Winterizing a Hot Tub: Steps to Take Before You Start Doing it on Your Own
Winterizing your tub is very important if you want to enjoy it all winter long. The little bit of extra time you invest in winterizing your tub is well worth the added equipment and savings you will get at the end of the season. Oh, did you just read online information on how to winterize a hot tub without having to call a plumber? I guess that’s one option you have, but don’t forget that there are other options. Don’t let winter creep into your tub before you’ve fully planned your approach!
When winterizing a hot tub, you first need to decide what will be done to make it more comfortable. The main thing to do is to remove the cover. If the tub is not properly covered, it will trap moisture and heat during the winter months, which will make it uncomfortable and dangerous. You can winterize a hot tub by removing the cover, but leave the spa door open. That way, air can flow through the spa, keeping it warm.
Once the cover is off, then you need to decide what to do next. The easiest solution is to winterize the chemicals and treat the water. Most hot tubs have a few simple chemicals already, so all you have to do is add the correct amounts and mix them up. If you use more chemicals or you add the chemicals to winterize than during summer, it will actually be counterproductive, as too many chemicals can ruin the chemical balance of the water.
During the winter, take a scrubber and scrub the remaining algae and dirt away from the chemical treatment area. Be sure not to damage the acrylic cover as you do this. Also, add a little bit of calcium carbonate to the water. This does a couple of things.
First of all, it creates a slippery surface that makes it much easier for you to walk in and out of the tub. This also makes it much easier to climb onto the spa and clean off the algae. In addition, it adds a little bit of resistance to the force that the water exerted on the inside of the tub as it was dragging all of the dirt and debris around. Add some soap and water and let them soak for a couple hours. The scrubbing action should be a little bit stronger at this time of year.
Next, remove any and all existing drain holes and stoppers using a drain snake. Then, disconnect the supply lines from the hot tub. These are usually located at the lowest end of the tub. Use a pair of pliers to remove the pump and hose. It is best if you can turn off the electricity so you don’t risk getting electrocuted.
Now, we come to the scary part: putting the tub in reverse. As long as you have the pipes connected, the whole thing will be relatively easy. If you’re dealing with an older tub that doesn’t follow modern plumbing standards, however, you will have to use some very specific equipment in order to properly winterize it. Fortunately, most of the equipment needed is readily available and cheap.
One item that may be a bit scary to buy on your own is a sump pump. Sump pumps are used to stop the water inside a bathtub from rising to the level of the overflow pan or drain. A sump pump works by circulating the water through a garden hose until the level of water reaches the draining hole. You will need a garden hose with a long enough handle to reach the sump pump and the depth to make sure that you don’t get stuck trying to climb over the sides of the tub. Once you have the hose in the sump, all you have to do is turn the power switch on and start circulating the water through the pipes and drain pipe.