instructions on the back of the container. *

B. Drain your spa by following the draining procedure in your user manual.

C. Restart by following the process from step one of this guide.

 

* If using Vortex Purezone filters, they should be replaced every 3-5 months regardless of the size of your spa or swim spa.

Important Note 

Follow dosage and safety instructions on chemical containers.
The use of poor quality chemicals can lead to damage not covered by your spa warranty. Mix sanitiser in a bucket of spa water before adding to your spa.
 

 

Download a printable version of the chemical quickstart guide

 

 
   
 

 

Use Factory Authorised spa chemicals

Don’t risk damage to your spa - use authorised chemicals only.

 

 
   
 


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