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A drain and clean of your hot tub should be a part of your hot tub’s regular maintenance routine. This should ideally be done once every three to four months to keep your hot tub in the best possible working condition and to help prolong the overall life of your hot tub. This blog will explain the basics of how to drain a hot tub, as well as answer frequently asked questions about hot tub draining.

How To Drain A Hot Tub: Step #1

The first step in draining your hot tub is to gather your supplies and turn the power off to your tub. This will make the entire hot tub draining process easier, as you’ll have everything you need right when you need it. Once you’ve gathered all the necessary supplies, such as a garden hose or hot tub draining pump, you can officially begin the process by turning off power to your hot tub and/or unplugging your hot tub from its power source.

How To Drain A Hot Tub: Step #2

The second step in draining your hot tub is to let the water out. This can be done by attaching a garden hose to the drainage valve on your hot tub. Just make sure that the other end of your garden hose is where you want the water to drain into before you switch the valve open.

If you’re looking to drain your tub quicker or your tub doesn’t have an accessible drainage valve, a hot tub draining pump is a great option. Simply follow the specific instructions for your draining pump and you’ll have an empty hot tub in no time!

After all the water is drained from your hot tub, there still may be some remaining water at the very bottom of your tub. You can use a cloth or towel to wipe this water up to get your hot tub completely dry.

How To Drain A Hot Tub: Step #3

The third step in draining your hot tub is simply to clean it. This should be done using a specialty hot tub cleaner, as regular household cleaners can erode and cause damage to the shell of your hot tub. Each cleaner will have slightly different instructions, but generally you apply the cleaner, wait a bit, then rinse or wipe off.

How To Drain A Hot Tub: Step #4

The final step in draining and cleaning your hot tub is to fill it back up! Your hot tub is now nice and clean and ready to be refilled again. After your tub is filled up, make sure that you test and shock the water to get it back to a safe and healthy level.

How To Drain A Hot Tub: FAQ

Let’s answer some common questions that pop up when thinking about the process of draining and cleaning your hot tub!

Where is the drain plug on a hot tub?

In general, the drain plug of your hot tub will be located on the outside of the tub, near the bottom rim of your hot tub.

Where to drain hot tub water?

It’s a good idea to check in with your local municipality or bylaw office to see where you are allowed to drain your hot tub water. In some cities or towns you can drain your hot tub water right into the sewer. However, some areas have restrictions and rules on where you are allowed to drain your hot tub water.

How long does it take to drain a hot tub?

Depending on the flow of your hot tub draining process, it can take anywhere from one to two hours to drain your hot tub completely. However, even after there is no more water coming from the draining hose, there still may be some extra water left in the very bottom of your tub.

How to get water out of the bottom of the hot tub?

There are plenty of creative ways to get the leftover water out of your hot tub when draining it. However, one of the easiest ways to do so is by using good old fashioned towels or rags to soak it up. If there’s an excessive amount of water left in the bottom of your tub, you may want to invest in a special manual spa vacuum which can help make the process easier.

Now You’re Ready To Drain A Hot Tub!

There you have it! Although it can take some time, draining and cleaning your tub isn’t something that is overly complex. You should make sure that you are completing a full drain and clean a few times a year to keep your hot tub in the best working condition and help you enjoy it for years to come!

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