Keeping your hot tub in tip-top shape. A hot tub is an essential part of your home property that needs proper care.
Hot Tub Maintenance – An Ounce Of Prevention
But one need not be a rocket scientist to know how to maintain and keep it in fine working condition; one only need to know what to do and when to do it. One good thing about maintaining a hot tub is that it need not be done on a daily basis. It is vital to note, though, that there are monthly as well as yearly chores that need to be undertaken for your hot tub to be kept in mint condition. Keeping a maintenance checklist will keep you in tract of what should be done to avert damages and minimize repair costs.
Spa covers are great for protecting your hot tub water from being contaminated. These covers are prone to cracking while they are constantly exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays also cause accumulation of mildew. The damage from these rays may be prevented by spraying a layer of vinyl product every once in a while.
Filters will need to be cleaned every once a month. Cleaning chemicals may be used for soaking filters overnight to effectively remove dirt, grime, grease and oil from the tub water. Cartridges and grids may be cleaned in the same manner. Buy a replacement filter while the old ones soak during the night and rotate when the new ones need cleaning. This way filters last longer and will function more efficiently.
Drainage – non-solid materials such as salt and contaminants that accumulate in your hot tub are called Total Dissolved Solids, better known as TDS. Test strips may be bought to determine the level of TDS. The acceptable level of TDS in hot tubs is 1550 PPM (parts per million). Once this level is exceeded, it is time to drain the hot tub water for replacement. In the absence of these test strips, cloudy and dirty water should be drained immediately to prevent diseases or water-borne infections. Draining the hot tub during winter when not in use prevents further damage. Timeliness in draining is vital in hot tub maintenance.
Flush Plumbing System
Plumbing is also another major system that needs to be thoroughly cleaned periodically to prevent major damage. Plumbing repair comes with a high price tag. Flushing the plumbing and jets free of grime before draining is very important. There are non-toxic cleansers that can flush out deposits effectively from pipes and hoses. Flushing should be a regular routine since grime and film cannot be seen always, and removing hardened salt may entail major cleaning procedures.
The correct cleaning techniques, right kind and amount of chemicals and sanitizers and timeliness of maintenance are keys to keeping your hot tub in the best of conditions. Making certain your hot tub is maintained regularly is like protecting your investment. Most importantly, keeping your hot tub in tip top shape assures years and years of healthy, water fun for the family.