Preparations to Take to Enjoy Your Outdoor Spa
Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you have to give up time in the hot tub. You can enjoy your hot tub in the fall and winter if you care for it properly. There are several benefits to hot tub relaxation in cold weather. The warm water can soothe tired muscles and joints. You can also invite friends and family to get in the hot tub as well. This backyard feature is great for entertaining and could make for a memorable winter get-together. Of course, spending time in the hot tub can also keep you warm in winter weather. Here are some helpful tips on how to care for your hot tub in the winter months.
Cover the Basics
Choose a quality cover for your hot tub so that the water will stay warm. This is also helpful if you experience a power outage in the winter. If you’re without power temporarily, the water won’t freeze if it’s covered. The cover should also be on the hot tub any time it’s not in use. If you live in an area that gets heavy snow, a 6-inch cover is best. If you’re in a warm climate, you can choose a 4-inch cover. Five-inch covers are best for areas with moderate snow. The cover should also be made from durable material. If the winter brings heavy or moderate rains, winds, sleet or snow, the cover should completely protect your hot tub.
Be sure to set your hot tub to no-freeze mode before the winter weather gets too cold. The best temperature for a hot tub in winter depends on your preferences. However, the water shouldn’t be too hot. The drastic change between the outdoor temperature and the water temperature could be uncomfortable. Water that is too cold will likely not be enjoyable. So, set the temperature to slightly higher than the summer or spring setting.
It’s also important that you maintain the chemical balance of the water. Your water should have the right amount of minerals and cleaning agents. This ensures that the water is clean and safe to relax in. If the winters in your area are very harsh, have the water treated in the fall.
Inspect the Tub
If you know you’ll be using your hot tub in the winter, check the tub for leaks. Look around and underneath the tub to ensure there are no openings. If you see any problems, take off the pool cabinet. Take a look at the insulation to see if you can find the source of the leak. You may also have to contact a professional to have the leak repaired. In some cases, you may have to have the insulation replaced.
While you’re inspecting the hot tub, check that the pump and water pack are in good condition. All the connections and clamps should be tight and secure. You should also flush the hot tub’s plumbing system before winter begins. This removes debris from the hot tub so you can feel more comfortable in the water. If you see items in the water you can remove, do so right away. Sometimes, leaves and twigs in the water can lead to mold and mildew buildup. This can be hard to get rid of.
Whether you have just purchased a hot tub or are thinking of getting one, the pool builders at Atlantic Pool & Spa, NJ can help. We offer a wide variety of hot tub models. One of our experts in spas will walk you through the process based on your needs and preferences. For additional information, contact Atlantic Pool & Spa.