Your hot tub is your sanctuary, a recovery tool, a relaxation spot, and a therapeutic device. Keeping it working well is key to making sure that you keep working well.
With this comprehensive guide, we hope you will be able to give your hot tub the attention it deserves so it can continue to serve you for years to come. Let’s get started!
Regular Water Testing
- Test the water chemistry at least once a week using test strips or a liquid test kit. Monitor the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels (chlorine or bromine) to ensure they’re within the recommended ranges.
- Adjust the pH and alkalinity levels as needed to keep them in the ideal range. Balanced water prevents corrosion, scaling, and skin irritation. Your owner’s manual should have recommendations about your specific model.
- Maintain proper sanitization to kill bacteria and algae in the water. Common methods include chlorine, bromine, or mineral systems.
- Periodically shocking your hot tub water can help eliminate contaminants, such as body oils, lotions, and organic matter.
Clean and Replace Your Filter Regularly
- Your hot tub’s filters are the first line of defense against particulates that can ruin your jacuzzi experience. Rinse them off with a hose every 2-4 weeks, and deep clean them with a filter cleaner solution every 2-3 months. Remember, your hot tub’s filters have a limited lifespan, so make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to replace the filter.
Did You Know?
Some hot tubs can be outfitted with UV-C or ozone systems as additional water treatment methods. These systems help reduce reliance on traditional sanitizers and can enhance water quality.
Drain and Refill
- Depending on how often you use your hot tub, it’s typically recommended to drain and refill it every three or four months to maintain water quality.
- You won’t feel clean inside your hot tub if the outside of your hot tub is dirty or moldy. You’ll want to clean the interior and exterior surfaces of your hot tub regularly with a non-abrasive spa surface cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and mineral deposits. A solution of vinegar and water can do the trick.
Care For Your Cover
- Your hot tub cover is your first line of defense for keeping dust and other airborne contaminants out of your water. But it is also exposed to the elements, which can cause dirt and mold to build up on it. Clean it regularly with a vinyl-safe cleaning agent to keep it looking and working its best. Inspect your cover often for rips or tears, and to make sure it still seals properly to the top of your hot tub.
Inspect and Lubricate Components
- Periodically inspecting your hot tub’s components will prevent parts from breaking down. Inspect jets, pumps, and heaters. Pay attention to any signs of wear or breakdown. Lubricate any moving parts as recommended by your hot tub’s manufacturer.
Maintain Proper Water Level
- Making sure your hot tub has the proper level of water will keep it running in top performance. If you notice the level getting a bit low, add water until it’s up to its recommended fill level. This will preserve the life of your pump and heater.
Winterize for Cold Climates
- Prepare your hot tub for the extremes that mother nature may have in store. This might include draining the water to protect the plumbing and equipment from freezing. In Illinois, you definitely want to be aware of the weather as well as the recommended temperature limits for your hot tub. If you have any questions, call All Seasons Pools & Spas at 708-349-2222 and ask our experts for advice.
Regularly Check for Leaks
- A leaking hot tub won’t last long. You will need to visually inspect your hot tub, and the areas around it, for any leaks. If you notice your hot tub leaking, don’t panic.
What Do I Do If My Hot Tub Is Leaking?
- Turn Off the Power:
- Before you begin any troubleshooting or repairs, turn off the power to your hot tub at the breaker or disconnect switch. Safety should be your top priority.
- Locate the Leak:
- Determine the source of the leak. Check both inside the hot tub and the area around it. Look for wet or damp spots, and use a towel or paper towel to dry any suspected areas.
- Inspect Common Leak Points
- Pump Seals: Check the pump and its seals for signs of leakage.
- Heater Assembly: Inspect the heater assembly for any visible leaks, particularly at the connections.
- Plumbing Joints: Examine the plumbing connections, pipes, and fittings for leaks.
- Jet Housings: Look for water seeping out from around the jets.
- Shell: Occasionally, the hot tub shell itself may develop cracks or holes.
- Fix Small Leaks:
- If the leak is minor and you’re confident in your DIY skills, you may be able to repair it yourself using a suitable hot tub repair kit.
- Call All Seasons Pools & Spas: 708-349-2222
- If the leak is significant, or if you are unable to locate or repair it, call us! We have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and fix any problem you are having..
- Drain the Hot Tub:
- Drain the water out of your hot tub, and wait for the professionals at All Seasons to thoroughly assess the issue and provide you with a solution.
The best way to prevent issues with your hot tub is to educate yourself about your particular model and be prepared to proactively address any issues before they become problems. Quality hot tub maintenance starts with you. If you have any questions about your hot tub, you can rely on the experts at All Seasons Pools & Spas to give you the professional advice to keep your hot tub operating at peak performance.