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.
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.
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.