Many hot tub and spa owners find they use the hot tub more frequently once summer has passed and cooler, autumn-like days are at hand. The reason for that is obvious – it’s more enjoyable to soak in heated water when the air is cooler and it’s more enjoyable to swim in your cool, pool water in the heat of a summer day.
If you’re getting ready to kick off hot tub “season” at your home, here are some items that we at Hawaiian Pools recommend as a way to prepare your hot tub for fall use.
- Check the spa cover. You don’t want to use a waterlogged spa cover as it will drag down into the water and can also negatively impact the water quality. Inspect the spa cover for any rips or cuts. Patch any holes or invest in a new cover to protect your hot tub.
- Inspect the hot tub structure itself for any leaks or standing water. A spa can be home to hundreds of feet of plumbing and that means there is a very good chance for a leak. A small leak can go unnoticed for some time, but it can lead to bigger issues with your hot tub if left unchecked. If you notice a leak, give us a call so we can take care of it.
- Inspect the hot tub controls. Because the controls are subjected to heat and humidity they could corrode or even stop functioning properly. Test the jet pumps, the circulation pump, the heat control. Run the hot tub controls through all of their paces and make note of any glitches you notice.
- Pay attention to the filter. It will need to be cleaned and maintained, and at some point during your ownership of the hot tub, it will need to be replaced. A hot tub filter cartridge will typically need to be replaced every year and a half, depending on how often you use the hot tub.
- The electrical portion of the hot tub controls also need to be checked. Test the spa lighting to assure it is working; spa lighting is as much for atmosphere as it is for safety. Make certain no rodents damaged the electrical components during the off season. If you notice corrosion or any other build up, turn off the electricity to the unit and clean the corrosion. Remember, don’t work on any electrical components unless you have turned off the power to the hot tub.
If you want to rest assured that your hot tub is ready to meet the season, give us a call and schedule an inspection and cleaning.