New Owner’s Guide to Hot Tubs

Burton Pools is proud to represent Hot Spring Spas, a world leader in start of the art, low maintenance hot tubs, and if you’re reading this guide, you’re hopefully already on your way to taking the plunge and investing in a hot tub for your home. Just buying one, however, is only half the battle.

You need to know a few things if you’re going to be a responsible hot tub owner, but don’t worry! Our hot tub guide will cover all the basics, and as long as you have a working knowledge of the information printed here, you should very soon be enjoying the comfort of your brand new hot tub.

Cleaning To Ensure Your Tub Time Is Perfect

The role of the filter is to keep your hot tub clean, but you’ll still want to physically go over the hot tub from time to time to make sure you’re keeping it free of germs. You will especially want to stay on top of the cleanliness of the waterline of your hot tub, in addition to any other above-water parts. About twice a month, you’ll want to scrub it down thoroughly to remove scum buildup.

Every few months, you will also want to drain the hot tub completely and scrub the whole interior. At the same time, make sure to regularly remove the hot tub’s filters and clean those out as well.

Maintenance to Keep Your Tub Lasting Long

Hot tub filters work by cycling the total volume of water through the filter at a certain rate. In order for the filter to be considered functional, it should perform this cycling at least once a day. When you clean the filter, be sure to always keep an eye out for potential blockages or other damages that could be disrupting this cycle.

You will also need to constantly check the hot tub’s pH levels to make sure the water is at a manageable and safe level. This is especially important since failure to maintain proper pH could result in bad skin reactions, which is the last thing you want to deal with in your personal hot tub. Improper pH levels can also lead to bacterial growth, which can in turn lead to illness, so make sure you stay on top of things.

Safety First, Everyone!

Just as it is with pools, safety is of the utmost importance with hot tubs, and if you’re going to make the commitment of purchasing and using a hot tub, you need to be responsible and safe.

First thing’s first: it is possible to drown in a hot tub, and as such, you should never bathe alone. If minors are using the hot tub, an adult should always be there to supervise them. You should pay particularly close attention to submerged suction vents, as these can catch hair or cloth and trap you underwater.

It should also go without saying that you need to keep electrical devices away from your hot tub—this includes active outlets. In addition, be mindful of the temperature of the water, and don’t spend more than 10-15 minutes bathing at any given time. Avoid drugs, alcohol and other psychoactive substances while you’re at it.

So, What’s Next?

Now that we have the technical information from our hot tub guide out of the way, ask yourself: do you still want a hot tub? The answer should undeniably be “Yes!” Let’s face it—there aren’t many better ways to enjoy an evening quite like relaxing in a hot tub. You’ve probably always dreamt about it, so now let’s make it a reality.

Need more convincing? Through April 11, Burton Pools is offering an amazing Hot Springs Spas financing event by allowing a zero percent APR for 36 months on select models. You can’t really beat that deal, so contact us today!


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