We’ve been asked a lot of questions about hot tubs and spas over the years. Some of them are more common than others.
In this article, we look at seven not so common hot tub FAQ. If you ever have more questions, please feel free to ask. Our staff is here for you!
1. Should You Shower Before and After Hot Tub Use?
We think it’s a good idea to jump in the shower before you use the hot tub. This way you rinse off sweat, dead skin cells, cologne, lotions and deodorant.
Doing this takes some of the heavy lifting off of your hot tub filter and water care system. Your hot tub stays clean and balanced longer.
It’s also a good practice to shower after you use your hot tub to rinse away any hot tub chemicals left on your skin.
2. Does Sensitive Skin React to Hot Tub Chemicals?
Every person is different, and their skin sensitivities are different as well.
While some people are sensitive to foods and lotions, others may be sensitive to spa chemicals. But, this doesn’t mean you have to stay out the hot tub and miss out on the health and wellness benefits.
We find that most people have skin reactions in public hot tubs. This is usually because they don’t know what’s in the water.
The bonus of owning your own hot tub means you know just what’s in it. You can use the chemicals that don’t react with your skin and have clean, clear, sparkling water.
So, just because you had a reaction to the water in your hotel, that doesn’t mean you’ll react to your own hot tub water.
When you have control over your water quality, you can be sure to eliminate things that cause skin reactions. Here are a few quick tips:
- Test the sanitizer, alkalinity and acidity of your water. Bring it to us and we can help you analyze your results to see if they need an adjustment.
- Treat your water after testing as needed so it’s balanced. This can really help sensitive skin.
- Change your sanitizer. Consider other types of sanitizers as chlorine can often be harsh on the skin of someone sensitive to it. Some hot tubs even have ozone systems so you can use less chlorine or bromine.
- Listen to your body and consider small adjustments to your chemicals for a great hot tub experience.
- Drain, refill and reset your hot tub. If you previously weren’t sensitive, but now you are, it may be time to drain and refill.
3. How Long Does It Take a Hot Tub to Warm Up?
Most hot tubs are designed to be hot and ready to use at all times while others may be plug-n-play. So, the answer to this question is it depends on the type of hot tub you own.
If you recently drained and refilled your hot tub, it may take a few hours to heat up. The best thing to do is check your Owner’s Manual or talk to your hot tub dealer.
4. Does a Hot Tub Help You Sleep Better?
Yes! When you soak in your spa, your body temperature rises. Then, when you leave the hot tub, your core temperature cools, and this signals your body that it’s time to sleep.
Your body temperature is at its lowest level during sleep, so when you soak 60-90 minutes before bed, your body is more ready for sleeping.
5. Do You Need a Cover Lifter?
We think it’s an essential accessory because it makes it easy for one person to fold the cover back and get in the hot tub. It’s often key to enjoying your hot tub and getting the most out of it.
Cover lifters are effortless and make enjoying your hot tub every day something you can put on your to-do list.
6. Can You Recycle Hot Tub Water?
Check your local ordinances and laws. In most areas hot tub water is considered gray water that has restrictions on it for recycling.
But, if you don’t live in a restricted area, you can recycle it. Just wait three days after you last added chemicals and don’t use it on your plants.
These are just a few of the hot tub questions we’ve heard over the years. If you have some of your own, please feel free to reach out. We are always here to help you and answer your questions!