Many people dream of having their own hot tub, especially during the coldest days of winter. Hot tubs are an excellent way to relax, promote time with family, and to get outdoors during the winter. If your family already enjoys the swimming pool, a hot tub may be the perfect way for you to expand your backyard activities into the winter months. Continue reading Get the Most From Your Hot Tub During Winter
Having your own hot tub is an amazing experience. The ability to jump in and soak away stress is a luxurious way to end any day. The key to enjoying a home hot tub is ensuring that it is well-maintained and ready to use at all times. If you are maintaining your own spa for the first time, there are some things you’ll need to learn to do and avoid.
We’ve put together a list of common mistakes that new owners make with their hot tubs. By learning about proper maintenance, you can avoid making an expensive and frustrating mistake that prevents you from using your spa.
Mistake #1: Running your spa without filters
Running your spa without the correct filters in place is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a hot tub owner. Your filters provide essential cleaning to your water, preventing dirt, debris and hair from building up. But, your filters also protect your plumbing and pump from being damaged by circulated debris.
You should never run your spa without the correct filter cartridges in place. If you are in need of a new filter, be sure to replace it with the right cartridge before you run your system so you don’t damage your spa equipment.
Mistake #2: Leaving hot tub water unbalanced
Balancing spa water is a chore that many people neglect. But, maintaining your water is an essential part of keeping your spa in good condition. Unbalanced water can be damaging to your hot tub, causing your equipment to erode much more quickly. Unbalanced water can also prevent your chemicals from working effectively and cause irritation and drying to the skin, eyes and hair.
Be sure to regularly test and balance your hot tub water. Not only will your hot tub be more comfortable when you use it, but it will also last much longer as a result of your care.
Mistake #3: Letting your spa freeze during the winter months
When water turns into ice, it expands. Ice can be extremely damaging to a spa. If your hot tub has a chance to freeze during the winter months, the results can be disastrous. Freezing water can completely destroy your pump and plumbing, and can also crack and distort many other elements of your spa.
If you won’t be using your spa over the winter months, correctly winterizing can prevent any freezing damage. If you plan to keep your hot tub running over the winter, most spas will have a winter protection mode that you can use to ensure the water in your spa does not freeze. However you choose to use your spa over the winter months, be sure you prevent your spa from freezing or you’ll be facing an expensive repair.
Mistake #4: Ignoring small leaks and drips in your hot tub
You’ll need to invest a lot of time and energy into your spa to keep it running well. It can be easy to ignore small leaks and drips that develop on your tub. But, a small problem with your hot tub today can develop into a bigger (and more expensive) one over time.
If you notice any small points of damage, leaks, or dripping in your hot tub, be sure to find and repair the source immediately. Maintaining and servicing your hot tub regularly will save you money in the long run, and ensures your spa won’t be down for repairs when you want to use it.
Mistake #5: Failing to clean hot tub filters
Dirty hot tub filters will fail to clean your water and can even make the water dirtier as it passes through. But a clogged filter can also cause problems by putting additional strain on your spa pump, leading to long-term damage.
Be sure to clean your spa filters regularly and replace them as needed to keep your spa water and plumbing system in shape.
Mistake #6: Letting your filters dry out
After you clean your hot tub filters, it is important that you keep them moist and pop them back into your filter as soon as possible. Most spa filters need to be kept wet after they’ve been used in a spa filter once they’ve been used, or they can become brittle and fall apart.
Many hot tub owners learn they need to keep their filter cartridges moist the hard way. Make sure you prevent your cartridges from drying out after cleaning to make sure you aren’t stuck purchasing a replacement.
Mistake #7: Neglecting to change out your water
Failing to change out the water in a hot tub is a mistake that many people make if they have first owned a swimming pool, or if they are looking to save some money on their water bill.
Even if you clean and balance the water in your spa religiously, you’ll need to change out your water regularly to keep your hot tub clean and fresh. Be sure to change out the water in your spa ever 3 to 4 months (and more often if needed). This will ensure your chemicals are effective and that your water is clean and enjoyable every time you’re ready for a soak.
Mistake #8: Leaving spa the temperature set too high
Keeping the temperature of your spa turned high at all times can be expensive, and shorten the life of your spa system. There is no need to keep the temperature of your hot tub tuned to high even when you aren’t using it.
Always adjust the heat to a lower setting when your spa when it is empty. This habit will save you money and prevent your hot tub from wearing out quickly.
Mistake #9: Using a waterlogged spa cover
If your spa cover has started to seem heavier than it used to, chances are it is time to get a replacement. When it is starting to wear out, your spa cover can begin to soak up water from your spa.
If you have a waterlogged hot tub cover, be sure to get a replacement as soon as possible. A waterlogged spa cover is inefficient and unnecessarily heavy. A heavy cover can also cause excessive strain on your spa lifter. The soaked inner part of the cover is also a breeding ground for bacteria and mould.
Mistake #10: Draining your hot tub and leaving it empty
Many spa owners have made the mistake of draining their hot tubs and leaving it empty over time. But, your hot tub is actually designed to be filled with water. When a hot tub sits empty, the plumbing becomes an excellent place for mould and bacteria to breed and build up. Once large colonies of bacteria and mould are established, it can be nearly impossible to clear your plumbing of these hazardous invaders.
A dry hot tub will also allow seals and gaskets to begin to dry out, meaning you’ll have leaks when you start up your spa. Never allow your hot tub to sit empty, and you’ll be able to avoid long-term damage to your tub. p
Avoiding maintenance mistakes with your hot tub
A hot tub is an investment that will last much longer if you care for it properly. Be sure to learn how to properly maintain and care for your hot tub spa to avoid down-time, problems with your water, and shortening the life of your spa. By learning about common mistakes that people make with their own hot tubs, you can avoid the headache and expense of making these mistakes yourself in the future.