Depending on where you live, the weather can be quite brutal during the winter and summer months. Preparing your hot tub for these harsh conditions is absolutely necessary if you want to keep your spa in good condition and free from any damage.
The elements can really take a toll on a hot tub if it is not taken care of properly, but there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that it stays in tip-top shape.
Let’s take a look at the ways you can weather proof your hot tub for the various types of weather you may incur:
Severe winters in parts of the country can wreak havoc on a hut tub if it is not appropriately winterized. Your spa can become damaged beyond repair if you don’t take certain precautions to protect it from extreme cold and ice.
If the temperatures are extremely low for a long duration of time, then draining the tub may be your best option.
Don’t stop at just draining the tub, all of the water must also be removed from all of the fittings and jets. This can easily be done with a shop vac. If your tub is equipped with air blowers, these must have the water removed as well.
It is very important that all water is removed from the entire tub if you drain it. If there is water remaining in any of the lines, jets or elsewhere, it may freeze.
Secure the cover onto the spa to prevent snow, rain and debris from accumulating in the tub. The cover should be strapped down so it cannot blow away.
Over time, the UV rays of the sun will start to deteriorate a vinyl cover, causing it to become brittle and cracked.
To slow down this process, Marquis offers a UV protectant and cleaner named 303. 303 that can be applied to the cover to prevent it from cracking or drying out. You should apply it approximately every three months for the best results. Stay away from unapproved protectants that contain alcohol or petroleum, which will also damage the cover.
Strong winds and storms cause debris to fly around in the air. It can also whip a hot tub cover right off of your spa.
Vinyl covers should be secured with SpaStyle™ hot tub Cover Locks. Even though these foam covers can be quite heavy and bulky, a really strong wind may lift them off and blow them away. Often when these covers are blown off of a hot tub, they become damaged beyond repair, which can become quite costly.
By taking the simple steps mentioned above, you will protect your investment and your hot tub will be able to provide years of enjoyment. It is worth taking the extra time and precautions to avoid the disaster of frozen pipes or other complications that can occur.
If you are lucky enough, the temperatures in your area won’t keep you out of your tub, so you are able to use it throughout the entire year.
If you are interested in adding a hot tub to your lifestyle, be sure to consult with a professional in your local area who can answer all of your questions. There are a wide variety of sizes and styles available to suit every need.