Preparing Your Hot Tub For Summer

Summer is coming up quickly, which means sunny days, backyard barbecues, relaxation and lots of spa time. Before you begin using your hot tub daily, it’s important to make sure that you prepare it for heavy usage, especially if you haven’t checked up on in a while. You don’t want to have to be hassling with maintenance problems throughout the summer, so it’s best to make sure everything is working the way it should beforehand.

Although you should always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your hot tub, we’ve got a few tips to help you maintain the longevity of your spa and keep it running smoothly throughout the summer.

Drain and Clean Your Tub

Whether you’ve been using your hot tub regularly through the winter and spring season or not, it’s important that you thoroughly clean your tub to create a safe environment for all of the fun you’ll be having in it over the summer months. If you haven’t drained your hot tub in four months or longer, now is the time to do it.

While your tub is drained, make sure to check the jets, pumps, valves, pipes and filter casings for damage and built up dirt. If you find that any of these parts are damaged, you should replace them or call a technician.

Time for Inspection

You don’t want to have people over to enjoy the hot tub on a sunny day only to have it stop working. Make sure you thoroughly check your hot tub for any cracks, leaks or other damage. Unfortunately, these problems do arise, and it’s important to locate them when they first occur so that they don’t get worse. If you notice any damage or leaks, make sure to do some research, inspect further and call a technician if necessary.

Check your spa’s filters and the mechanics behind the panels of your tub. After this, fire up the hot tub up and make sure the components and buttons on your control panel and each of the jets are working. If a jet doesn’t work right away, try to open it by twisting on the front face. Also check to make sure that the ozonator, pumps and filters are working properly. It’s important that these work because they help to reduce the amount of maintenance needed in the future.

Check Your Chemical Balance

If you did some spring-cleaning and already drained your spa, cleaned it and refilled it, then it’s a good idea to use testing strips to analyze the chemical balance in your water to make sure that they are at safe levels. You should continue to do this every few days over the summer, as you will probably be using your hot tub often.

The goal of using chemical strips is to make sure that the alkaline and acid levels are even. If they aren’t, then you can balance them by adding the appropriate chemicals. You may not be able to balance your chemicals perfectly, but as long as you are checking your levels every week and adding chemicals accordingly, you should be fine. Shop our Hot Tub Chemicals

Cool Down

Normal hot tub temperatures are perfect for cool summer nights, but you may want to lower the temperature during the day if you live in an extremely warm climate. If you want a relaxing experience in your hot tub during the day, try turning the temperature down to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Anything lower than your average body temperature, which is 98.6 degrees, will feel relaxing, even during the hottest of days.

If you really want to cool down and transform your hot tub into a “cool tub,” turn the temperature down to 85 degrees or lower. Test the water’s temperature to find the perfect heat for a daytime dip to prepare for backyard parties with friends. Also, try setting up a colorful umbrella next to the hot tub to improve ambience and allow for a break from the sun.

For more tips and for some great deals on Hot Tubs, Call Lewis on 07963431444 or Lewis@diamondspas.co.uk

Tips for Using Your Hot Tub in the Winter

Keep the Hot Tub Cover Clear

Step one for ensuring you can use your hot tub throughout a harsh winter is to make sure you keep the hot tub cover clear of ice and snow.

Covers can become too heavy to lift with snow and ice on them.  Too much snow and ice can damage the cover due to the excessive weight on the foam core cover. The longer you allow snow to accumulate on your hot tub cover, the less likely you are to even make an effort to enjoy your spa. Keep in mind, however, that if you’re not planning to use your hot tub often, small amounts of snow on top of the cover does add to the spa’s insulation characteristics.

Staying on top of the snow situation will enable you to hop in for a relaxing soak whenever the time is right.

Keep the Hot Tub Cover Tight

Before the temperatures drop for the winter months, make sure your insulated cover is securely attached to your hot tub. And after every winter use, make sure to fasten the cover well. Even the smallest gap can cause the water to evaporate and cause your heater to run more frequently.

Royal Spa hot tubs are extremely well insulated, so we recommend setting the temperature to a minimum of 90 degrees. But if you’re going to leave the cover on, it’s just as easy to maintain a water temperature of 104 degrees as any lower temperature.

Ultimately, the temperature is your decision. Rather than going back and forth to alter the temperature, set it to your preference and it will always be ready to go. Remember, chasing the perfect temperature is time consuming and increases your energy costs. And as long as you keep your cover on tight, even if the power goes out, you shouldn’t need to worry about your water freezing for at least 7 days without circulation thanks to how well your Royal Spa is insulated. Heated, circulating water will not freeze.

Check Water Levels

Royal Spa hot tubs are designed to maintain water temperature when you properly use an insulated cover. Your water levels shouldn’t alter dramatically during the winter.

If you’re actively using your hot tub in the winter, you’ll likely notice the water’s level decrease over time. If a dip in the hot tub doesn’t occur often, checking the water levels once a week should suffice. Partially open the cover and take a glimpse inside. You can quickly hit the buttons, run the jets, and make sure everything is working correctly.

Stay Safe

You may be tempted to soak in your hot tub for an extended period during winter. Due to the extreme difference in the water’s temperature and the air’s temperature, be sure to pay attention to how you feel while using the spa. If at any point you feel overly tired or in any way feel discomfort…it is time to exit the spa.  When it’s freezing above the water, and extremely hot below the water, your body’s internal calibration may get confused.

One quick tip for travelling to and from your hot tub: Keep a pair of flip-flops handy so your feet never touch the cold deck! Everyone has always been concerned about hot tub safety, but more people fall on the ice on their patio then slip in the hot tub. Be safe…

 

Info from Royal Spas™

How to clean your jets

Use White Vinegar to Clean The Jets

Use white vinegar to clean valves and jets if they get an excessive buildup of calcium.

In high ambient temperature times of year, if your hot tub is creeping up in temperature because of these high temperatures, put 2 tennis balls between the acrylic shell and cover at night to allow the cooler night temperature to help keep the water temperature down.

Keep your cover open for 15 minutes after adding chemicals in order to prevent the corrosive off gasses from damaging your pillows, plastic parts, and cover.

For more tips or for any service info call: 07963431444 or email: lewis@diamondspas.co.uk

Info from: Lisa Thompson, MasterSpas.com