Owning a hot tub is not all always about relaxing and enjoyment, it also requires regular maintenance to make sure that your system stays in tiptop shape. Draining your hot tub is an important part of hot tub maintenance and should be performed as winter preparation, or periodically to keep your water clean and free of contaminants.
Steps for Draining Your Hot Tub
Regardless of your reason for draining, you can ensure that draining your hot tub will be a stress-free experience by following a few simple steps:
1. Turn off the power
First, start by making sure your hot tub’s heater is switched to “off”, and then turn off the spa’s circuit breaker in order to ensure your safety.
2. Remove the cover
Removing the cover from your hot tub reduces any suction that could slow down the flow of water. It also allows you to monitor the progress of the draining.
3. Attach a hose to the primary spigot
Some hot tubs have a primary and a secondary spigot. Locate the primary hose spigot on your hot tub and attach a garden hose for drainage.
4. Run the other end of the hose downhill to an approved drainage area
You will want to run your hose downhill so gravity will allow the water to flow. For where to drain your hot tub, depending on your city’s ordinances you will drain your hot tub either to a designated sewer access, utility sink in your home, or, if the chemical levels have dissipated, into your lawn. Never drain your hot tub to a storm drain, since these leads to natural bodies of water.
5. Open the spigots
Open your primary spigot to allow the water to start draining. Then open your secondary spigot to drain the internal bleedlines. Your hot tub may take several hours to drain.
6. Remove any remaining water at the bottom
Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining water left at the bottom of the hot tub.
If you’re preparing your tub for the winter season, just put the spa cover back on the tub and close the equipment panel. You’re all set until it is time to perform maintenance again! However if you are draining your hot tub to perform maintenance on it and refill it, you’ll want to do the following:
- Remove and clean the filter. Because filter cleaning is such an important part of hot tub maintenance, the time when your hot tub is not running is an ideal time for cleaning it. Filters can usually be washed underneath a cold tap, and can be replaced annually for wear and tear as a part of your regular hot tub maintenance.
- Thoroughly wipe down your hot tub. To allow for a thorough cleaning, it’s important to get your hot tub shell as dry as possible. Use a dry cloth to ensure all moisture is out of the tub. While the tub is still drained, use a multi-purpose cleaner to clear the shell surface of any debris and mildew. Make sure to wipe out the front of jets and crevices, as these are typical hiding places for mold and debris.
- Detach the hose, close the spigot, and refill your hot tub.
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