We are fond of using our hot tubs after a long day of working. It gives us relaxation after work. We soak in our own hot tub for about an hour, but we don’t realize that bacteria is building up and still we kept on using it and not properly cleaning it.
Yes, there are bacteria that inhibit in warm areas especially in warm water. These organisms are being fed of in warm water. They grow in number without us knowing because they are microscopic. In order for our hot tub to be kept away from bacteria, we should use a strong chemical that can kill them.
The Power of Chlorine
The most convenient chemical that is usually used is Chlorine. What is Chlorine? In science, we have known it in our chemistry class because it is one of the elements in the periodic table. We have known its atomic number, mass, electronic configuration and even its symbol. But what does chlorine do? How helpful it is in the society? If you are fond of going out to a pool party and you love to swim in a swimming pool, then you have already known Chlorine.
The resort utilities usually put Chlorine on the pool to get rid of bacteria that inhabits in it. Chlorine in pools is quite different from the Chlorine that is used in hot tubs. Chlorine in pools usually comes in granules or tablets and has a higher acidic level content compare to the Chlorine that is used in hot tubs. It is not recommended to use a Chlorine that is used in pools in hot tubs because it leaves a stain on the walls of your hot tub and has an extreme odor.back to menu ↑
Types of Chlorine
There are two types of Chlorine used in pools. The Trichlor and the Calcium hypochlorite. Both chemicals may harm your hot tubs because it has high acidity level and can leave deposits on the heater part that can trigger the heating time of your water. But don’t worry, there are two types of Chlorine that suits for your hot tub. The Sodium dichlor and the Plug-in Salt System.
Sodium dichlor is not acidic compare to the latter. It is precisely made for cleaning your hot tubs. But do not use it directly in your hot tubs. You should first dissolve it in water and then add it to the hot tub. Plug-in Salt System works the same with the use of salt purification in pools.back to menu ↑
The Power of Bromine
Bromine can be a good substitute for Chlorine in hot tubs. Compare to Chlorine, Bromine does not produce extreme odor. Bromine is added up to hot tubs in the form of nuggets, granules, and tablets. There are two types of Bromine use in hot tubs, Sodium bromide and bromo-chloro-dimethylhydantoin. If you use Sodium bromide, you will be needing an oxidizer like Chlorine or Potassium Monopersulfate. While BCMDH can be use directly because it has its own Chlorine.
Bromine can be more expensive compare to Chlorine. But it is more effective than Chlorine. Because of Bromine’s distinct characteristics, it is more usable than Chlorine for hot tubs.
With a short contrast of the two, you have now a knowledge of what chemical to use for your hot tub and now the decision is in your hand.