Hot tubs offer one of the most relaxing experiences a person can enjoy whether at home, at a spa, or a hotel. Asides from the pleasure one derives from it, regular dips in hot tubs provide several health benefits. It helps with muscle relaxation, relieves pain and swelling, improves blood flow, and promotes sleep. Contrary to common perceptions, hot tubs are not high-maintenance devices and are relatively easy to maintain. Understanding how to balance the water chemistry, ensures good water circulation, and adopting a cleaning routine that involves the use of hot tub care chemicals is all that is needed to properly care for it.
Understanding Water Chemistry
Water should always be kept clean and sanitized. Stagnant water has a higher probability of becoming polluted. Bacteria sets in disrupts the balance of the water and soon it becomes infested with harmful bacteria and microorganisms. To avoid this, the water should be tested every week to ensure the balance in its PH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine. If these are not in a safe range, they need to be balanced out. The recommended levels for calcium hardness are 100 to 200ppm. Chlorine should be between 1.0 to 3.0 ppm. Total alkalinity needs to be at 124 to 150 ppm and lastly, the normal PH level should range between 7.2 to 7.6.
Clean The Hot Tub At Least Once A Week
Regular cleaning of the hot tub is necessary to ensure it stays sanitized and safe for use. It is recommended that it should be cleaned at least once a week to remove all impurities. It sounds cumbersome but it is a fairly easy activity. The shell needs to be wiped down with a soft sponge and towel. The waterline and jets also need to be cleaned thoroughly so only clean water comes through. There are so many cleaning products and chemicals designed specifically for this. Investing in a few will make the job so much easier.
Maintain The Water Level
The water level of a hot tub is important because it ensures that the filtration system, jet performance, and water heater work effectively. The level should be a few inches above the filter. This is the sweet spot and when people go in, the water doesn’t overflow. When the water level is low, these systems may not work optimally.
Clean And Replace the Filter
The filters in a hot tub help remove debris from the tub. It is recommended to clean the filter weekly or as advised by the manufacturer. This ensures that there is no blockage at any point. It is however worthy of note that with each cleaning, the fibers in the filter loosen up and are not able to trap dirt as effectively as they should. Therefore, the filter should be changed after every 10 to 15 cleanings or after every 12 months, depending on the extent of usage.
Having a hot tub is very beneficial. It is a very good investment whether for personal or professional use. Understanding how to maintain one will ensure that the owner gets the most use out of it and prolongs its lifespan.