Hot Tub Service
Hot Tub Checklist:
- Chemistry is Key
- The first and most important part of hot tub maintenance is keeping your water clean (sanitized)and balanced.
First, test your spa water once a week or in between house cleanings with a strip that checks its levels of pH, chlorine, bromine, calcium hardness, and total alkalinity. Next, adjust the levels as necessary. Follow the instructions on the bottles. Properly balanced hot tub water will fall within the following ranges:
– If Bromine is used 2.0-6.0 ppm
– If Chlorine is used: 1.0-3.0 ppm (when using with a mineral sanitizer or ozonator)
– pH: 7.2-7.6
– Total Alkalinity: 120-180 ppm
– Calcium Hardness: 120-425 ppm (preferably 120-250)
– Use shock once a week or in between house cleanings
- Maintain the Water Level
- Keep an eye on your water level – make sure the water is high enough for proper filtration, the ability to heat the water, and jet performance. This is typically half way between the jets and the top of the hot tub. Drain or add water as needed.
- Clean Your Hot Tub Weekly or in between house cleanings
- Although it’s a weekly chore, this one’s fairly simple. If your hot tub is outside, you’ll need to skim the water to remove any debris. Beyond that, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, you’ll want to wipe down the shell, waterline, and jets once a week with a non-abrasive sponge and cleaner. Use a hot tub/Spa surface cleaner because it’s safe to use on hot tub surfaces.
- Drain and Refill Your Hot Tub Quarterly
- While a weekly wipe down is a key component of hot tub maintenance, you’ll also want to
completely drain and refill the water every three to four months, depending on your usage.
While it’s empty, it’s a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of the entire tub—once again with a hot tub surface cleaner.
- Spa Filter
- Your hot tub filter(s) work hard, circulating water and keeping it free of contaminants. Helpthem do their job by keeping them clean, too.
Once a week, when you clean the surface of the tub, locate and remove your filter(s) and give them a good rinse with regular water. We recommend using a cartridge filter cleaning nozzle that attaches to a garden hose to rinse between the filter pleats.
Place the filter(s) back in the hot tub when done. Then, on the day you drain and refill your tub, give your filter a deep clean by soaking it in a degreasing agent that is designed to remove body oils, debris, and residue. A recommended product for this is BioGuard Kleen It. As part of your hot tub maintenance, you should completely replace your hot tub filters every year or two.
We also suggest having extra set so you can rotate the filters. Not only will they last longer, but you can continue to enjoy your hot tub while the first set is being cleaned.
- Spa covers endure a lot of heat and moisture, which might sound great to you but isn’t always best for vinyl. Clean the cover regularly with a vinyl or surface cleaner.
- Here is a video link for basic hot tub maintenance.