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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you already have a hot tub or you’re considering purchasing one, you may have questions. This list of frequently asked questions about hot tubs is meant to assist you with clear and simple solutions. If the answer to your question is not below, please feel free to get in touch with our store. Our team of hot tub experts would be more than happy to assist you.

GENERAL HOT TUB FAQs
SHOULD I BUY A HOT TUB?

Making the decision to buy a hot tub is a big one. It’s not something you do every day, after all. Your lifestyle can have a significant impact on the decision to purchase a hot tub. Before making the decision, ask yourself these following questions:

  1. Where in my backyard will I install a hot tub?
  2. Will the hot tub be for my entire family, or just for me?
  3. Will I benefit from fewer aches and pains, better sleep and reduced stress?
  4. Will I enjoy the convenience of access to hydromassage in the comfort of my own home?
  5. Will my family benefit from the additional family time in the spa?

If you said yes to one or more of the questions above, a hot tub might be right for you! Speak with one of our team members to learn more about the prices, sizes and brands available to you.

WHAT SIZE HOT TUB SHOULD I BUY?

The size of your hot tub should reflect your intended use for it. Will it cater to the needs of the entire family? Is it meant just for you and your significant other? Or do you enjoy hosting elaborate backyard parties? Your lifestyle and layout of your backyard can help you determine if you would like to invest in a smaller or larger hot tub.

 

Most hot tub brands have models available in the following sizes and capacities: 2-3 seats, 4-5 seats, 5-6 seats, 6 or more seats. For a better idea of how big or small our hot tubs are, visit our showroom in person today.

WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY?

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic technique that harnesses the healing properties of water. The combination of heat, buoyancy and massage helps to relax muscles, ease sore joints, improve circulation, and reduce muscle tension. Used by healthcare professionals all around the world, hydrotherapy can help to improve sleep patterns, reduce stress, ease aches and pains, aid in post-injury recovery, and soothe sore joints, among many other health benefits.

Hot tub Maintenance FAQs
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY HOT TUB?
How often and in what manner you clean your hot tub will depend on two factors: how often the spa is used and the manufacturer.
  • Test your hot tub water with test strips once or twice a week.
  • Treat your hot tub water accordingly based on the readings from the test strips.
  • Clean the filter every two weeks with water from the hose.
  • Drain, clean and fill the hot tub once every three to four months.
For more information about the water management system and cleaning process for your hot tub, get in touch with us today.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY FILTER?

A clean and functioning filter is key to an operational filtration system, as it catches and removes dirt and debris, keeping the water clean and free of impurities. We recommend rinsing the filter every two weeks with fresh water from the hose or kitchen sink. You can also use this time to spray it down with a filter cleaner and then continue to rinse. Filter cleaning nozzles are available that can be attached to the end of a hose, which can help water to better reach the nooks and crannies of your filter. Soak your filter overnight in a bucket filled with water and a small amount of filter cleaner every two months to remove deep-down debris. We recommend replacing your hot tub filter annually to ensure a fully-functional filtration system.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY HOT TUB?

How often you change your hot tub water can depend greatly on how often the spa is used, the quality of water used to fill it and how well the water is maintained. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend draining, cleaning and refilling the hot tub every three to four months for an optimal operation.

GENERAL POOL PRODUCT FAQs
WHAT POOL CHEMICALS DO I NEED?

Stocking up on swimming pool chemicals? Here are some you may want to add to your shopping list:

  1. Chlorine or Bromine
  2. Calcium Hardness Increaser
  3. pH Increaser
  4. pH Reducer
  5. Alkalinity Increaser
  6. Algaecide
  7. Clarifier
  8. Pool Shock
  9. Testing Kits

While this list can help to get you started, your needs may differ based on your unique swimming pool installation. Speak with one of the experts at Ocala Pool Boys for a better idea of the pool supplies and equipment that you may need.

WHAT IS A ROBOTIC POOL CLEANER?

A robotic or automatic pool cleaner is exactly as it sounds! This piece of equipment is placed inside your pool to collect debris and clean the water. Automatic pool cleaners are powered by electricity, but with very low voltage requirements, so not only do they require less power, but they are completely safe. They work hard to vacuum, scrub and filter your pool, keeping the water clean and enjoyable for you and your loved ones.

HOW DO I TEST MY POOL WATER?

You can use a store-bought test kit to test your water. For a more in-depth and accurate analysis, bring a sample of your pool water to your local swimming pool service center for testing.

POOL MAINTENANCE FAQs
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY POOL?

You should aim to skim, brush and vacuum your pool once a week at a minimum, if not every other day. If your backyard has many trees and leaves tend to fall into your pool regularly, you may want to switch to a daily skimming routine at the very least.

 

The use of an automatic pool cleaner can help to cut back on your cleaning time. While the use of an automatic pool cleaner won’t eliminate your cleaning duties altogether, it will make it less strenuous and help to keep your pool cleaner on a regular basis.

CAN I HIRE SOMEONE TO CLEAN MY POOL?

Yes, you can hire a swimming pool service technician to clean and maintain your swimming pool. An expert will visit your home on a regular basis for scheduled appointments. During the appointment, they will inspect and access your pool, clean and treat the water as needed, and inform you of the progress and safety.

Our swimming pool service team at Ocala Pool Boys can even perform component repairs. If something isn’t operating quite right with your swimming pool or you have questions, give us a call today.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL POOL WATER CHEMISTRY?

You can take a sample of your pool water to our experts at Ocala Pool Boys, or we can come to your home to retrieve a sample. Ideally, the goal for your pool water chemistry is as follows:

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Alkalinity: 100 ppm – 150 ppm, an average of 125 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 175 ppm – 225 ppm. For concrete or plaster pools, 200 – 275 ppm
Chlorine Pools: 1 ppm – 5 ppm
Bromine Pools: 3 ppm – 5 ppm
Biguanide Pools: 30 ppm – 50 ppm
Salt Water Pools: 0.5 ppm chlorine
Mineral System Pools: 0.5 ppm chlorine