3 Helpful Maintenance Tips for New Hot Tub Owners
If you’re new to owning a hot tub or spa, you probably have a basic understanding of how to take care of it. But the truth is that hot tub maintenance is more complicated than you’d expect. Spas actually require owners to know a lot of little things in order to take care of them properly.
And while there are 7.3 million hot tub owning households in the United States, according to Pool and Spa Marketing, not everyone knows how to maintain them. If you’re a new hot tub owner, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some big tips to help you with your hot tub maintenance:
Air Out The Cover
One of the most important things you can do to extend your spa cover’s life is air it out on a regular basis — the best practice requires a once-weekly airing out. You should give it a few hours to breathe and shake off the heat and moisture. And don’t forget: you should clean it with a special spa cover cleaner and conditioner, never with bleach.
Cleaning it is important if hot tubs and spas are outside, as you want to remove the airborne oils and dirt that can latch on to it. The conditioner portion will protect and replenish the vinyl to keep the cover strong and looking great.
Add Filler Water
Most new hot tub owners often forget this, but you should make sure to add filler water to your hot tub. You want to keep the skimmer submerged, as air can damage the pump in some situations. But it’s also important to keep an eye on the water level. If it gets too high, you may run into some issues. When adding filler water, you should aim for just about the middle of the skimmer intake, or a little higher.
Clean The Filter
Just like pool maintenance, hot tub maintenance requires you to clean the filters located under the skimmer basket. It is accessed from inside the hot tub, usually. You should expect some water spillage when this area is opened, but that’s to be expected and it shouldn’t be a lot.
You should replace your spa filter every 12-24 months, depending on your hot tub usage. Or change it after 15 cleanings, because every time its cleaned it wears down on the cartridge a little more. You should inspect the filter every so often for wear.
Hopefully, this little list is helpful to you new hot tub owners out there, or to the veterans who might need a little bit of a refresher. Remember to be patient when doing maintenance and cleaning, and to be thorough. You want to make your spa last.