The definition of pool includes spas and hot tubs. The swimming pool barrier guidelines therefore apply to these structures as well as to conventional swimming pools.
- An in-the-ground, older spa spent the winter unused because of light bulb, tiling and caulking repairs. In May, the heater was eagerly flipped on. The gas jets ignited promisingly, but wouldn’t stay lit.
- The problem? Spiders. They love the smell of natural gas. Drawn to inactive, back yard swimming pool and spa heaters, the insects nest in the jets, clogging them. A common problem, solved by a new burner tray.
- But the problem could have avoided it altogether simply by turning on the heater for five minutes twice a month, while running the filter pump.
- Much of pool and spa maintenance is like that, say maintenance experts.