For water care, maintenance, and cleaning, we have you covered with everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide to caring for your hot tub.
What to Consider Before Installation
Make the most of your hot tub experience by selecting the perfect spot for your spa to sit. First, take a moment to decide if you want your hot tub indoors or outdoors. If you decide to have your spas installed indoors, make sure you choose a location with a floor drain, can handle humidity, and is able to support all that weight. Remember, when considering a location, you need to add in the weight of not only the hot tub, but the water and people. To ensure your home can support a hot tub, consult with a local contractor or architect first.
The majority of people install their hot tub outdoors, but that can come with it’s own challenges. While deciding the perfect spot for your hot tub, take a moment to choose an area that is away from any sprinklers or overhangs, as they can damage your hot tub in the long run, and is protected from the sun, wind, and other elements provided by Mother Nature.
As you install your hot tub outside, keep in mind how close it is to your back door (how far do you really want to travel to get in and out of it), electricity (you’ll need to plug the hot tub in), and, of course, you’ll want a place where you have the best view.
When placed in the best location, your hot tub will last longer, be used more often, and will look beautiful.
Sanitizing Your Water
Keeping your water crystal clear and free of bacteria is the goal of every hot tub owner. To help you accomplish that goal, follow this guide when working with spa chemicals.
1. Balance Your Alkalinity
Use a test strip and dip it into your water quickly. Compare its color with the color on the back of your kit. Your alkalinity should fall between 80 ppm and 120 ppm. If your alkalinity is too low, add a Total Alkalinity Increaser to your water. If your alkalinity is too high, you may be dealing with significantly hard water. In that case, consult with your spa dealer to find the right solution for you.
2. Test Your pH Levels
Use a test strip and dip it into your water quickly. Compare the color on the strip to the color on the back of your kit. Your pH levels should fall between 7.2 and 7.8. If your pH level is too low, follow the instructions on the back of your pH Increaser bottle. If your pH level is too high, follow the instructions on the back of your pH Decreaser bottle. If you have any questions, be sure you consult your hot tub dealer.
Keep your water disinfected by using a sanitizer—the most popular are bromine or chlorine. For those who want to avoid using chemicals, salt water treatments are another popular choice. Each sanitizer comes with it’s own pros and cons, so take a moment to do your research and decide which option best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Shock treatments clear up cloudy water and unpleasant odors. Do this once a week by using either an oxygen-based shock or a chlorine shock. The correct type and dosage depends on the size of your hot tub, water type, and temperature. Read the label carefully before using as the chemicals can be dangerous when used incorrectly.
Be sure to document the test strip results every time you test your water. Also make detailed notes regarding your actions for obtaining optimal chemical levels in your water.
Completely drain your hot tub (in an area away from basement windows or your neighbor’s backyard) and refill with fresh water every couple of months. However, never leave your hot tub sitting empty as this may cause the interior shell to warp or crack.
Cleaning Your Hot Tub
No one wants to spend hours each week, or even each day, cleaning their hot tub. To help keep hot tub maintenance down so you can enjoy more time soaking, here are a few things you can do to keep your hot tub clean and ready for your next use.
- Always keep your spa covered.
- Hose off and dry the outer surfaces of your spa.
- After the occasional draining of the water, use a mild detergent or spa shell surface cleaner to wipe down the interior shell.
- Refill with new water and add the required sanitizing products.
For more tips for maintaining your hot tub without all the hassle, take a moment to review this helpful infographic.