Summer is coming up quickly, which means sunny days, backyard barbecues, relaxation and lots of spa time. Before you begin using your hot tub daily, it’s important to make sure that you prepare it for heavy usage, especially if you haven’t checked up on in a while. You don’t want to have to be hassling with maintenance problems throughout the summer, so it’s best to make sure everything is working the way it should beforehand. Although you should always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your hot tub, there is a few tips to help you maintain the longevity of your spa and keep it running smoothly throughout the summer period.
Drain and clean your tub
Whether you’ve been using your hot tub regularly through the winter and spring season or not, it’s important that you thoroughly clean your tub to create a safe environment for all of the fun you’ll be having in it over the summer months. If you haven’t drained your hot tub in four months or longer, now are the time to do it .While your tub is drained, make sure to check the jets, pumps, valves, pipes and filter casings for damage and built up dirt. If you find that any of these parts are damaged, you should replace them or call a technician. After you’ve sufficiently dried the tub after draining, use an all purpose cleaner to clean the shell’s surface.
Normal jacuzzi tubs temperatures are perfect for cool summer nights, but you may want to lower the temperature during the day if you live in an extremely warm climate. If you want a relaxing experience in your hot tub during the day, try turning the temperature down to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower or anything lower than your average body temperature, which is 98.6 degrees, will feel relaxing, even during the hottest of days. If you really want to cool down and transform your hot tub into a “cool tub,” turn the temperature down to 85 degrees or lower.
Check Your Chemical Balance
If you did some spring-cleaning and already drained your spa, cleaned it and refilled it, then it’s a good idea to use testing strips to analyze the chemical balance in your water to make sure that they are at safe levels. You should continue to do this every few days over the summer, as you will probably be using your hot tub often.