A hot tub is a wise investment in your body and soul, because it can boost your training routine, help you lose weight, and offer other personal benefits that support your overall needs. Hot tub care is one challenge of owning a hot tub, but it is actually pretty doable. We’ll start with some hot tub-specific safety advice, some of which even seasoned pool owners might not be aware of.
Some of these safety concerns would certainly apply to swimming pools, but others are obviously unique to hot tubs. Ensure that chemical canisters are stored out of children’s reach, in a cool, dry location, sealed, and away from direct sunlight. Reading the directions on the label, adhering to them, and handling all chemicals carefully are all part of proper chemical care. Make sure to measure chemicals precisely and add them into the water only, never combining them.
The temperature of the water in a hot tub might be a safety risk no matter what model you select. Never let the water temperature climb above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (or 86 degrees, for children). Before using any hot tub, people taking medication, pregnant women, those with cardiovascular issues, or people with high blood pressure should first consult with a doctor.
General waterside safety guidelines also apply in addition to safety measures linked to chemicals and heat. Hot tubs, like pools, can raise your risk of drowning, water-related injuries, lightning strikes, and sun damage. Due to the combination of heat and chemicals in hot tubs, swimwear needs to be handled with additional care.
Maintenance of Hot Tubs
It will be crucial to follow the fundamental safety advice on hot tub chemicals that was just provided above. We’ll categorize the essential hot tub upkeep duties into those that must be done daily, weekly, monthly, and occasionally. The average daily task should take two minutes.
Make sure the chlorine levels are between 3 and 5 mg/l by testing them first, and then add more if necessary by following the directions on the chlorine container.
Next, check pH levels to make sure they are between 7.2 and 7.6; if necessary, alter the pH using a product made for that purpose. Use an anti-foam product if the water is foaming.
You should include a 10-minute weekly maintenance routine in addition to your 2-minute daily one. You must shock your hot tub with an oxidizing agent during that weekly session, clean the filter with hot tub filter cleaner, then switch out the filter to allow the one that is currently in use to dry and the fibers to bind together after cleaning.
Add in a periodic 2-month cleaning as well as a 5-minute monthly scale removal treatment (if your water has a high calcium content). Cleaning the hot tub cover with a dilute chlorine solution (3-5 mg/liter) should take between one and two hours. You should also change the water in your hot tub once every 3-4 months and replace the filter once every 2 years.
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