Yay! Winter’s finally over, and it’s warm enough to drain your hot tub and get it refreshed for spring soaking.
Now is the perfect time to check the condition of your spa and cover. Take these seven steps to get your hot tub ready for spring. Rejuvenate it after the cold winter months.
#1: Drain Your Hot Tub
You can easily do this by unscrewing the drain plug generally located at the base of the hot tub. If the plug is not convenient to reach because of decking or the location of the spa, you can also use a cover pump to get the job done.
#2: Clean the Hot Tub
Once the spa is thoroughly drained, clean the interior and exterior of the spa with a non-abrasive product such as BioGuard’s Off the Wall surface cleaner. Use a soft cloth and be sure to rinse off any remaining residue.
#3: Take Care of the Filters
Remove the filters and clean the filter cavity.
Soak the filters in a bucket with a 3-1 concentration of Spa Filter Cleaner/Degreaser for at least 30 minutes. You may also spray the filters with a hose (not a high pressure washer) and then spray the degreaser directly on the filters.
Be sure to rinse them thoroughly to avoid soapy, foamy water when you put them back in.
#4: Replace the Silver Ion Cartridge
This is also the best time to replace the Silver Ion Cartridge. “A Silver Ion Cartridge helps kill bacteria in your spa and allows you to use less chlorine,” says Arvidson Pools & Spas Retail Division Manager, Nadine Nuzzo.
#5: Check the Cover
Check your spa cover’s condition.
Are there any rips in the vinyl? Is it extremely heavy and water-logged? Is the cover dry and brittle?
“We normally recommend replacing your cover every three-five years based on the factors above.
Keep in mind that it can take four-six weeks for covers to arrive from the manufacturer,” said Dan Arvidson, VP of Operations at Arvidson Pools & Spas.
#6: Protect the Cover
Use a vinyl conditioner on the cover like Cover Shield. This helps to prevent drying and cracking and will also help restore the vinyl to its pre-winter state.
#7: Test the Water
Bring a water sample into any of our three Arvidson Pools & Spas store locations for an accurate analysis of your fill water. We’ll run a computerized analysis and provide you with a printed summary of the spa chemicals you need to get your water balanced and ready for soaking.
You are now ready to enjoy beautiful nights soaking in the swirling, warm water of your hot tub all season long! You’ll appreciate the starry nights ahead while relaxing with friends and family.