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30th October
Posted on 30th October, 2013 by Francesca

If past years are anything to go by, Hot tub owners in Cheshire and many other UK counties could be preparing themselves for another cold winter. You may decide to continue to use your hot tub during these winter months (and this is exactly what it's designed for) but if not, here's a handy guide to preparing your hot tub for the winter months ahead.

Also, here's a very quick word of warning. While a properly drained hut tub may save you money on energy costs and supplies for a few months, most hot tub damage in winter is caused by frost damage due to improper draining.

But, if the prospect of sitting in your lovely warm hot tub during those cold winter months isn't for you, here's how it's done:

  1. Flush your plumbing system using AquaSparkle Hot Tub Flush which you can buy from our shop here.
  2. Switch off the power. Sounds simple but it’s a common mistake. Make sure you disconnect from the mains before proceeding further.
  3. Next, drain the water by opening your drain valve or using a submersible pump. Our spas allow you to connect a hose pipe to flush the water down a drain. When the water level drops below the seats scoop the water from the seats into the footwell. When the water ceases to drop scoop as much of the remaining water from the footwell.
  4. Clean the shell of your hot tub using a non-foaming cleaner such as AquaSparkle Spa Surface Cleaner sold in our shop. Wipe down all your surfaces and rinse. This will make opening your spa in the spring a much nicer experience! Remove all remaining water from the footwell using a wet and dry vac.
  5. The air injector lines needs to be cleared of water. Switch the power on again, activate the air blower for 15-30 seconds.' Stand back to avoid the misty spray. When this is done, trip the GFCI again to switch the spa off.
  6. Remove the filters in your hot tub.' Whilst you have removed, it would be a good time to soak them in the filter cleaning solution you can buy online here. You should change your filters every year so if they need replacing, you can also order replacements here. Whilst you're on, remember to clean your filter compartments.
  7. Next up, remove the equipment side panels and locate the drain plugs on the pumps. Remove these plugs to allow all remaining water out of the pumps and heater. Approximately 5-10 litres of water will be released during this process. Use a wet-dry vac clean up the water and prevent the equipment bay from flooding. Replace the drain plugs.
  8. Loosen the hose clamp at the bottom of the heater and remove the hose from the heater. Twist the hose back and forth to allow any residual water to drain.
  9. To ensure that nothing cracks when the frost arrives, make sure you can loosen the fittings on your spa’s plumbing system so no water can collect.
  10. Replace the side panels
  11. It's essential that you don't forget to clean and replace your hot tub cover to prevent any rain water entering while not in use. If you live in a windy area, remember to secure your hot tub cover with straps and locks.
  12. If your hot tub has a wooden surround, now is the time to apply a coat of finish before it gets too cold and wet.

DO NOT use any anti-freeze type product in your hot tub during the winter months. This may cause damage to your spa and it will be difficult to remove any residue when spring comes around. Just follow our guide above.

Alternatively, if all this sounds like too much hard work, you can always give us a call or pop into our showroom in Cheshire and we'll be more than happy to help.

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