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Maintaining Your Hot Tub

Have you just installed a hot tub? Or are you considering purchasing one? Many homeowners like to add a hot tub or spa to their homes as part of creating their own private retreats. While hot tubs can be a wonderful addition, they do require necessary maintenance to keep it clean, and thus safe for your family’s health.

If you can carve out just a little time each week to keep your Jacuzzi or spa in good shape, the task of maintenance is not as overwhelming and it will serve you well for a long time. Here are a few tasks to add to your calendar to help keep you and your family maximizing your time in your hot tub.

Each day, especially after storms or windy days, it’s a good idea to just take a peek out your door to make sure no debris has fallen and damaged your cover. If so, remove the debris and repair any damage immediately.

A few times a week, schedule a time to check the water temperature, which if too low can signal a bigger problem. In addition, check sanitizer levels and the pH balance to make sure all is well. The pH alone is an important gauge of your hot tub’s health, and thus your family’s health.

Once a week, add a chlorine tablet and clean your spa filters. If you don’t use your hot tub too often, then you can change filters less frequently, but it’s recommended that you not go more than three weeks without changing filters. In addition, especially if you use the hot tub frequently, shocking, or super chlorinating, the water is a good idea.

Each month, take some time to give your hot tub cover some love. The cover is your first line of defense against the elements among other things, so cleaning and conditioning it regularly will pay off over your hot tub’s lifetime.

Finally, be sure to drain your Jacuzzi every 3-4 months and clean the shell and jets. Once that is complete, you can refill with fresh water, chlorinate as needed and continue to enjoy your own spa retreat.

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Indoor Water Safety

When most people think of water safety, they think of pools, lakes and beaches. Yet, the bathtub, among other places, in your home can be a dangerous place for both young children and the elderly if not properly supervised. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 303 children under age 5 years old drowned in just bathtubs, and if you include children placed in infant bath seats in bathtubs, the total rises to 346.

Though these statistics can be alarming, there are some things that you can do to help prevent incidents in your own home:

Never leave a baby or child unattended in a bathtub. Believe it or not, Infants can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Drain your tub immediately after each use. And teach your children to do so as well.

Make sure that any buckets or containers that hold water are always emptied after use and stored upside down.

Close toilet lids and install toilet locks if you have very small children.

Be certain to close the lid on your clothes washer so as not to tempt little ones. And while some parents allow their children to play in the drum of their washer when not in use, remember that the more comfortable a child is there, the more likely he or she may be to try to climb in when you are not around

If possible, keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind is the goal.

Always, always use a safety cover if you have a hot tub or spa in your home. And be certain that your child is always at arm’s length when around a hot tub – just as you would an outdoor pool.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!