How to clean your spa water with minimal chemicals
Getting the most out of your clearzone spa sanitisation system. Clearzone features AOP (Advance Oxidation Process) technology to help deliver incredibly crystal clear spa water with minimal chemical odours or associated eye, skin and respiratory irritation.
Clearzone helps clarify your spa water by generating a powerful oxidiser that burns up dissolved solids in the water so the filter can catch them, it then quickly converts back to oxygen leaving no chemical residual or off gassing odours. This is further enhanced by Ozone AND UV-C sterilisation to kill 99.95% of all bacteria and virus material that pass through the clearzone Unit. Clearzone also breaks down and removes chloramines which are the by product of chlorine which causes the skin, eye and respiratory irritation typically associated with chlorine. This process makes the task of managing the quality of your spa water much easier. It leaves you with much clearer water, significantly reduced need for chemical sanitisers, and greatly reduced chemical odours. Clearzone also significantly increases the length of time between the need to change the spa water.
AS GREAT AS ALL THIS IS, CLEAR ZONE DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR RESPONSIBLE WATER MAINTAINENCE. SOME BASIC WATER CARE IS STILL REQUIRED. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CLEARZONE SYSTEM AND ENSURE SAFE, HEALTHY SPA WATER FOR YOUR FAMILY’S ENJOYMENT
BALANCE THE WATER
Balanced water is critical to ensure harmful corrosion does not occur to the spa equipment and fittings. It is also required to ensure effective sanitation.
FILTRATION TIME CYCLES
The Clear Zone System starts and runs with your filtration cycle. The longer the filtration cycle, the better the Clear Zone System will work. If the filtration cycle is not running, the Clear Zone System is not running. Time required for adequate filtration cycles varies depending on which Sapphire Spas you’ve chosen, spa size, spa usage and plumbing method. A general rule of thumb is 4 to 6 hours a day for regular spas and 6 to 8 hours per day for swim spas. Your spa may need less than this, or more. If power consumption is a concern, the Clear Zone System only uses 0.14amps and is typically run off a low speed or circ pump which draw minimal electricity.
New spas are water tested in the Sapphire factory prior to shipping. Dirty water can remain in the spa filter, pumps, and plumbing where mould and bacteria can grow while the spa is transported or stored. When the spa is eventually installed and filled, it is a good idea to thoroughly shock treat the spa and flush out all the plumbing lines with a sanitiser at shock dose levels. Having successfully completed the shock treatment, you can now let the sanitiser level fall to around 2ppm.
If installing Clear Zone on an existing spa, it’s a good idea prior to the install to add a pipe flushing chemical product (available from most pool stores) to the water and follow the instruction to adequately flush out the spa plumbing. Material can build up in the spa plumbing over time and it is a good idea to flush the plumbing each time prior to emptying the spa. Once the plumbing has been flushed, empty the spa and refill. Then follow shock dose instructions above for new spas.
REGULAR USE OF SANITISER
Whilst Clearzone will eradicate 99.95% of all bacteria and virus material that passes through it, it does not put anything into the water that remains in residual. Therefore a supplementary sanitiser must be used. There are various chlorine and non chlorine based sanitisers or sanitising systems on the market. Clearzone is compatible with them all, however it is recommended NOT to use cyanuric or calcium based chlorines such as Di- Chlor or Calcium Hyprochlorite. These types will cause the water to go cloudy. If a chlorine based sanitiser is you preference (remember the Clearzone System will greatly reduce chlorine smell and irritation if this is a concern), we would recommend a chlorine blend, specifically designed and recommended for spas, for shock treatments and regular dosing. This makes it great for shock treatments and ease of application. It is recommended you maintain a trace element of sanitiser in the spa at all times and shock treat once a week or immediately after any heavy usage of the spa. The Clear Zone System will dramatically reduce the sanitiser requirement (by as much as 70%) but you will still need to add some sanitiser. IF THERE IS A LAPSE IN YOUR WATER MAINTAINANCE ROUTINE AND THE WATER LOSES ITS QUALITY, FOLLOW STEPS DESCRIBED FOR NEW SPAS ABOVE TO GET THE WATER QUALITY BACK. IF THIS FAILS, FOLLOW PROCEDURE ABOVE FOR RETRO FIT SPAS.
CLEAN FILTERS REGULARLY
Check and clean the filter cartridge elements regularly using a cartridge cleaning solution (available from most pool stores).
CLEARZONE LAMP REPLACEMENT
The UV-C Lamp in the clearzone system will require replacement every 18 months to 2 years. After this period, even if it is still functioning, it will have lost enough brightness to continue to be effective. Contact your spa dealer for a replacement.
Read our information about ‘Will salt water sanitising damage my spa?’ and why Sapphire Spas don’t recommend this method of spa water cleansing
Of course if you still have more questions about servicing your spa, please contact your local Sapphire Spas retail store