Hot Tub Draining: Steps for Carrying the Process Out

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the reasons why hot tubs may need to be drained, plus the timing for doing so. Hot tub draining may accomplish a few tasks, from preventing mold and mildew to allowing for cleaning of certain interior components, but knowing how to do it properly is important before you attempt it.

At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we’re proud to not only offer a wide selection of the best hot tubs in Utah, but also to help our clients with basic care and maintenance themes for their tubs. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig into the basic steps to follow if you’re looking to drain your hot tub, based on which type of drainage system it has.

Built-In Drain

Many of today’s modern hot tubs come with a built-in drain that makes this process very simple. Your steps in this case will be as follows:

  • Turn off the power to the hot tub, which connects to your home’s main breaker box. You’ll then want to remove the filter and take out all accessories that plug into a power supply, such as any water jets or lights, in order to protect them from getting damaged during the draining process.
  • Remove the drain cap with a screwdriver or wrench, which allows you to access the built-in drain basket underneath it. Have a bucket underneath the drain basket to capture any water that comes out.
  • Put a hose over the drain, which consists of an outer rubber compartment and an inner hose meant to take water from the tub into your home’s sewer line. Use a hose clamp around the top lip of this hose in order to prevent leakage.
  • Once the spa is fully drained, pull the drain spout out, remove the hose, replace the cap, and push the drain back into the tub.

Pump System

Older hot tubs, on the other hand, or some newer ones that are placed below ground level, may require a submersible pump for draining. Luckily, the steps here are also very simple:

  • Turn off the power in the same manner as before.
  • Connect a submersible pump to your garden hose.
  • Direct the garden hose away from any structures it may damage, such as your garden, and into a place where it can safely drain. If you don’t have a place to direct the water, such as a fenced yard, keep the hose close to the pump and point it away from your house or any structures of significance.
  • Turn on the pump and leave it running until there’s no more water coming through the hose.
  • Once the waterline falls below the pump, you’ll need to scoop or mop the rest up.

For more on how to go about draining your hot tub based on which type of drainage system it uses, or to learn about any of our hot tubs or related services, speak to the team at Hot Tub Factory Outlet today.


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