Many hot tub and spa owners find Spring to be the best time to enjoy a dip in the warm water. Including hot tub maintenance into your Spring Cleaning routine is easy and will help it run efficiently and keep the water clean for months.
Flush, Drain & Refill +
Use a spa system flush to get rid of any unwanted build-up in your hot tub’s plumbing. If you drained your hot tub, make sure your spa is clean before you refill it with water. Do not forget about cleaning out the inside of the pipes, where some water will remain and become stagnant. Add fresh water to flush the tub. Drain the water and then refill it again.
Check the Equipment / Inspect the Inside
Check the hot tub’s equipment. If you have disconnected the plumbing for winter, reconnect the plumbing to the pump and heater. Also check the plastic wet end pump and the motors. Be on the lookout for leaking or rust, as this means it is time to have the shaft seal replaced. If the leak is left unattended, water will seep into the motor and damage it. Check the rest of the equipment area including the heater and any other components. Then move on to the filter.
Inspect your hot tub filter. Signs of fraying or material coming off means that it needs to be replaced. Replacing your filter is an affordable option to help prevent water from becoming cloudy.
Check inside the hot tub, to make sure that no debris have fallen in.
Keep the Surrounding Area Clean
Maintain the area around the hot tub, to ensure that you and your swimmers can have easy access to enjoy your hot tub. Sweep a clear path to the hot tub, remove any obstacles out of the way, and trim any weeds or shrubs.
Check Everything Again
Now that you have cleaned the inside of the tub, the plumbing and checked the filter and other equipment, it is time to turn on your hot tub! Make sure the ozonator is functioning properly. Verify that the buttons on the control panel are responding. Check that the hot tub jets are working and water is coming out.
PH balance and treatment
Test the chlorine PH and alkalinity. For a healthy hot tub, the free chlorine level should be between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm). The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends pH 7.2–7.8 for hot tubs. Keeping the pH level in this range helps prevent recreational water illnesses and infections, such as diarrhea, gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. Also, be sure to shock the water with 1/2 cup of Spa Shock. Do not use more spa shock than is recommended, as an overdose of spa shock will damage the finish or spa cover. Then add sanitizer.