Whether for a particular season like the Utah winter or for any other reason, knowing how to drain your hot tub is one of the key elements you should be aware of when you purchase it. Draining a spa allows for both cleaning and a fresh supply of water, and is an important process to carry out periodically to maintain the lifespan of the tub itself.
At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we’re proud to offer a huge range of hot tubs and spas to clients throughout Salt Lake City, with options ranging from 1-3-person hot tubs up to 6-person hot tubs and even larger options for those who require them. We’re also happy to offer all our clients basic expertise and tips on how to maintain their hot tubs, including simple tasks like draining the hot tub. Why is this process done, when should it be carried out, and what are some simple steps depending on your hot tub setup? Let’s go over all that and more in this two-part blog series.
Why Hot Tubs Need Draining
Some hot tub clients wonder why draining is an important part of hot tub maintenance, or why it’s even necessary in the first place. Draining a hot tub is actually quite important for two reasons:
- Drainage prevents mildew and mold from developing inside: By regularly draining the water from your hot tub, you can help prevent mildew and mold from growing inside.
- Draining also allows for cleaning of both the spa itself and its equipment: If done correctly, draining can also enable you to clean off your hot tub’s exterior as well as its the filters.
On top of this, regularly changing hot tub water removes the constant need for expensive sanitation chemicals and spa treatments. By replacing the water, these chemicals can be used far more sparingly and much less frequently, which means you’ll save money on your hot tub’s overall maintenance costs.
When Should Hot Tubs Be Drained?
Generally speaking, we recommend draining your hot tub at least once every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use it. However, there are also some additional signs or situations where you may want to drain it, including:
- If a funky odor is present in the hot tub, or if there is a lot of residue present on the surface of the water.
- If your hot tub is experiencing poor performance, including cloudy water, weak jet speeds/pressure, or even corrosion of equipment.
- Before any major renovations are carried out to the spa itself.
- Before a long off-season such as the current winter.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over the common hot tub draining methods depending on your spa setup, plus how to refill the hot tub once it’s been drained. For more on this, or to learn about any of our hot tubs available in SLC, speak to the staff at Hot Tub Factory Outlet today.