opening your spa

Using pH Stable:

Open it the right way and you'll save time, expense and frustration.  Spa Time recommends using pH Stable in stand alone spas.  pH Stable will maintain a stable, comfortable pH while softening your spa's water.  It makes balancing the water extremely simple, eliminating the need for many other water balancing treatments you may currently be using.  If your spa is part of a pool, follow the steps for pool opening. If it's a separate unit, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the cover and drain the spa if necessary.
  2. Remove all plugs and re-install any fittings or pieces of equipment that may have been removed during spa closing. 
  3. Fill spa or top of water level as necessary.
  4. Start the equipment following spa manufacturers directions, however, the heater should be off before the addition of pH Stable and should remain off until all cloudiness has cleared.  For spas that do not have a heater shut off or that use a continuous circulation pump please call Spa Time Customer Care for assistance (800-252-POOL).
  5. Test the pH level using Spa Time 5-Way Test Strips and adjust the pH level  if necessary (7.2 - 7.6).  If pH of fill water is 7.6 or higher and total alkalinity exceeds 150 ppm, it will be necessary to add pH Down to reduce the pH to 7.4. This water balance adjustment is only necessary when pH and total alkalinity are both high.  If the total alkalinity is below 30ppm add a total alkalinity increaser according to label directions to increase the alkalinity to 80ppm.
  6. Apply pH Stable according to label directions.   It is normal to experience some temporary cloudiness after product addition.
  7. Clean the filter following manufacturer's instructions after the spa has cleared.
  8. Add Spa Time sanitizer product of choice (Chlorinating GranulesBrominating GranulesBrominating Tablets*) according to label directions.
  9. Wait several hours and test the bromine or chlorine residual using the Spa Time 5-Way Test Strips.  Add additional sanitizer product if needed to bring the reading to correct level.  When using Chlorinating Granules to sanitize your spa, keep your free available chlorine level between 3.0 - 5.0 ppm.  Bromine levels should be maintained between 3.0 - 6.0 ppm for spas sanitized with Brominating Granules and between 2.0 - 4.0 ppm for spas sanitized with Brominating Tablets.
  10. After the spa has cleared, start the heater and adjust the thermostat to the desired setting.

* Using Spa Time Brominating Tablets will shorten the buffering capacity reducing the longevity of pH Stable
NOTE:  pH Stable is not recommended for use in plaster or tiled surfaced spas.


Not using pH Stable

  1. Remove the cover and drain the spa if necessary.
  2. Remove all plugs and re-install any fittings or pieces of equipment that may have been removed during spa closing.
  3. Fill spa or top off water level as necessary.
  4. Fresh Fill:  Add Spa Time Stain & Scale Control following label directions to protect from any stain or scale producing properties of the fill water.
  5. When the spa is full, add Spa Time Water Clarifier according to the label directions. 
  6. Start the filtration system and circulate the water for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Using the Spa Time 5-Way Test Strips, test and balance your water as necessary. 
  8. Start the heater and adjust the thermostat to the desired setting.

Note:  When using Chlorinating Granules to sanitize your spa, keep your free available chlorine level between 3.0 - 5.0 ppm.  Bromine levels should be maintained between 3.0 - 6.0 ppm for spas sanitized with Brominating Granules and between 2.0 - 4.0 ppm for spas sanitized with Brominating Tablets.