Think ahead to winter. Is your hot tub featuring prominently in your plans? While some hot tub owners put their tub to sleep over the winter, these are usually the best months for soaking in it. And if you do a drain and fill in the fall, you’ll have your tub in top shape when winter rolls around. So unless you’re leaving home for a warmer destination, or your hot tub is at a cabin/cottage where you don’t live permanently, read on for steps for winterizing your hot tub to use it year round.
How to Winterize Your Hot Tub
To continue using your hot tub in the winter:
Stock up on sanitizer for the winter and continue to add chemicals as you did in the summer.
Keep an eye on your tub water level, as your water can freeze and cause problems with the heater and pumps.
Assure the tub maintains its temperature so that the piping doesn’t freeze.
Secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub
Alternately, if you want to hibernate your hot tub for the winter:
Make sure all electrical components are turned off, including the breaker.
Open all jets and control valves before draining the tub.
Drain the tub as per normal and remove the plumbing assembly from the jet pump return line and heater inlet. Please consult your Owner’s Guide for details.
Blow air into these lines with a Shop Vac, then suck the water out of the tub and from the pumps.
Clean and dry the shell.
Pour RV anti-freeze into the floor drain and secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub.
Finish off the last month and a half of summer with a bang! If you’re expecting guests this weekend, follow these tips to ensure that your backyard gathering is a smash hit.
Don’t forget these important elements of backyard entertaining…
Fire Up the Grill
Summer is officially the season of grilling. And dining al fresco is the perfect opportunity to get creative with what you barbeque, ditching the traditional burgers and hot dogs. If you have a fire pit, you can rip open a bag of marshmallows when the sun sets to delight kids and adults alike with s’mores. Don’t have a proper bbq set? The Beachcomber August Sale Event is on soon (August 24th to the 26th), so if you check it out at an outlet location close to you, make sure you enter the giveaway draw for a Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet, valued at $542.99.
If you don’t have a designated outdoor patio set, consider re-purposing lighter pieces of indoor furniture, and dress everything up with summery accessories (think colourful pillows, small potted plants, glass vases). Incorporate shading into your plan as well, and strategically place a cantilever umbrella close to your seating to keep guests cool and happy.
Snacks and Drinks
Keep these well stocked and flowing freely! Gather things like extra utensils, serving utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments and keep them on a table or tea cart nearby, so you’re not rushing in and out of the house to serve refreshments during the party.
Prep Your Hot Tub
As a key component of your backyard oasis, your Beachcomber needs to be in top shape for your guests to enjoy. Test the hot tub levels at least a few days in advance, to ensure your water is balanced and healthy with the proper Water Care products. Also remember that right before a high usage period of your hot tub is a good time for a drain and re-fill.
In choosing your hot tub and planning for your installation, the question of how much space you will need is a big one (pun unintended!)
Planning for Your Hot Tub
Will my hot tub be located indoors or outside?
How much space do I have available on my deck or patio? Measure carefully and then re-measure to be sure.
What are the measurements of door openings, fence gates or deck stairs for getting my hot tub to its destination? Check the dimensions of your [planned or purchased] hot tub’s length, width, and depth.
Will it pass through interior doors or exterior gates? Check the weight of your hot tub both empty and filled with water. Will your deck, patio, or room floor support its considerable weight?
If you’re comparatively shopping, you’ll notice that most hot tubs are square or rectangular (the 320 is the only Beachcomber we offer in a circular shape) and have a footprint between 6 and 8 feet. Keep in mind, you will need additional space of 1 to 2 feet around at least two sides of the hot tub to allow for maintenance.
We also have a variety of capacity options, accommodating anywhere from 2 to 8 people, with the average size designed for 5 to 6 adults. So consider the number of people that will be making regular use of your tub. If you are planning on using it for yourself and your spouse, a smaller 2-4 person capacity will be perfect. If you have a family of five and are looking for something you can enjoy socially with your kids, look for a hot tub that fits more. And if you have small children, finding a model with a cooling bench is important as it allows smaller bodies to safely perch higher above the water.
During the sweltering dog days of summer, your hot tub may not be your first choice when you brainstorm ways to keep cool. But think again!
Don’t let your hot tub languish until the fall when you can follow these easy tips to make it a cooling oasis over the summer as well.
If you want a relaxing experience in your Beachcomber during the day, try turning the temperature down to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35°C) or lower. Anything lower than your average body temperature (98°F, 37°C), will feel relaxing, even during the hottest of days. You should play around with your water temperature to find the perfect daytime heat according to your personal preference and the temperature outside. Give even 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29°C) or below a try!
Remember that unlike a pool, hot tubs are insulated, so once you’ve initially cooled off your tub, the insulation will take care of the rest. Of course, in the summer, the combination of structural insulation and your hot tub cover can keep heat sealed in. So try leaving the cover off for a few hours before you turn in at night, or early in the morning. Another tip to making your hot tu95b cooling process more affordable is to keep it on with the cover open and air jets on. You can also vent your tub overnight by placing tennis balls or foam noodles under the cover on all 4 corners. And a quick fix could involve throwing in some ice or using milk jugs of frozen water (to act as giant ice cubes) that will instantly cool your soak.
Shade will also be a critical factor in making your summer soaking enjoyable, so think about adding a patio umbrella to your backyard setup if you don’t already have one. A strategically placed umbrella will improve ambience and allow for a break from the sun. Check out our article on ideas for How to Shade Your Hot Tub.
And remember to keep your skin protected!
Regardless of the water temperature you choose, bear in mind that water attracts the sun! Even if you’re under refuge of shade and you don’t feel the direct heat of the rays, it’s very important to keep your skin protected; so wear the same amounts of sunscreen you would use in a pool as you prep for a session of hot tubbing.
After a soak, wet feet and wobbly legs can make it difficult to exit your hot tub safely. Considering that most accidents during hot tub use can happen while entering/exiting the tub, the importance of a handrail for safety can’t be overemphasized. Make sure you install a sturdy handrail and non-slip steps to prevent falls.
Consider these additional tips for preventing slips and falls while hot tubbing:
Only enter using the hot tub’s steps
Do not climb over the hot tub edges or on filter lids
Keep dry towels close by for hands and feet (think about installing a towel bar)
Ensure surfaces around the parameter of your hot tub are non-skid and give thought to safety concerns before installation
Use only plastic containers for serving drinks and snacks to guests in your hot tub, to avoid the added risk of broken glass
Talk to children about the dangers of running and horseplay around the hot tub
Our July Flex Bundle contains the Beachcomber safety rail, valued at $259, for only $129. The safety rail is made of high grade zinc plated aluminum and features a soft blue LED light for visibility. It also swivels to provide ease of entry and exit, and sturdily locks into position.
So if you buy a Beachcomber before the end of this month, you can take advantage of the July Flex Bundle and prioritize safety for your soaking!
Enjoying hot tub soaks as a family is a fantastic way to connect with loved ones, fun for kids, and effective relaxation at the end of the day. But if you have little ones, safety is always a concern. Check out this list below to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions this summer.
Keep your hot tubbing fun and above all SAFE.
1. Enclose and/or cover your hot tub
Children who are too young to understand the dangers of water need barriers to accessing the tub when not in use, to prevent accidents. If your budget and space around the hot tub allows, consider surrounding it with a gate or fence. Putting up a fence with a self latching gate can ensure that your child cannot access the tub without your permission and supervision. Of course, at a minimum, you need a hot tub cover. Preferably lock-able, a cover will help trap heat/conserve energy as well as prevent curious kids from accessing the water. And make sure you explain to your kids that even if the tub is sturdily covered, playing on the tub cover is unsafe and not allowed.
2. Stay vigilant with supervision
An accident can happen in a matter of seconds, so make sure that you keep your kids at arms’ length supervision while they’re in the tub. Also keep them from fully submerging in the water, regardless of their swimming skill. And younger children, such as those under 5, should ideally be kept out of the tub altogether.
3. Turn down the heat
The max water temperature if kids are soaking should be 35°C (95°F), and the safest duration for them is 5-10 minutes. Also remember to keep kids hydrated while in the tub, providing water in water bottles or safe plastic cups.
4. Educate kids on responsible hot tub use
The usual precautions that apply to outdoor play should be emphasized here: No running, pushing, or horseplay around or in the hot tub. You can place slip resistant mats around the hot tub and remember to provide towels. And take care to keep hair, clothing, fingers, etc. far enough from the tub drains to prevent entrapment. Entrapment is when something is suctioned down into the drain and the risk of it increases with the strength of your pump. It’s a good idea to test your drains with a kitchen sponge for entrapment hazard, and remember to warn kids about this risk.
With everyone on the same page about the dangers associated with carelessness in and around the tub, you’ll be ready to make summer memories with the family, with peace of mind for the safety of everyone soaking.
A common misconception about hot tub ownership is the amount of time required for maintenance. By identifying the right water care solution for you, and planning accordingly, keeping your water healthy and balanced can be incredibly easy and only take a few minutes a week!
You’ll need to weigh three main factors when choosing the right water care program for you: quality of water, ease of use, and cost.
While there are a few different combinations of products you could go with, the one that effectively balances these three tenets is the CARE FREE™ water care system.
It ensures that quality of water is prioritized by combining water conditioners, clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, metal sequestering agents and multi-oxidizing components. But it is also an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products, by consolidating multiple products into a single two product system, CARE FREE™ and CARE FREE BOOST™. This also means that it’s affordable as a replacement for multiple stand-alone products.
With CARE FREE™ as the foundation of your water care program, you can also add a couple enhancing products for complete peace of mind. If you’re using your hot tub infrequently, consider adding CHLOR DISCS™ to your CARE FREE™ program. This will ensure that a sanitizer is maintained when your hot tub is not in use and prevents having to recover from cloudy water when you’ve been away. If there aren’t long breaks between your hot tub soaks, you only need to add CARE FREE™ to your water once a week and a little CARE FREE BOOST™ after each hot tub use.
And are you thinking about everyone who uses your hot tub? Consider trying SOFT™, for the pleasure of your friends and family, who will find their skin moisturized and the water silky. As a dry skin solution, SOFT™ is a natural boron salt that moisturizes your skin and makes the water silky. SOFT™ is optimized for the CARE FREE™ water care system and universally compatible with all water care systems.
Top Q & A: Balancing Your Water and Thinking Ahead to Winterizing Maintenance
How often should I drain my hot tub?
With an average use of 2 people, soaking 3 to 4 times a week, we recommend draining your hot tub every 4 months. Decrease the interval with more bathers or more frequent use.
How often do I need to add products to my hot tub water?
Depending on the water care system you are running, follow the directions on the labels. Participating Beachcomber Hot Tub stores also offer computer water analysis, totally free. They can test a sample of your water and provide you with a simple ‘recipe’ sheet of products to add to ensure clear, clean water.
How do I properly winterize my hot tub?
Drain your hot tub as per normal and remove the plumbing assembly from the jet pump return line and heater inlet. Please consult your Owner’s Guide for details. Blow air into these lines with a Shop Vac, then suck the water out of the tub and from the pumps. Pour RV anti-freeze into the floor drain and secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub.
Save 66% on the CARE FREE™ water care system, as part of July’s monthly flex bundle!
Hot tubs today come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Once you decide you’re ready to bring one home, it’s extremely important you really ask yourself the reasons why as you browse the available models. Relaxation? Help relieve stress or muscle pain? Entertainment?
Pinpointing the primary purposes of your purchase will help you answer the next question: how many seats do I need?
Keep in mind that the number of seats will also impact the size of the tub, so you’ll need to know where it’s going and if size restrictions apply before you begin comparing options.
Try to be realistic with your expectations. You really want to consider how you will be primarily using your hot tub to get the best one for you.
Here are a few things to think about when it comes to hot tub seating:
Who’s Using It?
You will not only want to consider the number of people who will be regularly using your hot tub, but also look at the layout and how this will work for these gatherings. How big is the foot well? How close together are the seats available? Is one of the seats a lounger that might be great for hydrotherapy but awkward for larger groups?
Again, really think about how often your hot tub will really be used for social gatherings. Do you entertain a lot? Do you have a large family? If it’s normally going to be just you and your spouse at home, or maybe you two and another couple, then a 4-person tub might be all you need.
What’s It For?
Not all of these are by any means mutually exclusive, but if you’re after relaxation and hydrotherapy over socializing, than it might be good to maximize your investment with a tub that is more tailored to these benefits, that offers a slightly smaller footprint. Look at your budget and consider what is most important to you as you comparatively shop.
Where’s It Going?
It all comes down to how much space you have, and how you want to design around the hot tub you bring home. If you are looking to place it under a gazebo and want to have a hot tub that is socially-focused, make sure you leave space for people to get in and out comfortably in larger groups and for food and beverages along the sides.
When selecting a Beachcomber model that’s right for you, take these factors into consideration and choose a seat number and combination that best fits your needs.
For a lot of Canadians, the winter months can mean nothing but snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. With your yard under a foot of fresh powder, thinking about installing a hot tub might not seem like something that really makes sense.
“Waiting for spring”, is the response that we hear most often from prospective hot tub buyers this time of year.
“When the snow melts I’ll start looking”.
While we agree this might not be a bad plan, particularly if you are in a colder climate, the one thing it doesn’t take into consideration is the manufacturing and delivery time required for a new hot tub to make it into your backyard.
At Beachcomber Hot Tubs, as well as any other major spa manufacturer, you’ll likely find the option to purchase a pre-built or floor model. However, the majority of customers end up looking through the options and finishes available, and decide on a customer build that perfectly aligns with their needs and budget.
Manufacturing A Hot Tub Takes Time, So Plan Ahead!
Manufacturing a hot tub takes time, and depending on the location of your home, delivery can also add an additional week or two to the process. This is why, before you decide on holding off until warmer weather, you should start looking for a hot tub that will be ready in time for you to enjoy this spring.
Even if you purchase now, you can request an installation date that works for your climate. That’s why making a decision a few months ahead of time is the best way to ensure you’ll have a hot tub exactly when you want it.
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