How Often Should I Drain and Clean My Hot Tub?

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Sitting in a hot tub to enjoy some relaxing hydrotherapy is easy enough, right? However, maintaining the hot tub so that it is ready for a soak whenever you are takes a little more effort. Maybe you are new to the hot tub ownership world. You are probably still learning all the ins and outs of keeping that hot tub clean and making sure the water is safe for soaking. This often brings new hot tub owners to an important question: How often should I drain and clean my hot tub? Goodall Pools is here to help.

Goodall Pools & Spas has been helping the people of Pennsylvania with their hot tub questions for nearly 30 years. The brief answer to this question is that a quarterly drain and fill is recommended for spas that are not on saltwater systems. Now let’s take a look at a few more details about what that drain and fill requires — draining, cleaning, and refilling. 

Reasons for Draining

Periodic emptying of the hot tub is crucial for many reasons. Hot tub water that sits for a while starts to accumulate an excessive amount of TDS (total dissolved solids). This is a result of all of the chemicals that are used to clean the water as well as from substances that enter the water on the people using the spa. 

When this happens, the water can start to turn colors or even smell. It also makes balancing the chemistry levels more difficult. In addition, scale buildup can result from the water sitting too long. These are the reasons for draining the hot tub completely at least once a quarter. 

Tips for Cleaning

Draining time is coupled with cleaning time. As you empty the hot tub, you will also want to be prepared to clean it. You can wipe down all the surfaces to remove any chemical film or dirt that has accumulated. 

This is a great time to run the jets and flush the pipes out as well. We have reliable SpaGuard® chemicals to help make this process simple. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find everything you need. 

Precautions for Refilling

Finally, you are ready to put the water back into the hot tub. Before you do this, you want to have the fill water tested. We have friendly staff who are available to help you with this also. 

You do not want to put water that is high in metal content into the hot tub without adding additional chemicals to treat the issue. High phosphate levels are another thing to monitor because they can cause algae growth. 

Products and Prestige Service

So, how often should I drain and clean my hot tub? Now you’ve got the info you need to succeed at hot tub upkeep. Goodall Pools & Spas carries Sundance® Spas and Viking® Spas for our customers in the market for a new tub because we believe in providing high-quality products that are worth your investment. 

Our Prestige Spa Maintenance is also available to help you maintain your spa if you need a break. If you already own a spa, our maintenance teams service a great variety of spa brands for added convenience. We really do want to help you be able to enjoy that hot tub completely. Contact us anytime if you need any help with your hot tub maintenance. 

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