How Does Rain Affect Hot Tubs in Toronto
When most people think of relaxing in hot tubs in Toronto, we think of tranquil sunsets, cool evenings, or clear, starry nights. But in Southern Ontario that’s not always in the forecast. The beauty of your Beachcomber hot tub is that you can use it whenever you like, snow, rain, or shine. However, if you choose to use it during a summer storm, you need to be careful. Rainfall and its impact on hot tubs may create some concern, but it is something to do occasionally if you take the proper precautions.
To learn more about how rainfall impacts hot tubs in Toronto, read on.
Can I Use My Hot Tub in the Rain?
The short answer is yes, you’re able to use a hot tub in Toronto when it rains. But it’s essential that you exercise caution. Getting out of your hot tub and walking to your home on a clear day has safety risks, but it’s even riskier during a rainstorm. To prevent any slipping or falling, have a pair of shoes ready for when you get out of your Beachcomber hot tub. Be prepared for a slight cold shock when you get out of your hot tub, and have a robe on hand for when you get back inside.
Impact of Rainfall on Your Hot Tub
Although using your hot tub in the rain may be pleasant and relaxing, rainwater impacts your hot tub’s water chemistry and temperature. Rainwater in North America tends to be slightly acidic, altering the pH level of your hot tub water and making it more acidic. If too much rainwater gets in your Beachcomber hot tub, the chemicals will dissolve, decreasing the water quality. This also affects the alkalinity levels; if the alkalinity levels are too low, it will result in corrosion of your hot tub’s internal equipment. High alkalinity, however, will turn your hot tub water green and reduce the effectiveness of the sanitizers in the water.
Hot Tub Water Chemistry
You should always conduct a water test after it stops raining. Once the test is completed, adjust the water to suitable levels; the pH level should range from 7.4 and 7.6, and alkalinity should be 80 to 120ppm. If you’re unsure, bring in a water sample to Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs for a free water analysis and find all of your hot tub supplies in one of our two GTA showroom locations or on our online.
Hot Tub Water Temperature
Aside from water chemistry, rainfall will also change the temperature of your hot tub; rainwater will make your hot tub significantly colder. As a result, it’ll take a while to heat up to your ideal temperature.
Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean in the Rain
If using your hot tub in the rain is something you’d like to do frequently, you must keep it clean. Try a gazebo or a large umbrella over your hot tub; it’ll minimize the amount of rainwater in your hot tub and keep it clean. Always be sure to check your filters for clogs from debris and the surface of your hot tub for cracks. When you aren’t using your hot tub, make sure it is covered with a well-fitting premium hot tub cover; it’s the best way to keep it clean when it rains.
Rain can have a negative impact on your hot tub, but if you decide to take a quick dip while it rains, make sure you take the appropriate steps to mitigate these effects. For any help you may need with your hot tub, Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs is your trusted local pool company.