The snow has melted, spring has sprung and it's time to assess the condition of your hot tub, its water and accessories. Keeping your hot tub clean and in good running condition is vital to its longevity and the safety of your family.
Protecting your investment by being aware of any issues and tending to them promptly will ensure years of enjoyment from your hot tub or swim spa.
The first thing you see and handle when using or maintaining your hot tub, the cover is your hot tub's first defense against the weather but its primary job is to keep the heat in and unwanted users and debris out.
Hot tub covers deteriorate over time, absorbing water and becoming faded, cracked and torn. Premature cover damage is usually caused by chemical abuse and lack of UV protection but physical damage can also occur from fallen ice, branches or other mishaps. Heavily damaged or waterlogged covers will need to be replaced, but minor damage can be repaired if caught early.
Your hot tub cover also has attached straps with locks which should always be fastened for safety. Many hot tubs have cover lifters, which should also be inspected for wear and damage.
Be aware of malfunctions or features that don't work. Small problems can become big problems if not addressed, and some issues can cause safety concerns. If you suspect your hot tub has mechanical issues because something is not running right or is making a funny noise, it's best to call your hot tub service professional immediately.
Small leaks tend to cause the most damage, because they are sometimes ignored. These leaks often cause major damage to a hot tub's structure or electrical components which could be avoided with prompt attention. A small amount of water will leave your hot tub with bathers and evaporation, but significant water loss can mean trouble.
It's a good time to check your water's condition, using various test strips which indicate the level of sanitizer, ph/alkalinity, hardness and total dissolved solids in your hot tub's water. These tests will help you determine if a water change or adjustment is needed. Always be sure that water tests OK before using your hot tub.
A simple water change isn't always enough. Your service professional can clean and polish your hot tub's shell, condition its cover and scrub its cabinet for a fresh start on the hot tubbing season. This is also a good time for a spa checkup and to spruce up the appearance of your spa and its surroundings.
With proper care and attention, hot tubbing is a very safe recreational activity. Remember to follow all safety instructions for your hot tub, accessories and chemicals and to abide by all local and national safety codes regarding placement, installation and security.
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