Summer is over, and the cold weather is settling in. If you have a hot tub in your yard, it's time to start thinking about the winter. If you want to continue using your hot tub throughout the winter, it will need some special attention. Here are some maintenance tips that will help you get use out of your hot tub, all winter long.
Start with a Clean Hot Tub
Now that summer is officially over, you'll need to give your hot tub a thorough cleaning. This is a crucial step, whether you plan on using your hot tub this winter, or not. Begin by draining your hot tub, and removing the filter. Once your hot tub is completely drained, give it a thorough cleaning, inside and out. Be sure to clean the inside of the filter housing, as well. Starting the winter with a clean hot tub will help prevent damage during the cold weather. After you've cleaned your hot tub, go ahead and fill it back up, and replace the filter. It's a good idea to have your pool service technician come out and stabilize the water for you.
Provide Proper Coverage
During the winter months, you'll want to make sure that your hot tub is properly covered. Failing to provide the proper coverage could result in frozen water, especially if you aren't going to be using your hot tub every day. The first thing you should do is place a floating thermal cover over the surface of the water. This will prevent the water from freezing. Finally, place the hard, protective cover over your hot tub. The hard cover will further protect your hot tub, and prevent small animals and children from falling in.
Add Water as Needed
During the winter, it's important that you monitor the water levels in your hot tub. As the water level decreases, it can expose your heater and pump to hazardous conditions. Once the water level gets too low, the heater and pump will stop working. If that happens, they can freeze up, which means you'll need to replace them before you can use your hot tub again. You can prevent that by monitoring the water level at least once a week, and adding water as needed.
Schedule Maintenance Visits
It may be winter, but your hot tub will still need routine maintenance, especially if you're still using it. Be sure to contact your hot tub repair technician and schedule those maintenance calls. Ask your service technician about other ways to protect your hot tub this winter.