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Hot tubs can be great places for relaxation, visiting with friends and family, de-stressing, and healing the body. People love hot tubs for different reasons, but almost everyone will agree that when they see a hot tub they want to get in. You’ll see communal hot tubs in places like gyms, health facilities, apartment complexes, cruise ships, and hotels. If everyone knew exactly how filthy most hot tubs are, they would probably never touch the water. So whats the dirty truth?
- Hot Tub Rash: This type of folliculitis you can catch from dirty hot tub water may change your perception of hot tubs forever. This rash first resembles an itchy rash that looks like red spots, then develops into red bumps all over, and can even cause red pus filled blisters around hair follicles.
- Legionnaires Disease: This bacteria multiplies in water systems like hot tubs and can be caught when steam is breathed in. The disease can resemble the flu and for certain people, this disease can cause fatal, and hospitalizing issues.
- Urine in the Hot Tub: Who knows who’s been using the public hot tub? Kids are more likely to do this, but since 1 in 4 people admit to peeing in a pool, you can imagine that a hot tub might have similar probability.
- Sweat, Dead Skin and Hair, Lotions, and Makeup: These are common things that end up in hot tub water from hot tub users. The more hot tub users, the worse the concentration of these things. Not to mention, the dead organic material like this in the hot tub can reduce the efficiency of sanitizer chemicals.
- Feces: Each person who uses the hot tub brings in a peanut sized amount of fecal matter on their body. Thats just disgusting. Need I say more?
The bacteria found in hot tubs thrives in the warmth and moisture associated with hot tubs. Sometimes even sanitizer can’t do enough to kill all the bacteria in public hot tubs. Because the bather load of public hot tubs is much higher, public hot tubs have a much higher probability of being a pool of bacteria and disease. The moral of this story? Don’t use public hot tubs!
It’s a good thing that most, if more likely all, of Hot Tub Things customers are shopping for personal hot tubs. Only you have control over how frequently the water is tested, cleaned, maintained, and changed. You can control who goes in your hot tub and how frequently. You can set the rules, and this makes the hot tub a lot more sanitary. A simple rule we like to follow is: always rinse off in the shower before getting in the hot tub. This will remove the dirt, sweat, lotions, and even fecal matter from your skin so you don’t contaminate the hot tub water. Simple rules like this can make a big difference.
Other tips to follow so your hot tub doesn’t end up like the filth that most public hot tubs are:
- Chemical Maintenance: make sure you are testing the hot tub water at least twice a week! Make the appropriate additions of chemicals to the hot tub each time and you should be pretty bacteria free.
- Change the filter: At least once per year, the filter should be replaced. The filter should also be cleaned at least once per month to ensure it continues working in peak condition. When the filter gets too clogged, it can’t collect all the organics in the water and the water can get dirty.
- Drain and Refill: This process should be done every 4 months, approximately. This number depends on hot tub use, but the 4 month rule tends to work for most people.
- Invest in Other Sanitizers: Mineral purifiers are constantly purifying the water, so when you aren’t using your hot tub it stays clean. This is the cheapest additional sanitizer you can use in your hot tub. More expensive water sanitizers are Ozone and UV Sanitation. The ozone system can be retrofitted in your hot tub if it doesn’t already include one, and this ozone will sanitize water every day for a portion of the day. UV sanitation has a similar effect. Usually water is filtered through a UV section which has a UV light on so that all the water that passes through the system leaves completely bacteria free.
For all your needs to keep your hot tub sanitary, check out out website Hot Tub Things! It’s your one stop shop for everything hot tub. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about hot tub sanitation.