Freshwater Salt Water Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Freshwater Salt System Start Up
by Jacque Johnson The Hot Tub Lady

So you purchased the amazing Freshwater Salt System and you can’t wait to get soaking in that incredibly soft water but the questions is… How do you use it.  Hopefully this blog will contain lots of helpful tips and tricks to make using your new Freshwater Salt System as easy as possible.

Extra Start Up Tips

  • When filling the spa in the South Dakota market we highly recommend  filling your water with the “On The Go” Water softener.  This is needed in our market even if you have a softener in your home.
  • Test the hardness is above 50 PPM use the Vanishing Act Pillow to lower hardness.   Follow instructions on packaging.
  • Balance the water.
    • Hardness needs to be below 75 ppm.
    • Alkalinity 80-120
    • pH 7.4 -7.8
    • Chlorine .5-1.0 ppm
  • Bringing a sample in and having it tested is really nice as it give you the exact measurement needed to balance your water.
    • Pro Tip.  The computerized water test is the most accurate way to balance the water.  However it will suggest to keep the chlorine at a higher suggested level then is needed.
  • The first 3 days add 2 TBS of chlorine everyday to get rid of any contaminates that could of accumulated during the manufacturing and delivery process.
  • Once water is up to 95 degrees or higher add salt to the filter compartment.  Salt dosages are on the side of the Freshwater Spa Salt Bag
  • Fresh Fill Dosing
    • 200 Gallons –  4 1/2 cups
    • 250 Gallons – 5 3/4 cups
    • 300 Gallons – 7 cups
    • 350 Gallons – 8 cups
    • 400 Gallons – 9 1/4 cups
    • 450 Gallons – 10 1/4 cups
    • 500 Gallons – 11 1/2 cups
    • 550 Gallons – 12 1/2 cups
    • 600 Gallons – 13 3/4 cups
      • Pro Tip only do 3/4 dosage on first day and check 24 hours later add the rest if needed
  • For the best and easiest to care for water add the Freshwater Silver Ion Cartridge at this time.  (Change every 4 months when you change your Freshwater Salt Cartridge)
  • 24 Hours later check your salt level with the test strips  (1750 is the goal) and we want your dial to read almost 12:00
  • Once salt is good set the output  5 is a good starting point.  Adjust with use.
  • Every 11 days the system will ask you to test the water and adjust.
    • If you do not test the water every 11 days it will cut the out put by 20% and will cut another 20% the next 11 days.
  • Clean your filters once a month
  • Every 3-4 months change your Freshwater Salt Cell and the Silver Ion Cartridge
  •  Once a year drain clean and refill your hot tub.

I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions.  Please feel free to message us, shoot us an email or call 605-361-3323 anyone here at Hot Spring Spas will be happy to help. 

Here is the owners manual for the  Freshwater Salt System


On The Go Water Softener
Freshwater Salt Cell

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