Avoid These Common Maintenance Mistakes With Your New Hot Tub

Posted on: 15 March 2019

Whether you're thinking about buying a hot tub in the near future or have recently treated yourself to one, knowing how to properly maintain a hot tub is a must. Otherwise, you could run into expensive maintenance and equipment issues down the road. As you prepare to care for your new hot tub, there are a few common mistakes you'll want to be especially careful to avoid.

Forgetting the Cover

Most hot tubs should come with a cover that will fit snugly over it when not in use. The purpose of a hot tub cover is not only to maintain the temperature and save on energy but also to keep debris and unwanted particles from entering the water and throwing off the balance of chemicals in the water. Forgetting to cover your hot tub after use could result in dirty water that will take a lot of time (and money) to clean and rebalance.

Not Testing Water Daily

Just like with a swimming pool, hot tub water should be tested for pH, alkalinity, chlorine, and other chemicals at least once a day. You can use standard pool chemical test strips to achieve an accurate reading. From there, you'll likely need to add chemicals at least once every few days to keep things balanced. Skipping even one or two days of this could result in a chemical imbalance that makes your hot tub unsuitable for use.

Forgoing the Shower Before Use

All hot tub manufacturers will recommend that you rinse off any lotions, hair products, and other chemicals off your body before entering a hot tub. Fail to take this warning seriously, and you could introduce unwanted chemicals into your hot tub that will throw off the balance and lead to a lot of headaches down the road.

Leaving the Temperature Turned Up

When you're not using your hot tub, you can cut down on energy use by turning the water temperature down several degrees and placing the cover on the tub itself. This will help to preserve the temperature without needing to run the heater as much, which can save you in energy bills and reduce wear and tear as well.

Owning a hot tub can be a luxurious experience, but it will require some time and care on your part. By avoiding these common mistakes, however, you can keep your hot tub in great shape and ready to use year-round!