One of the main turn-offs for potential hot tub owners is maintenance. Whilst there may seem like a lot of factors to consider when it comes to keeping your hot tub healthy and clean at all times, once you get the hang of it, hot tubs are fairly straightforward to maintain.
Articles and experts will talk about testing the water and keeping on top of what chemicals go in and when, but the reality is that you don’t need to look like a mad scientist. How many times have you seen a hot tub owner test the water before and after people have lounged inside it?
The beauty of modern advancements is that purification systems and filters do the work for you. Sure, some hot tubs will have built-in filters that will require regular washing, but even then you only have to chuck it in the dishwasher.
Other filters can be cleaned with a garden hose every few months, which is as low-maintenance as it gets. Indoor hot tubs are mostly easier to maintain than outdoor ones, because you won’t have to worry about debris such as leaves and dirt that can clog up your filters.
Even still, it’s worth getting a hot tub cover to protect the interior and the water when not in use. They’re also super energy-efficient by keeping the heat in.
All in all, hot tubs aren’t too difficult to maintain. If you spend time looking for good investments like filters and purification systems, the hot tub is likely to maintain itself for you.
Are outdoor tubs hard to maintain?
One of the biggest myths surrounding outdoor hot tubs is that they are harder to maintain than pools - but this is a lie.
Outdoor tubs aren’t that difficult to maintain, and you don’t even need to be an expert to take care of them properly. You just need to take the time to invest in the right materials and equipment.
The chemical requirements of outdoor tubs are much less than a pool due to their size. Purification systems are a great way to keep the water clean without you having to regularly test it, and filter systems only need to be removed every few months for a good clean.
Wooden tubs aren’t as common as they used to be because of the problems customers faced with maintaining the color and quality of the wood. Nowadays, synthetic cabinets are more popular because there is minimal chance of rotting, mold, and discoloration from the water.
The main problem people will face with outdoor tubs is exposure to the elements. It is important to invest in a high-quality cover to protect the interior and exterior from damage.
This can include debris from storms and strong UV rays from the sunlight. However, covers and gazebos are great investments to protect your tub from the elements.
In short, outdoor tubs aren’t as hard to maintain as you might think. As long as you pay attention to each tub’s specific requirements and invest in good-quality equipment like filters and covers, the tub will mostly maintain itself for you.
How do you maintain a Jacuzzi hot tub?
It’s important to give your Jacuzzi hot tub a good clean once a week or every two weeks to get rid of any dirt and to prevent scum build-up. To do this, you can use cleaning detergent or a white vinegar solution and a sponge to scrub the walls. Make sure to focus on the waterline and the jets to get rid of the scum.
The filters should be cleaned every month. This is really important for keeping the water hygienic. Should you choose to wash your filters weekly, they will only need to be removed and then rinsed.
For monthly cleaning, rinse the removed filter and allow it to sit in a filter cleaning solution according to the instructions on the product. Afterward, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water to prevent foaming when it is back in the hot tub.
For outdoor Jacuzzi hot tubs, you should invest in a high-quality and durable cover and hot tub lid that will protect your tub from the elements. This will protect the tub from damage from storms, debris, and scratches.
A cover will also protect leaves and other debris from entering and clogging up the filters and jets, which can be difficult to clean out. In the summer, outdoor Jacuzzi tubs benefit from gazebos or other forms of shelter to protect the tub from UV rays that could cause discoloration.
How often does a hot tub need to be serviced?
A hot tub should be serviced annually. A hot tub is an expensive investment that should be checked by a professional like a car to make sure everything is working smoothly.
Not only will they check all of the necessary components, but they will be able to let you know of any potential problems from warning signs. This could save you a lot of money in the long run from potential replacements.
They will also check other things such as the water quality, plumbing, and electrical terminals. This is all achieved from an annual service. Frequent servicing only occurs for old hot tubs and problematic tubs that haven’t been taken care of properly.
Whilst this might seem expensive, you are more likely to save money in the long run from DIY replacements and fixtures. If you are worried about the money for servicing, make sure to check your hot tub’s warranty to see whether you are still eligible for a free service.
Servicing plans are also available for tubs out of warranty periods, which also offer cover that the warranty would have previously provided. This will all be a money-saver overall, rather than waiting for your hot tub to stop working or to develop a potentially untreatable problem.
You don’t need to have your hot tub serviced, but an annual service will help to maintain the quality of the tub and prevent any potential future problems.