Winterizing a spa is a simple process that most people can do in most cases. Just follow these instructions and get your spa ready for another season.
CLEAN THE SPA
Since the hot tub is empty, it's a good time to polish its interior. This can be done by using a soft sponge and baking soda.
You can also use Linseed Oil on the outside of your tub or shower. It's a great product for wood, but it will also darken the wood.
To clean acrylic spas, wipe down the surface using a soft cloth. If there are any stains or puddles, use a spa cleaner to clean and polish the surfaces.Never use household cleaners on your spa. They can damage it and cause strange chemicals to enter the water.
While the spa is filling, place the cover on the floor and protect it with a Spa Cover Clean or one of our other cleaners and conditioners. These products are designed to protect the vinyl from staining and damage.
CHECK THE SPA
Open up the access panel and inspect the equipment for signs of damage. If there are any wires that are visible, remove them and check the drain plug for rodent damage.
Inside the spa, check over the spa lights, jets and drain covers before filling the spa to be sure that they are all securely attached.
FILL THE SPA
Give your spa a couple of gallons of water and a few drops of garden hose. It's ideal to fill a 300 gallon spa in about 30 minutes. Make sure to monitor the water quality and avoid over-filling.
START-UP THE SPA
With the filter cartridge in place, or if you have a skimmer basket, you can easily start a circulation pump by pushing the button.
BALANCE THE SPA
When it comes to keeping your spa water balanced, it's important to do so regularly to prevent any issues. There are various factors that need to be taken into account to ensure the proper operation of your pool.
If you use bromine, then build up your bromine bank to raise its level in the spa. It's very economical to do so, as long as the tablets are dissolved properly.
You'll also want to shock the spa to get the most out of it. Just follow the instructions on the label to get the exact amount.
HOT TUB OPENING PROBLEMS
No Power: If the spa is still not working, check that the breaker is on, and make sure that the GFCI outlets are working. If the power is still out, follow these steps to find the short or end point of the circuit.
Pump Hums: If your pump doesn't start after a few minutes, it might be frozen. To start it, use straight pliers to turn its shaft. If the motor still refuses to start, it has a motor capacitor.
Leaks: If your pump is leaking along the motor shaft, it probably needs a new shaft seal. If the cracks are on the equipment or the pipes, you'll need to get the proper materials for repair.
No Heat: If the pump is running, make sure the filter is clean and positioned properly. Also, check the temperature switch and the other components of the spa to see if they're operating properly.
No Cover: If your spa cover is looking tired, has become waterlogged, or is bent or broken, now is the time to replace it.
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