Hot Tub Maintenance Checklist

Most new hot tub owners feel relieved when they realize how easy it is to keep up their hot tub maintenance. A few simple tasks and regular spa maintenance will extend the life of your hot tub as well as keep it clean and sanitary.

Proper hot tub maintenance involves cleaning the exterior and maintaining fresh, balanced water inside.

While chemicals reduce bacteria in the water, high levels pose a danger to swimmers. Moreover, the hot tub itself is at risk of corrosion when improperly kept and can break down or spring a leak. Thankfully, you can avoid this without little invested time.

How To Maintain Your Hot Tub

If you own a hot tub, you already know of its many benefits. All that’s left to learn is how to maintain your hot tub so it can continue to benefit you.

Although hot tub maintenance may not be the easiest endeavour, it will ensure that your hot tub remains in good condition for a longer period of time. By following these few steps, you can ensure your hot tub longevity and a great experience with your hot tub.

Hot tub Maintenance Checklist

  1. Maintain proper chemical and mineral levels
  2. Clean spa filters periodically
  3. Drain and refill water
  4. Inspect your safety cover
  5. Refinish wood surfaces

Maintain proper chemical and Mineral Levels

It doesn’t take a scientist to check chemical levels in a hot tub. Most hot tub and pool stores sell strips that gauge how mineral or chemical-intensive the water is. These checks need to happen about once a week. The main chemicals to watch are chlorine, bromine and baquanine. The pH level, too, is important.

When adjusting chemical levels in the hot tub, measure prior to dumping. As well, add one chemical at a time, then wait to allow for full chemical absorption and dispersal. Always keep the water flowing during maintenance: the jets mix the chemicals more thoroughly.

Every so often, you should shock the water with sanitizer. While this prevents you from briefly using the spa, it helps to restore levels and deteriorate undetected build up. Shock every few months, in between recycling the water.

Clean your spa filters periodically

Filters need cleaning every two to four weeks with a hose and water, and every three months with a chemical solution. They also need replacing when frayed, split or thinned. Age wears out filters, but excessively dirty hot tubs make filter maintenance more of a priority.

To clean the filters, pop them out and run the hose through the cartridge. Doing so flushes anything clogging the mesh. It also helps the filters work more effectively once reinserted. You can purchase filter cleaner to make this process easier; it may also extend the life of each filter.

Every hot tub’s filter should be cleaned every three to four months by soaking in a chemical solution. If buildup is not removed from the filter, your hot tub’s water will be unfiltered and dirty.

It can also cause problems with the actual overall hot tub system. You can clean your filter by using a standard hose to spray it down every few weeks. every few months use a filter cleaning solution.

Drain and refill water appropriately

When it comes to draining and refilling, every hot tub is different. Be sure to read any directions that come with the unit and talk to your dealer to get the best information on how to drain your hot tub properly. While doing this, also be sure to balance out the chemicals properly for safe use.

Be sure you are using your hot tub safely. Don’t allow what may seem like minor slip-ups in maintaining your hot tub turn into major damages in the future. Preserve your hot tub’s life by following the above tips and you’ll be enjoying your unit for years and years to come.

Inspect your safety cover

Your safety cover is an important element in maintaining your hot tub. Be sure that you inspect if monthly checking for wear and tear that may need to be addressed. Also, be sure to wash it down once a month to maintain cleanliness in your hot tub.

Refinish wood surfaces

If you have an older hot tub or a new one with wood finishing, the most important thing to do to stretch your hot tub’s life is to refinish the wood surfaces once a year. Especially in places with varying temperatures and weather patterns, refinishing the wood is essential for protecting it from water damage. Make a quick trip to your home improvement store and get supplies to refinish all wood surfaces so that you have a protected and beautiful hot tub.

If you are interested in purchasing a hot tub, contact Canadian Home Leisure at 905.430.9965 or email us at We can help you find the best unit for you and your home.


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