19 Jan Basic Hot Tubs Los Angeles Tips
Getting into a hot tub is always a great experience. After a long day at work, or a hard workout at the gym, or even first thing in the morning, it can be both relaxing and invigorating. For many, the best time they ever had in a hot tub was getting into one for the first time. Also for many of us, that’s when we were told the very first rule of hot tub safety: “don’t sit in there too long.” There are many more ways to take care of your hot tub and yourself. In this blog, we’ll go over some basic hot tubs Los Angeles tips. Along the way, we’ll touch on some facts that separate Bullfrog Spas from the rest.
Sanitize your Hot Tubs in Los Angeles
If you’ve ever gone to a gym that has a hot tub, you’ve probably seen a sign that says something like: “shower before you get into the hot tub.” Of course, most people don’t and then just get in the hot tub anyway. The reason that many gyms (or even hotels) have that sign is that hot tubs can attract all kinds of unwanted contaminants. All kinds of substances can get into even the well-cared for and protected hot tub. Hairsprays, oils and more – truthfully, as long as you’re using your hot tub, substances will probably get into it that you don’t want to be in it for very long. A great way to get these substances out of your hot tub is to sanitize it.
“Sanitization” is a big, somewhat intimidating word, but it’s not a difficult process for a hot tub. It can sound like you have to put on some kind of hazmat-like suit and wade into your hot tub, but that’s definitely not the case. To sanitize your hot tub, you want to make sure that the sanitizer levels in your hot tub are within the recommended limits. You do that by putting in a “test strip.” You can find these at our location. Dip the testing strip into the water. Then, read what it says. You’ll know pretty quickly whether or not it’s at the right level. Should it be necessary to put in more sanitizer, you have options there as well.
Types of Sanitizers
The two most common types of sanitizers are bromine and chlorine. Each can complete the most important tasks of a sanitizer: they take out the viruses and bacteria while leaving the hot tub smelling fresh while being disinfected and clear. Some of our customers also opt for a water conditioning kit with a pH balancer, too. There are lots of ways to figure out which kind of sanitizer is right for you. As no two people are the same, neither are their needs and expectations from a hot tub.
Bromine vs. Chlorine
When it comes to complexity, there’s no comparison. Bromine treatments are far more complex than chlorine ones. That complexity comes with a cost: time. The bromine treatments take much longer to dissolve in the water. So, when you need something to go into effect quicker, it’s probably better to choose the chlorine. After all, these treatments are much easier to apply. In water that’ less than seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit, that’s absolutely the case. Chlorine treatments dissolve even faster there.
That being said, chlorine does require more maintenance than bromine treatments. You may have to do more treatments more often should you go with chlorine. Of course, bromine treatments are more expensive. You can get the chlorine ones for less money, but you will be using them more often. In fact, people who opt for the bromine treatments tend to end up recouping that money over time, since they aren’t paying as much for the continual treatments.
At this point, you may be saying: “I just want to sanitize my hot tub; I didn’t want to wade into an endless debate about bromine and chlorine.” The easiest way to figure out what’s right for you is to do what you normally do: trust your body. Often for people on the fence, we recommend that they try one kind and then the other. Should you choose to do that, you can see how the water looks, if it’s something that you would like to continue. By that same token, if your body reacts in a negative way to either of the sanitizers, then you definitely don’t want to use that sanitizer again.
Different people do have different needs when it comes to hot tubs. We’ve certainly learned that over the years. Now, we can put that experience to use for you. Should you have any questions about what the right hot tub for your situation is, or how to properly maintain it, give us a call at (310) 392-3063 or head to our site.