Bromine is most commonly used to sanitize spas/hot tubs because it is more stable than chlorine in the warmer temperatures. Although bromine produces less of a chemical odor than chlorine, it is harder to wash away the chemical smell from your skin after bathing in a bromine pool or spa.
Furthermore, is bromine in a hot tub bad for you? One of the reasons we’ve never been endorsers of bromine is the delivery system used for bromine in most hot tubs. Once it kills bacteria in the water, it can then proceed to eat your hot tub shell, cause a lot of pH balancing problems, skin and eye irritation, and more.
Subsequently, question is, can you switch from chlorine to bromine in a hot tub?
Converting a chlorine pool to a bromine one is a simple process. You simply balance your water levels and start adding bromine instead of chlorine. Because chlorine activates bromine, you‘ll need to periodically shock your pool with household bleach to rejuvenate your bromine and keep it at the right levels.
How often do you put bromine in hot tub?
Daily hot tub use: A bromine level of between 3-5ppm (parts per million) must be maintained in your hot tub at all times. 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 often should I shock my hot tub?
We advise customers to shock dose their water once a week to control bacteria growth and destroy bather impurities. There are two possible products which you can use to do this; chlorine shock and non-chlorine shock.
Why is bromine dangerous?
Bromine is corrosive to human tissue in a liquid state and its vapors irritate eyes and throat. Bromine vapors are very toxic with inhalation. Humans can absorb organic bromines through the skin, with food and during breathing. These bromines can damage the nervous system and the thyroid gland.
How do you kill bacteria in a hot tub?
Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs. But it does not work right away. If used properly, free chlorine* can kill most germs within a few minutes. CDC recommends pH 7.2–7.8 and a free chlorine concentration of at least 1 ppm in pools and at least 3 ppm in hot tubs/spas.
What happens if you mix bromine and chlorine?
When you add bromine to a chlorine pool, on the other hand, the bromine does not go away but builds up over time, creating a chlorine demand. Therefore, when you shock the pool with chlorine, the residual bromine will convert the chlorine into, you guessed it, bromine.
Can you use a hot tub without chemicals?
But seriously, the real answer is YES! You can run your spa without chlorine OR bromine, and still have a safe and sanitary spa. It requires using some modified methods to make sure that pathogens don’t thrive, but it can be successfully done. Here’s how.
What are the pros and cons of using bromine instead of chlorine in a hot tub?
While chlorine may work more quickly, bromine is more stable than chlorine, especially in warm water. Chlorine: Dissipates more quickly than bromine, and therefore needs to be replaced more often. Bromine: Kills bacteria in your spa for a longer period of time than chlorine.
Can bromine kill you?
Bromine is corrosive to human tissue in a liquid state and its vapors irritate eyes and throat. Bromine vapors are very toxic with inhalation. Humans can absorb organic bromines through the skin, with food and during breathing. Organic bromines are widely used as sprays to kill insects and other unwanted pests.
Can I use chlorine shock with bromine?
Yes, you can use chlorine to shock or reactivate bromide to bromine in a bromine pool. You do not have to use more expensive non-chlorine shock for this purpose. The chlorine will convert to chloride salt when it reactivates bromide to bromine so you end up with bromine, not chlorine.
What is the best sanitizer for hot tubs?
Does chlorine kill Legionella in hot tubs?
Legionella grows best in warm water, like the water temperatures used in hot tubs. However, warm temperatures also make it hard to keep disinfectants, such as chlorine, at the levels needed to kill germs like Legionella.
Is it safe to swim in a pool with high bromine?
Safe Levels of Bromine A safe level is between 2.5 and 4.0 parts per million (ppm). Because it is a bleach-like chemical, higher concentrations of bromine can cause the above-mentioned skin and respiratory reactions.
How do I test my hot tub for bromine?
Test the water with bromine test strips to find the levels. The ideal range of bromine levels in your spa water are between 3.0 and 5.0 parts per million (ppm). Dip a bromine test strip into your spa water and wait for the chemicals to react and change the color of the strip.
What chemicals do I need for my hot tub?
One of the four most common chemicals tested in a spa test kit are chlorine/bromine, pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness. Keep in mind these recommended ranges for balanced water inside your hot tub.