How To Properly Close Your Hot Tub For Winter
By: Steven Morber
Hot tubs are great! I use mine at least 1-3 times a week. I enjoy in the summer because I can lower the temperature and cool off. I also like it in the winter because I can crank the temperature up and still enjoy my backyard while it's snowing. Some people on the other hand do not use they're hot tub in the wintertime. Here is a quick rundown on how to properly close your hot tub if you choose to do so.
Even if you don't use it in the winter, it's still good to keep the hot tub running. This will help to avoid water freezing in the pipes. If you choose to completely winterize your hot tub, you should follow these simple steps to prevent damaging your equipment. I would recommend having a few household supplies on hand for this project. You'll need a garden hose to help drain water, some paper towels to make sure everything is dry and a shop vacuum to ensure you've gotten everything out.
First off, you'll need to be sure all of the electricity is off. This is too, quite obviously, to avoid electrocuting yourself. It sounds silly, but I know people who have done it. Don't worry they're ok. I digress... Next you'll want to open the side off the hot tub with all of the hoses and pumps. Once inside, you will need to locate the drain. Carefully connect the garden hose to the drain. Once that's securely on, open the valve to the drain and the water from the hot tub should begin to drain. When all the water drains out, disconnect the hose, but be sure to leave the valve open. If your hot tub has an air channel you should pay close attention to this part. You'll start by removing the heater and pump from the hot tub. The reason for this is you have to turn the electricity back on and running these items without water could damage them. Once they're removed and the power to the tub is back on, turn on the blower for about 30-45 seconds to make sure all of the water is out. After you've completed this step, be sure to turn the power back off.
Next you should remove the cartridge from the filter. You may need to clean off the cartridge. A little trick I always use is to fill a garbage can with water and a little chlorine and let the cartridge soak overnight. They also sell a cartridge rinse, which does a nice job. Now you'll need that shop vacuum I mentioned earlier. Go around to each of the air jets and make sure you've gotten all of the water out. It's very important to make sure the hot tub has no water in any of the pipes. If there is any access water anywhere inside the tub be sure to wipe it out with paper towels. Next you will need to put the spa cover back on the unit. The covers don't always keep the spa 100% dry, so it's not a bad idea to put a tarp over it.
That's it. Your spa is officially winterized. If you've followed all these simple steps, your hot tub should be good to go next spring.