Can I Soak in My Strong Spa if It Is Raining?

Can I Soak in My Strong Spa if It Is Raining?

A relaxing chilly spring evening after dinner with your spouse, a drink in your hand, your massage jets on, in your warm, swirling spa…what could go wrong? A spring shower? A thunderstorm? You might question if your date night must abruptly end when this unfortunate event happens, but that might not be the case. Let’s learn when it’s okay to soak in your Strong Spa® if it’s raining and when it’s not. 

Is It Safe to Soak in My Strong Spa While It’s Raining?

The expeditious and to-the-point answer is yes, it is safe to soak in your Strong Spa while it is raining. But only if your hot tub is under some kind of cover, like a covered patio or gazebo. You don’t want rainwater to get into your hot tub, because an excessive amount of rain could potentially throw off your Strong Spa’s pH balance.

Some helpful tips to ensure you enjoy your Strong Spa if it’s raining are:

  • Have warm towels ready by the spa for a cozy exit 
  • Wear shoes that grip the ground to prevent falling
  • Wear a hat, jacket, or poncho inside to avoid getting wet once drying off

Is It Safe to Soak in My Strong Spa During a Thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is a storm with thunder, lightning, heavy rain, and sometimes hail. Soaking in your Strong Spa during a thunderstorm is not safe. Water conducts electricity, so lightning is more likely to strike water than land. Even if a storm is approaching, it is still not the best idea to soak as lightning can hit up to 10 miles away. Thunderstorms can also bring wind which means debris could be a possibility; for the most enjoyable soak experience, it is ideal to ensure your Strong Spa is as clean as possible. 

Post-rain-soak duties

If you choose to have a relaxing soak during a passing rain shower, there are a few things you should make sure you do afterward.

It is a good idea to check your spa’s pH and total alkalinity levels. Normal total alkalinity levels are between 80 and 120 mg, and anything above or below will make pH levels challenging to maintain. An average pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8.

Anything below 7.2 indicates your water is too acidic. Highly acidic levels can cause skin and eye irritation, cloudy water, and negatively affect your jet performance. If you choose to wait to check your spa’s chemical balance, be sure you check it before placing the cover on top of your Strong Spa, and it is also a good idea to recheck it before soaking in it again. 

Key Takeaways to Remember

Relaxing in your Strong Spa while it rains can be very enjoyable. However, remember:

  • You should never soak in your spa during a thunderstorm or while it is lightning. Soaking during a thunderstorm is extremely dangerous.
  • To make soaking in your Strong Spa while it’s raining more enjoyable, you could have warm towels ready, wear supportive shoes to prevent falling, and wear outerwear to avoid getting wet after drying off.
  • Always check your pH and total alkalinity levels after a soak in the rain to prevent chemical imbalances.

For any additional questions or helpful information on your strong spa, you can visit any of our 5 locations at Texas Hot Tub Company and one of our Strong Spa experts will be sure to help assist you in the best way possible. 


The 2019 Limelight Collection Owner’s Manual will help you understand your spa’s features, and answer questions you might have regarding spa operation, water care, and maintenance. There is also a troubleshooting section included for your convenience.  

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