How to make your hot tub’s filtration your best friend
July 17, 2018 – Hot tub soaking is such a terrific activity. It’s been proven over time through a myriad of studies that it’s one of those natural “wonder drugs” to keep you healthy and happy. There’s a very good reason that most people sink into the water in their tub up to their neck and utter a monosyllabic “Aaahh”.
One thing that could turn that “Aaahh” into an “Eeeww”, however, is water suffering from a lack of good filtration. What you do to keep your water clean and safe is largely due to how you manage the upkeep of your hot tub’s filtration system. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re setting your hot tub’s filtration up for success.
- How old are your filters? Filters don’t last forever!! It drives me nuts when customers tell me they’ve had the same filters in their tub for an eternity (sometimes 7-9 years!!). YIKES. I wonder how old their toothbrush is! Filters are key to keeping clean healthy water in your tub. Filter matter does break down over time—they just can’t effectively filter the water forever. Check with your hot tub dealer to find out the right replacement time interval for the filters of your tub. (By they way, tubs rely on good clean filters to feed the heater the proper flow of water to keep your tub heated too. If your tub isn’t getting up to temperature, the filters could be the only issue.)
- How clean are your filters? Now you need to think about the last time you cleaned your filters—and be honest! The sleeves of your filters rely on regular cleaning to keep the pores of the filter matter open and ready to capture what we bring into the tub. The general rule for all filters is to be cleaned monthly. This means cleaned with a filter cleaner—not just rinsed with a garden hose. (Unless you’ve succeeded in showering without a cleanser, it doesn’t work for your filters either.)
- If your tub has an ozone system, has it been cleaned? Or does it need replacing? This is easy to forget about since your ozone system lives inside the equipment bay of your hot tub. An ozone system successfully injecting a good mix of ozone into your tub’s water helps oxidize contaminants immensely. In a Hot Spring Spa, it’s best to clean the ozone injector once a year with white vinegar. It’s fairly easy to do, but if you’re one of our customers and would prefer we clean it for you, we have that service available. Ozone systems generally have a life span of about 3-4 years. If it’s beyond that time frame for yours, it may be time for a replacement ozone system.
- If you use aromatherapy, be sure it won’t clog filters. We love aromatherapy for the tub! At Olympic, we’ve a long history of folks using additives to enhance soaking. We sell a full array of scents from Spazazz Aromatherapy. This line is thoughtfully formulated so it will not clog your filters or hinder your tub’s filtration in any way.
Give yourself a hot tub filtration test on the four topics above! If you pass, bravo to you! If not, take the steps necessary to get your hot tub back to filtration freedom.
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 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water therapy.