Maintaining your hot tub’s water allows you to keep it in the best working condition for years to come. Part of this maintenance includes draining and refilling the water regularly. But what best practices can you follow to ensure your hot tub water is safe and balanced? Below, we will provide you with what you need to know.
Why It’s Important to Frequently Change Your Hot Tub’s Water
Over time, dirt and debris can accumulate in your hot tub and even if you use the best water care products, there’s only so much they can do. This is why it’s necessary to practice a proper cleaning† regime, and draining and refilling your hot tub is an important part of this. Doing so will eliminate any build-up that has occurred and ensure that your hot tub is always clean† and ready for use. Because when it comes down to it, dirty water isn’t the safest for swimmers and can also lead to problems with your hot tub. For example, if the build-up of contaminants is not dealt with, it can actually cause corrosion on some of the metal parts in your hot tub, which can shorten the lifespan of your hot tub and lead to costly repairs. But not to worry! If you have any questions about the best ways to combat dirty hot tub water, you can contact your local hot tub dealer for expert advice.
How Often Should You Change the Water in Your Hot Tub?
So how often should you change the water in your hot tub? In most cases, it’s best to do so every 3 to 4 months. This will help to keep the water clean† and free of any build-up or contaminants. Of course, this is just a general guideline, and you may need to change your hot tub water more or less often depending on several factors. These include:
How often the hot tub is used
If you use your hot tub regularly, you’ll need to change the water more often than someone who only uses it occasionally.
The number of people using the hot tub
More people means more contaminants, like creams, perfumes, etc. This means that if you have many people using your hot tub, you’ll need to change the water more often.
The size of the hot tub
Larger hot tubs will need to have their water changed less often than smaller ones.
You might also need to change the water in your hot tub sooner than scheduled if you notice signs that the water is dirty or contaminated. An unpleasant smell and a cloudy appearance are the most common signs. Additionally, testing the water regularly with a test kit or testing strips will let you know of the water quality and if it’s time for a change – even if the physical signs mentioned aren’t present.
A Quick Guide to Hot Tub Water Replacement
If you’ve decided that it’s time for a hot tub water change, the process is actually pretty simple. You’ll just need to follow these steps:
- Turn off the power to your hot tub. You should always do this before any type of maintenance.
- Use a hose to drain the water from your hot tub.
- When the water has been drained, give the tub a good cleaning†. Be sure to focus on areas that might have build-ups, such as filters, jets, and drains.
- Once you’ve finished cleaning†, it’s time to refill the tub with fresh water. You can attach the hose to the hot tub and let the water run until it’s at the ideal level.
- Add the chemicals that are needed to keep the water clean†.
- Turn the power back on. Let the chemicals circulate for a couple of hours before using the hot tub again.
As you can see, changing your hot tub water is pretty straightforward. Just be sure to follow these steps and to do so at the recommended frequency and you’ll have no problems keeping your hot tub clean† and in good working condition. To learn more about choosing the perfect hot tub for your home, download our free buyer’s guide.