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:
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.
Remove the cover from the tub and take off the filter for cleaning (because filter cleaning is also an important part of hot tub maintenance, the time when your hot tub is not running is an ideal time for cleaning them). 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.
Locate the hose spigot on your hot tub and attach a garden hose for drainage. Because so much water will be drained, it’s important to bring the hose to a safe spot, such as a driveway or curb drain. By allowing the water to flow into the street you’ll avoid flooding your yard.
After you have opened the spigot to allow the water to drain, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining water left at the bottom of the 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.
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 for hot tub maintenance again! If you plan to use your tub immediately, simply close the spigot tightly after detaching your hose, and then begin to refill your hot tub.
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