As the temperature gets colder outside, it might be time for you to winterize your hot tub. You need to make sure that you winterize your tub properly so that it has no water that can freeze and break a pipe. Of course, there are several steps that you need to complete in order to get your hot tub ready for the winter. If you do not winterize properly, you may experience severe problems when you go to re-open it again during the spring or summer. Ajax Pool suggests you hire a professional to blow-out the lines in freeze areas, just like a sprinkler system. A Professional will evacuate all the water lines and plug off the skimmer and jet returns.
1. What to Clean Your Hot Tub With
The first step is to drain and clean your hot tub appropriately. In order to clean it, you are going to need a sump pump, a garden hose, a filter cleaner, and plenty of non-abrasive sponges. You should try to stay away from abrasive sponges because they can scratch the surface of your jacuzzi and remove its finish, making it less durable while shortening its lifespan.
You are probably going to be using cleaners that contain soap, chlorine, and possibly bromine. Before you drain the water into your yard, make sure that the chemical levels drop appropriately. Start the process of winterizing your tub by draining it.
If you are interested and draining it a little bit faster, you may be able to pump the water out with a sump pump. Remember that you are going to be releasing about 400 gallons of water, so this process may take a little while. You also need to make sure that you drain the blower line as well.
After the water is gone, you also need to remove the filters, clean them and place them in a dry place to avoid mold. It is helpful for you to put the filters into a chemical soap for about 24 hours. If the filters are too dirty, you can also replace them upon re-opening.
Finally, make sure that you clean the shell of the unit as well. Even though cleaning the shell is relatively easy, you may find a ring of annoying scum around the waterline. If you are having trouble getting the scum removed, you may simply need to soak it with a little bit using a cleaner before you scrub it away.
2. The Type of Cover to Use
You need to make sure that you select the right hot tub cover for your hot tub. There are a few common specifications that you should look for in a cover. These include:
- If your hot tub is located in an indoor heated room, then you need a 1.0-pound foam core that tapers from four inches to 2 inches.
- If your hot tub is covered but located outside in a relatively mild climate, then you are looking for a 1.5-pound form core that tapers from four inches to 2 inches.
- If your hot tub is located outside in a cold climate, or you think that your hot tub is going to get rained on regularly, then you need a 2.0 foam core that tapers from four inches to 2 inches.
Finally, if you think that your hot tub is going to be exposed to snow during the winter, then you need to go with a 2.0-pound foam core that tapers from 5 inches to 3 inches.
Make sure that you find the right type of cover for your hot tub. Dry the spa and the cover completely to avoid mold.
How Big of a Foam Core Does a Cover Need?
Ultimately, the size of your foam core is going to depend on the temperature and the elements. In general, the colder you are area will get and the more snow you receive, the bigger the foam core you require. If you are going to be exposed to snow during the winter, you need to find a foam core that is at least 2 lbs. in size. That way, your hot tub will be able to stand up to the cold weather and heavy snow load.
Furthermore, you also want to find a core that has been built to last. Look for something that has double stitching with 40-point replacement. Premium, marine-grade vinyl has also been treated to avoid mildew and ultraviolet radiation damage. Finally, look for seals that will help you prevent heat and moisture loss. All of this will help you preserve your hot tub and make sure it is ready for the spring.
3. Check the Spa Throughout the Winter
As the Winter moves along, check the spa to be sure the cover is staying on and keeping water and snow melt out of the spa. Do not leave a chemical feeder in the spa, as it will rust your jet faces.