Pay particular attention to the manufacturer’s maintenance procedures for cleaning the whirlpool tub’s circulation system. Failure to do so can result in the growth and transmission of infectious bacteria. Bath water residue contains soap scum, dirt, bath oils, body secretions, and skin cells. With each use of the whirlpool tub these organic materials mix with mineral deposits in the water to form scale deposits.
The warm humid environment that the whirlpool’s plumbing provides is the ideal place for microorganisms to grow. They can cause many different ailments that can be very unpleasant and debilitating. (ie. kidney, bladder, skin, vaginal, eye and respiratory infections, just to name a few).
Household cleaners are ineffective for cleaning the scale or mineral deposits as well as bacteria out of the system.
Flush your whirlpool after every use with a cleaning solution recommended by the manufacturer.
Jetted tubs should be sanitized before being used for the first time and then at regular intervals, to prevent bacterial infections. Check the owners manual for directions on cleaning. If the manual is not available then this method may be used.
1. Most brands suggest closing the air controls for the jets.
2. Fill the bath with warm water to a level 2″ above the highest jets, or leave water in the bath after using.
3. Add 2 teaspoons of a low-foaming, powder automatic dishwasher detergent (Cascade) and half cup of (Clorox, not generic) bleach to the water (or one cup white vinegar).
4. Run the whirlpool for approx 10 minutes. Then shut off the whirlpool and drain the water.
5. Refill tub run for two minutes to rinse, and drain.
NOTE: The use of household bleach in a strong concentration is not recommended for flushing out or sanitizing hot tubs. (It can damage internal parts)
Read the instruction manual or contact a spa supplier for the correct sanitizing product.
The tub should be connected to the electrical through a GFCI (similar to the receptacles beside a sink with the test buttons). The GFCI must be readily accessible, you should look for it under the tub, in the bathroom or the electric panel. If the tub does not turn off when the GFCI is tripped or there is no GFCI on the circuit the tub must not be used until repairs are made.
Caution: Whirlpool Tubs Can be Dangerous
- Do not leave young children unattended in a whirlpool tub.
- Never operate the pump without the suction guard in place.
- If you are taking medication, or pregnant check with your doctor before using a whirlpool tub.
- Do not use a whirlpool tub when under the influence of alcohol.
- Persons with communicable diseases should not use a tub that may be used by someone else.
- Avoid or limit the use of oil based bath products.