Can the Coronavirus spread through pools and hot tubs?
THE ANSWER IS NO!
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
THE SEVEN IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF
HOT TUB MAINTENANCE
- Circulation & Filtration
- Water Balance
- Draining & Filling
Circulation & Filtration
The equipment supplied with hot tubs varies from make-to-make but all hot tubs have at least one pump and a filtration system. The pump creates the flow (circulation) of water to and from the hot tub and built into the circulation will be the filter. As the water circulates through the filter, particles are removed and collected within the filter media. The combination of removal of particles by the filter and good chemical water treatment is essential to keep your hot tub water clear, clean and healthy.
Testing Your Hot Tub Water
Regularly testing your spa water is an essential part of hot tub maintenance. Without testing you will have no idea what the chlorine, bromine, pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels are.
Balance Your Hot Tub Water
Establishing and maintaining the correct water balance is important for a number of reasons;
- Chemical efficiency
- Bather comfort
- Protection of hot tub and hot tub equipment
- Water quality and appearance
- Easier and less time consuming to look after the hot tub
Sanitise Your Hot Tub Water
The reason that sanitisers are used is hot tubs is to ensure that the water is healthy by preventing and killing bacteria. This is achieved by continuously and consistently maintaining a level of sanitiser in the water with either chlorine or bromine.
Oxidise Your Hot Tub Water
Regularly oxidising hot tub water, ideally weekly, will pay dividends in the prevention of water problems. Bather wastes such as perspiration, urine and cosmetics can build up in hot tub water providing nutrients for bacteria and algae. A weekly oxidising treatment or shock dose will destroy these wastes and help maintain comfortable bathing conditions.
Floating debris such as suntan lotion, cosmetics, grass and insects will collect on the water surface and hot tub sides providing a source of food for bacteria and algae. A weekly clean around the waterline will easily remove unsightly waterline deposits.
Draining & Refilling
Over time hot tub water can become ‘stale’ as it absorbs minerals, chemicals and other soluble materials that cause the total dissolved solids level to increase. When the T.D.S level reaches 1,500mg/l it is time to drain the water out of the hot tub and refill it with fresh new water.
Products that can help towards keeping your hot tub free from bacteria
This information is from this following link: Coronavirus
Maintaining your hot tub and keeping it in good working order will help prevent the growth of bacteria.
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