Congratulations! You’ve purchased a home with a hot tub. Here’s what to do next!
You’re probably looking forward to enjoying all of the health and relaxation benefits that a hot tub provides. And, you’re probably thinking about relaxing with friends as you enjoy your new backyard. If you’re new to hot tub ownership, read on for what to do before you take that first dip.
1) Get as much information from the seller of your new home as possible. Specifically, what brand of hot tub and model name or number have you inherited? Find out if there is an owners manual for its operation. Without the brand and model you’ll have a hard time buying filters and covers and you won’t know the capacity in gallons in order to judge the proper amount of water care products to add. An analogy would be calling a car dealership and saying that you had “a car” and were in search of parts or tires. If you don’t know the brand or model, measure the width and height so you’ll be able to calculate the volume of water it holds so you can measure water care products accurately for your model.
2) Buy new filters before a cleaning or draining. You’ll save hours of headaches by starting out with filters that aren’t cracked, clogged or simply past their effectiveness. Filters have a life of 2-3 years and are typically not replaced by a seller before putting a house on the market. Bad filters are the #1 cause of cloudy water because they aren’t able to filter properly. If you don’t know the brand or model of your new hot tub, you’ll have to remove a filter and measure it. With the measurements, you can call local hot tub retailers or search the web for the proper size. Do not install a filter that’s not the proper size in a spa.
Is the cover very heavy to lift, broken in the center, or cracked and peeling? If yes, then it’s definitely time to get a new cover. A cover that is heavy is water saturated and not able to hold the heat in. Why pay in energy costs? A new cover will save your precious energy dollars and make your hot tubbing experience more fun. The lifter should sit straight on the hot tub with straight arms and top bar. If they’re bent or crooked, you’ll have a much harder time lifting your new cover and it may not sit completely on the hot tub rim to form a heat retention seal. A new lifter will save your back, save your new cover and possibly save you energy dollars, too.
4) Buy new water care products. Put everything that the former owner left you in a box and drive to the nearest reputable hot tub dealer. They’ll be able to help you sort out what you need and don’t need. I am amazed at what people bring into my store. For example, water in Western Washington is very soft. It is disconcerting to see a bottle of water softener, which is totally unnecessary and will actually harm the equipment, included with hot tub water care supplies. Too, many people try to save a few dollars by buying swimming pool chlorine sold at box stores and discount warehouses and using it in their hot tub. Note that pool chlorine is not stable in hot water, causes cloudy water, dissipates too quickly and is the wrong pH for hot tub use. The difference in chemical formulation is slight, but crucial to your enjoyment of your hot tub. If your hot tub uses chlorine (most older systems do), make sure it is specially formulated for hot tubs and has “dichloride” not “trichlor” as the major ingredient.
5) Check out new water care options like SilkBalance which eliminates testing, mixing and adding of all of the balancing products. Makes hot tub care a cinch and gives you soft, smooth skin!
6) Buy water care products made in America. Many online brands use offshore products with fillers that can be harsh on your skin. Don’t take a chance! American made water care products pass rigorous safety standards. And, don’t mix products from different brands. Each brand has its products formulated to work well together.
7) While you’re at the hot tub retailer, get a water care lesson on proper care. Reputable dealers will be able to give you a handout on water care even if you don’t know the manufacturer. Proper water care will keep the water clean, sanitary and safe.
You should feel very confident at this point that you understand the chemistry and how to care for your hot tub. If you feel overwhelmed, call Olympic’s Valet Service. A home visit by one of our experts can be a sound investment in learning maintenance shortcuts and proper water care.
Now you’re ready to soak!
RES EST SERVA VOLUPTAS. Pleasure is serious business.
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Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 25 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water therapy.