Homeowners scramble to get all the yard maintenance and fair-weather chores done before the colder weather sets in and threatens to cover the trees and ground. The hot tub is one thing, though.
Some people would want to pack it up and travel south for the holidays, while others could find it enjoyable to sit outside beneath the starlight and watch snowflakes fall on their noses.There are a few procedures to follow in order to winterize your hot tub and guarantee insulation and protection throughout the chilly months, regardless of why you are closing it for the season.
When preparing your hot tub for the winter, you don’t have to hire an expert.
Allow the Chemicals to Evaporate
When closing a hot tub during the winter, the first thing to do is to give the chemicals time to evaporate. Because of their higher operating temperatures, hot tubs have high chlorine levels.
The chemicals are harmful to wildlife and plants, even though they are necessary for sauna safety when in use. Therefore, give yourself a few days to let the chlorine level drop before emptying your spa’s water into your garden or yard.
Once the water’s chlorine content is zero, proceed to the next step. Unplug the tub and turn off the breaker.
Always turn off the breaker to your hot tub or disconnect it if you can before doing any maintenance or winterizing. This will shield you from the possibility of electrical shock as you operate.
Either the hot tub’s own breaker box or your house panel may have it. Check https://www.watsons.com/ofallon/hot-tubs-spas for your model to verify the breaker placement if you are in doubt. If at all possible, disconnect the hot tub to avoid the chance that someone may inadvertently switch the breaker on again while you’re working.
empty the Hot Tub
A gravity drain is usually found around the bottom of hot tubs. Take off the top to empty the sauna. Since you won’t need the cap again until you replenish your hot tub, store it somewhere safe.
To guide the stream of water far from the home and to a suitable location in the landscape that can manage the water flow, attach a garden hose.Togive your grass a thorough autumn bath, you might want to circulate the hose around your yard while it drains to disperse the water more evenly.
Along with using the force of gravity drains, you also have the option of employing a submerged (sump) pump. There will be one or two inches of leftover water in the tub after using either technique.
You can now leave this water; it’s okay. The typical capacity of a sauna is 400 gallons.
maintain General Equipment and Clean Filters
After emptying the sauna, now is a great opportunity to finish off any routine maintenance. As directed by your owner’s handbook, remove the filter media and give the filters as well as the filter baskets a thorough cleaning.
Before storage, make sure they are totally dry because they can mold otherwise. Even in the winter months, sauna covers frequently develop mold and mildew, so now is a great time to clean them.
Perform a general inspection of your circulation and filtration systems; if you find any leaks, corrosion, or wear, those components need to be replaced or fixed.
empty the Blower
- The expansion of water during freezing can cause damage to pipelines, pumps, and filters that have standing water in them. Therefore, before draining your sauna for the winter, make sure to remove all of the water.
- An air blower is a feature of several saunas. If so, before continuing to winterize your hot tub, you must empty the blower.
- To prevent harm to the heating unit, first switch off the heater.
- Reinstall the heating tub cover after cleaning the spa.
- Put the sauna’s plug in and/or flip the breaker back on.
- For around thirty seconds, turn on an air blower to remove any leftover water.
- Re-turn the breaker or disconnect your sauna.
- Take off the hot tub’s cover.
eliminate Extra Water
It’s time to empty the pump, plumbing segments, and filter housing of any extra water. To let extra water escape the pipes, loosen all of the unions on the pump and heater.
Verify that any diversion valves have been set to the proper position to direct water flow in the desired direction. To let the excess water drain, remove any drain plugs (https://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/fish/files/AIS_FAQ.pdf) that are attached to your pumps.
Switch to blower mode on your shop vacuum and remove any leftover water from the supply lines. Put the blower nozzles into the suction fittings, jet lines, and skimmers. Wash the hot tub shell.
The hot tub’s shell has to be cleaned before it can be stored for the winter. To clean your hot tub, use a non-abrasive cleanser using soft clothing and sponges.
Baking soda and vinegar are a great combination, especially for stubborn scum buildup. The slime line and any detachable parts (headrests, beverage holders, etc.) should receive extra care.