Saltwater Spas: An Introduction

Everyone loves soaking in the soothing, warm, bubbly water of a hot tub. 20 minutes in a backyard spa can melt the stress of the day away.  It’s a great place to spend time with family, or just have a little alone time.  Here at Whiteswan Spas, we want to give you the “Best Hot Tub Experience,” with as little maintenance as possible.  That’s why we make sure every customer knows the truth about maintaining a personal hot tub.

Saltwater spas are the easiest way to achieve hot, clean, clear water 24/7, with minimal required maintenance and at a reasonable cost. But what exactly is a saltwater spa, and how does it work?

The most common type of saltwater spa is just a regular hot tub with an additional device. You can either get a chlorine generator, which uses regular table salt (NaCl), or a bromine generator, which uses a different kind of salt known as sodium bromide (NaBr). These devices separate the Sodium from the sanitizer and automatically adds small trace amounts of sanitizer every day to the spa. The sanitizer generated is more pure than what you would normally add to your spa, which provides your spa with a more natural environment than the "chemical soup" you get from traditional methods.

Saltwater systems have several key advantages.

If you are still using traditional chemicals in your hot tub, call us to discuss your options.  We have a salt system for most spas.

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As a spa service technician, there is a moment of dread is always when I open up the lid of my customer's hot tub. Just like Forrest's box of chocolates, or Schrodinger's box, you never know what you are going to get. Some times I'll be in and out of there in just a few minutes, but others I might be opening up a bowl of bacterial soup.

When I approach a spa that has a salt water system, I'm usually not concerned. The reason for this is that that with a salt system, I know that even if the floater is empty, the salt system will keep on killing germs and bacteria. It doesn't matter if they partied like it was 1999 in that spa, it'll probably still be clear and fresh.

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