When homeowners purchase a rental property, or simply let out their main residence from time to time, they frequently want to advertise they have a hot tub. This is because a spa is a great marketing tool that increases the profit they can make.
But before beginning any such enterprise, homeowners frequently contact their insurance representative to learn of any liability issues involved.
“If the property has a hot tub, owners learn that it is essential that their spa water be always pristine,” says Bill Renter, owner of Best Hot Tubs (Windham, Farmingdale, Westbury, NY).
“Hot tub maintenance isn’t difficult when done regularly. However, vacation property owners frequently live at a distance, or they are away from the home on vacation themselves in the case of home sharing via Airbnb etc.”
In such cases, they require professionals like Best Hot Tubs to service and maintain their spas, especially the water quality.
“Hot water speeds the growth of bacteria,” Bill continues. “These contaminants can build up in a small body of water that’s not monitored regularly and adjusted as needed.”
When Bill discusses such service contracts with new clients, it’s not surprising, he says, that owners strive to keep their expenses as low as possible. One thing they often suggest is scheduling maintenance every two weeks instead of weekly.
“However, for a vacation rental, 14 days between services is long in hot-tub-time. People on vacation — thrilled to have a spa to enjoy — tend to use it many hours a day. They often invite friends and family to join them, and all this activity dramatically affects the water quality.”
In one instance (“Before” left), the hot tub had been used extensively by renters but it hadn’t been serviced weekly. The water was uninviting to say the least.
In some cases, when water has been overused between treatments, it needs to be drained, scrubbed, and refilled, which is what our Best Hot Tubs’ service tech did for this one (“After” right).
During Best Hot Tubs’ weekly services, using spa sanitizers and testing equipment, we check and adjust the water quality. “Sometimes we kick the chemicals up several notches through what is called ‘shocking the water’ if we feel the spa has had heavy use during the week,” adds one of our technicians.
Also, every couple of months, Best Hot Tubs will remove and rinse the filters. In addition, we wipe out any rings showing in the tub; plus we top off water levels. As required, every few months we will drain and clean the tub.
“People are always quite surprised to learn that hotels and public pools test their water three times a day,” says Bill. “So having hot tub experts test your spa weekly (as well as in between stays by different renters) should not seem excessive. It’s worth the peace of mind such visits give property owners as well as the renters.”
Whether or not you are planning any home sharing, or turn your home into a vacation rental, should you want one of our techs to do a deep clean of your hot tub (or any maintenance) contact:
Nassau (516) 279-4850 | Suffolk (631) 465-0175 | Catskills (518) 734-9100
No matter who’s using it, you want clean water in your hot tub. Note how the handsome “Sandstone” Bullfrog Spas interior chosen by these Best Hot Tubs’ clients shines beautifully in clean hot tub water.
This roomy Bullfrog model (purchased for a vacation rental in the Catskills) can seat 7 people together in a variety of seating options. It includes a bent-knee lounger as well as 6 unique JetPaks seats for personalized massages — or a different massage in every seat.
Best Hot Tubs has a substantial and growing number of service contacts — for clients with one or more of our Bullfrog Spas, as well for those owning other brands. That said, we know there will be some who feel they want to maintain their hot tubs themselves. You can always contact our showrooms, or check out Best Hot Tubs’ tutorials on Youtube or in other blog posts at our website.