Maintenance

How to Prep Your Hot Tub for Winter

Your hot tub is an outstanding addition to your home and family, and proper maintenance will ensure you get to enjoy it for years to come. This maintenance includes making the necessary adjustments to keep your spa operating through the cold winter months or, alternatively, shutting it down during the cold months. We’ll discuss both possibilities below.

Closing Down for Winter

Hot tub owners often report that they most enjoy using their spas during the winter. However, if your area is bracing for severe inclement weather or you’re leaving town for an extended period of time, you may wish to shut down your spa entirely.

  1. Power Down

You’ll be emptying your spa of water and performing additional maintenance

on it, so shut off the heater and turn off the spa.

  1. Empty the Spa

Drain your hot tub of all water. Empty the air blowers, if your spa is

equipped with these.

  1. Clean Filters

Remove your filters and place them in a cleaning solution. You’ll want to keep them in a dry place for as long as they’re out of the hot tub. Take this opportunity to clean the filter basket, as well.

  1. Loosen Fittings

If your pump housing has drain plugs, open them. You may wish to rent or purchase a shop vac to remove additional water left inside these fittings.

  1. Blow Jets

Water can get trapped in your jet plumbing and damage your hot tub if it freezes. Make sure this is drained, whether manually or by a shop vac.

  1. Clean the Shell

Your hot tub is empty, so give the entire basin a good scrubbing with a spa cleanser.

  1. Cover Your Tub

Place your cover over your hot tub and lock it down. It will protect your spa during the winter.

When spring arrives, you can refill your hot tub and begin enjoying it again.

Operating Your Spa in Winter

If you are concerned about the cost of operating your spa and its heater in the winter, you can relax; if properly maintained, keeping your hot tub operating is surprisingly cost-efficient. Here are a few simple steps you can follow to prepare your hot tub for winter.

  1. Drain/Clean Tub

You’ll still want to give your spa a cleaning session. Drain your hot tub and give it a thorough scrubbing, including the vents and filters.

  1. Refill Your Spa

Fill your hot tub with water.

  1. Activate Freeze Protection

If you live in a very cold climate, run your hot tub in F3 “Standard” mode. A sensor will monitor the climate and periodically run the pump when the temperature drops below a certain level, preventing anything from freezing.

    1. Keep Your Spa Covered

If you aren’t using your hot tub, keep the cover firmly on it. This will keep the heat in, preventing you from running the heater continuously and saving you money in the long run.

There’s nothing quite like watching snow drift down from the comfort of your spa. Why not keep it operating in the winter and enjoy it?

Now that you know how to maintain your spa through the winter or how to properly shut it down, you’ll be able to properly manage its care. As long as you look after it, your hot tub will function optimally.

Dispelling 3 Common Myths about Hot Tubs

Debunking some of the common myths associated with hot tubs can help you choose the right spa and keep it well-maintained for a long time. Here are three common misconceptions all prospective and current hot tub owners should know about.

Purchasing myths
Myth:
A higher number of jets and horsepower equates to a higher quality spa.

Truth:
 Whether it pertains to jets or horsepower, more doesn’t always equal better. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with varying numbers of jets. The real quality and ultimate hydromassage benefit is gained by the placement, type, and size of the jets. More jets don’t always equate to more comfort, but it almost always means higher operating costs. Furthermore, if the pump size remains the same and is forced to push air/water at lower volumes through the jets, this could lead to inferior performance.  Horsepower quantity is based mostly on powering the number of jets the spa has and can also contribute to higher energy bills.

Maintenance myths
Myth:
If you have an ozone system, you don’t need to add chemicals to your spa to keep it clean.

Truth:
Ozone reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the need for spa chemicals. The ozone system in your spa can help oxidize some contaminants, but it’s not a one-step solution for cleaning the water. You still need chlorine or shock to fully sanitize your hot tub. Make sure to properly test the water and use the appropriate chemicals to keep it clear, clean, and safe. Learn more about common hot tub maintenance myths .

Cleaning myths
Myth:
Cleaning your spa with bleach is the best way to disinfect it.

Truth: Many people use household bleach as a spa or pool sanitizer, even though it can cause damage to the finish of the hot tub’s interior and filter, and can permanently damage the cover. Excessive ozone, chlorine, or bromine levels can also bleach the underside of your spa cover. In addition to draining your water, cleaning your filter, and flushing your spa’s internal plumbing system, try using an all-purpose cleaner  for your hot tub’s surface and cover.

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.

Is Your Hot Tub Irritating Your Skin?

If you start developing a rash after soaking in your spa, the experience can quickly go from hot tub party to hot mess. A red, itchy, bumpy rash on your skin after a dip is a reaction a small number of people have to hot tubs. In some cases, your rash could be an infection from the germ pseudomonas aeruginosa, but in other cases it could be an allergic reaction to certain chemicals.

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Once-a-month Hot Tub Cleaning Guide

While your hot tub requires daily and weekly maintenance, there are also a few simple chores you’ll need to do once a month to keep your spa in tip-top shape. From cleaning the cover to adding scale remover, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to maintain your hot tub.

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The Biggest Hot Tub Maintenance Myths Debunked

mythsblog The Biggest Hot Tub Maintenance Myths Debunked

If you think that hot tub maintenance is time-consuming, requires just as much work as a pool, think again. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s surprisingly simple and can take as little as 10 minutes each week. During your first 100 days of owning a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub, it’s especially important to learn the truth about taking care of your hot tub, so here’s a handy list of the biggest debunked hot tub maintenance myths.

 


 

MYTH: Constantly getting in and out of the hot tub tracks in dirt and debris that builds up on the shell over time.
TRUTH: Unlike many bathtubs, a Jacuzzi® hot tub’s shell is impervious to bacteria and footprint stains, meaning it’s easy to keep clean.

 MYTH: The lengthy process of heating the water means it won’t be ready when I want it to be.
 TRUTH: With the right settings configured, your hot tub stays heated economically 24/7, meaning it’s ready to go whenever you need to take a dip.

 MYTH: It’s going to be a complicated backyard chemistry experiment to keep it clean.
 TRUTH: Actually, it only takes a few minutes a week to ensure that the water in your spa remains in tip-top shape. Using a test strip, check the levels of pH, Alkalinity, Calcium and your preferred sanitizer (Chlorine or Bromine). Adjust each measure by adding the right amount of each product as indicated in your owner’s manual.

 MYTH: I’ll have to drain the water frequently.
 TRUTH: Water changes are only recommended every 3-6 months, depending on usage…

 MYTH: Filter changes will be difficult, expensive and messy.
 TRUTH: Access to the filter is easy on your hot tub, and they are simple an inexpensive to replace. Some of our models feature the Smart Control screen, which actually tells you when the filter needs to be a changed. Even if you don’t have it, a simple weekly check will do the trick and lengthen the life of the filter.

 MYTH: I won’t use my hot tub enough to get my money’s worth when it comes to monthly maintenance and energy costs.
 TRUTH: As a new owner, you’ll quickly see what most of our owners already know – your hot tub becomes part of your family’s daily routine, providing valuable relaxation time, and a long list of health benefits for even just 10 minutes a day. And monthly energy costs are less than you think – as low as $14/month on some models.

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See — hot tub maintenance is that easy! For more information on proper maintenance of your new hot tub, please visit our “Owner’s Corner” by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

How to Pet and Pest-Proof Your Hot Tub

Sure, you love spending every moment with your pets, from riding in the car to jogging around the neighborhood. However, when it comes to soaking in your hot tub, this is the one activity you may want to do solo. Hot tubs can be harmful to your pet’s health, while your pet’s fur can be harmful to your tub.

To avoid potential problems, designate your hot tub for human use only. Check out a few of our tips for preventing any and all furry ones from soaking in your tub.

Remember to Secure Your Spa Cover

Investing in a strong and sturdy spa cover is one sure way to protect your hot tub from your family pets and unwanted critters. Properly seal your hot tub after every use to keep it from gaining animals’ interest. In addition, to prolong the life of your spa and cover, keep your friends, family, cats, and dogs from sitting on it to prevent premature wear and tear.

However, if your pet is especially keen on joining you in the hot tub, you may want to install a hot tub gate around your spa to further keep out four-legged visitors.

Keep the Area Clear of Food

The more food you leave around your hot tub, the more likely pests will take up residency inside or near your spa. Just like on camping trips, when it comes to your hot tub “leave no trace.” Outdoor critters, from rats to raccoons, love to gobble up the leftover appetizers from your backyard spa party. Not to mention, yummy crumbs may entice your family dog and cat over to the hot tub area, too. If you don’t leave leftovers near your tub, neither will these animals.

Inspect Your Hot Tub Cabinet

Mice and wasps have a reputation for making homes in hot tub cabinets. They like to burrow through holes and wreak havoc beneath your tub. To avoid this problem, seal any cracks and crevices where these unwanted ones could crawl and periodically check under your cabinet for signs of inhabitants.

Indulge with a human-only soak and follow these easy tips for preventing pets and pests from joining you. Learn more about hot tub maintenance today.

Water Woes: How to Keep Your Spa Water Clean

Just like any other area of your home, your hot tub needs periodic cleaning to maintain its sparkle. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub, don’t just sweep the dust bunnies under the carpet. Instead, give your spa the TLC it needs to ensure it stays fresh and healthy for you to soak.

Check Your pH Levels

Testing your spa water’s pH levels is one of most important ways to determine its needs. After all, pH imbalances can make your hot tub water too acidic or too basic, both of which can have negative effects. Once you figure out your water’s pH level, you’re better equipped to know how much sanitizer to add.

Add Sanitizers

Without the use of sanitizers, your hot tub will become a cesspool-like environment and may potentially cause health risks. Even if your spa water looks clean and clear, there’s a good chance it’s contaminated. After all, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine, work to kill these bacteria. Refer to your pH test to determine how much sanitizer to use.

Consider Oxidizers

Add shock oxidizers to eliminate residue from soakers, such as dead skin, oils, and cosmetics. These oxidizers rid your spa water of unwanted organic matter and help to keep your water cloud free. Furthermore, oxidizers aid the sanitizers in the fight against bacteria.

Drain and Refill

To prevent the battle of fighting to keep your pH level in balance, drain and refill your hot tub every few months. Doing so will make it easier for you maintain the pH balance, but it will also circulate fresh water into the spa.

Scrub the Tub

Once you’ve drained your spa, give the tub a good scrub to remove any residue and scum before refilling it. If you do this every time you drain your hot tub, it will prevent buildup and that unwanted water ring around the interior.

Your spa won’t magically clean itself, but fortunately, it only takes a few steps to maintain its sparkle and bacteria-free glow.

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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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation

You don’t need to be some kind of chemistry whiz to master clean and clear water in your hot tub. However, understanding certain elements of water chemistry and their interactions may make it easier for you to make your spa sparkle. The secret to maintaining a sanitized spa is all in the upkeep, so follow our simple do’s and don’ts for an inviting cloud-free, bacteria-free backyard oasis.

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Understanding Hot Tub Chemicals

You’ve created an inviting backyard hot tub oasis with a masterfully designed stone patio surrounded by lush and tropical plants, but an unsanitary hot tub is one sure way to keep you indoors. Don’t let cloudy and murky spa water prevent you from indulging in your backyard this summer. And instead, soak up your backyard paradise in clean and clear water, when you follow a few of our guidelines for hot tub maintenance. more

Is Your Hot Tub Ready for Fall?

Jacuzzi owners already know this: when summer ends, hot tub usage heats up. The weather gets cooler, kids start new sports activities, and in general, everyone spends more time at home. It’s prime season for spas and hot tubs, so make sure yours is ready for action.

Prepare your hot tub for the cooler days ahead.

• Is your cover in good shape or is it time for a replacement? Your spa cover prevents leaves and dirt from getting into the water, and it keeps the heat inside to conserve energy.
• Start of a new season is a good time to check the filters – replace them if needed for maximum operating efficiency.
• Drain your spa for a thorough cleaning before serious winter weather sets in.
• Program your hot tub’s water temperature so it’s warm when you want to go in and in energy-saving mode at other times. The J-1000™ control system on the J-400™ Collection is the most advanced in the industry (super-easy to use, too).

Why you need hydrotherapy this fall.

• Has your workout routine changed from last summer, or are you just starting one? Hydro-massage soothes sore muscles and strains, and promotes flexibility.
• A 10-minute soak relaxes homework-stressed kids, and parents.
• When the days get shorter, immerse in a warm-water massage instead of holding down the sofa – you’ll probably sleep better afterwards.

People who own spas and hot tubs love to entertain outdoors in every season, too. Half-time during the game or last-minute Friday happy hour, you don’t have to make a big deal out of it – everyone enjoys a warm soak and good conversation.

Need supplies? How about a new cover or accessories? Contact your local Jacuzzi Hot Tubs dealer for genuine Jacuzzi parts and extras, or to see the latest models.

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