There are many benefits of owning a swimming pool or hot tub, but as an owner, cleaning, maintaining, and shutting down your custom pool or hot tub for the winter is your responsibility. Only by taking proper care of your hot tub can you ensure that you will continue to enjoy it for years to come.
As the cold weather approaches, you will need to make specific adjustments to either keep your hot tub operating throughout the winter or shut it down. Read on to learn about both options.
Closing Custom Hot Tubs for the Winter
- Power it down: First, shut off the heater and the spa.
- Empty the tub: Next you will need to drain the tub completely.
- Clean the filters: Take out the filters and let them soak in a cleaning solution. After they are done soaking, store them in a dry place until you?re ready to use them again next season.
- Drain the blow jets: Make sure to empty out the blow jets either by hand or using a shop vac. Leaving any amount of water in the plumbing can cause severe damage when the weather gets cold and the water begins to freeze.
- Clean the hot tub: Now that the hot tub is empty, it?s the perfect time to give the inside a good scrubbing.
- Cover it up: Finally, put the cover over the hot tub and make sure it?s locked so that the tub stays protected all winter long.
Operating Hot Tubs in the Winter
Here is a step-by-step guide to preparing your hot tub for use during the winter.
- Drain and clean: In between seasons is a good time to make sure everything is clean and working properly. Empty out all the water and scrub the inside of the tub, including filters and vents. While you?re down there, check to make sure everything looks normal.
- Refill: Now you can refill your hot tub with water.
- Turn on freeze protection: To prevent the water from freezing during the cold winter months, a sensor will monitor the temperature and regularly activate the pump to keep the water above freezing.
- Keep it covered: Whenever you aren?t using the tub, keep it covered in order to retain the heat and protect your hot tub from the elements.
Is your hot tub ready for winter? If you have any questions about custom hot tubs and luxury pools, feel free to post in the comments section.