Get Ready for Hot Tub Season

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Get Ready for Hot Tub Season

The colder months are fast approaching, which means hot tub season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to make the most of your hot tub. Whether you’ve found yourself using your hot tub on a regular basis or more sporadically during the summer months, it’s time to properly get your hot tub ready. We’ve outlined the basic steps you need to keep your hot tub ready and in working order in preparation for the hot tub season ahead. 

  1. Drain & Clean 

The first thing you need to do is give your hot tub a thorough cleaning. Cleaning removes any dust, dirt, debris, mold, mildew, bacteria, aand other contaminants that may have accumulated in your tub these past few months.

Ensure you drain your tub first before getting down to cleaning.

You may be thinking, “But my hot tub was covered the entire season, so there’s no need to clean it.” Unfortunately, even if your hot tub is well covered, bacteria, mold, and mildew can still grow and thrive in the water if it’s left unused for long. These can cause skin irritations and other illnesses. So, whether or not you cover your hot tub, ensure you thoroughly clean and rinse it before taking a dip.

  1. Inspect & Replace 

Once your hot tub is clean, the next thing you need to do is inspect all its parts for any damage or wear and tear. Check if the filter needs replacing, as well as the O-rings on pipes and jets.

It’s a good idea to ensure all the parts are in good shape and functioning optimally to avoid disappointments once the hot tub season begins. If you aren’t sure of the state of the parts, you can hire a professional to inspect your hot tub.

  1. Refill with Fresh Water

The next step is to refill your hot tub with fresh water and give it a test run. Turn on the jets and heat the water to check if everything is working as it should. Again, you can request professional help if need be. If you live in an area with hard water, it’s a good idea to use distilled water or water that has been softened to avoid mineral buildup.

  1. Test the pH & Alkalinity Levels

After you’ve refilled your hot tub with clean water, test the pH and alkalinity levels using a test kit. This is an important step you don’t want to miss because it will help ensure the water is chemically balanced and safe for use.

The ideal pH level for hot tubs is between 7.2 and 7.8, while the ideal alkalinity level is between 80 and 120mg/l ppm. Ensure you add the right chemicals to balance your tub’s PH and alkalinity.

  1. Add Sanitizer 

You also need to add a sanitizer to your hot tub. A sanitizer will help kill any bacteria or contaminants that may be present in the water.

You can use chlorine or bromine as a sanitizer. Whichever you choose, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to add it to the water correctly. Also, ensure your friends and family don’t have sensitivity to your sanitizer of choice.

  1. Turn on the Heat and Let the Fun Begin

Now that your hot tub is all clean and filled with fresh water, it’s time to turn on the heat and enjoy a warm dip! There’s nothing more soothing than ending a busy day with a 20-minute soak or more invigorating than starting your day off right by soaking in your hot tub. 

Your Brentwood Hot Tub Experts

Whether you’re a seasoned hot tub owner or are looking to incorporate a hot tub into your daily routine, give the hot tub experts at Pool & Spa Depot a call today for all of your hot tub needs. We have five conveniently located pool supply stores that are fully stocked with everything you need to keep your hot tub healthy and clear. Our knowledgeable hot tub experts are ready to help get you in a hot tub just in time for the season! 

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