Prepping Your Hot Tub for When You’re on Vacation
After all your hard work it’s finally time for a vacation! The last thing you want to come home to is a dirty hot tub. It’s very important to properly prepare if you plan to be away for more than a few days. If the necessary steps aren’t taken to keep your hot tub sanitary and in good working order, you risk coming home to a lot of work. That’s the last thing you would want to return home to after some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Drain and Refill
If you are getting close to the three or four-month mark since you last drained and refilled your hot tub, this might be a good opportunity to do so. This way you will have taken all of the necessary precautions in ensuring that your hot tub will be sanitary and properly chemically treated. Not to mention if you take care of this before you leave, you won’t have to worry about it when you return! It can just be a part of your packing and leaving process.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you don’t plan on draining and refilling your hot tub before you leave on vacation, then you should take a few precautionary steps. These steps should ensure that you will return home to a safe and sanitary hot tub.
Cleaning or replacing your filter is a great start. Routine filter cleaning procedure should take place unless the filter is close to being a year old or more. If that’s the case, it might be time for a replacement.
You should always maintain the water quality based on the type of system it uses. You can refer to your care manual, or contact Snow Valley Spa and Leisure for the best steps to take and products to use when maintaining the water quality in your hot tub.
Once your hot tub is fully prepared, don’t forget to buckle down the cover and lock up your hot tub to ensure safety.
Lower the Temperature
It is recommended that you lower the temperature of your hot tub before you leave for vacation. You should lower it by five to ten degrees. If you won’t be home for seven to ten days or more it is definitely recommended that you lower it by ten degrees. Not only will this save you money by heating it less, but chlorine lasts longer in cooler temperatures. So you are more likely to get a little more use out of your chlorine than you were originally expecting.
In saying that – yes it will cost money to bring the temperature back up once you return home. But that cost in comparison to heating it at a normal temperature during your entire vacation is much lower.
Sadly, your vacation is over. Luckily you are returning home to your relaxing and clean hot tub. Before you hop in for some more rejuvenation and relaxation, it’s very important that you test and balance the water in your hot tub. Keep an eye out for cloudy, foul-smelling or foamy water. You can read your care guide or contact Snow Valley Spa and Leisure for help if any of these instances occur. Now it’s time to enjoy a little vacation in your own backyard!