Hardness in a hot tub refers to the level of calcium and magnesium ions present in the water. It is important to maintain the appropriate level of hardness in a hot tub for several reasons.
First, hardness helps to protect the hot tub and its components from damage. If the water is too soft, it can be corrosive and cause damage to the hot tub’s metal components, such as the heater and pump. On the other hand, if the water is too hard, it can cause scaling and buildup of mineral deposits, which can clog the plumbing and reduce the efficiency of the hot tub’s equipment.
Second, hardness can affect the comfort of the bathers. Water that is too soft can feel slippery and may not provide enough friction for a comfortable soak. On the other hand, water that is too hard can feel rough and may cause skin irritation.
Finally, hardness can also impact the effectiveness of the hot tub’s chemical treatments. If the water is too soft, it can be difficult to maintain the proper pH balance, which can lead to the growth of bacteria and algae. If the water is too hard, it can interfere with the effectiveness of the hot tub’s sanitizer, making it more difficult to keep the water clean and clear.
To maintain the appropriate level of hardness in a hot tub, it is important to test the water regularly and make adjustments as needed using appropriate chemicals or other treatments.
Peterborough Landscape Supply offers free water analysis for your hot tub. Bring in a water sample and we will gladly test your water for you.