Well hello again, my dear readers; I would have thought this topic would go to one of our more technical writers, but my hot tub was voted as the most well-maintained, and they asked to know my secret! 🙂
Flattery will get you everywhere I suppose, so here I am with some basic spa and hot tub maintenance information. What do you need to know to take care of a spa or hot tub? Read on, dear reader.
Care = Prevention
When we talk about spa care and hot tub maintenance, you really are practicing problem prevention. There are a number of things that are done on a regular basis, regular hot tub maintenance tasks, and then there are those best practices or methods that are used to keep your spa running well, while being energy friendly and safe for pets and children.
Spa & Hot Tub Chemical Maintenance
- Test spa water for pH, chlorine/bromine, alkalinity and calcium levels 2-3x per week.
- Adjust pH, alkalinity and calcium as needed. Maintain a constant chlorine/bromine level.
- Clean the spa cartridge filter when the pressure gauge rises 7-8lbs, or 1-3x per month.
- Set the 24 hr pump timer to run on low speed for a total of 12-18 hours daily.
- Drain the spa every 3 months to prevent buildup of dissolved solids.
- Refill the spa using a pre-filter that screws onto a garden hose.
- Shower before using the spa, and Shock after using the spa.
Spa & Hot Tub Equipment Maintenance
- Spa Covers: Use a spa cover lift, air-out the spa cover 2x per week, clean & condition spa cover 3x per year.
- Spa Filters: After cleaning allow it to dry fully before reinstalling. Use filter cleaner 2x per year, replace filter every 1-2 years.
- Spa Pumps: Run on high speed only during use or adding chemicals. Don’t allow pumps to run dry, or with an air-lock, or low water level.
- Spa Heater: Maintain proper water chemistry and keep a clean cartridge filter to protect your heater element.
- Spa Cabinet: Protect from direct sun, lawn sprinklers or rain splash around edges. Stain and or seal the surfaces as needed.
- Spa Shell: Acrylic or plastic spas should be polished when emptied, wood hot tubs require cleaning without chemicals.
Saving Money & Energy
- For daily use, keep the temp at 98°, or 94° if you only use it every 3-4 days.
- Bump up the temperature to 101° – 104°, and then shower before using spa.
- Keep your spa cover tightly fitted, and for extra insulation, use a floating foam blanket.
- For colder areas, add R-30 insulation to poorly insulated spa cabinets.
- Set the spa timer to operate mostly outside of peak daylight energy use hours.
- Covered: Don’t forget to always keep the spa tightly covered, with safety clips attached.
- Locked: Indoor spas should be in locked rooms; lock doors and fences to outside spas.
- Secure: Be sure that spa drain covers are safe and secure.
- Spa Rules: Use safety signs and teach children the spa is only used with adult supervision.
Make a list or set a reminder in your calendar to not forget these important hot tub maintenance tasks. And if you have someone else in your family doing it as a chore, believe me, you better follow up behind them!
I hope I was able to answer all of your questions about taking care of a spa! Leave a comment if you have any other ?’s about hot tub maintenance, or you want more information on any of my tips above!
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