Maintaining Your Bubble Tube
A bubble tube can, in many cases, be life changing! It can help children find a calm peacefulness that they haven’t experienced in a long time. For the educator, it can help a student de-escalate before they exhibit unwanted behaviors, improving both the students’ experience and the educator’s ability to manage the classroom. The list of benefits goes on and on. So it is important to keep your Bubble Tube in tip top shape through some easy Bubble Tube Maintenance.
A high-quality bubble tube – one that will last for many years - is also an investment. Experia’s top-of-the-line bubble tubes use the highest quality materials available. Our acrylic columns have the highest clarity of any acrylic tube. The air pumps are, in our experience, the best in the world.
Why not protect that investment by properly maintaining it? It takes only minutes, once every eight to twelve weeks, to keep it running in tip-top shape! And, there are only two things that need to be done.
First, the water needs to be changed at the aforementioned interval of eight to twelve weeks. The second maintenance step is to add our BCB water treatment to the fresh water at every water change. Why eight to twelve weeks? This is the average amount of time that the water treatment remains effective before it breaks down.The BCB formula is specifically formulated to control bacteria and thwart algae growth, while remaining inert to the components of the system. Only 20ml needs to be added to each bubble tube at each water change, so a bottle will last almost a year. You can find the BCB solution HERE.
A few tips to help the process go smoothly:
1. Wrap a towel around the base of the acrylic column prior to changing the water. If any water spills during the filling process, it can run down the column and into the base. If this happens, the electronics can be damaged permanently and require an expensive repair.
2. To start the siphoning process, fill approximately 15 feet of hose with water. Plug both ends, put one end into the bubble tube and the other into an empty bucket on the floor. Un-plug the end in the bucket, and the water will begins siphoning out.
3. WARNING: Do NOT use your mouth to begin the siphon, as the BCB formula can be toxic if swallowed. Alternatively, you can purchase our Bubble Tube Pump and Hose Kit, HERE. It makes the process easier by having a convenient foot pump attached to start the siphon.
So, what happens if you don’t change the water or use BCB solution? Even if the water is not becoming discolored, bacteria starts growing. Bacteria LOVES little nooks and crannies to grow in, and they start growing in the diffuser that creates the bubbles. At first there will just be fewer bubbles, but after a while they might come to a complete stop. This, in turn, puts increasing pressure on the pump. Two things can happen with this increase in pressure…….. either the pump will overheat and become damaged, OR the increased pressure can cause the one-way valve in the air line to fail. If this happens….. the entire contents of the bubble tube will leak into the base, ruining the electronics and possibly your floor.
So, Experia has made it easy for you to manage this process by including a maintenance worksheet with all bubble tubes. Simply record the date of the maintenance and make note of anything out of the ordinary. This will be important to have if the need ever arises for a warranty claim. However, if you follow these guidelines, it is more likely that you will experience many, many years of trouble-free use from your Experia bubble tube.
We are here to assist you!
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The Experia Team
Originally created by our sister company Experia USA see: https://www.experia-usa.com/blog/bubble-tube-maintance/