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Getting Your Hot Tub Ready for Winter

When winter temperatures arrive, it’s important to prepare your hot tub for the weather ahead. Whether you plan to shut down your hot tub for the season or you prefer to enjoy it during those cold winter nights, it’s important to make the proper precautions. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy it for many more seasons to come.

Snow-covered hot tub

How to Winterize Your Hot Tub

If spending time in your hot tub isn’t an option during the winter months, don’t just let the tub sit until spring. Doing so can risk major damage to the plumbing as well as to the tub itself. Follow these steps to help your hot tub weather the cold season smoothly.

Drain and Disconnect

When it comes to winterizing a hot tub, start by disconnecting the power and switching off the hot tub’s circuit breaker. Next, drain every drop of water from the tub, either by using the drain plug or by using a sump pump. Whichever method you choose, don’t forget to remove the drain plug once the tub is empty. Finally, use a wet vacuum to ensure that the hot tub lines are completely dry.

Dry the Air Blowers

Leaving excess water anywhere in the hot tub can cause damage when the temperatures drop below freezing, so you’ll want to be sure to dry the air blowers. Switch the circuit breaker back on, and turn on the air blowers so that they expel any remaining water from the pipes or hot tub channels. Next, remove any additional fittings and use the wet vacuum to dry them. Make sure all components are completely dry by wiping them down with a dry towel and then replacing any fittings.

Remove and Clean the Filters

Hot tub filters require regular cleaning and replacement, and the winterizing process presents the ideal opportunity to remove and clean these parts. If you’ve had the filters for less than two years, remove and soak them in a filter cleaning solution. Once clean, dry and store them until the spring. If you’ve had the filters for more than two years, remove them and plan to replace them with new ones in the spring. No matter which option you choose, be sure to clean and dry the filter compartments to eliminate any debris or remaining water.

hot tub preparation for winter
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Secure the Cover

Before sealing up the hot tub for the winter, check to make sure you’ve removed every drop of water in the tub. When you’re satisfied that it’s completely dry, cover the tub with a close-fitting cover. If the cover attaches or locks to the hot tub unit itself, don’t neglect to fasten it as tightly as possible. Since you’ll be securing it for several months, you’ll want to ensure that no water, debris, or pests can easily enter the hot tub in the meantime.

Shut Down the Tub

When you follow these winterizing steps carefully, your hot tub will be safe and sound until you’re ready to use it again. Once spring rolls around, clean and refill the unit and treat the water just as you did when you first installed your hot tub. Once you’ve replaced any filters and cleaned and heated the water, your hot tub will be as good as new for the spring season.

How to Prepare Your Hot Tub for Winter Use

friends enjoying a hot tub
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Whether you live in a warm climate or one with seasonal extremes, not everyone wants to shut down their hot tub for the winter. If you purchased your hot tub so you could use it in every season, follow these key steps.

Keep Up Appearances

Even if you don’t plan to use your hot tub nearly as often as you might during the summer, it’s important to keep all of your normal hot tub supplies on hand. That means you should always have chlorine and any other sanitizing or balancing chemicals you use. Also be sure to maintain the same water sanitization standards as you would during a busier season. Even if you just use the hot tub once a week, you don’t want to encounter water chemistry issues or resulting maintenance problems.

Clean the Tub and the Filters

Whether you use your hot tub daily or monthly, don’t forget to clean the tub and the filters regularly. Before the temperatures dip too low, drain and clean the tub top to bottom, and clean the filters throughout the season as necessary. Be sure to replace the filters every two or three years, or as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

Monitor Water Levels

Dry winter air tends to evaporate water much more quickly than moist summer air does. If you plan to use your hot tub throughout the winter months, be sure to monitor the water levels closely. If too much water evaporates from the tub, the water filters can stop working and the jets can cease to function. Refer to your hot tub owner’s manual to confirm safe water levels.

Use a Hot Tub Cover

To prevent water from evaporating too quickly, use a hot tub cover when the unit isn’t occupied. Though a heavy-duty cover might sound appealing, keep in mind that the fit of a hot tub cover is most important. Make sure your cover is free from cracks or leaks, and your hot tub will be ready for winter fun.

Whether you want to stow the unit away for a few chilly months or you want to deck it out for cold-weather use, don’t neglect winter hot tub preparation. Follow these steps to keep your hot tub in great condition all winter long.

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