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How to Winterize a Hot Tub

Are you wondering on how you can winterize your hot tub?

Did you know that you can easily do this on your own?

Find out how to winterize a hot tub by reading the given information below.

If you are one of the many people who is planning to go on a vacation during the winter season and you have a hot tub, you are then probably thinking on how you can winterize it.

Some people tend to hire a professional to help them with this problem, but if you can do it on your own then the better. This will not only save you a lot of money but will also give you the physical activity that you need.

Tips On How To Winterize a Hot Tub

Draining the Water and Air Blower Off

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The first thing that you need to do is to turn the power off of your hot tub so you can drain the water using a drain plug. You can attach it to your garden hose if needed but this will take a lot of time to drain the tub.

If you have all the time in the world, then doing this method would be best. If not, then you can use a sump pump as this will make things easier.

Once you are done draining the water, the next thing that you need to do is to remove the tub's air blower. Most hot tubs have air blowers, and it is important that you get all the water out from it.

You can do this by ensuring that the heater is turned off for you to avoid damaging it. Once done, turn on the electric for the air blower to start running. You can leave it for 30 seconds and shut the electric again.

Start Removing the Filters

The next thing that you need to do is to remove the filters in your hot tub inside the filter well. You can clean the filters using a filter cleaner to ensure that there is no dirt stored in them. You can soak them in a chemical cleaning filter for 24 hours.

Once you are done cleaning it, make sure that there is no water in it before putting it back in the hot tub.

Unscrewing the Fittings in Your Hot Tub

You need to open the hot tub's cabinet for you to be able to locate the pumps. If you find some unions that are attached to the PVC pipe to the tub's pumps, then it is best to loosen them up. The drain plugs should be removed as this will let the water drain from the pipes.

Blowing Out the Pipes

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Using a shop-vac, you need to turn it into the blow settings to ensure that it will force the air out of the tube. Once done, you can start placing the shop-vac to the jets of your tub and make sure to work with every single jet that you have.

You can repeat this process a few times, just to ensure that the water is drained entirely.

Removing All the Remaining Water

After doing the things above, you will probably see some water in your hot tub. You need to thoroughly remove all the water using the sump pump, a sponge, or a shop-vac. You need to make sure that your tub is dried completely.

Cleaning the Cover and the Shell

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Now that your hot tub is free of water, the next thing that you need to do is to clean the cover and the shell. You can use a hot tub cleaner to clean these things and make sure to rinse it thoroughly with water.

Of course, after cleaning it, make sure that it is thoroughly dry before you close the shell. The cover should also be cleaned by a hot tub cover cleaner on both inside and outside.

Securing the Cover of Your Hot Tub

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Using the straps of the cover, secure it on the hot tub to lock it. You surely don’t want anything or anyone to get into the hot tub while you are away. You also need to protect the tub from severe winds blowing it off. So securing the hot tub is important.

These are the tips on how to winterize a hot tub without the need of calling a professional to do the job for you. This will also ensure that it will perfectly be fine once you start using it again when you get back.

Doing the above winterizing tips will make sure that you will have a working hot tub to go to. This will also ensure that your tub will be clean and free from any bacteria and such that can wreck havoc your hot tub.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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