Summer is on the horizon. It’s almost time for backyard BBQs, family get togethers, and outdoor play. If you own a hot tub, now is a great time to do a little maintenance in preparation for summer soaking.
Here are three maintenance tasks you should complete to prepare your hot tub for summer:
1. Scrub that Tub!
The first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your hot tub for summer is drain it and clean the inside. Use an all purpose cleaner or a product that is manufacturer-approved to clean the tub shell’s surface. Some hot tub owners like to use a surface polish to provide protection during summertime. Important: be careful not to leave an empty acrylic spa sitting in direct sunlight; it can damage the surface and cause bubbling. On a hot summer day, if the sun is at the right intensity, you can damage an empty hot tub in just 15 minutes!
2. Check for Damage and Dirt Build-Up
While your hot tub is drained, check the valves, pipes and filter casings for damage and dirt. If any of these parts are damaged, you should replace them or call a technician.
Look for any leaks or cracks in your hot tub. If you find a leak, it’s most often a failure of a rubber gasket or the PVC glue that holds two pieces of pipe together. Fortunately, these problems are usually easy to fix. Do some online research and contact a technician if you need professional help.
Now you’re ready to refill your hot tub and check to see if the control panel buttons and jets are working. You’ll also want to make sure that the ozonator, pumps, and filters are working properly. If you find your filter is dirty, thoroughly clean or replace it.
Doing this maintenance now will save you from costly repairs and possible breakdowns in the middle of summer. The longer an issue goes unresolved, the more likely it is to damage the hot tub’s entire system.
3. Balance Those Chemicals
Once you’ve cleaned and refilled your tub, it’s time to use testing stripes to access the chemical balance in your water. A test strip basically measures to see if the alkaline and acid levels of the water are even in order to keep things safe for soakers. If anything is off with your strip test, add chemicals accordingly.
If you find you need professional help with repairs or replacements as you complete your summer hot tub checklist, contact us today. We’re committed to offering our customers quality service at the very best prices.