How to prevent cold weather damage to your hot tub

Author: Eversole Pool and Spa

January 11, 2017

If you own a hot tub, you may enjoy it more during the colder months of the year. Relaxing in your hot tub as the snow is falling is a great way to escape from the cold and enjoy the scenery as you are sitting in warm water. There are steps you need to take if you decide to keep your hot tub open during the winter, as well as if you decide to close it. Whatever you decide to do with your hot tub this winter we want to help guide you to do the right thing.

How to prevent damage if you leave your hot tub open for the winter

If you are going to leave your hot tub open during the winter there are a few things you need to do in order to prepare.

Change the Water

Before the winter temperatures hit, it is a good idea to change your hot tub water. It’ll be more difficult to change it when the bitter cold temperatures hit. Preparing your hot tub ahead of time will save you from being outside taking care of your hot tub during the winter months.

Buy a Hot Tub Cover

A good way to protect your hot tub and water temperature is to invest in a good hot tub cover. If you don’t have a cover or if it’s time to be replaced make sure you buy a good hot tub cover before the winter temperatures hit.

Monitor the Water Levels

If leaks occur or your hot tub water level drops too low then it could result in your pump shutting down causing damage to your hot tub. If you experience a power outage, be sure to leave your hot tub cover on to keep the heat sealed in.

Routine Checkup

Routinely checking the hot tub to make sure a power outage has not occurred is crucial. You should check several times a week whether the spa is being used or not to ensure no freezing has occurred. If a power outage is not caught early enough the temperature of the hot tub could decrease by 40 degrees or more causing additional damage.

How to prevent damage if you close your hot tub for the winter

If you aren’t going to use your hot tub during the winter due to cost or other reasons there are a few things you need to do to properly close it up.

Drain the Hot Tub

When winterizing your hot tub you need to flush and drain all the water from your hot tub. You must ensure that there is no water left inside the hot tub or in the plumbing to prevent freezing and damage to your hot tub.

Make sure Parts and Accessories are Drained

When you are draining your hot tub be sure to drain the water from the air blower, remove the filters, loosen fittings, and blow your jets to make sure all the water is gone. An RV antifreeze should be used, and a spa cover needs to be secured to ensure no water can get in over the winter, etc.

Doing this may take some time but you will be happy you put in the extra work when it comes time to open your hot tub again in the spring.

Call a Professional

If you are unsure of how to properly close your hot tub for the winter feel free to give a professional a call to help you with the process.

Whatever you decide to do with your hot tub during the winter, be sure to take all the necessary steps to ensure that your hot tub is taken care of properly. To extend the life of your hot tub and protect your investment it will be work, but it’s worth it. If you are interested in learning more about how to prevent cold water damage to your hot tub be sure to give us a call at 419-221-3494 or stop by and see us at Eversole Pool & Spa!

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