If you’ve never owned a hot tub before, the very thought of taking care of one may be intimidating. But rest assured that caring for a hot tub is actually very simple. Usually, just a few minutes of attention each week is enough to keep your spa in good working condition. Let’s take a look at basic maintenance tips that will get you familiar with caring for your hot tub.
The three components included in water maintenance are water filtration, chemical balance/pH control and water sanitation. You need a unique set of chemicals to keep these three components balanced, which will lead to clean, sparkling water.. Water sanitation, for example, requires adding sanitizer to the hot tub water. You also need to test the water in order to prevent corroded metals and scale buildup.
The exterior of the hot tub needs some attention, too. But don’t be too quick to use just any household cleaner on it. Instead, ask the dealer for suggestions as to which cleaning products are best for the material of your hot tub. Most shells are made from acrylic, so look for cleaning products that clean this type of material. Or, a plain rag will do the trick.
Another important component is your hot tub’s filter, which needs to be cleaned regularly to keep your spa in good condition. After all, the water can’t be cleaned efficiently if the filter is dirty or clogged. Your water filter should be cleaned or changed at least every 5-6 weeks. This can be adjusted based on the type of filter being used and how often you use the hot tub. Always follow the manufacturer’s advice on how to best clean or replace the filter.
Draining the Water
Many hot tub manufacturers recommend that the hot tub be drained every few months, especially if you use it regularly. Follow the manufacturer’s advice and keep the following tips in mind. First, always turn off the power and disconnect the hot tub from the power source. Second, choose a suitable area that can handle several hundred gallons of water. Emptying hot tub water out on grass or plants isn’t a good idea because it includes contaminants and chemicals.
Hot tubs aren’t that difficult to take care of, especially when you stay on top of the maintenance. This is one investment that you can start enjoying right away!