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How to Take Care of Your Hydropool Swim Spa

Buying a hydropool swim spa is an investment for your health, wellness, and the quality of your life. Ensuring the longevity and optimal function of your hydropool swim spa requires a commitment to regular care and maintenance. It isn’t as overwhelming or mundane as it may seem. Let’s demystify the maintenance process, making it as enjoyable as the moments of relaxation and exercise your swim spa provides.

Owning a hydropool swim spa places a world of wellness and relaxation at your fingertips, setting a new standard for home luxury and healthful living. What sets hydropool apart in the market of swim spas are its revolutionary self-cleaning technology and unparalleled energy efficiency. These features underscore hydropool's commitment to innovation and significantly enhance the ownership experience by reducing the time and effort required for maintenance.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintaining your hydropool swim spa through regular cleaning and maintenance is crucial for ensuring your investment's longevity and its users' health and safety. By adhering to a consistent schedule, you can prevent most issues before they arise, keeping your swim spa in pristine condition year-round. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what your regular maintenance routine should include:

Daily Maintenance Tasks

  • Remove Debris
    Each day, take a few moments to skim the surface of your swim spa for leaves, insects, and other debris. This simple action can significantly reduce the workload on your filtration system and prevent the build-up of unwanted materials that could lead to clogs or affect water quality. This step can be done every couple of days or weeks, depending on how often you use the spa and whether you have a spa cover.
  • Water Levels
    Ensuring that your swim spa maintains the correct water level is essential for the proper function of the filtration and heating systems. Too low a water level can cause the pumps to take in air, leading to damage over time. Check the water level daily and add water as necessary to keep it within the recommended range.

Weekly Maintenance Tasks

  • Test and Adjust Water Chemistry
    Weekly water testing of your swim spa is crucial for maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment. Use a reliable water testing kit to check the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity levels. Ideally, it should be:
    • pH level between 7.2 and 7.6
    • Total alkalinity between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm)
    • Chlorine levels are between 1.5 and 3.0 ppm.

Adjust these levels by adding the appropriate chemicals according to your test results and the manufacturer’s guidelines. This ensures the water is safe for use and prevents corrosion and scaling on the spa components.

Monthly Maintenance Tasks

  • Clean the Filters
    Your Hydropool swim spa’s filters are vital for water clarity and cleanliness. Over time, filters can become clogged with debris and oils, reducing their efficiency. Remove the filters and clean them with a garden hose to remove loose debris. Soak them in a specialised filter cleaning solution for a deeper clean, then rinse thoroughly before reinstalling. Regular cleaning extends the life of your filters and ensures your swim spa’s water remains clean and clear.


  • Spa Cover Inspection and Cleaning
    The cover of your Hydropool swim spa is not just a protective barrier against debris; it also insulates your spa, maintaining water temperature and reducing energy consumption. Inspect your cover monthly for signs of wear or damage, such as tears or sagging, which can compromise effectiveness. Clean the cover with mild soap and water to prevent mould and mildew build-up, and treat the cover with a protectant to guard against UV damage. This keeps your cover looking new and ensures it continues to perform its essential functions effectively.

The Hydropool Advantage: Self-Cleaning Technology

One of the standout features of Hydropool swim spas is their self-cleaning system, which significantly eases the burden of maintenance. It is designed to filter 100% of the water in the swim spa every 15 to 40 minutes (depending on the model and settings). This rapid turnover rate is achieved through high-volume skimmers and a floor vacuum system.

The Benefits of Self-Cleaning Technology

  • Reduced Maintenance Time
    By automating the cleaning process, Hydropool's self-cleaning technology significantly reduces the time spa owners need to spend on maintenance. This means more time can be spent enjoying the water than cleaning it.
  • Improved Water Quality
    Constant circulation and filtration ensure that the water in your Hydropool swim spa is always fresh, clean, and clear. This enhances the swimming and relaxation experience and helps maintain a healthier environment by rapidly removing contaminants.
  • Energy Efficiency
    Hydropool's system is designed to be highly efficient, using less energy to circulate and filter water than traditional methods. This efficiency contributes to lower operating costs and a smaller environmental footprint.

Complementing Self-Cleaning with Routine Care

While the self-cleaning system handles much of the heavy lifting when it comes to maintaining water quality, owners need to perform additional maintenance tasks to support the system's optimal function:

  • Regular chemical balance checks
  • Keep an eye on filter cartridges
  • Inspect and clean the self-cleaning components

Chemical Treatment for Your Hydropool Swim Spa

Maintaining pristine water quality in your hydropool swim spa is not just about the physical cleaning and filtration processes; chemical treatment is pivotal in ensuring the water is safe, clean, and comfortable. Proper chemical management helps balance the water, eliminate harmful bacteria, and maintain a sanitised environment. Here's a closer look at how to treat your swim spa water effectively with chemicals.

Regular Chemical Treatment Routine

  1. Testing Water Chemistry: Use test strips or a liquid test kit at least twice weekly to monitor the water's pH, alkalinity, sanitiser levels, and calcium hardness.
  2. Adjusting pH and Alkalinity: If your pH or alkalinity is outside the recommended range, use pH increasers or decreasers and alkalinity increasers accordingly. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for dosing, and allow the water to circulate for a few hours before retesting.
  3. Sanitising Your Swim Spa: Regularly add chlorine or bromine to your swim spa to maintain the recommended sanitiser levels. You can use either tablet, granular, or liquid forms, depending on your preference and the recommendations for your specific Hydropool model.
  4. Shock Treatment: Perform a shock treatment weekly or bi-weekly, depending on usage, to eliminate organic contaminants, such as body oils, cosmetics, and perspiration. Shocking the water breaks down these contaminants and restores sanitiser effectiveness.
  5. Preventing Algae and Scale: Use algaecides as preventative measures against algae growth and scale inhibitors to prevent mineral deposits from forming on surfaces. These treatments should be used as directed and based on the specific needs of your swim spa.

Professional Maintenance and Support

While many maintenance tasks can be handled independently, don't hesitate to seek professional assistance for more complex issues. Hydropool offers robust customer support and resources to help you navigate any challenges.

Regular maintenance is the key to ensuring that your hydropool swim spa remains a source of relaxation, fitness, and enjoyment for years to come. By incorporating these care practices into your routine, you can enjoy your swim spa's benefits with minimal hassle. Embrace the maintenance process as a vital part of your wellness journey and the luxury experience that a hydropool swim spa provides.

Contact us for more enquiries on hydropool swim spas, or browse our range here.

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