Maintaining Your Spa & Hot Tub: What You Need to Know
If you are a spa owner, then you know how important it is to maintain your spa properly. A spa should be cleaned at least once per week, and have an annual maintenance visit from a hot tub professional. If not maintained properly, you will lose the quality of your spa water which can cause problems for both the spa equipment and the bathers who use it. This blog post outlines what steps need to be taken in order to maintain your spa including some common mistakes that happen with people who own their own spas.
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Hot Tub Maintenance 101
Central Florida spa owners know that cleaning and maintaining your spa or hot tub can be somewhat of a headache, especially if you don’t use it very often. With that being said, the weather outside is starting to get colder, which means it’s the perfect time to start utilizing that outdoor jacuzzi with friends and family! Here are 6 things to keep in mind to make sure you get the most life out of your hot tub. 1. Keep your hot tub clean and sanitized
2. Keep the water level at a safe level to avoid any accidents
3. Check for leaks or cracks in the lining of the hot tub before using it again
4. Check all jets, pumps, and filters for proper operation before use
5. Change out your filter cartridge every year for maximum efficiency
6. Disinfect your spa cover with a bleach solution to kill bacteria that may grow on it over time
Keep Chemicals in Check You want to keep your pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness within the proper ranges. These are important for maintaining a healthy spa environment that will help you enjoy it more often! Testing water regularly is an easy way to make sure everything stays balanced in these key areas of interest - just test 2-4 times per week on average with notes about any adjustments needed to be made accordingly (pH might change sooner than others). A logbook can be helpful too; if nothing else, knowing what happened last time should give some pointers as far as patterns go regarding chemistry changes over time. Always Check the Water Level
There are a few things that you can do to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape. The most important of them all is making sure the skimmer doesn't suck air instead of water, which will damage it and lead to an inability for proper filtration process - not good when there's oil floating around!
Checking up on these small details could make all kinds of difference when trouble arises down the line so don't forget about this important care routine before next summer come rolling around again...
There should always be just enough water sitting inside at least one central slot or venturi-style hole near where the external flow enters through open frames surrounding pump(s). If too high then there is a danger of possible overflow. If too low, spa circulation is dangerously weakened and the spa water is lost to pump cavitation and airflow inefficiencies.
Losing spa water can be especially dangerous for hot tubs with exposed tops because the loss of weight creates a risk that your spa will simply "float away" during periods where it needs to be drained or rolled into place by hand. Inspect the Lining & Integrity of the Spa
Leaks can cause major damage to the integrity of your hot tub, so it's important you find any leaks before using your spa again. If you use your spa over a long period of time without noticing there are cracks in the lining of your tub, it could ruin your entire spa.
The lining is one place that may need extra attention when patching up cracks in them; make sure no water has seeped through by visually inspecting all seams and zippers on equipment used for filling or cleaning (i.e., hoses). Minor hairline cracks in your spa are more common than you would think, especially in Florida where the sun can be very intense and damaging to plastics and other inorganic spa materials. That being said, just give your jacuzzi a good once over every time before you use it to ensure you’re not going to damage it by using it. Make Sure the Equipment is Good
Before that first use after the off-season, make sure you've done a quick check of the equipment to be confident in its performance and functionality. You should check that all plumbing, jets, and filters are functioning properly before getting into the tub.
If you don’t feel confident doing this, the best way to guarantee your hot tub experience isn't one you'll soon forget is by having an expert inspect anything involving pressure in order for any potential issues or problems with equipment caused by dirt buildup on pipes while using it not happen!
Clean the Filter Regularly Your hot tub filter is the key to your spa's cleanliness. To keep it running at its best, Sea Breeze recommends cleaning out this important component of water filtration twice every week during times when you are using it heavily. We also recommend changing out your spa’s filter cartridges once a year so they can soak up all those impurities more effectively! Hot tub filters deteriorate faster than your swimming pool filter, due to the hotter temperature of the water flowing through them.
Take Care of the Spa Cover Last but not least, it is important to take care of your spa cover. If your spa is in an outdoor location with no protection from the elements this is extremely important. One of the most important things you can do to increase spa cover longevity is remove it at least twice per week. Use a lift or gently place it off when not in use so that water and heat don't damage your investment. Doing this will give your cover a break from the constant moisture & heat of the spa and let it breathe a bit. When your spa cover is airing out, it might be a good time to consider adding chemicals or shocking if necessary!
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