Keep your hot tub in tip top condition with these maintenance best practices! With a bit of consistency and the right materials, you’ll be able to confidently enjoy your hot tub all year long.
If you own a hot tub, you know how enjoyable they can be. But, there's one thing most hot tub owners forget to take into account. There’s a lot of work that goes into keeping your at-home spa clean and well-maintained! Now, that’s not to say it’s hard work. As far as backyard accessories go, hot tubs aren’t that difficult to keep up and running. There are just a few things you need to keep in mind.
The best hot tub maintenance routines include keeping the water clean, maintaining a consistent water level, weekly cleanings, draining it every 3-4 months, ensuring that the filter is clean, and making sure that the cover is cleaned. If you keep your hot tub clean, it will last longer too! A hot tub maintenance routine won’t take up much of your time and the benefits are endless.
There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you’ll have to put into a proper maintenance schedule. Let’s break it down so that you can start implementing these tactics on your own!
You need to make sure the water in your tub is clean and sanitized—no one wants to pick up a nasty infection from a dirty hot tub! In order to do so, you may need to brush up on your high school chemistry.
You can pick up a testing kit at your local pool supply store. Inside, there are strips that will test the pH, chlorine levels, calcium hardness build up, and the total alkalinity of the water. As a reference, here’s what you want to see:
You may not think that maintaining a consistent water level matters, but it does! If you want your jacuzzi to work well, the amount of water in your tub needs to remain the same.
In order for your filter, heater, and jets to function at their best, keep your hot tub water level a few inches higher than the filter. Don’t be tempted to overfill your jacuzzi as the water level naturally rises when you use it. Feel free to drain or add more water as needed!
Adding a hot tub deep clean to your weekly to-do list is another best practice. It doesn’t have to be a full-on half-day project either. Begin by skimming the top of your tub (especially if it’s outside) to remove any unwanted debris. Then, wipe down the exterior and waterline, as well as the jets. Use a non-abrasive cleaner and sponge or rag. You’ll be done in less than an hour!
Depending on how often you use your hot tub, you should drain it completely every 3-4 months. This is also a great opportunity to really get in there and deep clean the interior. When your tub is empty, use the same non-abrasive cleaner and rag to scrub all of the nooks and crannies. Once you’ve finished, refill the tub – and test the water for cleanliness!
Keeping the filter in your jacuzzi clean might be one of the most important aspects of hot tub maintenance! As a part of your weekly cleaning routine, take the filter out. To clean it, simply rinse with clean water (you can get it from your garden hose) and make sure to get into between the filter pleats! Then, place the filter back in the tub when you’re finished.
You’ve probably noticed by now that the best hot tub upkeep involves a little cleaning! Another method for keeping your backyard spa in good condition involves the cover. There is (obviously) a lot of moisture in and around your hot tub. Since moisture can lead to mold, always air out the cover when you do your weekly clean. If you want to go all out, you can use a special spray used for marine vinyl to wipe it down.