Just like humans, hot tubs have a lifespan. You can extend your lifespan with healthy habits like eating well, exercising regularly, and eliminating stressors. The same logic applies to hot tubs – with proper care and maintenance, your hot tub can last years longer than the hot tub of your lazy and careless neighbour. Not every factor is in your control, but the care you invest will pay off in the end. Here are five tips for extending the life of your hot tub:
Test Your Water Multiple Times Per Week
You should test the water in your hot tub at least a few times per week. Take a sample of the water and make sure your chlorine levels, water hardness, and total alkalinity are within acceptable levels. If these levels are off, your hot tub will be unsanitary, unsightly, and the pipes and systems will eventually fail. Testing your water regularly will help you catch warning signs before they turn into big problems. Bring a sample into the Purewater store and we’d be happy to recommend improvements.
Change the Water Every Three Months
You should shut off your hot tub and drain out the water every three months or so. For an easy reminder, do it at the beginning of every season. While the hot tub is empty, you may as well give the inside and outside of the spa a good cleaning. Scrub the shell, clean the filters, replace them if need be, and flush the lines. Refill the hot tub with clean water, do a chemical treatment, and bring the water back in balance.
Clean Away Debris
If you notice any large pieces of debris like leaves floating in your hot tub, remove them right away. Otherwise, they will end up in your hot tub lines and cause a clog or filter failure. Keep your hot tub covered when it’s not in use.
Care for Your Cover
It’s easy to forget that components of the hot tub beside the water and the shell need care, but they do. Clean it carefully and inspect for tears and rips. Covers have a much shorter lifespan than hot tubs, so you may need to replace them every few years depending on how tough the weather gets.
Address Problems Immediately
If you notice that hot tub has a funky smell, or there’s a teeny crack in the shell, or one of the jets isn’t pumping quite as vigorously as you expect, don’t ignore these problems. What starts as a small issue can spiral out of control more quickly than you expect. It can also place added stress on other hot tub parts, and before you know it you have to spend a lot of time or money on repairs. Keep a vigilant eye and address problems as soon as you notice them.
Don’t let the warm and bubbly delight come to an end. Whether you choose to do the maintenance yourself or hire a Purewater hot tub specialist to take care of it for you, a few easy steps can add years to the lifespan of your hot tub.