If you own a hot tub, it is imperative that you maintain it. Taking the time to inspect and service your tub once a week is the best thing you can do to keep it running well, as well as to prevent potential damage. To make the process easy and to be consistent in your efforts, it will be beneficial to select a designated time of the week for this job. If there are multiple people living in your home, you may want to add this to the list of chores.
It is important to remember that children should not perform maintenance work until they are old enough to know the hazards associated with hot tub chemicals. In addition, it will help to make a list and check off the duties as you go. Hot tub maintenance does not require much effort, but it can save you a lot of money that could be spent on costly repairs.
How to maintain your hot tub every week
- Remove and clean the filter
- Add anti-foaming agents to remove excess foam
- Inspect the entire tub for signs of damage
- Inspect your hot tub cover
- Test the pH level and add the necessary chemicals
The first thing you want to do is remove your hot tub’s filter. Take it out and clean it thoroughly with a garden hose. If there is buildup that cannot be removed with water, use a soft brush to get in the crevices. At The Cover Guy, we sell a device designed specifically for this purpose. The filter is one of the most important parts of a hot tub; if it becomes clogged, the entire filtration system along with the motor can be ruined.
If your hot tub has started to develop a lot of foamy bubbles, you may want to add some anti-foaming agents. Although these bubbles are not necessarily harmful, they can be a nuisance. Likewise, excess foam can work to damage the underlining of your hot tub cover if left untreated.
Make sure to inspect your hot tub inside and out for damage. Cracks and holes will need to be addressed immediately, and they can occur as the result of damage from debris or neglect. Use a flashlight to look underneath the unit; be sure to remove the outer paneling to inspect the undercarriage and the vital components (heater, motor, etc.).
If your hot tub is equipped with a cover, make sure to inspect it as well. You will want to remove it from the unit completely; the underlining is often a trouble spot and should be closely monitored. If you have a lifter attached, make sure the hinges are lubricated well and that they open/close without problems. The last thing you will want to do is test the pH level of the water. Use testing strips and add the chemical agents necessary to bring the ratio to the correct amount.