How Do I Drain My Hot Tub?

If you’re like most people, a hot tub is a sizable investment. You’ll want to do all you can to prolong the life of your tub and to make sure it operates at peak efficiency. Thus, you need to know everything you can about proper hot tub care.


draining a hot tub

Even though chlorine and some safer water treatment choices help keep the water sparkling clear, hot tubs need to be drained once every three months to maintain a healthy and enjoyable spa experience. With high temperatures and an enclosed cover when not in use, a spa can quickly build up scum and crud which not only looks ugly but also clogs jets and filters making maintenance a nightmare if neglected.


Flush Your Spa Before You Drain

You may not see it but oily residue, heater scale, and grime are right now lining your hot tub’s pipes and pump. If left untended, this will eventually clog your system and you may need to call a professional to clean or replace those parts. A simple flush before you drain will remove all that crud and make your system more efficient next time it’s filled.

  1. Purchase a spa flush product from your favorite vendor.
  2. Add product to spa water according to directions on package.
  3. Remove pump filter and run spa pump overnight.

You will notice a large amount of residue flushed from your system but make sure you don’t let it sit. Drain the spa immediately afterwards to prevent any grime and scum sticking to your hot tub’s finish.

Protect Your Property and Yourself

Do not drain your spa water into the yard or fish ponds! The chemicals, heat, and scum will kill your grass, shrubs, and fish. It will not be a …

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