If you have a pool and a hot tub, you are probably sighing with regret. You are thinking about how you are going to close your pool down because it is fall. It is enough to make the beginning of fall very sad. However, you do not have to close down your hot tub when you close down your pool. You can keep your hot tub up and running all winter. Winter is a great time to use a hot tub because it is revitalizing. It allows you to relax and reinvigorate. Here are some tips to get your hot tub ready for the winter.
Clean, Clean, and Clean
The first step to winterizing your hot tub is to clean it. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your hot tub, it’s time. Deposits can build up in your hot tub over time. These deposits make it difficult for your hot tub to work efficiently.
First, you will need to drain the water. Many people like to use natural cleaners for their hot tubs. If that is what you would rather do, think about using vinegar and baking soda as a natural cleaner. After you drain the water, you must, then, scrub it. It’s better not to do all this when it is really cold outside. You would run the risk of freezing. The more thoroughly you clean your hot tub, the better it will handle those long and cold winter months.
Get Your Supplies Now
Another tip for using a hot tub in the winter: Make sure you have plenty of chemicals and filters available. You will have to use those filters and chemicals during the winter. Sometimes your favorite pool store may run out of supplies during the winter. You may have to wait to use your hot tub, which no one wants to do. Getting your winter supplies beforehand keeps your hot tub in perfect shape for winter use.
Winter Hot Tub Cover
You need to keep your hot tub covered at all times. This is especially true during the winter. Hot tub winter enclosures have multiple purposes. First, the cover is for safety. You will need to get a cover heavy enough that a child cannot remove. Second, covering your hot tub keeps leaves, dirt, and debris out of your tub. This debris makes it difficult for your tub to work effectively. Another reason is you don’t want to overwork your hot tub by having it try to heat the water. Covering the tub helps to keep the heat in.
Check Your Pipes and Water Temperature
Make sure that you have checked the pipes in your hot tub. If your pipes are leaking, they are more likely to freeze. If you do have a leak, you need to fix it immediately. Freezing pipes can ruin your hot tub and cost you a lot of money for repairs. If your hot tub has a freeze protection system, you need to make sure you turn it on. If your pipes freeze, they will expand and cause damage. Finally, make sure that you are maintaining the temperature in your hot tub. It will save you money in the long run. If you can keep the temperature constant, you won’t have to wait for hot water, and the tub won’t freeze.
Do you have more questions about hot tubs, getting your hot tub ready for winter and how to use them safely? Contact Skovish Pools & Spas. We have two store locations. One is in Luzerne, PA, and the other is in Shickshinny, PA.