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Has the thought of using hot tub chemicals got you a bit nervous? If so, you should know that it’s a common, short lived feeling that first time hot tub and spa owners experience. The easiest way to get over it is to dive right in and learn about the hot tub chemicals used in shock treatments.
Shock treatments are an essential part of caring for one’s hot tub. They are designed to break down microscopic, organic contaminants and pathogens that have a tendency to transfer from our bodies to the hot tub’s water. Even though you cannot see those contaminants with your naked eye, it is important to remove them. Otherwise, your hot tub’s water will smell, look awful and be quite unsanitary.
There are several different brands of hot tub chemicals that you can choose from to get the job done. However, the one that you select should be designed specifically for hot tubs and be compatible with your other hot tub chemicals. You’ll also want to keep in mind that sanitizers and shock oxidizers are not the same thing. Sanitizers, like chlorine, get rid of pathogens but not organic materials. Oxidizers, on the other hand, eliminate sanitizer byproducts and organic materials.
Some of the hot tub chemicals that you’ll run across are classified as sodium dichlor based, which means that they contain chlorine. Chlorine’s strength and chemical composition make it an excellent tool for combating pathogens. On the downside, it can irritate the skin and nasal passages of hot tub users. That’s why it’s advisable to follow the instructions posted onto hot tub chemical containers to a tee. In most instances, they’ll recommend that after a dichlor based shock treatment, you wait a specific amount of time before using the hot tub.
Other hot tub chemicals on the market today use a non-chlorine base instead. Non-chlorine shock treatment products typically contain monopersulfate compound, also known as MPS. It is sometimes paired with bromine and mineral purification systems. Effective in their own right, they are said to cause less skin and nasal passage irritation than dichlor based products. Therefore, the post-shock treatment wait time is often minimal.
There are also hot tub chemicals available that rely on other ingredients, like hydrogen peroxide, to be effective. Baqua Spa Oxidizer is one example of a hydrogen peroxide based product. To learn more about these types of hot tub chemicals and how their used in shock treatments, please contact us toll-free at (888) 251-6661.