Over 26,000 hot tubs are produced in the country every single year. Sales are expected to increase by 20 to 30 percent over the next few years. The tubs provide a way for families to relax after a busy week. They are also popular for entertaining. The tubs are relatively easy to install and are simple to use. They do still need some regular attention especially after heavy use. Every homeowner will need to take several basic steps throughout the year in order to keep a hot tub in good condition.
Keep Water Clean
One of the most basic maintenance tasks is keeping the water clean. The first line of defense is maintaining the correct balance of chemicals the water. Most tubs will need to have more chemicals added every month. Chemicals should also be added according to the manufacturer instructions whenever the water starts to appear cloudy. It is usually best to drain and replace the water occasionally. This might be necessary every two to three weeks if the tub is used on a daily basis. The chemical balance in the water will directly affect the people sitting in the basin. Overly treated water will cause skin irritation. Undertreated water will not kill bacteria.
Check The Pump And Heater
The internal components should be checked occasionally. Any leaking plumbing parts should be tightened immediately or replaced. The same is true if a part looks corroded even if it is not leaking. The pump and heater should not be making any unusual noises and should not be emitting any off or burning odors. Pumps that start malfunctioning or performing below normal standards are usually either clogged or damaged internally. It is best to completely replace a malfunctioning pump rather than replace individual pieces. The filter should also be removed and cleaned or replaced at least once every two to three months.
Cover The Basin
All hot tubs should have some type of cover. Nearly all models have a matching cover for when the tub is not in use. There are even lifting devices that make covering and uncovering the basin much easier and faster. Covering the basin when the unit is not in use will prevent debris like leaves and dirt from getting into the water and potentially clogging the pump or filter. Covers make the tub more energy-efficient in cold weather by preventing the loss of heat. This allows the heater to cycle less.
Close The Hot Tub
Anyone living in an area that has very cold winters will need to close the tub at the end of the warm season in the fall. Closing a hot tub involves emptying the basin, cleaning all of the surfaces and removing the power supply. This will protect the tub during the winter and ensure that the basin does not become damaged. Another important step when closing the tub is unhooking some of the plumbing around the pump and heater. Opening a few pipes will ensure that ice does not form due to condensation. Accumulated ice could burst a pipe during the winter.