Owning a hot tub can bring visions of drinking champagne and relaxing with friends in your hot tub but there are a few things that need to be done to make sure that vision comes true. There are a few basic maintenance tasks that need to be performed to extend the life of your hot tub.
Testing. The first task is to check the water to make sure that the chemistry in the water is correct. You will need to purchase test strips that check for pH levels, alkaline, and chlorine. It is also a good idea to buy a liquid testing kit. These types of kits can be found in department stores, major general merchandise stores, warehouse wholesales, internet or specialty shops. There are easy to read instructions, included. These tests should be done several times during the week and throughout the month. If you read the back of the test, you will see that the steps will be easy to follow.
Cleaning. Another task to add is the level of protection. The way that you intend to use the hot tub also may be a consideration how you can do this. Will you have a top to cover your hot tub, or are you using skimmers, vacuums and other aquatic equipment? Of course, water and the way you keep it clean also determines when you need to change it, all to gather. If you have a top, you will need vinyl cleaners to keep it from becoming ridged and brittle. The most common damage done to a hot tub is the cracked lid. Keeping it clean with equipment becomes a routine and a hot tub ready for relaxation.
Filters. Then, there is the filtration system. Choosing the type of system that will work for your needs is determined by who uses it and for how long. Filtering your water will help reduce the need to change it too often and balance the pH and TA. Filters are vacuums, overflow filter, and chlorine-filled baskets all help with filtration. Cleaning the filter should be done every few weeks.
Tub Cleaning. If you follow the other tasks, this can be done every two to four months. It is easy enough to take a sponge and wash down the walls while the hot tub is draining. Always check with the manufacturer to select the correct cleanser. If there is sediment from the water, using vinegar and water as a cleanser helps to break the deposits down.
Topping Off. After checking all the above tasks, it is time to make sure that the hot tub is ready to slide into or close up. Completing tests, cleaning the hot tub, checking and cleaning filters, refilling the tub and topping it off are just a few of the basics of owning and caring for a hot tub. Each step has very simple directions. Once you get into the routine, it won’t take long before you can turn around and use it again!