Winter is here and if you plan on leaving your tub up-and-running there are some simple steps you can follow to make your winter hot tub maintenance a breeze, and enjoy your spa all season long.
Get Your Maintenance Routine in Check
Having a hot tub maintenance routine already planned is a great way to avoid standing in the cold trying to diagnose spa water that has been un-maintained.
A Spa Log book is a great way to keep track of your water maintenance routine. Record your test strip results as well as shock and clarifier dosages as an easy reminder for what step in your routine is next.
Tip: If you haven’t already, it is a great plan to drain, clean and refill your tub with fresh water before the snow really hits.
Stock Up on Your Winter Supplies
Having all your supplies on hand and ready to use can easily eliminate any frustration with winter spa maintenance. There is nothing worse than getting to the tub and realizing you’ve run out of water treatment or test strips.
Hold in the Heat
Keeping the heat in your tub is going to save you from paying a hefty energy bill. There are two great ways to reduce the amount of heat escaping from your spa.
1. Thermofloat Blanket
A Thermofloat Spa Blanket is a great investment. Floating Thermofloat blankets save energy, protect your hot tub cover, and reduce heating time. They can also reduce heat loss from evaporation up to 95%, and provide extra insulation in addition to your cover.
You can trim the blanket with scissors to provide the perfect fit for your spa shape.
2. Properly Fitting Hot Tub Cover
Making sure your hot tub cover fits properly and snug is very important to inhibiting heat loss year round.
Protect your Cover
Get your cover ready for whatever may come its way! Clean your cover with a non-abrasive cleaner such as ecoTUB SpaClean and finish by protecting it with 303 Protectant. As the season continues, be sure to remove any snow or debris from the cover with a soft brush or broom.
It’s not a bad idea to keep a few vinyl patch repair kits on hand as well. If ice or debris cause a tear in your hot tub cover, patching it up right away will prevent melting snow or rain from getting into your cover.
Keep the Critters Out
Just as you enjoy the warm comforting heat of your spa during the winter months, so will little critters, if they can find entry. Check around the base of your hot tub cabinet and be sure there are no places where small animals or insects could be entering and nesting for the winter.
Do you have any great tips on how to make winter hot tub maintenance easier? Share them with us in the comments below!