Crisp autumn days and nights are often most enjoyable when you are submerged in a warm and inviting spa. Of course, your experience will be even more pleasurable when you take time to properly clean and maintain your hot tub before opening it each season. This hot tub maintenance checklist outlines a basic care and cleaning routine for most models.
1. Flushing Your Spa System
You might be tempted to skip this step and the draining process entirely. However, if you plan to use your spa regularly, most experts recommend flushing and draining seasonally. You’ll want to use a system flush designed for hot tubs and one that is recommended by your instruction manual. Flushing prior to draining helps eliminate bacteria build up in the pipes that result in water balancing issues and fungal growth.
2. Drain the Hot Tub
For good measure, check your GFCI for proper functioning by pressing the ‘test’ button and then shut down the spa and its associated elements before draining the tub. Connect your hose to the unit’s drain valve, and be sure to direct the expulsion end of the hose away from the foundation of your home and other nearby structures. Release the access valve and drain fully.
3. Clean or Replace the Filter Cartridge
With average use and good maintenance, most spa filters require replacement once or twice a year. It’s recommended to clean your filter cartridge each time you drain and refill the spa. A deep cleaning extends the life of both your cartridges and hot tub in addition to reducing cloudy water.
4. Cleaning and Refilling the Spa
Before cranking up the hose to refill your spa, take time to wipe it down with a gentle non-foaming solution. You might find a few household cleaning products safe for spas, but we typically recommend protecting your investment by utilizing officially recommended hot tub supplies for this task. Wipe down the shell, the cover and the interior surfaces thoroughly and get the flow started to refill the spa. Use a hose end-filter to help prevent hard water debris from compromising water quality.
5. Sanitize and Balance the Water
With a sparkling clean and freshly filled hot tub, you’ll want to balance your water with the proper chemicals and conditions to provide a safe and sanitized environment for users. Proper hot tub chemical balance is imperative to the health and wellbeing of those enjoying the soothing waters, so follow your manufacturer’s recommendations carefully.
Hot Tub Maintenance Checklist
Here’s a quick rundown on the hot tub maintenance checklist above.
- Flush the hot tub before draining water to give the internal pipes and jets a sanitizing cleansing.
- Check the power systems and drain the hot tub to release flushed debris and get a fresh start on fall enjoyment.
- Check the filter cartridges and clean and replace them as necessary for optimal functioning and sanitized water.
- Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of the hot tub prior to adding water. Use a hose filter if you have hard water.
- Add the recommended chemicals, sanitizers and conditioners to balance spa water.
- Contact a professional spa cleaner if you’re not comfortable doing the task. Neglecting maintenance can lead to the premature demise of your hot tub.
Looking for a Local Hot Tub Professional?
If you need to hire a hot tub professional to open your spa for autumn, contact Aqua Spas and Pools today at (877) 775-3442 to schedule an appointment. We’ll have you up and running with a pristine fall-ready water respite!