It’s a beautiful Sunday and I woke up early looked at my hot tub and said yep let’s get it done. There are certain times of the year and certain days that just shout out it’s change the hot tub water, and clean the hot tub filters day. I find the best days to do this is early Fall and spring for sure, summers after a lot of people have been in and out of the tub, and any warmer winter days. Here is just a quick checklist for your hot tub fall cleaning.
When you venture out to change your hot tub water and clean your hot tub filters you are going to need a few items.
- Submersible pump to drain the water.
- Shop vacuum to remove debris and remaining standing water.
- a good shammy to wipe down the hot tub.
So the obvious first step when you do your hot tub fall cleaning is to drain the hot tub, I use a submersible pump that cost me around $100 and is useful for all kinds of chores around the house especially if you have a hot tub and pool in the backyard. The submersible pump is just faster than waiting for the gravity to drain your hot tub.
While your hot tub is draining take your filters and give them a good rinsing , I use our hot tub filter water wand to get in between the pleats of the filter, way easier then trying to do it with your fingers and the regular hose attachments.
When the tub is empty you will want to go the extra mile and clean the water out of the suction (skimmer & drains) and return lines (jets & ozone venturi). Some people skip this step, I think it helps to give you a fresh new tub of water. I use the exhaust of the shop vac first to blow the lines clean and then suck up the remaining water with the suction end of the shop vacuum.
Finally take some clean soapy water and your shammy and give your hot tub cover a good rinse and wash to remove any debris or mildew that might be present. Wipe it down with your hot tub cover cleaner and you are all set. You will also want to take the time to wash down and shammy the interior and top portion of your hot tubs acrylic and the hot tub is clean and ready to start to fill.
The last item I want to mention is when cleaning and filling your hot tub is Spa Solution. Spa Solution is a natural enzyme product I started using about a year ago, and I am thrilled to report it is a fantastic addition to my hot tub. I find my hot tub water has never been more easy to manage and the hot tub water seems to stay fresher longer. I save money on chemicals and its easier to use, I encourage you to look into Spa Solution for your hot tub.
Once the water is back in the tub turn it on, if at first your system does not fire up, not to worry sometimes you will develop a air lock when removing your hot tub water, just open a drain plug in your pump or slightly turn a union near your hot tub to allow a small amount of water to expel and your air lock should be gone and normal operation should return.
Ah Awesome! a nice fresh start and another three months of great hot tubing is ahead!