How to Empty A Hot Tub?

Some people are put off by the idea of owning a hot tub because they believe there may be too much maintenance involved. However, the reality is that you’ll be able to spend much more time soaking in your hot tub than you’ll need to spend on maintenance. Even the most labor intensive job associated with a hot tub, the deep clean, doesn’t require that much effort. To demonstrate we’ll describe how to empty a hot tub, give it a deep cleaning and fill it back up again.

When Should You Empty Your Hot Tub?

The regularity with which you drain your hot tub will depend on the type of sanitation system you use and the amount of use the hot tub gets. Chlorine or bromine-based systems should typically be deep cleaned every three or four months whereas saltwater systems only require a deep cleaning once a year or so.

How to Empty Your Hot Tub?

Emptying the hot tub isn’t a difficult procedure as long as a few precautions are taken. Your main concern should be where all the water will go. Ideally, you’ll have access to a drain in which to empty the water. If you don’t have this luxury the water must be channeled to a location where it won’t cause harm to your dwelling or other structures.

As long as the water chemistry is properly balanced, and the temperature isn’t too high, hot tub water shouldn’t cause any damage to your lawn or plants. Just make sure they can handle large volumes of water and they don’t end up flooding your yard or your neighbors’ properties.

While you can empty the hot tub using the existing drainage spigot, a submersible pump can reduce a one-hour job down to 10 minutes. Whichever method you use, ensure that you’ve completely shut down your hot tub at the circuit breaker before proceeding.

Some hot tubs have two drainage spigots – one to drain the majority of the water and a secondary spigot to help get water out of the lines. Start with the main spigot before finishing off with the secondary spigot.

Most drainage spigots are threaded to allow you to attach a hose so you can direct the water towards a drain or other suitable place in your yard. Once the hose is attached and properly placed you can open up the drain spigot.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

The shell of your hot tub should only be cleaned with approved cleansers. Regular household cleaners can be too harsh and end up scratching or otherwise damaging the shell surface. After wiping it down, give it a good rinse with the garden hose.

Cleaning the Water Filters

When you’re doing a deep cleaning of the hot tub you might as well do the same for the water filters. Remove them from their housing and give them a hosing down with fresh water to remove any large bits. They should then be soaked in an approved water filter cleaning solution for the recommended amount of time before being rinsed off and placed back in their housings.

Refilling Your Hot Tub

The main thing you need to look out for when refilling your hot tub is an airlock. This is caused by bubbles getting trapped in the plumbing. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to use the hot tub’s fill pipe rather than directly adding water into the shell. Consult your owner’s manual to find the location of your fill pipe and how to use it.

Now that you’ve learned how to empty a hot tub, download a free buyer’s guide for more information.

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