Whether you have a hot tub in your backyard or you're considering installing one, consider the responsibilities that come with owning and maintaining a hot tub along with the benefits. Taking care of your hot tub can increase the longevity of it, and, fortunately, maintenance is easy to manage if you know what needs to be done. With these hot tub maintenance tips, you can properly care for all your equipment so you'll have a hot tub to relax in for years to come.
Test the chemicals frequently
Not only does maintaining the chemical levels help keep the water in the hot tub safe for use, it will help prolong the longevity of your hot tub. Use a chemical testing kit to check the levels of pH, calcium, chlorine, bromine, alkalinity and acidity. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines and health department regulations to determine the appropriate chemical levels and how to reach them.
Cover the hot tub
When too much water evaporates from the hot tub, the filtration system can stop working properly and potentially damage the system. To prevent evaporation and keep excess debris and dirt out of the hot tub water, keep a tight cover on the spa. You can find a variety of covers to suit your needs, including lockable, insulated and energy-saving models.
Prepare for winter
Whether you plan on closing your hot tub during the winter season or you intend to use the tub year round, you'll want to make sure to take necessary steps before the temperatures drop. If you're going to close the spa for the winter, follow the instructions in your user manual for tips on how to drain the tub. One of the most important aspects of draining the tub is making sure to remove all water from the internal plumbing to avoid damage from freezing. Some models are designed to accommodate winter drainage and have a specialized system that removes all water from the pipes.
For those who would prefer to enjoy unwinding in the heated water of a spa when the temperatures drop below freezing, you'll want to complete a deep clean in the fall. Drain, clean and refill the hot tub before the cold weather hits, because you won't want to mess with the system in the middle of winter. There are a few ways to help keep your tub warm and fully operational throughout the winter. If you live in a cold climate, a freeze-protection system is beneficial for keeping water toasty all season long. In addition to your hot tub cover, a floating thermal blanket can help keep heat and water inside the tub.