Hot Tubs and Viruses (COVID-19): What You Need to Know
The coronavirus pandemic has brought new uncertainties into our lives. The world is changing by the minute, and the news is constantly buzzing. For the sake of our mental and physical health, it’s crucial to find some calm during this storm. Hot tubs can still bring us much needed R & R today. Although there are precautions you should be mindful of, you can continue your hot tub lifestyle. In light of COVID-19, we want to make sure you have the right knowledge to look after yourself and to educate those around you. Keep reading for important facts and information regarding hot tubs and viruses.
Hot Tubs & COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. In fact, with proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine), hot tubs should kill the virus that causes COVID-19. So, how exactly do you carry out proper maintenance and disinfection? To do this properly, ask these three questions:
How Do I Choose the Right Spa Chemicals for My Hot Tub? It’s important to know the kinds of chemicals and the proper amounts to use to ensure you have clean water. Chlorine and bromine are the most commonly used disinfectants to remove. Either chemical will kill bacteria and the COVID-19 virus.
How Do I Measure pH Levels?
Without balanced pH levels, your hot tub water won’t have the right total alkalinity (TA) levels, which it could lead to equipment damage .
You can measure your hot tub’s pH levels by using testing strips, which can be purchased at any pool and spa supplies shop. On a pH scale, lower numbers are more acidic, and higher numbers are more basic. The water in your hot tub should be between pH levels of 7.2 and 7.8.
How Often Should You Change Hot Tub Water?
Many people assume that once you add your chlorine and bromine and the pH level is looking good, the deed is done. But maintenance takes one more step. As with any quality product or service, consistency is a key to maintenance. That’s why we recommend that hot tub water be changed every 4-6 months. Generally, you can just drain the water out of your hot tub, then refill it with a hose. But the method can vary with the design of your particular type of hot tub.