People deserve a touch of luxury in their lives. And what’s better than a made in Britain hot tub? It’s heaven after a day in the garden, a great way to relax with friends, and it’s that little indulgence that makes life great.
Customers are often apprehensive about investing in a hot tub due to the misconception that it requires intensive maintenance. In truth, its upkeep is far more straightforward than people say it is. Our team is happy to explain and demonstrate the following hot tub maintenance routines.
1. Test and balance the water
Testing the water in your hot tub will tell you what you need to add to maintain balance in the water. You will receive everything you need for this in your starter pack, all you have to do is follow the instructions. Use the chart to pin point the sanitiser levels and the pH levels. Warm water needs to be sanitised more frequently so testing your water daily is recommended. Use manufacturer recommended sanitisers as directed to balance the water.
2. Draining and cleaning your hot tub
BISHTA guidelines recommend draining your hot tub water every month. However, well-balanced water and those tubs that are rarely used could stretch up to three months. When you drain your hot tub of water, it’s a good idea to also clean the pipework. The waterline grease should be cleaned periodically keep the tub looking pristine.
3. Cleaning the filter
The filtration system is key to keeping your spa pool water clean and it can do its job only when it is free of grime. The filter traps bits of dirt, preventing them from getting into the water in the spa pool. This dirt builds up and needs to be cleaned out periodically to maintain the effectiveness of the filter.
What do I do if the water is foamy?
Foaminess is generally caused by traces of detergents or soaps that come off users’ skin or bathing costumes. It’s a good idea to recommend that everyone have a quick rinse with bathing costumes on before getting into the tub.
Why is the water in my hot tub green?
Green water in your hot tub is usually caused by algae. This growth happens when there isn’t enough sanitiser in the water. If the green algae has been around for just 24 hours or less, you may be able to re-balance the water by adding sanitiser into the water as per manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful to maintain the required balance as excess sanitiser chemicals can irritate your skin. If this doesn’t work, you will have to drain the tub, wipe it down well to remove traces of remaining algae, and clean out the filter.
In some cases, the green tinge to the water is caused by minerals like copper (from copper pipes), iron (from corroded pipes) or manganese. Sometimes these minerals are present in your household water supply. Chemicals from spray on tans could also be responsible.
Do not get into a hot tub with a spray on tan, the chemicals come off your skin and could colour the shell, pipes and internal hot tub systems brown or green.
Top safety tips to follow during hot tub maintenance
- Wear gloves when you’re cleaning out the filter or changing it
- You need to use only spa pool specific chemicals, not general household cleaners or unlabelled chemicals. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer or tub supplier
- Always read the instructions thoroughly before use and follow the steps outlined
- Do not mix concentrated or dry chemicals
- Pre-dissolve chemicals in a clean plastic receptacle in a well-ventilated area. Always add chemicals to the water rather than the reverse
- Work in a restricted area and take care to avoid spilling any solutions. In case you do spill, clean up according to manufacturer’s instructions
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling chemicals
General safety tips while using hot tubs
- The temperature of the water shouldn’t exceed 40℃ for adults and should be much lower if children are using the tub too
- The number of people who can safely use your tub will depend on its size. Never have more than the recommended number of people in your tub
- Do not leave children or non-swimmers on their own in the tub for any length of time
- It’s recommended that you don’t use glass or drink alcoholic beverages in a hot tub
- Electrical appliances should be kept far away from the spa pool
- Those who have any cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure or those who are pregnant should consult their doctors before using a spa
Sign up for a relaxing summer with Sutton Spas
A family run business, Sutton Spas has over 75 years of combined experience in the wet leisure industry. We have our home base in Birmingham and are honoured to offer you premium quality Britain made spa pools from our sister company – Rotospa. Rotospa is the UK’s only manufacturer of hot tubs.
At Sutton Spas, we make a point to find you the perfect spa pool to fit your space and your budget. You can even come down and try out the model at our showroom before having it brought home.
Once you do buy a spa pool from Sutton, we back it up with solid customer service and maintenance. Our BISHTA approved team of experienced engineers will take you through the maintenance and operation of the tub, teaching you how to keep the water clean, clear and safe. You can also sign up for maintenance packages so we can ensure that your tub is in excellent working condition. We’re always happy to take your call, reach out to us 0121 827 1868.