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Buying a Hot Tub? Don't Get Into Hot Water Unnecessarily.


February 6, 2015

Salt water vs. chlorine. Big box store vs. specialtyBuying a Hot Tub?  Don�t Get Into Hot Water Unnecessarily. spa store. If you’re thinking about buying a spa, you’ve probably had these questions pop up.

We recently talked with John Wagner, of Advanced Spa Services in Tampa, in order to help you make an informed decision before you buy. According to Wagner, while you can buy a spa from a big box store it won’t come with the customer service and experience you’ll need.

“I definitely recommend consumers purchase from someone in the industry who focuses primarily on spas,” Wagner said.

“As far as salt vs. chlorine, a salt chlorination system is easier to maintain in the long run.  Salt chlorination systems are not new in the spa industry and are becoming more common on all newly produced spas. You still have to maintain the ph and alkalinity but overall it requires minimum maintenance and fewer added chemicals.”

Where most consumers go wrong is with a chlorine system.

“They pack the floater full of chlorine so they don’t have to treat it the following week, and instead they actually overdose the water. They end up running 50-60 parts per million instead of 2-10 parts per million,” Wagner said.

“I do a lot of repairs and probably eight out of 10 repair jobs have to do with chemicals and maintenance performed by the home owner.”

Wagner recommends consumers do their homework before purchasing a spa. Don’t shop based on price.

“If it’s a cheap price, the adage ‘It’s too good to be true’ is typically the case. Be cautious also because there are cheap manufacturers selling spas at the price of a very high-quality product, but they’re not high quality. Do your research and buy American. Jacuzzi produces a very good product as well as Sundance, its sister company. Here in Tampa, Premium Leisure is a local manufacturer that’s been around for a long, long time.”

For more information about spas, listen to Dale’s archived radio interview with Wagner: