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Tip of The Month: Should you consider installing a jacuzzi or whirlpool spa?

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of indoor jacuzzi and whirlpool spa installations. People have had fewer opportunities to go out, they’re spending less money, and therefore are thinking about ways to improve their homes or provide more entertainment without venturing outside.

If you’ve been thinking about having one installed for yourself, here are a few things to consider:

Jacuzzis and whirlpools are not baths
They really are there to just relax and have fun in. Don’t use any soaps or shampoos; they can cause the build up of scum, which leads to clogged pipes and all manner of other problems. In other words, make sure you and your friends are clean before jumping in.

If you keep using the same water
If you decide to continually use the same water, you will need to use a specific pool algae solution or additive. There are many on the market, but the important thing is to make sure you don’t promote the build up of mould or algae.

They can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria
You will need good ventilation and flooring. Don’t use wood, as this can encourage the build-up of mould and become very slippery when wet. Remember, jacuzzies and spas create a lot of moisture, which needs to escape.

Every make and model is different
Study the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions carefully. They all have their own considerations for ensuring good hygiene. Be sure to follow what you have learnt, as failure to do so could invalidate the warranty.

Use the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance team
Choose your supplier wisely, and if anything goes wrong, be sure to call upon their suggested maintenance team. It is not advisable to just call in a general plumber. It is unlikely that they will know the nuances of your particular model.

If you change the water every time you use it
If you decide to change the water every time you use it, you can still acquire a build-up of algae. If you are not using the appropriate cleaning products, you will eventually see green stuff coming out of your water jets.

Make sure your plumbing is accessible
When your jacuzzi is installed, make sure that all of the pipes and plumbing can be accessed from either the front or back of the bath. Failure to do this could result in the whole unit having to be uninstalled in order to gain access.

There is plenty of information out there to help you make an informed decision. Most of which is written by the manufacturers themselves. This isn’t a bad thing, as each type has its own set of considerations – so do your homework before deciding.

Ciao for now.

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