What to do if somebody poops in your hot tub? What, wait, is that even a thing? Unfortunately, it could happen, particularly if you have younger bathers using the spa. We hope with all our hearts that you never find yourself in that situation, but we are here to tell you what to do in case you encounter a “fecal incident” (CDC’s phrase) in your hot tub. As unpleasant as it is to think about, it is important for you to have a plan if the unthinkable happens.
First Things First When Somebody Poops in Your Hot Tub
Evacuate the hot tub. Everyone OUT.
Scoop the Poop
After donning disposable gloves, get a net, a bucket, or something with which to scoop the poop out of the hot tub. Do not under any circumstances use a pool vac. Can you even imagine cleaning and disinfecting it afterward? Good grief, you’d be better off throwing it away. No, no, no, do not use your pool vac. Hopefully, the offending item will be in one or two solid pieces and you can easily remove it from the water. Dispose of it in a toilet.
Clean and Disinfect the Pooper Scooper
Clean the poop off of your net, bucket, or whatever you used to remove the fecal matter from the hot tub. You will also have to disinfect this item by spraying or soaking it in a bleach disinfectant solution. Peel off your disposable gloves and discard them in a sealed plastic bag.
Drain the Hot Tub, Replace the Filter, and Clean the Hot Tub
Drain all the water out of the hot tub, including the pipes if you can. Now you are going to have to clean every surface of the drained hot tub. Every single surface that came in contact with the poopy water. You will now have to replace the hot tub filter, or remove it and clean it thoroughly.
Refill the Hot Tub
Refill the hot tub with fresh water. While the hot tub is filling, sit down and have a drink of your favorite beverage.
Adjust pH and Free Chlorine Levels
Get your pH levels to 7.5 or below. You will want to get your free chlorine concentration level to 3 ppm. The pH and chlorine levels should remain in this range for at least 30 minutes. Frankly, if it was us, we’d close that hot tub for the duration of the day.
As we stated at the beginning of this article, we fervently hope you will never need this information. Clearly, if you have a “fecal incident” in your hot tub, the subsequent few hours are not going to be your most pleasant. Accidents do happen, however, and it is always best to be prepared. What to do if somebody poops in your hot tub? There is a sequence of steps to be followed, and fortunately, they aren’t complicated.
With the information we have provided (with the Center for Disease Control’s guidance), if somebody poops in your hot tub, you can remedy the situation before you know it. Aqua Pools is here with all the chemical supplies you need. You can even order online and have them on hand in case of such an occurrence.