The quality of hot tub you purchase will determine the level of hot tub maintenance you need to keep up on, but every spa will need some upkeep in the water department. Rinsing filters, checking pH levels and changing the water are all standard procedures for keeping your water clean, clear and ready to use.
If you are a new spa owner, you should visually inspect your filters as they may need more or less spa maintenance depending on the degree of actual spa use. The more you use your spa, the more frequently you’ll need to clean your filters. Usually it’s about once a month.
Filters should be removed and cleaned with a garden hose under moderate pressure. Go around entire filter, sweeping the hose from top to bottom, then turn it upside down and repeat you should see the dirt rinse away.
Hot tub maintenance should also include draining and refilling your spa about every 3-4 months. This is also a great time to soak the filter in a special filter cleaner or degreaser solution. A new filter is recommended to be purchased annually for optimal purification performance.
Another important aspect of hot tub maintenance includes cleaning your jets. One or two jets should be removed and inspected during each drain and refill. If there is a sign of calcium or mineral build-up, all of the jets should be removed and cleaned. If it’s difficult for you to adjust your jets or if they are stuck, there may be significant build up. Scrubbing with a 3M pad on both the jet insert and inner jet body should remove it. If you are scrubbing many jets, make sure that water is completely flushed from the spa.
What do you do when you leave for vacation? It if it’s quite cold outside, it is not recommended that you leave your spa off, as freezing temperatures may cause damage. If that’s the case, leave it running at a lower temperature while you’re gone. If it will be fairly warm out, you can turn off the spa and when you return, make sure to use a good dose of sanitizer prior to use.
For more spa maintenance tips, contact your local dealer.