As a hot tub owner, you’re probably aware that one of the unique advantages of your spa is that you can enjoy it any time of the year, no matter the season. But what if it rains or snows? And what if you live in a climate that experiences a lot of it? No need to worry – you can still unwind and relax in your hot tub, even when there’s a little bit of precipitation. You might even be surprised to learn that many homeowners use their spa more often in the colder months than in the warmer ones. With a few simple steps, you should be able to safely enjoy a relaxing soak even when there’s rain or snow.
Using a Hot Tub Safely in Rain and Snow
Feeling raindrops on your skin while taking a relaxing soak can make for a hot tub experience that’s truly special. That’s why it comes as no surprise that a lot of people still choose to use their hot tubs when it rains. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure that your rainy experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
For one, it’s important to remember that while rain itself isn’t dangerous, thunderstorms can be. If you hear thunder or see lightning in the distance, it’s best to err on the side of caution and head indoors. Another thing to keep in mind is that rain can make the surface of your hot tub slippery, so be sure to take extra care when getting in and out. It’s also good to have a non-slip mat handy to place underfoot. Wearing non-slip slippers or shoes can also offer you extra protection.
While rain might not pose too much of a threat to your hot tub, a lot of snow might. That’s because snow can accumulate on the cover and put extra strain on the structure. So, be sure to brush any snow off the cover to avoid accidents.
How to Enhance the Experience
Now that we’ve gone over some of the safety concerns let’s look at how you can make your hot tub experience even more enjoyable.
For starters, try to find a spot for your hot tub where you can enjoy the rain without getting too wet. This might mean setting up a tarp or canopy above the hot tub, or simply finding a location where other structures can provide some shelter. In addition, you can use an umbrella, hat, or sunglasses to protect yourself from the rain and heat your towels in the dryer before heading outside so you can stay warm. Another way to enhance your soak is to add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to the water.
To complete the experience, you can cozy up in front of a fire after your soak. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in front of a crackling fire after a relaxing soak in the rain or snow.
What Rain or Snow Does to Your Hot Tub’s Water
If you’ve been keeping an eye on your hot tub’s pH levels, you may have noticed that it’s a bit off after raining or snowing. This is because the rainwater can accumulate within the hot tub and throw off the pH balance. Ideally, it should be within the range of 7.4 and 7.6. After the rain subsides, it’s still good to check the water for contaminants. Testing strips or a kit can help you determine if there is anything harmful in the water. Even if the amount of water is small, it’s still worth looking at. Contact a hot tub dealer near you for more information on a hot tub’s water balance.
With a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy your hot tub even when the weather outside is less than ideal. So don’t let a little rain or snow stop you from relaxing in your favorite spot. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
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