Hot Tub Maintenance — Make it a family affair
A hot tub can be one of the most relaxing, rejuvenating adult activities, especially since routine maintenance is easy and simple.
But children can enjoy the experience, too. Kids might see the hot tub as place to splash, fill up a water gun, or compete to see who can hold his or her breath the longest. A hot tub, though, can also teach them about the importance of properly caring for an investment. They will also get a peek at the behind-the-scenes responsibilities — cleaning, hot tub chemical use, and overall upkeep.
A hot tub by Master Spas is a family luxury. When you treat it as such, you should involve the entire family in its upkeep. Encouraging every member of the family to participate will likely only make everyone appreciate it even more. Plus, the maintenance is not time-consuming task nor difficult. And this chore always leads to a reward: a fun, relaxing place to unwind after your work is done.
Cleaning the Hot Tub
Consider giving each child a designated responsibility. A younger child can use the water vac to clean the debris out of the bottom of the tub. Meanwhile, an older child can check water levels and fill the tub with a garden hose when needed. (Don’t forget the pre-filter attachment!) With parental supervision, kids can also help test the chemical levels and determine what, if any, action is required. If nothing else, the kids will be understand pH and chlorination long before they take chemistry class in school.
Parents can feel good about giving their kids a mini-science lesson as they get a hand with hot tub maintenance.
All About Balance
Arguably the most essential part of hot tub maintenance is checking and maintaining spa chemical levels. Performed several times a week, these check can be fun — and educational. Children can help parents use a testing strip to examine alkalinity and pH; sanitize the water with bromine and chlorine; or disinfect water with a shock treatment. Children will be reminded of the careful attention that goes into maintaining water clarity before all the fun happens. Remind them that keeping the chemicals balanced prevents cloudy water, skin irritation, and bacteria from growing.
Children will learn to appreciate and take pride in the family investment by participating in hot tub maintenance. It will no longer just be an imaginary ocean, an area to practice snorkeling. The hot tub will become a place where the family can learn, work, and play together.
For more information about maintaining your hot tub, download our Hot Tub Maintenance Guide.
Hot Tub Safety
It’s important to emphasize water safety while caring for the hot tub. Children should not be left unattended around water. Also, chemicals should be stored out of reach, and children should not handle chemicals without proper supervision and precautions.