Why & What is pH plus for?

SpaChem pH Plus Range

If you’re asking yourself, “What is pH plus for?” then don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about Sodium Carbonate and what it can do for your spa water. What is pH plus for? Sodium Carbonate or pH Increaser is a granular water treatment […]

Bromine Tablets: What They Are And How To Use Them?

SpaChem Bromine Tablets

What is bromine tablets used for? Bromine tablets are a great way to maintain your hot tub. Bromine is much more effective than chlorine in killing bacteria, so you must use bromine tablets in your hot tub if you want the best possible water quality. Bromine may not be as bad for your health as […]

What are Bromine Granules?

SpaChem Bromine Granules

Bromine is a chemical that has been used for years in spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools to help control bacteria growth. Bromine granules are tiny particles that contain Bromine. These Bromine granules can be added to the water in your hot tub or pool to treat bacteria and algae growth continuously. Bromine Granules Benefits: […]

What to know about Calcium Hardness in your hot tub?

SpaChem Calcium Hardness Increaser

There’s nothing quite like soaking in a hot tub. What could be better than relaxing with friends or family, surrounded by soothing jets and water at the perfect temperature? Find out in this article! You might not be aware that there are some essential factors to consider when maintaining your hot tub, such as calcium […]

Stabilised Chlorine vs Unstabilised Chlorine

The Pool – Total Alkalinity

You have been through the pro’s and con’s of using bromine v’s chlorine and you have chosen chlorine as your hot tub or spa sanitiser. The next step is to work out which form of chlorine will work best for you. Do you opt for stabilised chlorine granules or the multi-functional chlorine tablets?

Low or No Readings On Bromine or This Might Not Be The Case

Low or no readings on bromine or this might not be the case.

Effective bromine readings should be between 4-6ppm. If your readings are outside of this range, there could be a few reasons why. In the last week we have supported several hot tub owners with dormant bromine in their spas, take a read of our latest blog to find out how to achieve the perfect water balance and steps to take to identify dormant bromine readings.

Bromine – The Alternative to Chlorine

Bromine dissolves easily into water in the same manner at chlorine. What makes bromine stand out is that it has a higher ‘gassing off’ temperature. Readings have to read above 58.8 degrees C for bromine to become a gas and be released into the atmosphere. This temperature far exceeds any you will ever use in your hot tub, spa or pool which ensures you won’t loose the bromine’s strength during use.

Why is Chlorine so popular as a biocide.

Total Alkalinity – The Buffer for PH

Chlorine is an excellent sanitiser which has both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to pool, hot tub and spa use. Below we have listed some of the key factors to consider:

Getting down to the bone about calcium hardness levels – hot tub.

Getting down to the bone about calcium hardness levels - hot tub.

It will probably come as no surprise that your hot tub has an optimal calcium hardness range to help achieve peak performance of your spa. The ideal total hardness range if you have an acrylic finish is 100 – 250ppm or 250 – 450ppm if you have a plastic finish, anything above or below these optimal ranges will need your attention.

The unsightly ring of grime in hot tub water.

The unsightly ring of grime in hot tub water.

Tackling a recurring ring of grime or brown scum around the water level of your hot tub and spa doesn’t have to be a problem you simply put up with. This soapy-discoloured hot tub water and off-putting layer of grime is something that the SpaChem team can help you solve and prevent happening in the first place.

Keeping your hot tub and spa filters safe.

Keeping your hot tub and spa filters safe.

By looking after the filter in your hot tub or spa, you are helping to make sure it runs more efficiently, you use less water treatment chemicals and you increase the life-cycle of the filter itself.

Consequences of Not Using BPR Products

Consequences of Not Using BPR Products

Should a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer that sells biocidal products don’t comply with BPR regulations, then the United Kingdom by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can assess hefty fines on the violator, and it doesn’t stop there. The violator chain goes up through the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer that provides the non-BPR-regulated products.

Biocidal Product Regulation for Hot Tubs

Bromine – The Alternative to Chlorine

There are some differences in BPR for hot tubs vs. pools, but not many. The most considerable difference between biocidal product regulation for hot tubs vs. any other water body is in the concentration levels.

The Different Types of Biocidal Product Regulations

The Different Types of Biocidal Product Regulations

There are five different types of biocidal product authorisations you can apply for and receive. You must meet at least one of the alternative processes below to have the biocidal products on a marketplace site.

What Are Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR)?

What Are Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR)?

It is the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that determines and regulates biocide products (Article 95) in the United Kingdom, EU, and Switzerland. ECHA decides if the biocidal products you’re offering on the marketplace has all the active substances needed.

When did the BPR Regulations come into force?

When did the BPR Regulations come into force?

In 2007 when regulations came into force regarding different varieties, materials, sanitising agents, and chemicals, REACH was formed. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH adherence was necessary for all chemical substances used for industrial processes, including cleaning and sanitising.

A Complete Guide to Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) Compliance

A Complete Guide to Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) Compliance

BPR Part One: Almost all hot tubs and pool owners understand the importance of using chemicals that sanitise, such chemicals as Bromine or Bromine compounds & Chlorine or Chlorine compounds which protect humans from harmful organisms in their hot tubs or pools.

Sanitisers: Chlorine vs Bromine – Which One Should You Use?

Sanitisers: Chlorine v’s Bromine – which one should you use?

When everyone talks about sanitisers for their hot tubs and a varying range of hot tubs at that, the default conversation is centred around chlorine, but what about the alternative chemicals that are available to create crystal clear spa water and not forgetting swimming pool too who can also use bromine?

My hot tub water is yellow, can you help?

My hot tub water is yellow

I’m sure you would all agree, the only yellow thing that we want to see in a hot tub is a floating rubber duck. If your hot tub water is on the yellow colour spectrum one of our water management experts has put together the following guide for you.

High pH and alkalinity in your hot tub

High pH and alkalinity in your hot tub

Getting the correct levels of pH and alkalinity in your hot tub may never cause you a problem. However, sometimes creating the correct relationship between the two can be a confusing balancing act, and indeed a question that we have been asked many times.