How do you maintain a hot tub in Manitoba?

There can be a pretty big mental barrier to owning a hot tub if you’ve never had one before.

How do you maintain a hot tub?

How much chem do I put in?

Is it a lot of work to take care of a hot tub?

Do I have time to take care of it?

If you’ve never had one before, a lot of questions come up.

I see a million different chemical products with different names and I don’t know what any of them do!

Is it a pain in the butt like a pool?

We get these questions all the time, and it’s normal to be a little confused.

But I’m here to tell you it’s really not as bad as you think.

In fact, most of our customers within a few weeks have the hot tub maintenance routine down pat (and we help the ones along that aren’t quite there yet).

Here are the basic steps to keeping your hot tub safe, sanitized and serene (and again, reach out to us if you need help with this!)

Balance your pH

If your water is too acidic or too basic then you can put stress on your equipment or your skin. It’s important to keep your pH balanced. Usually once a week or so is enough to keep it in balance. There are products specifically designed to raise or lower pH to make it easy.

Sanitize your tub

Every hot tub needs some kind of sanitizer to kill harmful bacteria (usually chlorine or bromine). Simply keep your sanitizer levels within the acceptable range and you’re good to go.

Shock your hot tub

No, that doesn’t mean dropping live wires into the tub! “Shocking”  a tub is using an oxidizer to get rid bacteria and frees up your sanitizer to attack all the nasty stuff in your hot tub. This is a very important step, and I like to throw some shock in every time I use my tub. A lot of people skip this step and end up wondering why their water quality is so terrible.

Keep it Clean

Every week it’s a good idea to do a good cleaning of your filter – just rinse it off. Every once in a while, you can do a deep clean of your filter using a special cleaning solution.

It’s a good idea to wipe the water line with a soft cloth or sponge to stop scum building up on the water line of your tub.

If you have a lot of dirt and debris in the bottom of your tub, you can always use a small hot tub hand vacuum to suck that stuff out.

Of course, those are just the basics, and if you run into some advanced problems, we’re trained for that! But that’s all you need to know to get started.

So if you’re worried about how to take care of your tub, it’s really just a few minutes a week of checking your levels and keeping it clean.

Time to relax!