How to Care for and Maintain Your Hot Tub
Buying a hot tub may be an investment, but it’s one that can certainly pay off in terms of relaxation and added value to your home. But, as with any investment, buyers often want to know how long it will last – and whether or not there will costly repairs along the way. While there is no magic number associated with buying a hot tub, the lifespan of hot tubs in Ottawa can vary anywhere from five to 20 years.
Fortunately, how long your hot tub lasts is largely controllable, and an extended life can be achieved through regular maintenance. In order to properly care for your hot tub and make it last, here are a few small but crucial tips:
Check and adjust the chemical levels
Hot tubs in Ottawa are commonly set to high temperatures ranging from 96 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, making them an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. As a result, chemicals are necessary to kill off germs and keep the water clear. As a rule of thumb, these chemicals should be checked and adjusted at least one to two times a week to ensure the water is at the right pH and alkalinity levels.
Clean the filter
Your hot tub’s water purification system can only do its job if the filter is clean. It’s important to wash and unclog the filter at least once a month and to replace the filter as soon as it begins to look cracked or frayed.
Maintain the cover
Your hot tub’s cover is what protects it from harmful dirt and debris; to keep your cover in good working order you should wash it with a gentle cleanser once a month. It’s also a good idea to seal vinyl covers with a protectant. And don’t forget to clear off ice and snow during the winter months.
Change the water
Depending on usage, hot tubs in Ottawa should be drained and refilled every three to six months. A total dissolved solids (TDS) test strip can be used to help determine when your water needs to be changed.
Leave it running
Stagnant water can lead to algae buildup, so it’s important that your circulating pumps and filter is left running. You can, however, turn down the temperature while the hot tub isn’t in use.
With proper care and regular maintenance, hot tubs in Ottawa and elsewhere can be an investment your family will enjoy for many years to come.