Talking About Crawlspace Repairs

4 Common Hot Tub Myths

by Clinton Stone

Have you recently purchased a hot tub? Are you considering purchasing one for yourself or for a gift? Here are some hot tub facts and myths that you should know about:

Household bleach is fine for cleaning your hot tub. This myth could cause serious damage to any hot tubs. While sanitizers made for hot tubs may contain chlorine, they are specially formulated to not damage hot tub parts. Household bleach may contain contaminants that can damage your hot tub's pumps, jets or other parts. It is also typically too strong for being used in a hot tub. This can cause damage not only to the hot tub itself, but to the cover as well.

Buying the least expensive of the available hot tubs will save you lots of money. While you may save money initially, this can cost you in the long run. Hot tubs are often not discounted heavily unless the model has been discontinued by the manufacturer. This can make parts difficult to find and repairs can be more costly. Before you make your purchase, find out why the hot tub is priced the way it is. If it's been discontinued, does it use the same parts as other similar models?  The best hot tubs and spas may cost a little more initially, but save you money in the long run.

Pour antifreeze into your hot tub to keep it from freezing in the winter. Although this is fairly common advice, it's actually quite dangerous. Antifreeze is full of chemicals that can be toxic if absorbed into the skin. Reading a bottle of antifreeze's warnings is proof enough of this. While you may plan on flushing the antifreeze out of the system when spring comes, this is actually difficult to do completely. Hazardous residue may linger for a long time and can potentially even damage your hot tub's workings. Instead, it's safer to contact a professional about winterizing your hot tub.

The more your hot tub smells of chemicals, the cleaner it is. In fact, if your hot tub has a heavy chlorine smell or has another strong scent, then something is off. When cleaning or sanitizing your hot tub, you should use only the chemicals recommended by the manufacturer and only in the recommended amounts. While some people are tempted to add a little extra in hopes of more cleaning or sanitizing power, in practice this rarely helps and often makes things worse.