Keeping your water clean and balanced is your number one priority as an American Spa owner. Clean and sanitary water means you’re more likely to use your spa frequently and proper maintenance means that your equipment will last a good, long time. As a spa and hot tub owner, you’re likely to have all kinds of spa chemicals in your possession and you may wonder how to store them properly. In today’s post, we’re teaching you how to store hot tub chemicals and test strips to keep you safe and your water clean.
Organization is Key
If you keep everything in a secure location, it’s easier to keep track of your products and prevent them from being damaged or destroyed. A sealing plastic storage bin is an excellent option because it is portable and can protect your chemicals from the environment. It can be carried to and from a place that is high and dry and protects against potential water leaks. It’s also a great way to keep everything out of reach of small children and household pets who could possibly get into the chemicals.
If you keep everything stored in a bin, label the tops of the bottles so you know what you can pick the right product on the first try without having to take out and examine every bottle. Make note of the expiration date of test strips directly on the package with permanent marker or a label.
Other possible solutions are over-the-door shoe organizers (the ones with individual slots) that keeps everything visible and within reach. A locking cabinet is also a good option for households with small children who are prone to grabbing and opening anything they can grab.
Secure Lids are Closed
After you’ve used a bottle of chemicals, double check all of your lids and caps to make sure they’re completely tightened. Containers full of powders, granules, and tablets can create harmful gases if the lids aren’t properly sealed. This also leaves them susceptible to leaking or being contaminated by outside water. Keeping lids tight also ensures they last a long time.
Safety first! Always be very careful when you’re using any kind of chemical. If you do have a spill or have liquid product that drips down a bottle, wipe it off thoroughly with a clean rag to make sure you aren’t mixing chemicals as they’re stored together.
Most all of your hot tub chemicals, cleaners, and test strips are vulnerable in extreme weather; being exposed to high or freezing temperatures can render your products ineffective, meaning you’re basically pouring money down the drain if you don’t take care of where they’re stored. In the high heat of summer, test strips can degrade and digital accessories can get damaged to the point that they can no longer function. If they freeze, bottles full of liquid chemicals can burst or become de-homogenized.
If you live somewhere that experiences the extreme weather brought on by all four seasons or you have high humidity, keep your products stored indoors. Ideally, they should be kept in an environment where the temperature stays around 55°-77° Fahrenheit. Chlorine products and test kits are the most sensitive to heat, so take special care to be sure they stay cool and dry.
Keeping everything out of the elements (wind, rain, etc.) is also important. HIGH AND DRY is a good rule of thumb for storing your hot tub chemicals. Keep everything in a dry environment and out of direct sunlight to ensure maximum chemical longevity.
Moisture is one of the number one reasons that hot tub chemicals degrade. According to the EPA, water leaking onto chemicals or being stored on a wet garage floor can lead to the creation of toxic gases. In rare cases, this even becomes a fire hazard. Strive to keep your spa chemicals OFF OF THE GROUND and out of the way of vehicles and foot traffic.
There you have it, three topics to keep in mind when storing your spa chemicals. Remember to be safe and always test your water before enjoying your American Spa. Make sure you have all the tools and chemicals you need for this summer of fun.
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