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Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Hot Tub Maintenance 101


Ahhh hot tub season! As the weather changes from hot and sunny to cooler and cloudy, there’s nothing better to do than head out and enjoy some time in your spa. It’s relaxing, calming, and one of the best ways to unwind.

As we begin to head into the start of spa season, we wanted to cover the basics of proper hot tub care and maintenance, so that beginner and seasoned spa owners can make the most of their time. After all, there’s nothing relaxing about a spa if you’re consistently caring or working to maintain it, right?!

Hot Tub Basics; The 3 C’s

Luckily for you, a hot tub is in no way high maintenance! In fact, once you have the basics down, it’s very simple to take care of. For proper maintenance, all hot tub owners have to focus on are the “3 C’s” which are water circulation, water chemistry, and cleaning.

We always encourage hot tub owners to focus on properly setting things up during the beginning of the season so that the rest of the time you’re able to relax, enjoy, and not have to worry about your tub. This requires purchasing the right chemicals for the Fall and Winter seasons, as well as setting your tub up for proper use.

Setting Up Proper Water Circulation

A simple rule of thumb is the better the water circulation, the cleaner your spa! When your hot tub is running and constantly circulating, it prevents water contaminants from settling and building up, which in return prevents water issues or bacteria build up on your spa.

Now depending on your spa model, you may be able to automatically set up water circulation schedules. This allows for your spa to circulate once to twice a day for up to 20 minutes at a time. If your spa does not allow for automatic scheduling then be sure to set a reminder that alerts you to turn on your spa circulation system once or twice a day for 20 minutes. It may seem tedious, but it will definitely help prevent larger problems down the road.

Proper water circulation allows your spa filtration system to catch and dispose of all water contaminants, which means that frequent cleaning of your filters is necessary! This leads us to the second C that all hot tub owners need to be aware of...

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

Cleaning chemicals are easy to purchase and use, however, hot tub owners can rest assured knowing they’ll get a good clean with items as simple as a sponge and white vinegar. Every week, owners should head out to their spa to give the inside and the shell of the tub a good wipe down. This will ensure a clean, spotless, bacteria-free spa and is especially important to do after excessive, heavy use, especially after a party or a family get-together.

Once your spa is clean it’s important to focus on preventing any mildew or build-up on your spa cover. For this task, owners can use a 10% bleach to water solution to wipe down their cover.

We can’t forget about the filters! Every week filters should be removed and sprayed down with warm water to remove any contaminants and bacteria. For a deeper clean, once every couple of weeks, it’s important to also clean your filters with a filter cleaner as well.

While most tasks are required on a weekly basis, draining your hot tub is only required every three to four months. At this time you’ll want to completely drain your hot tub and soak your filters in a chemical to ensure a deep clean and proper ongoing use throughout the season.

Hot Tub Water Chemistry

To keep your water chemistry balanced there are a few necessary chemicals you’ll need throughout the season. Here are the basics which we recommend for every owner:

  1. pH Increaser and pH Decreaser: this will help to adjust the pH levels of your spa
  2. Chlorine or Bromine: used to kill off any bacteria or contaminants in the water
  3. Alkalinity Increaser: used to keep your pH levels stable
  4. Shock: used to also help kill off any bacteria or contaminants to keep your spa water clean and clear
  5. Water Test Kit: to help you determine your water and pH levels
  6. Defoamer: when your hot tub gets very foamy this will help provide a quick solution and lower the foam in the water


Owning a hot tub is truly a wonderful thing, especially during the Fall and Winter seasons! With proper setup, the right chemicals, and a great cleaning and circulation schedule, you can rest assured knowing your hot tub will be prepared for a great season. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to speak to one of our hot tub experts at our Discounter’s Pool and Spa Warehouse locations, or visit our website to order your hot tub needs. And with that, we bid you an enjoyable hot tub season!

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