During the winter months, you want to make sure that your hot tub is protected from the elements. If you don’t feel up to the task of caring for a hot tub when it is cold outside, you need to winterize it, which means that you close it down. SpaMate is here with the steps you need to take to properly winterize your spa.

The first thing you need to know about winterizing a hot tub is that you need to do it before temperatures fall below freezing to prevent water from freezing in the spa as it drains.

1.Drain the Hot Tub

The first thing you need to do when draining a hot tub is make sure that the power to the spa is off. You can do this at the electrical panel.

When it comes to draining the spa, you have a couple of options. If you aren’t in a hurry, you can unscrew the drainage plug and attach the drain valve nozzle to a garden hose to allow the water to drain out. If you are in a bit of a hurry, you can use a sump pump to drain the water of the hot tub more quickly.

Once you have most of the water out of the hot tub, you will need to use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out any water left at the bottom of the tub.

2.Remove the Filters

The filters in your hot tub should be taken out, cleaned, and stored in a dry, warm area until you are ready to use the spa again. If you have a remote for the control panel, put that indoors with the filters.

3.Remove Water from Internal Parts

After you drain the water out of the spa, there could be a lot of water still in the internal parts of the hot tub. If this water freezes inside of the hot tub, you could be looking at a lot of damage to the hot tub. Use the wet/dry vacuum to either suck or blow the water out of the jets, filter standpipe, and other parts where water could be hiding. You can look at the owner’s manual to see instructions that are specific to your make and model.

4.Protect the Spa

Once all of the water is drained out of the spa, it is time to get it nice and dry. Put the drainage cap back on, and use a clean, absorbent towel to can the rest of the moisture out of the tub.

Using a funnel, pour a little propylene glycol antifreeze into the jets, filter standpipes, and other openings that water may get into inside the spa. Put the hot tub cover back on the tub and make sure it is strapped down. You can place plywood boards over the top of the cover to prevent damage from snow and ice. Finally, put a plastic tarp over the whole thing and secure it.

Before you use your hot tub again, you’ll need to clean out any of the antifreeze inside the hot tub. To do this, fill your hot tub as normal, and add double the amount of chlorine than you normally would to neutralize the antifreeze. Next, you will need to drain and refill the hot tub before you put the filters back in place.

It is important to note that it isn’t necessary to winterize a hot tub. However, many people don’t use their hot tub when it is below a certain temperature outside, and it might make more sense to close the spa up for the winter than to put more money into chemicals and other necessary items for it.