Hot tub maintenance is necessary, but it does not have to be complicated. Keeping your hot tub maintained is vital in keeping costly repairs at bay and protecting your family’s health. Scheduling time each week to clean your hot tub is an investment in your asset and will keep you enjoying your hot tub without the risk of getting sick.
Follow these 7 quick tips to keep your hot tub in pristine condition all year long:
1. Choose a day of the week that is dedicated to hot tub maintenance
It’s easier to follow a schedule if you have one! Choose a day that works best for you and stick to it! This eliminates having to remember to clean every week.
2. Test your hot tub’s chemicals
Check your water quality every week to ensure that your tub’s water is safe. Ensure you test your sanitizer levels, and check pH balance and alkalinity to ensure they are diluted and mixed correctly.
3. Shock your hot tub
It is easier for bacteria to breed in warm water, so, if your hot tub water is dirty, it is more likely that the bacteria will spread in the heat of the tub’s water. Shocking your tub properly is important for the sterilization of your water and the health of your tub, as well as the people who use it.
4. Clean the hot tub filters (and give them a good rinse)
This is use-dependent, so begin by checking your hot tub filters every week. Never go more than three weeks without cleaning them. Give your filters a good rinse to get rid of debris, dirt, and buildup that gets caught in them and will eventually end up in your water.
5. Check the water level
Water should cover 1/2 to 2/3 of the skimmer hole, so make sure it is always topped up. Not doing so can damage your filters and pumps.
6. Air out your hot tub cover (and give it a good wipe down)
At least twice a week, remove your hot tub cover to give it a break from all of that heat and moisture. Place it in a dry, sunny location in order to dry out. Clean and condition the hot tub cover. If your hot tub has a cover, this will ensure that it stays in good condition and doesn’t allow unwanted dirt and bacteria into your hot tub.
7. Check for damage
Look for rust, dirt, peeling, chipping, holes, cracks and damaged equipment. It is better to catch these things early before they become a serious issue.
Hot tubs can vary, but these are fairly universal cleaning tips. Remember to always consult your owner’s manual for more specific care instructions. Read about the issues that can arise that happen when your hot tub is not maintained.