Should I use bromine tablets or granules?

Author: Dr. Lucio Donnelly  |  Last update: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

As long as you follow the manufacturer's instructions for both the hot tub and the bromine, you can use bromine regularly for treating and sanitizing your spa. However, it may be wise to use bromine granules instead of bromine tablets. This will lessen your direct interaction with the chemicals.

Can you use chlorine granules with bromine tablets?

Whether you choose chlorine or bromine, DO NOT: mix them together in the water. This can also cause a dangerous chemical reaction. If you're going to switch from one to the other, you'll need to drain and clean your hot tub, and do a line flush.

How often do you put bromine granules in hot tub?

How Much Bromine to Put in A Hot Tub. You should ensure that your hot tub bromine level is always between 3-5ppm (parts per million. The addition of bromine will depend upon usage and bathing habits. It could be daily or every 2-3 days (for 3ppm add 12g per 1500 litres).

How do you use bromine granules in a hot tub?

  1. Add sodium bromide to your spa, following the label instructions, each time you drain and refill.
  2. Use spa shock after building your bromide bank, and weekly thereafter, to activate bromine.
  3. Use bromine tablets in a small floater, to help maintain bromide and bromine levels.

Are bromine tablets good for spas?

Premium 1-1/4" Bromine Tablets provide excellent spa sanitizing without nearly the odor of chlorine. Maximum potency and slow-dissolving. You cannot buy better quality bromine tablets for your hot tub at any price.

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How many bromine tablets should I put in my hot tub?

How many bromine tablets should you put in your spa? Some bromine dispensers can hold up to 6 tablets, but in most cases you should start with just 1-2 to avoid your bromine levels climbing too high.

What is the shelf life of bromine tablets?

As long as it stays dry it will be good for about 1 year. Any moisture will ruin it. Do you find this helpful? Bromine should not go bad particularly if sealed in a container.

Where do you put bromine tablets in hot tub?

The tablets are placed in a floating dispenser such as this, or in the skimmer basket, or if the hot tub does have a tablet feeder, they can go in there. It's important to note that you do not want to mix chlorine and bromine tablets in the same feeder, basket, or dispenser.

Do I need bromine in my hot tub?

Is bromine OK for a hot tub? An alternative chlorine, bromine can be used to keep hot tub water clean. However, bromine works differently than chlorine and is not the best choice for use with mineral systems. Bromine breaks up the particles in the water by ionizing the water.

How long after bromine can I hot tub?

Chemicals in your hot tub water can be a delicate balance. So it's crucial to maintain the levels of pH, Alkalinity, and Chlorine or Bromine, also known as sanitizers. You should wait 12 hours before entering the hot tub when you've added either chlorine or bromine to allow it to take effect properly.

Can I shock my hot tub with bromine granules?

If your hot tub uses bromine, adding shock once a week will help activate it to properly clean the water of your hot tub.

Should I shock my hot tub after every use?

Regular hot tub shocking is inevitable to keep your water clean and safe for use. Dead skin and other elements like hair may end up dropping in the hot tub, leaving the tub in a mess. It is essential to shock the hot tub frequently – at least once every week.

What's the best chemicals to use in a hot tub?

Chlorine – The most popular hot tub sanitiser, chlorine is fast acting and effective at killing bacteria. Our chlorine hot tub maintenance guide explains more about how chlorine works. Bromine – Ideal for those with sensitive skin, bromine reacts slower than chlorine and is effective at killing bacteria.

Is chlorine or bromine better for spas?

If you have a spa, bromine has a lot of advantages over using chlorine. It may cost a little bit more, but it lasts longer and does a much better job than chlorine at killing bacteria, especially at high temperatures and high pH levels.

Do you need chlorine and bromine in a hot tub?

Both chlorine and bromine are sanitizers that work in different ways to keep your water free of contaminants. Regular use of either chlorine or bromine will help keep your hot tub clean. The way they do it is different, but the results are similar.

What do I do if I put too much bromine in my hot tub?

The best way to reduce bromine concentration is to allow the bromine to outgas, or evaporate, naturally over time. If, however, you want to lower the level more quickly, you can dilute it by draining some water from the spa or removing a few gallons using a bucket, and then replacing it with fresh water.

Can you switch from bromine to chlorine in a hot tub?

You will have to drain as adding chlorine to your current tub will just convert the bromide back to bromine. The bromide will dissipate eventually but take an extremely long time to do so, so a water change now is the only way to quickly convert from bromine to chlorine.

Does high bromine cause high pH?

Use fresh, high quality test strips. Excessively high bromine or chlorine levels can result in false pH and TA readings.

How do you set a bromine floater?

The bromine floater is easy to adjust. Simply twist the top and bottom parts apart to release more or tighten them for less bromine flow as needed. The scale (shown below) on the floater allows you full control over the amount of bromine being released with 13 levels of adjustment.

How do you activate bromine?

Activate the bromide by adding a shock treatment to the spa water. Use a spa shock treatment to sanitize your water and activate the bromide ions to turn them into bromine. Add the treatment according to the instructions on the packaging. Turn the jets on full blast to circulate the treatment for 10 minutes.

Do hot tub chemicals go out of date?

The rule of thumb is that dry chemicals for your pool and liquid pool acid will last if stored in a cool, dry place. In fact, with proper storage, the pool chemicals should remain usable for years. Liquid pool chemicals, on the other hand, tend to have a shorter shelf life.

How long are spa chemicals Good For?

Sodium carbonate or soda ash (pH Increaser) can remain viable for over 5 years, when stored in an air-tight container, to lock out moisture.

Do spa test strips expire?

Do not use expired test strips.

Regardless of how the container has been stored or handled, test strips have a definite shelf life and should not be used after the product has expired. Using test strips after this date will likely lead to inaccurate results. Therefore, replace any bottles that have expired.

How many bromine tablets are in a floater?

Add 3-4 Bromine Tablets to Float (brominator) and adjust release opening, more or less, as experience dictates over time. Submerge float in spa to release air bubbles then let it float to the surface. Maintain bromine at 3 – 5 ppm. Add tablets as depleted.

Why are my bromine tablets not working?

First, make sure your pH and alkalinity levels are correct. If they are too high, the bromine will not activate and you will not get any readings with the test strips. (If the pH/alkaline levels are too low, the bromine/pool water will turn yelllow.)

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