Now that winter has settled over Vancouver, it’s officially hot tub season!

Outdoor hot tubs are the perfect place to unwind and warm up after a long winter’s day, but before you dash out to your tub, there are a few winter specific hot tub maintenance issue you need to keep in mind.

Outdoor hot tub maintenance tips

1. During the winter months, one of the biggest risks of operating your hot tub is that water can freeze in the pipework.

Double check that your hot tub has a freeze protection system and be sure to activate it as soon as the weather turns colder at night. This will help to maintain a constant temperature when you’re not using the tub.

2. If your hot tub doesn’t have some kind of freeze protection system, set the timer switch to cycle hot water through the pipes and equipment every 10 to 20 minutes.

Keep in mind the colder the outdoor temperature the more frequently you should be running the cycle.

3. Keep a closer eye on the water temperature of your outdoor hot tub during the winter months.

The colder it is outside the longer it will take to heat the water in your tub back up, not to mention that you can run the risk of your pipes freezing if the temperature drops too low.

4. Also, keep a closer eye on the water level in your hot tub.

If the water drops too low, the pumps and heater may stop working which can cause the water and your pipes to freeze.

5. Ensure that you have a good quality hot tub cover.

A good cover can help to reduce energy consumption during the winter months.

6. Regularly remove snow from the top of your hot tub cover.

Most covers are not designed to hold the added weight of snow, so keep a close eye on it during the winter.

For more year-round outdoor hot tub maintenance tips check out this blog post.

Have any specific questions about how to maintain your Trasolini outdoor hot tub over the winter? Call us at 604.255.8551 or contact us via our website here.