As most who purchase them are well aware in advance, hot tubs for a given property will require bits of maintenance here and there. Understanding what’s required of you in this area is very important for a number of areas, from the long-term lifespan of your tub to making sure it’s in great shape on a daily basis.
At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we’re proud to offer a huge range of hot tubs in various sizes and configurations, from smaller 1-3 person tubs all the way up to luxury tubs for 6+ individuals to enjoy comfortably. We’ll also outfit all our clients with some basic maintenance recommendations, plus stay in touch long-term to assist you with these and related areas. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a general schedule for hot tub maintenance — things you should be doing often, things that only need to be done occasionally, and everything in between.
Before Every Use
There’s only one major thing to do before every hot tub use: Check water quality. A quick and easy way to do this is by using a pool or spa test kit, which are readily available at most stores. Make sure pH levels are between 7.2 and 7.8, total alkalinity is 80-120 ppm, and calcium hardness is 200-400 ppm for optimum water quality.
If these levels are off, take the necessary steps to adjust them before getting in your hot tub. High pH levels, for example, can cause scaling on the surface of your tub and water heater. Low pH levels will make the water corrosive and could damage equipment over time.
After Each Use
For some tubs, you will have to add sanitizer following each use to ensure the water quality is safe for the next person. If your tub doesn’t require this, check the owner’s manual to see how often you should be adding sanitizer. In most cases, it will be required every few days or once a week.
Once a Month
Around once a month or so, or perhaps a bit more often if you use the hot tub a lot, here are some areas to attend to:
- Remove hot tub filter and clean it with a filter cleaner or garden hose, plus consider applying vinyl conditioner or paint to the filter housing to keep it looking new.
- Clean out the skimmer and pump basket, and check the pump motor for any signs of leaks.
- Brush down the entire exterior of your hot tub with a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or algae growth.
- Check the water level and add more if necessary.
- Inspect all electrical cords, plugs, and switches for any signs of wear and tear.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over even less frequent maintenance areas you should still be maintaining for your hot tub. To learn more about these or any of our hot tub services, speak to the pros at Hot Tub Factory Outlet today.