Hot Tub Closing Tips – If you’re faced with closing your hot tub at the end of the season, you’ll need to properly close it down. Perhaps you’re a snow bird and are closing up the house for the winter as you retreat to your Florida home for six months. Or maybe you just need a break from enjoying your hot tub all season. Whatever the case, it’s important to properly winterize your hot tub. Remember: leaving any water in the tub can cause it to freeze over the winter, resulting in damaging and costly cracks.
Here are some hot tub closing tips:
- Shut off the power
- Drain out the water using a sump pump or the plug. You can use either one, but the sump pump is quicker.
- If your hot tub has an air blower, remove all the water. First, turn off the heater to avoid damage, then put the cover back on and turn on the power to run the air blower for about half a minute. Turn off the power.
- Take out the filters from the well after removing the cover from the tub.
- Clean your filters with designated filter cartridge cleaners by soaking them overnight. Storing dirty filters is a no-no.
- Loosen unions attached to your pumps, then take out all drain plugs so water can drain from the pipes. Store plugs carefully.
- Using a shop-vac, blow out the pipes. Using the “blow” setting will ensure no suction occurs, just blowing outwards.
- Climb into the tub and hook up the hose to the jets. Go through every jet to ensure it’s properly blown out.
- Because there will be some water left in the tub, you’ll need to use a sump pump, sponge or shop-vac to remove it.
- Use hot tub cleaner to clean the hot tub, then rinse with water if necessary. Mop up any residual water.
- Use a cover cleaner to clean the cover inside and out.
- Strap the cover down onto the hot tub with the designated straps. Use a lock if you have one, to prevent people or animals from getting in as well as to keep the wind from blowing it away.