Hot Tub Maintenance
Easy, Effective Ways to Keep Your Hot Tub Cleaner
Did you take the plunge and purchase a hot tub for your home? Patio Life wants you to enjoy your new backyard oasis as long as possible. Follow these easy hot tub maintenance tips from our Meridian, ID Dimension One Spas® hot tub dealer:
- Balance the Water’s pH and More:- You’ll need to test your hot tub water’s pH level, alkalinity, and calcium hardness from time to time, just as you would with a swimming pool. All this requires is a simple water treatment kit with easy-to-use testing strips. Our staff can keep you informed about what to look for in your water. The pH level measures the acidity of your water, which should fall between 7.2 and 7.8 to be considered neutral. Having unbalanced water can cause cloudiness, skin and eye irritations, scale formation, and corroded equipment over time. To ensure your pH level is balanced, you’ll also need to check the total alkalinity (TA), which should fall between 80 and 120 parts per million. Your water’s calcium hardness should fall between 150-400 parts per million. If your water’s calcium hardness is out of range, you’ll begin to notice foaming, cloudy water, scale formation, and the eventual corrosion of your equipment.
- Clean the Hot Tub Filter Often:- If you take care of your hot tub’s filter, it will take care of your hot tub. The filter is responsible for keeping algae, dirt, and other debris out of your hot tub, so you can enjoy a soak in crystal-clear, clean water. We recommend inspecting and cleaning your filter monthly using specialized filter cleaning products.
- Shock Your Hot Tub Weekly:- Similar to a swimming pool, adding a chlorinated shock to your hot tub’s water circulation will kill bacteria lurking inside your spa. We recommend shocking your hot tub once a week or more frequently, depending on how often you use it.
- Drain and Clean Your Hot Tub:- Your hot tub will need to be drained and cleaned a lot more often than a swimming pool. That’s because the temperature most hot tubs operate at makes them more susceptible to bacteria breeding inside of them. You should plan on draining your hot tub at least every three months or more often if you use your hot tub frequently. Patio Life would be happy to provide specific instructions for draining your hot tub safely. While you may clean your hot tub using diluted white vinegar, there are also special hot tub cleaners available that may provide a more thorough clean. Be sure to rinse the cleaner before you refill the hot tub, or it may end up resembling a bubble bath. Once it’s been refilled, you’ll want to re-test the water and add the appropriate chemicals to keep it balanced.
- Flush the Hot Tub Lines:- While it’s essential to keep your hot tub’s water clean it’s equally critical to keep its plumbing and jets clean. Your hot tub lines accumulate biofilm, dirt, grime, and mineral deposits over time. We recommend flushing your hot tub lines every time you drain the hot tub. It also doesn’t hurt to flush in-between water changes. Failing to flush your hot tub lines when you refill the hot tub will result in cloudy water, a musty odor, and the transfer of bacteria from the old water to the new. To keep your hot tub lines clear of build-up, all it takes is adding a specialized hot tub flush or biofilm remover product to your old water and running all of the jets on high for about two hours. Once you’ve done this, drain and clean your hot tub as you normally would.
- Cover Your Hot Tub:- When your hot tub isn’t in use, it’s a good idea to keep it covered. This will help keep debris and bugs out, keeping your hot tub cleaner. We would also be happy to give you some tips for winterizing your hot tub when it isn’t in use during Idaho’s colder months.