Spring means different things to people. For some, it brings a flurry of activity with cleaning and decluttering. Others are ready to freshen up their landscape. Then there is the hot tub owner. You know the joy of relaxing after a long day with jets of bubbly water swirling around you. So, when spring is in the air, you know it is time to shake off the proverbial spider webs and get to soaking again. Get ready to pull off the aluminum spa covers and fire up the jets. After you have properly opened your hot tub spa, of course.
5 Simple Steps to Flag Off the Soaking Season
Re-opening your hot tub is efficient and easy when you have winterized it properly. Use these simple steps this weekend to get ready for the soaking season:
1. Clean: Take off your aluminum cover and get to cleaning. Only use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaners to wipe down the basin’s interior and exterior. If you have a wooden or acrylic wood cabinet, you may want to wipe down the planks with linseed oil instead of using stains or sealers. Be sure to keep any of these chemicals out of the basin so you do not cause issues with pH balance later. Don’t forget to wipe down your spa cover, too.
2. Check: Next, open the equipment access panel and look for visible signs of damage, cracks, or leaks. Check out the electrical wires for evidence of pest damage such as rodent chewing. While you do this, you may also want to replace the drain plugs and make sure the drain spigot is closed. Check out the lights, jets, and drain covers for the inside of the hot tub. They should be securely attached.
3. Fill: It’s time to fill the basin. Grab the hose, drop it into the basin, and turn on the water. It may take a bit of time to fill it up, so keep an eye on things. You don’t want it to overflow. This is also a good time to check and replace filters to remove minerals, metals, contaminants, and odor.
4. Start: Once the filters are in place and the basin is full, it’s time to start the jets! Turn on the circulation pump and begin testing all your hot tub features. These may include lights, blower, waterfall, and the heater. Now is the time to set your water temperature, too.
5. Balance: To protect your spa and your users, it’s important to ensure your water has the correct pH balance. Take your manufacturer recommended water chemicals and get to work bringing everything back into balance. You may also want to shock the water to help break down waste such as dead skin and hair and clean out other organic contaminants. Doing this at regular intervals will help keep odor at bay and prevent the water from turning cloudy. You can use chlorine and non-chlorine spa shock treatments to keep your water quality and clarity high.
Maintain a Fresh Hot Tub with Aluminum Spa Covers
Don’t let all that work go to waste. Use a Be-Lite aluminum spa cover to protect and keep your hot tub clean. Our covers are strong and durable and seal entirely so that water and heat stay in while debris, animals, and playful kids remain out. We make building your customized cover easier with our template designer. It guides you through the correct steps. We’d love to help you, so call us with your questions.
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