Answers to Basic Spa Questions
Brominating products are the preferred sanitizer for most spas. Since spas are usually covered or indoor, the bromine is not exposed to UV rays so the lack of a stabilizer is not a problem. Moreover, bromination has some distinct advantages:
- Bromine Immediately Kills Bacteria and Algae – It’s very effective at killing all types of algae
- Bromine Keeps On Killing – When combined with nitrogenous material, the bromamines continue to actively kill bacteria
- Bromine Can Be Reactivated – Oxidizing not only destroys built-up undesirable compounds, it gives new life to ineffective bromides
- Bromine Works in a Wider Range of pH – This is especially important in a spa environment where pH has a tendency to bounce around
Oxidizing a bromine spa
Whether using chlorine or bromine, all spas should be oxidized periodically, based on bather loads. There are a lot of compounds that need to be oxidized, especially the oil, sweat and dirt that wash off a bather’s skin. With bromination, oxidation also has a second major benefit as it reactivates the bromides, changing them from used-up bromide ions into the powerful bacteria-fighting hypobromous acid.
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