Get your Hot Tub ready for Spring!

Get your Hot Tub ready for Spring!

We’re finally getting to the end of the Winter and you may well be thinking about using your hot tub and getting it ready for Spring. There’s a bit of work to do, however, if you want to enjoy those hot jets again as the weather gets warmer!

Here is our step-by-step guide to help get your Hot Tub ready for Spring:


1.) Drain the Tub

Before you drain any Hot Tub ensure there is no chlorine in the water. Check chemical readings beforehand and use Chlorine Reducer if needed.

It is also a good idea to flush the pipework before draining to break down contaminants such as biofilm and bacteria. If you have already emptied your Hot Tub over Winter, you still need to give it a thorough clean, including the pipes and filters. This gets rid of any stagnant water that may have collected in the pipes over Winter and any debris that may have gathered.

To do this use our recommended Spa Flush.

Add Spa Flush according to the instructions with pumps on. Allow the product to circulate through the whole system. Run the jets for at least 30 minutes to circulate the product in the pipes. Then let it continue circulating with the pumps running to keep the water moving.

When you begin to drain the water, use a Surface Cleaner to clean the scum line. Remember to never use household cleaners or detergents to clean the acrylic, this could leave a dulling residue or react negatively with the chemicals used to treat the spa water.

Once fully drained, remove filters and ensure all water is removed. You can use a bucket to scoop any excess water from the footwells (alternatively you can use an old rag.)


2.) Inspect the Tub

Whilst the tub is empty, it’s a good time to give your whole system a closer inspection. Look for any signs of leaking and, with metal parts, check if any rust has formed. Pay attention to any seals and see if these need to be replaced if they are looking degraded.

Anytime you empty your hot tub, use this opportunity to also clean the small, individual components inside the tub, including:

  • Jets
  • Pillows
  • Suction drain covers
  • Light lens


3.) Clean the Tub

When cleaning the Hot Tub, spray down the shell with fresh water to remove any chemicals on the acrylic surface. Make sure you rinse the surface well as you may have foamy water when you refill.

Even if your hot tub has been well covered over the winter, it’s important to give both the inside and outside a good clean. While you’re at it, take a look at the path or route leading to your hot tub and spruce this up, getting rid of any leaves and dirt as well as cutting bushes back.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, your hot tub is essentially ready to refill and start using again.

Don’t forget to clean your filters before refitting!

Tip- Remove your Spa filter the day before and place in a solution of Filter Cartridge Cleaner overnight. Rinse the filter thoroughly and allow it to air dry.


4.) Refill your Tub

Refill spa as normal by placing hose through the filter housing, this helps prime the plumbing. When the water has reached the correct level (normally half way on the filter housing) you can then turn the spa on. After you have turned the Hot Tub back on, dose the water as usual.

Did you know; you should never leave the end of the hosepipe underwater in the spa, there should be an air gap between the hose and water level. If the hose has been left out in the sun do not spray or allow the water to atomise the until the hose has run for at least 5 minutes. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Forgetting To Turn Off the Power- Turning off the power avoids any possible damage to the spa components.
  • Draining water without removing Chlorine- Chlorine can be harmful to insects, animals, plants, and grass.
  • Using a Pressure Washer- Never use a pressure washer when rinsing your spa, this can damage components and also ruin your filters.

If you don’t feel like, or are unable to put in the work to get your Hot Tub ready for Spring, this time of year is the ideal time to book a professional service.

You should schedule one of these at least once a year as it helps keep the mechanism in good condition and extends the lifespan of your tub.

A service will inspect all parts, clean the filters, replace faulty parts that are under warranty, test the water, apply a treatment if needed and, hopefully, leave your tub sparkling clean.

If you require help and advice, spa cleaning products or would like to enquire about booking a service for your hot tub, contact Catalina Spas today to speak to a member of our knowledgeable team.

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