If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a pool in your backyard that you go a little crazy swimming in every afternoon. I mean, who doesn’t love a day in the water with the summer sun shining down on you?
The problem is that eventually, you’ll run out of pool space. And even if you add a drop box or two, it’s still not enough. So what do you do? You need to either stop swimming or start filling up the pool!
Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between the two. There’s a way to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a summer day by the pool, while also having it filled up. And that’s by way of the hot tub. Which one is better? Let’s compare the pros and cons.
The Pros Of A Swimming Pool
As the name suggests, a swimming pool is basically where you swim. So the first thing to consider when comparing the pros and cons of a swimming pool is whether you want to swim or just relax by the water’s side?
If you’re planning to swim, then you want to make sure that the pool is large and has plenty of room for you to swim. Likewise, if you’re planning to relax, you want to avoid any potential downsides that might come with a small pool. For example, if you’re planning to swim with your family, make sure that there’s enough room for everyone to have a good experience.
Other than the size of the pool, the climate is also important to consider. The temperature of the water should be comfortable enough for you to enjoy your swim, but not so cold as to be uncomfortable when you get out. The same goes for the air surrounding the pool. If you’re anywhere in the US, you probably already know what I’m talking about; it’s hard to be by the pool with a cold drink in the afternoon, when the temperature is already in the low 80s.
The Cons Of A Swimming Pool
To start off, let’s discuss the cons of a swimming pool. First of all, the lighting around the pool can be quite distracting. Even though the sun is bright, there are still pools that bother prohibiting the use of outside lighting. So if you’re planning on using an outside lamp, then take this into consideration. And even if you don’t have outside lamps, it’s still a good idea to keep them off-limits around the pool area. They could potentially be dangerous if used improperly.
Speaking of swimming pools, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found them to be very slippery when wet. I mean, you definitely want to be extra careful when getting in and out of the pool. Even when wearing a slip on swimwear, it’s still difficult to keep your balance. So if you’re planning on swimming, then make sure that the surface around the pool is somewhat slippery. This can be accomplished with either sand or water spray. The spray on water can sometimes leave a lingering film on the surface, which makes it a little easier to slip on while swimming. There’s also a product called the “Slippery When Wet” belt that you could wear while swimming to make it easier to stay on top of the water.
Last but not least, we have the noisy neighbors. I’ve found that even the quietest of pools can still make a bit of a racket when filled with water. Whether it’s the sound of the pipes as the water level rises or drops, or even the gentle splashing of the water against the sides of the pool, there’s generally still some noise made when a pool is filled or emptied. So if you’re planning on swimming in the evening when it’s quiet outside, make sure that the pool is closed and locked, or that you keep the noise to a minimum by using earmuffs or headphones while swimming.
The Pros Of A Hot Tub
Now let’s compare the pros and cons of a hot tub. A hot tub is essentially a bigger, deeper pool. So the first and most obvious difference is the amount of space that it has. A typical hot tub has a depth of at least six feet, and sometimes as much as eight or nine feet. This means that it has a lot more room than a typical pool. Another difference is that you don’t need a ladder to get in and out of a hot tub. You simply step in and slide in until you’re comfortable. Also, some hot tubs have a special step that you can use to get in without hurting yourself on the sides. This is particularly helpful for people with back problems. A third difference is that almost all hot tubs have a built-in seat, which means that you don’t have to make room for a lounge chair in your yard. Just set the tub up, and you’re good to go.
Like with a swimming pool, the lighting around a hot tub is also a potential hazard. If you’re outside and it’s dark, it might be hard to see how much light is actually flooding your yard. This can be a safety issue if you’re not careful. The same goes for rain and snow, which sometimes makes it hard to know how much water you actually need to stay clean. If there’s any precipitation around, then the safest thing would be to turn off the hot tub’s lights and cover it with a tarp to keep water from getting in. This can also help keep your yard looking neat and tidy, which some people may find distracting while relaxing in the tub. So if there’s any chance of lightning or rain, then cover the tub well or take shelter inside when inside the house. This can help ensure that your yard looks the way you want it to and that you don’t end up with more water than you can handle. You could also try using a rain gauge to monitor the amount of rain that enters your yard. Similar to a swimming pool, the noise made by a hot tub is also something to be aware of. Especially if you live in a dense neighborhood, you might find that the plopping sound that a hot tub makes as it fills up is louder than usual. It’s not usually very loud, but it’s something that you need to be aware of. Just try to keep the noise to a minimum by lowering the temperature of the water, or using a wind chime or fern to create a soft, peaceful sound while bathing.
As for safety, the same rules apply to a hot tub as they do to a swimming pool. If you have children, make sure that they always use proper safety equipment while around the tub, and supervise them when they’re inside. You should also make sure that the tub is checked for safety and proper functioning before use, and that the water is changed often enough to avoid any bacterial growth or infection. Just like with a swimming pool, if you’re using soap or shampoo while bathing, make sure that it’s dishwasher safe or suitable for the environment of your house. Otherwise, you could end up with an unwanted substance in your tub that might cause an allergic reaction or chemical burn if you come in contact with it. Keep in mind that some chemicals found in common household products are extremely hazardous and potentially dangerous if inhaled or ingested, so make sure that you don’t use them near or around water sources. Besides, make sure that you don’t leave any substance that is potentially harmful in your bath water; flush it down the drain or run a bath to get rid of it. Also, I would recommend against putting metal in your pool or tub as it can cause severe damage. Always use non-metallic cleaning products and tools in and around the tub area, and be sure to clean it thoroughly after use. The same goes for your car, by the way. You don’t want to keep washing it with car cleaner because eventually, it will clog up the motor and other parts.