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Signs it’s Time to Drain and Refill

When it comes to draining and refilling your hot tub, it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation. Draining your spa too often is a waste of valuable water, while not draining it enough could create health problems for you. Therefore, it’s all about finding when is “just right” for your hot tub. Follow our simple guidelines for knowing when it’s a good time to drain and refill your spa.

Do the Math

One way to determine if your hot tub needs a good rinse and drain is to pull out the calculator. Divide the number of gallons of spa water by the number of bathers who usually use the tub. Then divide that number by three to figure out how often you should go through the process.

For example, if your spa holds 200 gallons and you have four bathers each day, that’s 200 divided by four, which equals 50. Divide 50 by three, and you should drain your spa every 16 days or so.

Check for Foam and Funk

If your spa is running especially foamy and the antifoam you add isn’t doing the trick, this a sure sign it’s time to change out the water. The same goes for funky looking or discolored water too.

Take a Whiff

Another easy way of determining when your tub needs to drain is if the water begins to smelly funny. Any out-of-the-ordinary smell is a cry for fresh water.

Check the Calendar

If your tub has been sitting empty for a while, this is another time when it’s a good idea to refill, rinse, and drain. Filling and then draining your tub will help clear the plumbing lines and rid it of buildup.

Make Goldilocks proud and find the spa cleaning routine that is just right for you and your tub. Keeping in mind how often you use your tub and watching out for these warning signs are good indicators as to when your spa needs a refill and rinse.

What You Need to Know about Hot Tub pH Levels

Clear water doesn’t necessarily mean clean water. It’s possible for your spa water to look perfectly fine while it secretly deteriorates your hot tub and health. Instead of relying on guess work, learn the importance of your tub’s pH levels and test them regularly to maintain a clean and healthy spa.

What is pH?

Water pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water solution is according to the concentration of hydrogen ions. Pure water generally has a pH level of seven. Any solution with a pH level above seven is considered basic, while results lower than seven are acidic.

Why is pH Important?

Testing the pH level of your spa water is important because if it isn’t balanced, the water could negatively affect your tub. On the one hand, if your water is too acidic, it may corrode your spa parts. On the other hand, if your water is too basic, it could stain your tub or lead to mineral scaling. Imbalanced pH levels may also cause health problems, such as skin and eye irritations.

What Alters My Hot Tub’s pH Levels?

The kinds of water and sanitizer you use in your spa can change the pH level. Hard water and well water, for example, have different pH levels than fresh water. Because of this, it’s important to determine the pH level of the water coming out of your garden hose, instead of assuming it’s at a perfect seven. Sanitizers also have different pH ranges, such as calcium hypochlorite, which has a high pH level, and bromine, which has a much lower pH level. If you’re not careful when you add these sanitizers, they can further imbalance the pH level of the hot tub water.

How Do I Test the pH levels in my Hot Tub?

Read the instructions on your pH test kit to determine specific steps and how frequently you should check your spa’s levels. In many cases the process simply involves taking a sample of circulated spa water and dipping a test strip into it. Next, shake the strip and hold it horizontally for roughly 15 seconds before comparing its color to the chart. Your kit should provide you with additional instructions on how to balance your hot tub water accordingly.

Don’t put your spa or health at risk. Learn to read and understand pH levels for a happier, healthier tub today. Learn more about hot tub sanitation by reading the Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation.

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Hot Tub Family-Friendly

During your first 100 days as Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, you’ll quickly discover why it’s the ultimate gathering place for the entire family. It helps to think of your hot tub as a living room with jets, where every family member can gather together after a long day apart to chat, relax and enjoy each other’s company. As a new owner, you may be wondering how to maximize family time in the hot tub. To get the ball rolling, here are five simple ways to make your hot tub as family-friendly as possible.

Whether your family holds game night on a regular basis or you’ve tried it before without much success, moving game night to your hot tub both puts a unique spin on a classic family activity and provides yet another reason to suit up. Adding water to game night is relatively easy and requires only a few adjustments. Look for waterproof versions of playing cards, checkers and floating board games. Games like charades don’t involve any special equipment, but keep in mind it’s not as easy to move around when sitting in your hot tub.


You already know the way to your family’s heart is often through their stomachs, but certain foods are better suited than others for munching on in the hot tub. Snacks like popcorn and chips aren’t the best foods for hot tubs, as they’re easily dropped into the water. Pick foods that keep little (and big) hands clean to keep the water clear and avoid soggy crumbs. Cheese and veggie trays are safe bets, as are popsicles and other foods that come on sticks.

As kids get older, they sometimes become more reluctant to join in on family time. That’s where your hot tub comes in. Don’t let their budding social life get in the way of family time by extending an invite to take a dip to their schoolmates, boyfriends and girlfriends. Keeping extra bathing suits and towels on hand will ensure that any last-minute guests can comfortably join in on the fun.



The best way to ensure your family enjoys their time in the hot tub is to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Keep in mind that the temperature you prefer may not be ideal for everyone else. While the majority of hot tub users enjoy a water temperature in the range of 100°F – 102°F, some prefer turning it up to the maximum of 104°F. As a new owner, it’s important to experiment with the temperature while everyone’s present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, try to stick to it, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can bump up operational costs and add wear. It’s also important to keep in mind that children under 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time, regardless of temperature.

Most important, make sure that safety’s always top of mind when your family uses the hot tub. We recommend keeping a first aid kit nearby at all times. For younger children especially, keeping the area around your hot tub secure is a must, so you may want to consider installing slip-resistant mats. Make sure younger children know not to go near the hot tub without an adult present. Likewise, talk to teenagers about appropriate hot tub behavior. It should be made clear that the water temperature should not exceed 104° F and that plastic cups are a good rule of thumb when bringing a drink in the hot tub.
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Don’t Let Your Bubbles Get You into Trouble: Hot Tub Safety for Kids

Shut off the game consoles, put away the smart phones, and invite your family to join you in some backyard fun. After all, you’ve finalized the patio, set up your new hot tub, and whipped up your kid’s favorite snacks. It’s the perfect time for some family bonding in your revamped yard. However, before you turn on the bubbles, ensure your tub won’t get anyone into trouble. Follow our simple tips to maintain a safe environment for the whole family to gather:


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