If you just installed a new hot tub in your backyard and are looking forward to it getting lots of use, then it is important you know how to care for it properly. Hot tubs are breeding grounds for bacteria and need to be regularly cleaned and maintained so everyone who uses them will be safe.
To keep people safe in your hot tub, follow these helpful tips.
Tip: Use a Filter When Filling Up the Hot Tub with Water
When it is time to put the water into your hot tub, you should use a filter. Whether your home uses well water or not, it will have minerals and other solids you would prefer to not have floating around in your new hot tub making the water cloudy. If you do not have a hose filter, you can purchase one at your local hardware store, or you can stretch a piece of nylon or other loose weave fabric over the end of the hose and secure it with a rubber band.
Tip: Always Keep Your Hot Tub Covered When It's Not in Use
Since your new hot tub will use a fair amount of energy to keep it hot enough for use, you should always keep its cover on when you aren't using it. The cover helps keep in the heat and will keep your monthly power bills in line. The cover is also a safety device and will keep children and pets from falling into your hot tub.
Tip: Use Partial Water Changes to Reduce Total Dissolved Solids
If you are having problems with cloudy water in your hot tub, then you may be tempted to drain the hot tub and refill it again with clean water. However, a better plan is to periodically drain out about half of the water and replace it. This tactic will help keep the water in the hot tub clean, and it will make it easier to keep its chemicals balanced.
Tip: Don't Neglect Cleaning and Disinfecting the Hot Tub's Cover
Finally, it is very important that you don't forget to regularly clean and disinfect your hot tub's cover. Many new hot tub owners neglect this important task and then complain about the musty smell their covers emit. Since the cover is subjected to steam, bacteria will grow on it and to keep everyone safe, you need to remove it regularly. You should clean the cover with a solution of household bleach and warm water.
Contact a company like Brown's Plumbing, Pumps & Spas for more information and assistance.