Top Ten Hot Tub Tips
Hi, my name is Jon Pennington owner of 'Hot Tub DIY' and 'Hot Tub Help Ltd' and i have worked in the industry for many years and repaired thousands of hot tubs and spas, whilst i repaired and serviced hot tubs at peoples houses i found myself explaining the same things to each customer with the angle of saving them money and preventing further breakdowns and repairs.
Here is my list of Top 10 Do's and Don’ts
1/ Always fill the hot tub through the filter housing
This will remove any airlocks from around circulation pumps and heaters; it should reduce the possibility of heater burn out.
2/ Never use swimming pool chemicals
Swimming pool chemicals are corrosive to rubber seals inside hot tubs and can make for very expensive repairs.
3/ System flush, system flush, system flush
Every water change use a decent system flush this will reduce the biofilm inside the pipe work that harbours nasty things and give you a more stable water environment for stable chemicals.
4/ Check inside your hot tub at least 1 time every year
Service calls are expensive, take the sides of the hot tub yourself and look for leaks around pump shaft seals and heater unions, dried chemical looks like white powder when its dried and is usually a sign of a leak.
5/ Always switch the spa off to change the filter and do work
Be careful when putting filters back into skimmer baskets, I have been caught out several times putting the basket back into the skimmer and getting a finger or 2 caught, or worse if the pump is still running and you have long hair it can get caught on the shaft of a rotating pump.
6/ The answer to the question how much does my hot tub cost me per week?
Buy a 'Wireless Electricity Meter' (cost around £30) these great little devices are really easy to use and fit on the live cable going to the hot tub, count the amount of units the hot tub uses and multiply it by your electric unit cost. Then you have the exact cost.
7/ Use Scale Inhibitor
Scale inhibitor will keep the minerals and metals in your water from damaging your hot tub. (Note always read the bottle before use)
8/ Use Non chlorine shock
Non Chlorine shock is great after or before a heavy bathing session, it differs from clarify (which makes you more work by congealing particles and blocking your filter), Non chlorine shock breaks down heavy sweat, grime and after any little accidents and party’s
9/ Vinyl Cleaner
Use a quality vinyl cleaner like 303 protectant on the vinyl cover of your hot tub, covers can cost up to £450 to replace so a little cleaner at £19 can save you alot of money. Vinyl cleaner makes the cover waterproof, contains sunblock and moisturises the vinyl. New covers do not have any protection on them.
10/ Always use an Ozone unit,
These can save you a lot of money by reducing the amount of sanitiser required in your hot tub or spa. (Note Ozone units only tend to last 2 years and need either the bulb or chip replacing).
Hot Tub DIY is part of Hot Tub Help Ltd based in Cornwall