Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pentair R151186 All-in-One 4 Way Pool Test Kit - Review

If you’ve moved into a home with a backyard pool or you’ve recently completed a new pool installation, you might find there’s more to keeping up with a pool than you originally thought. Not only do you have to regularly remove debris from your pool and maintain the water level, you also have to maintain a safe amount of chemicals (like chlorine) and a safe pH level.

While the manual labor may not be the most fun part of owning a pool, testing your swimming pool water for pH levels, chlorine, acid demand and total alkalinity is easy with Pentair’s All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit. This pool test kit is simple to use, yet gives you all the information you need to determine your pool’s health.

The All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit comes with:

  • Detailed instructions (including Spanish instructions)
  • Chlorine, pH, acid demand & total alkalinity tests
  • Lucite test cell with wide standards
  • No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, 1/2 oz, No. 4, No. 5, reagents
  • Water test booklet
  • Blue box for organized storage

Because this swimming pool test kit covers 4 areas, you no longer have to worry about purchasing separate chlorine test kits, pH testing kits, etc. This All-in-One pool test kit is easy enough for anyone to use – from teens working summer jobs, to seniors maintaining their home pool.

The 78HR All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit comes with detailed instructions, a measuring cup and liquid formulas to make testing as simple and quick as possible. Unlike most individual chlorine test kits, pH testing kits, and many other bundled pool test kits, this All-in-One swimming pool test kit is refillable, so you save money as well as time.

When you need to test the chemical levels in your pool and don’t want to buy new testing kits regularly, the Pentair 78HR All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit is the only way to go. The Pool Guy Store is proud to offer this efficient and accurate pool test kit at a competitive price. Visit us at www.thepoolguystore.com today for more information or to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Convert Your Hot Tub to a Saltwater Hot Tub

For thousands of years, humans have used hot tubs for both recreational and restorative purposes. While freshwater hot tubs have been the norm for centuries, today we know hot tubs that use salt water actually provide more impactful benefits than freshwater tubs, such as extended tension relief, reduced swelling and improved skin appearance. Additionally, salt water systems are easier to maintain, and the purification systems produce all the sanitizer you need - all from natural salt!

Interested in converting your traditional hot tub to a saltwater hot tub? You can! Convert your freshwater hot tub to a saltwater hot tub in 6 easy steps!

  1. Ensure Your Hot Tub Can Handle Saltwater – Not all hot tubs are made equally. Before you start the conversion process, you need to ensure you hot tub is salt water compatible. Check your manual or contact your supplier to ensure there are no metal or plastic parts that will corrode or be damaged by saltwater.
  2. Get a Salt Chlorine Generator – The first real step in converting your hot tub to a salt water spa is obtaining a salt chlorine generator that is rated for the size of your hot tub. You should also search for generators that have a salt concentration readout, so you don’t have to test the salt concentration separately.
  3. Drain Your Tub – In order to create a pure hot tub salt water system, you first need to drain all the chemically treated water from your hot tub. Most hot tubs can be drained via a bottom drain spout, however you can also use a simple garden hose as a syphoning hose. If you have trouble draining your hot tub, contact a professional for help before proceeding.
  4. Add New Water & Salt – Once your tub has been drained and cleaned, add fresh new water and run the hot tub for a minute to dilute any remaining chemicals. Finally, you’re ready to add salt. Remember to purchase salt that is suitable for hot tubs (i.e. no table salt)! You should add about 2.5lbs for every 100 gallons of water your hot tub holds. Tip: Pour the salt away from water intakes, so granules don’t enter the circulation system.
  5. Install the Salt Chlorine Generator – In many cases, installing a salt chlorine generator can easily be done. If your generator installation requires piping however, you may want to contact a professional who can install it correctly.
  6. Enjoy Your Salt Water Hot Tub – And you’re done! Now you can run your hot tub as you normally would, while enjoying a more eco and health friendly at-home spa experience.

If you’re interested in a hot tub salt water system, know you don’t have to purchase a completely new hot tub. Most hot tubs can handle salt water, so most hot tubs can be converted. To find salt chlorine generators, high-quality salt cells that are suitable for hot tubs, and even more hot tub accessories, visit us at www.thepoolguystore.com today.