The pool is for the kids – the hot tub is yours.
A good hot tub can be an oasis like no other. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with contours that allow you to stretch out, built-in stereo sound, and lights that change colour.
You just have to take care of your hot tub so enjoying it is all that happens.
We hate to spoil the fun, but your hot tub can be a breeding ground for bacteria, such as the deadly Legionella bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ Disease. Something called Pseudomonas bacteria can cause a number of serious infections, such as severe skin rashes, eye and ear infections, and pneumonia. These bacteria can be easily controlled and removed by maintaining the disinfectant level of the water.
According to the government, it is up to the owner to make sure hot tub is clean and the water is disinfected to help prevent the spread of disease. It is vital to maintain the proper level of disinfectant to ensure clean and safe water. Chlorine and bromine are common disinfectants. The more a hot tub or pool is used, the quicker the disinfectant in the water gets used.
Before and after use you should check and add chlorine or other disinfectant if it is low.
To help keep hot tubs spotless, you should also drain and scrub them with a bleach solution (a capful or 5 ml per 4 litres of water) at least monthly, or more often for heavily used hot tubs.
Here are some other tips to follow to make sure you have a fun time in the hot tub:
Filters and pumping systems should be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis.
Bacteria and dirt on surfaces may enter into the water with you. Always keep surfaces and decks clean.
Steam condensing under the lid can be a perfect place for many bacteria to live, so it should be wiped off with a bleach solution.
Always shower or bathe before using a hot tub or pool. Use soap to remove body oils. This helps keep the hot tub free of germs and will use less disinfectant.
The temperature of a hot tub should never exceed 40°C or 104°F.
Every hot tub and pool is made for a certain number of people at any given time. Pay attention to that number and follow it.
Most adult accidents in hot tubs are related to booze and drug. Drinks with alcohol and some drugs can easily make you feel drowsy. They can also lower the body’s resistance to the effects of overheating.