Like hot tub covers, chemicals keep the water clean and protect your spa. We at the Pros suggest hot tub owners follow four storage techniques that protect your chemicals as you keep your hot tub clean, sanitized and inviting.
1. Keep them locked up.
You want to keep your chemicals accessible, but you don’t want to store them in the open where they’re easily accessible. For safety, keep your chemicals locked up in a well-ventilated location.
If you have a garage or shed, place the chemicals on a high shelf. If you don’t have a shed or garage, store the chemicals in a storage box on your back porch or near your spa. Keep the shed or box locked for safety.
2. Keep them dry.
Especially if they’re tablets or dry powder, your chemicals will degrade if they get wet. You’ll want to keep them dry and protected.
With the chemicals in their original containers, consider placing them in use a tightly sealed storage container. The container you choose should have a sturdy bottom, top and sides. Make sure you place it off the ground and away from any sources of moisture.
For further protection, make sure your powders and liquids don’t touch. Store the powders on a shelf above the liquids if you must store the chemicals on a garage or shed shelf.
3. Keep them cool.
Certain chemicals, including test strips, degrade if they’re exposed to heat. With this consideration in mind, don’t store chemicals near a heater, in a hot attic or in direct sunlight. If possible, keep them in a controlled environment, and ensure they stay potent and protected.
4. Keep the original containers.
Instead of storing your chemicals in decorative containers, store them in the original container. Also, keep the material safety data sheets nearby. You’ll want this information easily accessible in case of an emergency.
You love using your hot tub, especially when it’s clean and sanitized. As you follow these four safe chemical storage steps, you’re better prepared to keep your hot tub ready for your enjoyment every day.