Your backyard hot tub is more than just the neighborhood hangout and the setting for a romantic evening away from the kids. It is a great way to treat several common conditions, including chronic back pain, and to help you control your anxiety. However, if you are improperly caring for your hot tub, you can shorten the life of the unit and can result in unnecessary maintenance and repair. Here are a few of the most common hot tub care and maintenance mistakes you need to avoid.
Improperly Caring for Your Filters
The filter in your hot tub serves several important functions, including removing any dirt and debris from it that can damage the hot tub's pump and getting rid of the bigger debris that can hurt you and your family. Unfortunately, if you do not care for your filters properly, the internal components can become damaged.
Refer to the hot tub's manual or the filter manufacturer's manual to determine how to care for the filter. For example, you may have a filter that can be rinsed out several times before the filter should be replaced. In some models, you will need to replace the filter more often than others.
Keeping Your Hot Tub Uncovered
Your hot tub either comes equipped with a cover or you can purchase an aftermarket cover that should be used whenever the hot tub is not being enjoyed. The few additional minutes it takes to slip the cover over the hot tub can help protect the unit from damage and can keep leaves, grass, and other debris from falling in and polluting the water.
Make sure the cover is free from damage and fits correctly over the hot tub.
Skipping a Shower Before Getting in the Hot Tub
Even with your filters working properly, your hot tub can still become covered with a strange film that will make you think the water needs to be replaced or that you will need to adjust the levels of chemicals in the water. However, you might not realize that some of that film occurs on the top of the water is caused by the lotions, oils, perfumes, soaps, and other substances found on your skin and bathing suit.
Take a shower and rinse off your bathing suit before you get into the hot tub. Do not put on any lotion or perfumes before you get in your hot tub, as well. This will ensure your water stays cleaner, longer.
From entering the hot tub covered with lotions and perfumes to keeping the hot tub uncovered, there are several common hot tub care mistakes you should avoid. For more information, reach out to a local hot tub service, such as Marquis Spas.