How to Winterize And Close A Hot Tub Spa

Written on:August 20, 2019
Comments are closed

Snowy-Hot-tubHow to Winterize And Close A Hot Tub Spa

First of all, please realize that most damage that occurs to hot tub spas is caused by improper winterization. Also realize that the damage that can be done due to freezing is very costly to repair. Be very careful if you choose to close down your own spa. If you have any doubts, it is much better to contact a local spa professional to do this for you!

2. Start off by turning off the circuit breaker for the spa’s electrical line, or if possible, unplug the unit. Then remove the hard thermal cover and drain out the spa. This can be done by hooking a garden hose to the spa’s bottom drain spout, or by actually pumping the water out with a submersible pump. Either way, make sure you leave the bottom drain spout open when you are done.

3. Next, locate your spa heater, and turn it off. This is most important ! Replace the hard thermal cover on the spa and turn the spa’s circuit breaker back on, or plug the unit back in. Activate the spa’s air blower and let it run for approximately 30 seconds. This will blow all the water out of the air channel under the spa seats. If you do not have an air channel and air blower, you can obviously skip this procedure.

4. Once again, remove the cover and soak up all the remaining water from inside the spa with towels or a mop or suck it out with a shop vac. Make sure that you get all the water out, especially in the footwell. Remove the cartridge filter from the spa and make sure that all the water is out of the filter canister compartment. Leave a large terrycloth towel in a lump in the bottom of the footwell to soak up any additional water that might get in.

5. Go to your spa equipment pack. Trip the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This is usually done by pressing the TEST button.

6. Turn off the circuit breaker that is used for the spa in your home breaker box. Also unplug the spa if it is a 110 volt unit.

7. Loosen or unscrew any fittings on your spa equipment that look like they could be loosened or unscrewed. These are usually quick disconnect fittings on either side of the heater and on either side of the pump. As you loosen each fitting, water will come out. This is what you want ! Leave all fittings unscrewed. Remove any drain plugs that may be on your pump housing. This is most important ! Pump housings crack easily with only a small amount of water in them. Make sure you also drain out the filter canister and the heater and remove any drain plugs that are there.

8. Next, you’ll want to blow out any residual water from the jet piping. This can be done with either the “blowing” end of a shop vac, an air compressor or some types of leaf blowers. Get into the spa and put the blowing end of the hose up against each jet. Make sure that the jets are all open as wide as possible, and make sure that the topside air controls are closed. Start with the jet closest to the exhaust side of the pump and work your way around the spa, jet by jet. As you do this, more water will pour out of the various fittings you unscrewed at your equipment. After you do this to each jet, you will have removed most of the water from your entire jet system and there is little chance that any pipe or piece of equipment will still have enough water in it to freeze and cause any damage. Please do not put any type of pipeline antifreeze in your spa, pipes or equipment. It is very difficult to get this liquid completely out of your system come Springtime, and it really is not necessary, provided that you have performed all of these winterizing procedures properly.

9. Get out of the spa and put the hard cover back on the unit. Secure the cover to the spa so that wind will not flip it up.

10. On portable, cabinetized spas, close and secure the equipment hatch door. Often, vermin will try to nest inside spa cabinets over the winter. They can chew wires and cause expensive damage !

wint-spa-cvr-5-08040911. On portable, cabinetized spas, it is a good idea to protect your spa cover and wood cabinet with a Winter Spa Cover (see article called “What is a Winter Spa Cover ?”). Install Winter Spa Cover or other type of tarp over the hard thermal cover to ensure that no water leaks through the seam in the hard cover. This is most important!

12. On inground or indeck spas, you must also place a tarp or Winter Spa Cover over the hard thermal cover. Placing the Winter Cover over the hard cover and laying swimming pool type water tubes around the perimeter of the spa on your decking will keep any rain water from getting into your spa over the winter.

Remember – If you are worried or hesitant about closing down your spa by yourself, we strongly suggest that you contact a local spa professional to perform the service for you. Most companies will guarantee their winterization against any freeze cracks to your spa, pipes or equipment

What Are The Dog Days of Summer?

Written on:July 16, 2019
Comments
are closed

What Are The Dog Days of Summer? We often hear about the dog days of summer but few know what the expression means. Some say that it signifies hot sultry days not fit for a dog, others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. But here come the Myth Busters to the rescue! In all reality…

Read more...

Swimming Pool Supplies – Sales Way Up Due To Global Warming?

Written on:June 25, 2019
Comments
are closed
Swimming Pool Supplies Sales Way Up

Swimming Pool supplies sales have recently seen a huge spike over the past few weeks. Could this be caused by global warming, the end of the Recession, or simply because it is just plain HOT throughout most of the country…

Read more...

Do You Have To Wait 30 Minutes After Eating To Go In The Pool

Written on:June 10, 2019
Comments
are closed
Do You Have To Wait 30 Minutes

Do you have to wait 30 minutes after eating to go in the pool? Well, a lot of kids all over the world are awaiting the definitive answer! Kids can now rejoice worldwide because the proof is in! You don’t actually have to wait 30 minutes after eating before you can go in the pool. The myth busters have come to the rescue. For decades, countless numbers of children worldwide have been forced to sit next to…

Read more...

Celebrity Pools – The Best Of 2019

Written on:June 9, 2019
Comments
are closed
Celebrity Pools - 2019

Celebrity Pools – The Best Of 2019. Our staff of high quality investigative reporters have discovered these photos of what we consider to be the best Celebrity Pool photos of 2019, so far. Really, it’s a list of the good, the bad and the ugly. Obviously some are really great pools – but others prove that unlimited money does not necessarily equate to good taste. But it is what is it, as they say. Enjoy and share these celebrity pools…

Read more...

Facts About Automatic Robotic Pool Vacuum Cleaners

Written on:June 9, 2019
Comments
are closed
Facts About Automatic Robotic Pool Vacuum Cleaners

Facts About Automatic Robotic Pool Vacuum Cleaners – How They Can Save You Time And Money – Do you still have all that extra time each week to constantly vacuum your Swimming Pool? With the extremely busy lives that we all live these days, who has the time to spend hour after hour vacuuming your swimming pool each week? Some people have the money to hire a pool service to vacuum the pool for them, but even if they do it once a week…

Read more...

How To Clear Up And Clean A Green Swimming Pool

Written on:June 9, 2019
Comments
are closed

How To Clear Up And Clean A Green Swimming Pool. Unfortunately, there is no magic way to turn a green or black pool clear overnight ! It usually takes a lot of time, effort and money to clear up a typical “swampy” green pool. It is certainly best if you never let your pool water get this dirty, however most pool owners experience a “green pool problem” from time to time. Although it is not easy work, there is a proven method of clearing up a green, black or very dirty pool in the shortest time possible.

Read more...

Hot Tub Spa Buyer’s Guide

Written on:June 8, 2019
Comments
are closed
Hot Tub Spa Buyer's Guide

Hot Tub Spa Buyers Guide – Shopping For A Hot Tub Or Portable Spa? Many new brands have been added and reviewed to this page for 2019. Here you will find listings for all of today’s most popular hot tub spa brands as well as a number of links to the manufacturer’s web sites…

Read more...

Swimming Pool And Hot Tub Spa Buyer’s Guides

Written on:June 8, 2019
Comments
are closed
Swimming Pool And Hot Tub Spa Buyer’s Guides

Swimming Pool And Hot Tub Spa Buyers Guide’s Will Help You Decide Which One To Buy! – Due to their extreme popularity, this area of our site has just been renovated to serve you better. Many new brands have been added and reviewed for 2019. Here you will find listings for all of today’s most popular swimming pool…

Read more...

How To Open An Inground Swimming Pool

Written on:June 7, 2019
Comments
are closed
How To Open An Inground Swimming Pool

A pool properly maintained during the winter months can be prepared for a new season of swimming with a minimum of effort. Pump, hose, or sweep away water, dirt, or debris from the cover and deck. Remove the cover and plugs from all openings.

Read more...