Your jacuzzi has provided you plenty of fun and relaxation all summer and early fall, but now that the weather is on its way to becoming much cooler, you might be finished with your hot tub fun until next spring – unless you enjoy cold weather soaks (which can be just as much fun!)
If you do plan to close your hot tub down for winter, the last thing you’ll want is to be left with a big job to get it back in operation the next time you’re ready for a soak. So it is important to make sure you properly winterize. No matter if you decide to let the hot tub run so you can use it on some snowy occasion, or if you would rather shut down the entire operation through the winter, you will need to make sure it is protected and kept clean and free of leaves and debris.
Drain or Change the Water
Now is a great time to change out the water in the tub if you haven’t had a chance all summer. Some jacuzzi owners will do just fine to completely drain, clean, and leave the tub dry for the winter. If you know there’s no chance you’ll be using the hot tub for some time, this can be a workable option for a number of people. The most important thing is to make sure all the hoses are not only drained but blown dry. This way if there is freezing weather, there is no hidden water to freeze and expand inside the hose. Unexpected water can lead to cracking and big issues of maintenance and repairs, so draining is a must.
Invest in a Good Cover
Whether you choose to cover the hot tub for the duration or only part of the cooler months, you have to protect your investment. Covering over the hot tub if you plan to use it will allow you to save on your energy bills by keeping the temperature more consistent. The other reason for a cover is obviously to keep out dirt and debris, particularly those falling leaves which cause a big leafy mess on top. The third reason we’ll repeat for those in the back:
Choose a cover that will be breathable so as not to trap moisture from rain or snow that can lead to mold, mildew or cracking. Depending upon the climate where you live, you might need a more durable and heavier cover that can stand up to a good bit of snow and wind. Other tubs might be fine to have a sturdy and water-resistant cover that will do the job just fine in warmer places – and still keep out leaves and bugs!
Monitor Your Water Level
If you haven’t used your hot tub in a few weeks, you should check your water levels to make sure they’re not too low. Otherwise, your tub’s pump and heater could shut off. This is a sure formula for frozen water and the potential damage and cracking to your hoses and your hot tub.
By taking a few small preventative measures now, you can save yourself a lot of money and time in the long run, and your hot tub will be ready and waiting for you.