How You Can Prepare Hot Tubs for Ottawa’s Summer Months
Hot tubs in Ottawa can be enjoyed year-round, and many are turned into cool tubs for the summer. However, like swimming pools, hot tubs need to be maintained for safe and optimal use, especially when used often. If you’re planning to use your hot tub frequently this summer, make sure it’s clean and in good condition so you can enjoy it to the fullest without any interruptions. Follow these hot tub preparation tips for frequent summer use and visit the Ottawa hot tub experts for cleaning equipment and advice on repairs.
Drain, Inspect & Clean
To make sure your hot tub is clean and ready to use for the summer, drain the water from the tub, inspect it, and give it a thorough cleaning. Inspect the jets, pipes, pumps, valves, and filter casings for any dirt or damage. If you notice any damaged parts, replace them or contact a hot tub expert for repairs.
Once the hot tub is fully drained and dried, you can clean the shell surface with an all-purpose cleaner. For additional shine and protection, apply a spa surface polish after cleaning. After your hot tub is inspected, cleaned, and polished, you can fill it up with fresh water.
Some damage to hot tubs can only be noticed when the tub is full of water. This is the time to inspect for cracks, leaks, and problems with the jets, filters, equipment, and mechanics. Turn on your hot tub and test each button to make sure all of the components are working, including the jets. If a jet isn’t working, try twisting on the front face to open it. Next, check to see if the pump, filter, and ozonator are working well. Clean your filter if needed and replace any damaged equipment. If you notice significant damage to your hot tub—such as cracks, leaks, and problems with the control panel—contact Ottawa hot tub experts for assistance with repairs and replacement.
Test the Water
Once your hot tub is in good working condition, test the water’s chemical balance to make sure your hot tub is ready to use. The water’s chemical balance should be tested with pH testing strips regularly to ensure that the water is safe to use. If the water is unbalanced, add the necessary water treatment chemicals. Aim to test the water weekly, especially if you are using your hot tub often.
Enjoy A Cool Tub
While hot tubs are known to be hot, or warm, and ideal for colder weather, in the summer, you may want to cool down by turning your hot tub into a cool tub. Turn the hot tub’s temperature down to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower for a comfortable temperature, and 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower for a cool tub. You can also shade your hot tub with an umbrella to keep you and your hot tub from heating up in the sun.
Relax and cool down in your hot tub this summer by preparing it for regular use. Addressing any issues early on will ensure that your hot tub will be in good condition to enjoy for many Ottawa summers (and winters).