You own a hot tub and it has changed your life. You enjoy a spa experience as often as you want, right in your backyard. Read on for tips on some basic maintenance, so your hot tub can live its best life, just like you.
Hot tubs do not require much maintenance, and they offer abundant relaxation. But you want to ensure that your hot tub’s water remains clean and will operate in peak condition for the long run. With some simple information and a basic schedule, you can establish a rhythm of care for your tub that keeps it in optimal shape.
Why do you Drain Your Hot Tub?
You’re right. We don’t need to drain pools. Why do we drain hot tubs? We drain hot tubs because of the exact two factors that distinguish them from pools: size and water temperature.
The more people you have in a hot tub, the more their bodies “leave behind” in a smaller amount of water. One of the many great benefits of owning a hot tub from Life’s Great Hot Tub Company, is the detoxifying process. But eventually those “toxins” build up in the water.
Hot Tubs earn their name from the high temperature of the water. As hot water evaporates it leaves behind added solids from sweat, deodorant and other outside chemicals.
When do you Drain Your Hot Tub?
Now that you’ve been convinced to drain your tub, here’s the basic schedule for doing it. Plan on draining your hot tub every 3-4 months. It’s easiest to think of it in terms of seasons. Drain and refill to prepare for each new season.
You should be testing your water and filters regularly, as well. Any changes could indicate that you need to drain the water earlier, and any form of foul swell should cause you to drain immediately. But draining your hot tub every 3-4 months is a general rule of thumb.
How Do You Drain Your Hot Tub?
There are two ways to drain a hot tub quickly. For the first method, use a submersible pump. You can use the Aqua Pro pump with a ¾ in garden hose or a 1 ¾ sump pump hose to remove up to 30 gallons per minute! How’s that for fast and convenient?
Your other quick-drain option is to use a wet vac suction to get a siphon started. You drop one end of the hose into the hot tub and connect the other end to the wet/dry vac. You run the vac just long enough to get the flow moving ( a few seconds.) Then disconnect the hose and let the water flow onto the ground.
Though this method is not as fast as the sub pump, using a wet/dry vac has other benefits. While siphoning you can use the wand to suck up debris from the seats and floor in the hot tub. Because, now that your hot tub is drained…let the cleaning begin.
Clean Before Refilling and Enjoy
When your hot tub is empty of water, use the opportunity to clean it thoroughly. First dry it with a soft towel, then use a hot tub cleaning chemical to remove scum and protect the surface. Clean and dry filters completely. Clean and dry the cover, as well.
Once your hot tub is emptied and clean, go ahead and fill it up again. Hot tubs are intended for enjoyment! Repay yourself for these few hours of work with a relaxing spa experience. Congratulate yourself on a job well done. Your hot tub is ready for a new season, and life’s great.
Keeping Hot Tubs in the Upstate NY region Clean and Running Properly
Hot Tub & Endless Swim Spas Delivery & Maintenance to the following areas: Malta, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Albany, Glens Falls, Troy, Schenectady, Colonie & Latham, NY. Click for a full list of cities in Upstate NY where we can deliver and install our Life’s Great Hot Tubs and Swim Spas.
As always, if you have any questions on this process, please contact us.