Summer is traditionally the time to make the most of your outdoor hot tub. When the sun’s shining, the drinks have been poured and the bubbles are flowing, who wouldn’t want to be enjoying every moment?
It’s important to remember, however, that maintenance is essential if you’re going to enjoy it.
Here are some things to remember this summer:
Drain and clean
Once a month, just spend a few hours draining and cleaning your hot tub. It can make all the difference. Draining the water means any impurities, contaminants and other unpleasant things left behind are cleared away. Your hot tub is only as clean as the last few people using it, so regularly changing the water can make it feel clean, fresh and welcoming. Fully emptying the hot tub and ensuring it’s sparkling can make a world of difference.
Take a closer look
In the course of using your hot tub, just do checks now and again for any cracks, holes or other damage. In the long run, cracks tend to extend and you could end up with leaks. Also try to check the filters, dirty or improperly-fitted filters can cause damage or allow elements you don’t want to be in the water to get through and make your experience unpleasant. When you’ve filled your tub back up, try and check water quality too, you don’t want the water to be to acidic or alkaline, aiming for a neutral balance will mean you and your fellow bathers have a pleasant and irritation-free dip.
Cool it down
Who says hot tubs have to be hot? Setting your temperature to just below body temperature is a great way to cool off this summer. Temperatures have already rocketed to more than 30C this summer, so getting into an altogether cooler tub can help you recover from a stressful day of feeling far too hot and bothered. Remember, hot tubs are incredibly insulated in a way that swimming pools are not, so once you get to a certain temperature, the water will generally stay the same, meaning you don’t have to worry too much about fluctuating heat levels.
Hot tubs are used most when it’s hot and pleasant but there’s certain things to be careful of. For example, did you know not to jump right into a hot tub right after a workout? If your blood is still pumping and you’re out of breath a quick change in temperature can cause you to pass out. Try to cool down, stop sweating and catch your breath before jumping in, no matter how tempting it might be!
Also, remember to stay hydrated, if you keep your hot tub warm in the summer, remember to drink plenty of water. If you are going to indulge in alcohol and let’s face it, we all like to, then try and drink water or non-alcoholic drinks between. Being dehydrated can cause problems both when you’re in the water and then when you get out. Also, keep an eye on the temperature, too hot and bathing for too long and you risk feeling lightheaded. For longer soaks and especially if the kids are joining you, keep it cool!
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