If you’re considering buying a hot tub, you’ve probably done a lot of research to learn how to correctly maintain it. Unfortunately, a lot of the information that’s available to the public is incorrect and somewhat misleading. The information we offer here is a good place to start for your hot tub maintenance in Bonita Springs.
Basic hot tub care
There are three basic requirements to maintain your hot tub and ensure an enjoyable experience. These are:
- Maintain correct water circulation
- Create a cleaning schedule
- Keep your water chemistry balanced
Keep up with these requirements correctly, and your hot tub gatherings will always be enjoyable.
Maintain water circulation
Hot tub maintenance is similar to pool maintenance, so if you own a pool, you already know a thing or two about what your hot tub needs to function correctly. Just keep in mind that it’s not exactly like pool maintenance and, contrary to popular belief, it’s more difficult to maintain.
Water circulation is important to keep the water free of contaminants. Some hot tubs have an automatic circulation schedule, which circulates the water to ensure it goes through the filters. If your hot tub does not have an automatic cleaning schedule, turn it on twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes so all the water passes through the filters. An easy trick to ensure complete germ and bacteria removal is to throw a tennis ball into the water. The fibers of the tennis ball can soak up anything that gets left behind, like body oils and lotions.
Don’t forget to clean your filter, as well. A common misconception is that hot tub filters are easier to maintain than pool filters. Remember, the concentration from oils, detergents, soap, and lotions is much higher in a hot tub than a pool. This can lead to the filter clogging up quickly. As a result, you should clean your filter once every six weeks to keep the water clean and hygienic.
Cleaning is an important part of hot tub maintenance in Bonita Springs. How frequently you use your hot tub plays a big role in how often you should clean it. Even if you don’t use it that often, don’t stop cleaning your tub altogether. You should do a deep clean every few months – more if you use it often. For thorough hot tub cleaning in Bonita Springs, contact the team at SWFL Pool Solutions. We offer semi-annual draining and deep cleaning services, as well as debris cleaning and jet cleanouts.
Outdoor hot tubs can get filthier than indoor ones because they are exposed to leaves, dust, critter activity and wind-blown trash. Like all hot tubs, it can also develop scum. As a result, you should create a weekly schedule to do basic cleaning, such as removing debris and scum around the water’s edge.
Avoid using pool chlorine tablets to clean your hot tub. You may think this is a quick and affordable way to improve water quality, but it can actually corrode the metal in your tub.
Balanced water chemistry
Always make sure the water chemistry in your hot tub is balanced. It’s harder to maintain chemical balance in a hot tub than a pool because of its small size. If you attempt to maintain water chemistry on your own, you will need the following products:
- pH alkalinity adjustment tool to decrease and increase pH levels
- Bromine and Chlorine – they are the most popular hot tub sanitizers to kill bacteria
- Chlorine or non-chlorine shock to shock your pool and break down organic waste contaminants
- Test trips or a liquid test kit to check chemical levels
Balancing your water chemistry is a difficult part of hot tub maintenance in Bonita Springs. Instead of doing it yourself, leave it to the professionals. SWFL Pool Solutions offers services to test your water for proper sanitation levels. Our services are important because if the hot tub water is unbalanced, it can affect your skin and eyes and also damage components of your hot tub. We always recommend leaving this job to the professionals.
Contact SWFL Solutions
For high-quality hot tub maintenance in Bonita Springs, contact our team today. We are committed to providing the best hot tub cleaning services for hot tubs of all types and sizes. Call us at (239) 494-6378 to discuss your hot tub needs.