The hot tub used to only be reserved for the mansions and millionaires out there, but nowadays the prices have dropped to an extent that a lot of people in the country are turning to them. Particularly in summer, sales tend to go through the roof and while you can still pay a small fortune for an in-situ specially built tub, there’s no doubt that there are countless alternatives available that arrive at a fraction of the cost.
What a lot of people fail to remember is that these hot tubs aren’t simply plug and play solutions. Instead, they have to be regularly maintained and if you fail to do this, all sorts of nasty’s can start to develop in the water and ruin any future bathing sessions. Fortunately, most of the maintenance issues are extremely straightforward to follow, as we’ll now take a look at through the remainder of this post.
Test the chemical levels twice per week
One of the main maintenance issues associated with the hot tubs is the chemicals. We could supply a whole dissertation detailing the importance of each individual chemical and there’s a reason why manufacturers are quite specific as to the ones you should regularly add to your tub.
To make sure that everything is balanced, it’s important to use a test strip at least once, preferably twice per week. When you compare the colour of the strip with the chart that is supplied with it, you’ll be able to quickly realise which chemicals your water is lacking. As time progresses, you’ll be able to establish the exact quantity of chemicals to add to your pool in a bid to prolong the use of the water.
Add chemicals as necessary
On the subject of chemicals, make sure you add them as soon as the results of a test strip indicate that it is appropriate to do so. The general rule is to follow the alphabet, with the alkalinity chemical coming before the bromine, while the calcium hardness solution is applied before the PH balancer. Each should be added separately and we should also add that you should only use some of the best chemicals for hot tubs, rather than budget brands, as this will guarantee better quality water.
Keep an eye on the hot tub cover
There’s a reason why virtually all hot tubs arrive with a cover – it’s there to keep bugs and debris out. If they do fall in, there’s a chance that your water will be polluted and will have to be replaced. Unfortunately, most hot tub covers have the habit of quickly deteriorating, with many susceptible to the elements. Therefore, make sure that the straps are an appropriate length to keep the tub covered, while regularly apply a conditioning spray to protect it from solar damage.
Regularly change the water
Our final tip relates to the change of water. Even if all of your tests indicate that the pool is in tip-top condition, it should be changed at least twice per year. In fact, this can extend to once every three months in the cases where the tub is regularly used, in a bid to simply refresh the water and remove any possible contaminants.