Some people may want to keep their hot tub open for the winter months to enjoy during those cold winter nights. Others, however, would rather close it up to keep the freezing cold temperatures from causing damage to their hot tub. There are certain steps that should be taken to close your hot tub properly to keep it from becoming damaged in those freezing temperatures. See below for instructions on how to prepare your hot tub for winter.
- Turn Off. Turn off your hot tub at the circuit breaker, or unplug your hot tub if you can.
- Drain. Open the hot tub's cover and drain out at much water as you possibly can from the drain spout. You can also use a submersible pump and a hose if you have one. The water can be drained to your yard or to the road, but be careful not to flood your neighbor's yards.
- Air Out Lines. Turn on your hot tub's air blower to clear any remaining water out of the lines on the hot tub. This will help ensure any remaining water will not freeze in your hot tub.
- Wipe Out Hot Tub. Wipe the inside of your hot tub with a clean towel, a mop, or a shop vac to be sure all water is out of your hot tub. Clean out the filter cartridge compartment as well. Be sure the filter cartridge is free of water. Use your shop vac in this area.
- Replace Cover. Once the hot tub is completely drained and wiped clean, you can replace the cover. Be sure the cover is a properly fitting cover, to ensure that animals and debris cannot get into your hot tub. If you do not have a hard cover for your hot tub, you can use a piece of wood and a heavy tarp that you keep securely in place.
Closing your hot tub properly will ensure you will have it to enjoy year after year. Cleaning it properly when closing it will help make things easier when you want to open it again for use later as well. Hot tubs are expensive, as are repairs, due to freezing water in your lines, so be sure to maintain your hot tub properly.
If you do not feel comfortable closing your hot tub yourself, you can contact your local hot tub maintenance professional (from Kaupas Water) for help closing and even opening up your hot tub each season.