6 Hot Tub Mistakes to Avoid

Hot tubs can have many benefits – they can help with a post-workout recovery, de-stressing, and even be a place to host parties. If not properly cared for and safe for soaking, hot tub water can pose health risks, like coughs and rashes. Yikes!

The warm water in a hot tub needs special care to remain a safe place for whatever benefits you seek, whether it’s fun, relaxation, or recovery. The certified pHin pool care experts put together a list of 6 Don’ts of hot tub care:

1.       Don’t cut the power on a full tub

Whether you use your hot tub regularly, a few times a month, or a few times a week, it’s necessary to maintain the same water level and a steady temperature. For both cold and warm seasons, this is ideal to maintain the chemical balance vs.  letting your hot tub cool down and then reheating it for each use.

2.       If you see green, don’t get in

If you’re ready for a soak and your hot tub water looks a little off, has a weird foam, green tinge, or flowing foam – don’t get in. These are signs that your hot tub water is unbalanced, unsanitary, or unsafe, and can have health risks. It will need chemical attention to be re-balanced, or you may have to drain and refill the tub to resolve the issue.

3.       Say “no” to plastic covers

Maintaining hot tub water is a delicate balance. A greenhouse setup or a plastic cover can magnify sun rays and trap heat in the tub. This extra heat can make it challenging to maintain a healthy water balance, and can even melt the plastic cover. It’s best to use the hot tub cover recommended by the manufacturer.

4.       Some like it hot – but don’t go over 104° F

The heat of the hot tub can be soothing for tired muscles, or even help with common headache symptoms. But be careful – a hot tub’s max temperature should be 104° F. Heating your hot tub above this level can be unhealthy and dangerous for swimmers, and could also damage your hot tub.

5.       Skip the soaps and suds

Aromatherapy can enhance hot tub relaxation, but it’s best to keep soaps, scents, and suds out of the water. Adding these products is not recommended by most hot tub manufacturers, as they can be detrimental to your system, requiring a drain and refill or  an expensive repair. It’s also a best practice to rinse off in the shower before getting into the hot tub. If you’d like some extra soothing scents, you can try an essential oil diffuser or candles in your hot tub space.

6.       Don’t forget your filters

For best results, hot tub filters need to be cleaned every two to three months and completely replaced every two years. Even if you don’t regularly use the hot tub, changing filters is important, because buildup can be a cause of unbalanced water and affect the lifespan of your hot tub. For a more efficient hot tub, the silver ion cartridge needs to be changed every four months.

Bonus tip #7: Use technology to monitor your hot tub water

Whether you have a service tech who manages your hot tub or you’re taking on the task yourself, the best way to know exactly what’s going on in your hot tub water is to have a smart monitor that analyzes it for you. The pHin has built-in analytics, a mobile app, and Bluetooth connectivity that keeps you informed about your hot tub water and guides you with chemical instructions.

Learn about the three simple steps for pool care with pHin.

Maximizing A Hot Tub for Post-Workout Recovery

Working out is good for your health and it can also boost your mood. To get the most out of physical activity, it’s important to wind down and stretch afterward to prevent achy, tired muscles. According to some new research, heat plays an important role in post-exercise recovery.

The benefits of heating muscles and blood makes recovering after a workout more efficient. The heat helps initiate the healing process, increases blood flow and, best of all, relaxes your muscles. Whether you run, spend a day on the slopes, attend a yoga class, or lift weights at the gym, a hot tub or swim spa soak can help relax those aching muscles. The warm water helps you — and your muscles — relax but the jets can also be used to target specific areas of extreme soreness.

If you already use a hot tub or are considering adding a hot tub to post-workout recovery, the water and equipment need to be kept in good condition. One of the best ways to extend the life of your tub is to keep it clean. Remember to shower before you enter the hot tub, because water balance can be easily thrown off from sweat and dirt. You don’t want to be stressed about the dangers of algae, or other factors that can cause a rash from unbalanced hot tub water.

For that post-workout relaxation, you need to be confident that your water is clean and safe for soaking at any time. You don’t have to worry about trying to get it balanced after exhausting yourself from a workout with smart water monitoring solution like pHin can help you know at-a-glance that your hot tub is properly balanced. pHin tracks your hot tub water quality, measuring your pH, sanitizer, and temperature over 1,000 times per week. It also notifies you when your water is out of balance and provides dosing recommendations of the chemicals you need to make it safe to use, ensuring that your hot tub is ready to help rejuvenate your body after any workout.

Recovery is as important as a good workout. A hot tub can help you unwind after a workout and make your muscles feel great and ready for your next session.