July 6, 2018

How To Prepare Your Hot Tub Before A Vacation

A hot tub shouldn’t prevent you from getting away from home, and just because you own a property that isn’t your full-time residence doesn’t mean that installing a hot tub is a poor choice if you think it would add to the value of you and your family’s experience there.

If you’re planning on heading off for a summer getaway, the checklist for your hot tub might just be the easiest part of getting ready to go.

Here’s a quick crash course on getting your hot tub prepped while you’re away:

Short Vacation

For shorter stays away from the house, there are a number of water treatment options available dependent on the duration of your absence from the house that will ensure that your hot tub water and equipment stays healthy and balanced, and ready for when you return.

Here’s a 4 step rundown of what to do before departure:

  1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
  2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
  3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser
  4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave

Be sure to secure your cover with hurricane straps. Along with securing your hot tub and keeping dirt from entering your water, this will lower your electricity costs by trapping in the heat.

Long Vacation

For longer vacations of over 7 days, it’s extremely important that you take the time to prepare your hot tub correctly.

  1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
  2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
  3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser. If you can, ask a neighbour to come by every few days to add in a few appropriate chemicals
  4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave
  5. Drop the temperature of your hot tub to the lowest possible setting to cut down on electricity costs

By following these simple steps, you’ll have a happy, healthy hot tub when you return.

For extended stays away, draining the hot tub prior to departure might be the best option. You should drain and fill at least 3 or 4 times a year anyways, so you can use this as an opportunity to ensure you have fresh, safe water after you return.

So even if you’re a big traveler, owning and maintaining a hot tub should never keep you from going on new adventures. Just do the proper preparation and you’ll have your own private vacation you can escape to every single day ready in your own backyard when you return.

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