How to Know if Your pH Levels Are Off

A relaxing soak in your Wellis® Hot Tub is an amazing experience… as long as your water chemicals are properly balanced, especially the pH. You know when something is a little off, and that can just make the whole experience harder. 

Luckily, you can know exactly when your pH levels are off and how to fix them. 

What Is pH?

First of all, when it comes to hot tub water care, the pH balance of your Wellis Spa is just how acidic or basic your water is. The pH scale measures from 1-14, with one being super acidic and 14 being super basic. Both extremes of the spectrum can be harmful to your body. In fact, you’ll start to notice some discomfort when your pH deviates even slightly from the suggested range of 7.2 to 7.8. 

How to Know if Your pH Levels Are Off

The most surefire way to know if your pH levels are off is to test them with spa chemical test strips. You’ll get a fairly accurate reading within a certain range, and you’ll have a good idea of where to go from there. How often you should test your pH kind of depends on a couple of factors, including how often you soak and how many soakers you have. 

But a good rule of thumb is to test your Wellis Spa pH levels a couple of times a week. 

Other Ways to Know your Hot Tub pH Is Low

Low pH in your Wellis Spa can cause your water to lose some clarity and cause your eyes and skin to become irritated. Low pH could also cause your sanitizer to be less effective, so it’s important to keep your pH levels balanced. 

Other Ways to Know your Hot Tub pH Is High

High pH in your Wellis Spa can also cause some skin irritation and burning eyes, but you’ll also likely notice some build-up around the water line. High pH can also cause your water clarity to suffer, so a balanced pH is really ideal. 

What to Do About It

The obvious answer is to adjust your pH levels according to your hot tub chemical manufacturer's instructions. But sometimes, it’s not that simple. 

We would recommend making sure that your total alkalinity is balanced before you adjust your pH, because balanced total alkalinity can help your pH to stay more balanced. 

If you’re still having trouble balancing your pH levels, encouraging your bathers to shower off before they enter your hot tub might help. Small impurities like grass or sweat can cause the pH to fluctuate. 

Water Care and Your Wellis Hot Tub

The really great thing about water care and your hot tub over time is that you’ll begin to recognize different fluctuations in your water chemical levels. You may not even have to test as often as you become a water care pro. Just like anything else, you’ll begin to learn the ropes, and water care will eventually come naturally to you. 

If you’re not yet the proud owner of a Wellis Hot Tub, today is the day. Water care for your spa will get easier over time, and you cannot beat the amazing jets and luxury feel of a Wellis Spa. It’s time to find a dealer near you today, get a quote, and install the hot tub of your dreams. 

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