Keeping Your Hot Tub Running Its Best

6 November 2014
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Hot tubs can help you relax the muscles and sooth you with the sound of the bubbling water. If your hot tub is not working as you think it should, you may need to call a hot tub repair company to take a look. Running it when there is a problem would be a bad idea because it would make it worse. You won't want to be unable to use your hot tub, so you will probably have the repairs done quickly. After it is fixed, you will want to start doing a regular maintenance program to ensure that you won't need to call for help again in the near future. Routine maintenance will ward off problems from arising. Here are some of the things you will need to do to maintain your hot tub.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

You should clean your hot tub regularly to make sure that dirt particles do not build up, causing it to become jammed in the mechanical parts that run your hot tub. Cleaning can be done with a mild cleanser and a clean soft cloth. You would first need to drain the water out of the hot tub so that you can clean all the surfaces. Never use a harsh, abrasive cleanser, as it can scratch the interior of your hot tub. You can make a mixture of baking soda and water if you have some areas that seem especially grimy. 

Taking Care Of The Filtration System

You will need to clean your filter every month or so to remove any sludge that may have built up inside the filtration system. Sludge can form from calcium and minerals that are in hard water. This can be washed off of the filter using a garden hose. The entire filter should be replaced every few years.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub Cover

It is important to keep your hot tub covered when it is not being used. The cover that you use on your hot tub will occasionally need to be cleaned. You cannot use soap to clean a cover, as it can get dipped into the hot tub accidentally when removing the cover. Soap can compromise the chemical make up of the water in your hot tub. You will need to remove the cover and rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose and then hang it to dry. If it is very dirty, you can rub the dirt away with a wet, clean cloth.

Taking Care Of Chemicals

You will want to have the proper pH in your hot tub. There are test strips that will test the water alkalinity that you can purchase at any pool supply store. When adding chemicals, only add one at a time so that there are no reactions in your hot tub. You need to add a sanitizer to the water every few days to kill any bacteria from the water. You also need to add a water clarifier. This will allow any dirt particles to clump together in the water so that they are caught by the filter. (For information on hot tub repair, contact a company such as Budget Pool & Spa Tech Inc.)