Just like humans, hot tubs have a finite lifespan. You can extend your own lifespan with healthy habits like eating well, exercising regularly, and eliminating stressors. The same rule 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 time and care you invest will pay off in the end. Here are five tips for extending the life expectancy of your hot tub:
Test Your Water Multiple Times Per Week
You should test the water in your hot tub a few times each week. Take a sample of the water and make sure your chlorine levels, pH, hardness, and total alkalinity are within acceptable levels. If these levels are off, your hot tub will be unsanitary, unsightly, and systems will fail prematurely if not corrected. Testing your hot tub’s water regularly will help you catch any warning signs before they turn into big problems. Bring a water sample into Purewater for a free test today! We’d be happy to recommend improvements.
Change the Water Regularly
At some point hot tub water becomes stale, hard to treat, and rather than fight with it, a water change is a sensible option. You should shut off your hot tub and drain out the water every three to four months or so. A good rule of thumb to help you remember is to do it at the beginning of every season. While your 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. We at Purewater can also work with you if you’d rather have these tasks done by professionals!
Clean Clean Clean
If you notice any debris like leaves floating in your hot tub, make sure to remove them right away. Keep filters and surfaces clean to avoid overloading the water management systems. Always remember to keep your hot tub covered when it’s not in use!
Care for Your Cover
It’s easy to forget that the components of your hot tub, besides the water and the shell, need care, but they definitely do. Remember to clean your cover carefully and inspect for tears and rips regularly. Covers have a much shorter lifespan than hot tub bodies, so you may need to replace them every few years depending on how tough the weather gets.
Address Problems Immediately
If you notice that your hot tub has a funky smell, has a teeny crack, or has a jet that isn’t pumping quite as vigorously as it used to, don’t ignore these problems. What starts as a small issue can spiral out of control faster than you’d expect. It can also place added stress on other hot tub components, 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. Concerned about something that seems off? Contact us at Purewater ASAP so that we can come by and assess the issue quickly.
Don’t let the warm and bubbly delight of your hot tub come to a premature 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.