The very thing that makes hot tubs wonderful – their warm, soothing temperature – makes them a popular place for bacteria and algae to grow. Thankfully, you can avoid these problems by doing regular hot tub maintenance. In fact, keeping your spa sparkling clean all year long is easier than you may think.
Hot tub maintenance is similar to any kind of home maintenance: Do it often, and the tasks are simple, but let long periods of time pass without doing any, and the amount of work increases exponentially.
Maintenance and cleaning instructions vary among different hot tubs, so it’s always a good idea to check the owner’s manual for specific directions. However, just to get you started, here are some basic maintenance tips for keeping your spa operating at peak performance all year long:
- Clean those cartridges: When clogged, they reduce your water flow. To avoid this, remove your cartridges each month and hose them down to remove any build up. Then about every three years or so, just replace them with new ones. Pretty simple, right?
- Out with the old, in with the new. Your filters can’t keep every unwanted particle out of your hot tub, so replacing the water every few months is important for keeping things clean. The amount of usage your spa gets dictates how often the water needs to be changed, but as a general rule you should shoot to do it every three to four months.
- Chemistry is key. Maintaining the correct chemistry in your hot tub is important for preventing bacteria and algae growth. Consult the owners’ manual to see which chemicals are recommend for use on a regular basis.
- Don’t forget about the cover. Don’t apply cleaner to the inside of your cover, as it will just contaminate the water once you put it back on. Instead, whenever you notice residue accumulating, wipe it off with a wet rag and then dry thoroughly.
As you can see, hot tub maintenance is pretty simple. With these basic tips under your belt, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a sparkling clean spa all year long.