SPA AND WATER FEATURE CLEANING
The steps outlined for pool cleaning will work
just as well for spas and water features. Here are a few special tips about what
you might encounter that is unique to these bodies of water.
are made of fiberglass, so take care when vacuuming to avoid scratching the
Vacuum the corners of water features and small spas with the
spa vacuum described earlier.
Evaluate the spa or water feature when you
arrive, before you invest a great deal of time in cleaning. Test the chemistry
first, so you can determine if you are better advised to drain the unit rather
than clean and treat it. If the water or surfaces are very dirty, if the water
is extremely hard or cloudy, if the dirt is in among rocks and gravel where it
might be very hard to reach, pump out the water and clean the unit that way.
If you do drain a spa or water feature, be sure the equipment is turned off
at the breaker so the time clock won't turn it on before you are ready. You
might need to set up your submersible pump and go to another job while the unit
is draining. Your submersible has a small hole in the bottom to re-circulate the
last inch of water to avoid burning out it's seal, so you can let it run without
worrying that it will run dry.
Before you clean the spa or water
feature, clean the filter and run some fresh water (from the garden hose)
through the circulation system to purge any dirty water from the lines. Nothing
is worse than draining, cleaning, and refilling a spa only to turn the
circulation back on and watch dirty water contaminate your work.
extra careful with chemical testing and application. Most spas and water
features contain a tiny fraction of the volume of water in a pool, so they can't
absorb a mistake the way a pool might. It is better to add chemicals more slowly
and in less quantity than you think necessary. You can always add more, but it
is a real problem to remove any excess.
Water Testing and Application
Follow the general testing guidelines needed, testing for chlorine residual, pH,
total alkalinity, and acid (or base) demand, calcium hardness or total hardness
and total dissolved solids should be conducted one a month.
chemicals as described in Water Chemistry. Be careful with chemical bottles on
pool decks for they may leave stains.
FOR--Bermuda Dunes, Cathedral City, Coachella, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta,
Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms,