Salt Water Systems In Hot Tubs


UPDATE: Health Canada Bans Saltwater Hot Tubs

On November 30th, 2018, Health Canada finished a reevaluation of hot tub and pool salt generators, as well as the additive Sodium Bromide and determined that these devices were a risk to health.

The US is expected to investigate and would likely follow suit. Even if they don't, this hit to the Saltwater Hot Tub industry might thankfully be the nail in the coffin for this outdated water treatment option. At this time they have not performed a reevaluation on Sodium Chloride systems.


" Salt Systems & Why The Technology Hasn't Aged Well "

Should you order a Salt System for your Hot Tub?

Hot Tub companies continue to extol the virtues of salt systems in hot tubs even though they are outdated and better options exist...

Here are the instructions for using the Artic salt system as a demo, the other systems on the market are basically the same steps.

I've given you a summation below, or you can read the document yourself. Look over it and tell me if you think salt systems are being sold because they are easy and reliable or to add profit into deals...


THE SUMMATION IF YOU CANT BE BOTHERED READING THE WHOLE DOCUMENT

  • 2 year warranty on machine typically fails every 3-5 years, $829.00
  • 30 days on electrode, consumable part, replace 2-3 times a year at a cost of $200.00 each
  • System takes corrosive base salt sodium chloride or sodium bromide and makes chlorine or bromine...
  • Chlorine or Bromine made this way is un-stabilized. (for $20.00 you could buy a months supply of stabilized, better quality chlorine or bromine with a dispenser you only have to fill once a week)
  • NO warranty on listed parts: heater barrels, jets, grab rails, pump seals, and pump motors, affected by leaking pump seals. Subject to salt-water failure with any system where the consumer is not using ArticPure-brand salt.

SET UP AND WEEKLY MAINTENANCE FOR SALT SYSTEMS

You need to balance hardness and alkalinity and pH as normal of course. At this point with most systems you are done except adding a little chlorine. BUT, with these salt systems you have 4 hours of work more that alone is pretty crazy...

FIRST,

  • Mix 1/3 of the needed salts with hot water in a 5 gallon pail
  • Run pumps for 5 minutes
  • Come back in an HOUR!
  • Re-check pH and Akalinity

THEN,

  • Mix 1/3 of the needed salts with hot water in a 5 gallon pail
  • Run pumps for 5 minutes
  • Come back in an HOUR!!
  • Re-check pH and Akalinity

AGAIN...

  • Mix 1/3 of the needed salts with hot water in a 5 gallon pail
  • Run pumps for 5 minutes
  • Come back in an HOUR!!!
  • Re-check pH and Akalinity

Are you sick yet? Hold yer hat, it gets better...

We are at FOUR HOURS for this EASY system, and that's just to get close.
Now the nightmare begins and you live this nightmare every week. You need to test the salt level, waiting 5 minutes for the results, mix salt and add in one-cup amounts, then test and mix and add and test and add and mix and test until the salt level is right... every time you test for the salt level you need to stand there for 5 minutes until the strip reacts for a proper reading. It takes HOURS most times for this step.
SCREW THIS UP AND IT VOIDS THE WARRANTY ON YOUR HOT TUB!

Spa water quality and other damages resulting from water imbalance are specifically not covered by warranty. Warranty work must be completely authorized by Arctic Spas retailers ONLY. No labour warranty is provided by Arctic Spas for Onzen systems installed on site; only faulty parts are covered.


Some companies are a bit different but the general theme is the same; the technology itself isn't worth it. Go with Enzymes like Spa Marvel or Mineral Salts like Aquafinesse.

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