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Shocking a Hot Tub: What You Should Know
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28 Feb 2023  /  by clark   /   0 Comments

Whether you already own a hot tub or are in the market for one, then you probably know that you need to shock it regularly in order to keep it clean and running properly. But what is shocking a hot tub, and how do you do it? Well, in this blog post, we will answer these questions and more as we break down everything you should know about shocking a hot tub. Let’s do it!

What Is Shocking a Hot Tub?

Shocking a hot tub is the process of using chlorine or other disinfectant in order to kill off any bacteria that may be living in the water. You need to shock a hot tub often in order to maintain clean and healthy water for everyone using it.

What Happens If You Don’t Shock a Hot Tub?

If you fail to shock your hot tub, then you run the risk of bacteria and other contaminants building up in the water. This could result in a number of problems, including skin and eye irritations, and in some cases, even sickness. 

It’s also important to note that shocking a hot tub too often can actually be detrimental to your health as well. Chlorine and other disinfectants used for shocking can build up in the water, leading to a higher chlorine concentration than is safe to use.

How Often Should You Shock a Hot Tub?

The frequency of shocking your hot tub will depend on how many people are using it, and how often. But generally speaking, hot tubs should be shocked once a week, or after each use if the hot tub is being used by multiple people. 

You’ll also want to test your hot tub’s pH levels regularly and make sure it stays between 7.2-7.8 in order to keep the water safe for use. Fortunately, it’s easy enough – you can use a pH tester, which you can find at most hardware stores.

How Do You Shock a Hot Tub?

Shocking a hot tub is actually quite simple. Here are the general steps to follow:

  1. Uncover the hot tub and remove any accessories
  2. Make sure the pH level is between 7.2-7.8
  3. Turn the jets off, but keep the circulation pump on to help with even distribution
  4. Measure and add the shock according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  5. Leave uncovered for around 20 minutes to allow the shock to mix in with the water
  6. Turn jets back on and replace accessories. You’re done!

The Bottom Line

Shocking a hot tub is an important part of keeping it clean and running properly. Be sure to shock your hot tub at least once a week, and always test the pH levels before and after to ensure safety.  With these tips in mind, you should now have a good understanding of how to properly shock your hot tub. Good luck!

Whether you’re looking for a new hot tub or need a regular cleaning service for your current one, we’ve got you covered. Click here to learn more about Clark Pools and Spas’ hot tub cleaning services, or drop by our showroom to shop for a new one today!

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