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10 Easy Tips for Spa Owners


In this post, we are going to share our top ten tips for all you new (or not so new) spa owners. Owning a spa is an amazing luxury, but your spa can quickly become a headache if you don’t know how to take care of it.

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  1. Maintain Good Water Chemistry
  2. Keep The Spa Filters Clean
  3. Keep Your Spa Covered
  4. Replace Your Spa Water
  5. Prepare Your Spa for Freezing Temperatures
  6. Don’t Ignore Leaks
  7. Don’t “Eye-Ball” Your Water Chemistry
  8. Don’t Use Bleach
  9. Don’t Use Your Mobile Devices While You Soak
  10. Don’t Leave Electrical Components Exposed

10 Tips – Get The Most Out Of Your Spa

From the start, spas and hot tubs have been known for being complexed and high-maintenance. Our hope is to give you 10 tips on how you can make owning a spa an easy and enjoyable thing. You can spend less time and money repairing your spa, and more time soaking in your little piece of relaxation heaven. Read ahead for more details on our list of 10 Tips for Spa Owners.

Maintain good water Chemistry

Maintaining good water chemistry is a vital part of owning a spa. Be sure you check the chemical balance before using the spa so that you can make small adjustments as needed. See our other post “Water Chemistry Tips and Best Practices” for more information on Water Chemistry.

Keep The Spa Filters Clean

Keeping your spa filters clean is important because it can directly affect the operation of your spa. For example, if your spa’s filters get dirty and clogged, the high-limit switch will trip and shut down the spa. If this happens during below-freezing temperatures, you could experience serious damage to your spa. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to properly cleaning your spa’s filters check out our blog post: The Best Way to Clean Your Spa Filters.

Keep Your Spa Covered

If your spa water is exposed to the elements you for long periods, you run the risk of wasting electricity (money) due to poor heat retention. You are also running the risk of allowing debris and insects into your spa. If debris and insects get into your spa’s plumbing, it can destroy various components in your spa, like your circulation pump, heater, or jet pump.

Replace Your Water

It is recommended that you replace your spa water about once a quarter (or more depending on how often you use the spa). Neglecting this could lead to component damage, skin irritation, and algae build up in your spa.

Prepare Your Spa for Freezing Temperatures

If you know you will not be using your spa during the winter seasons, you will need to winterize your spa. If you don’t, you run the risk of freeze damage, which leads to very expensive plumbing repairs. for more detailed information on winterizing your spa, check out our post about Winterizing Your Spa.

Don’t Ignore Leaks

One of the most annoying parts of spa ownership is when your spa springs a leak. The best thing you can do when this happens is to call a professional to come and do the repair. If you would like to tackle this task yourself, just be repaired to do some hard work. Fixing a leak can involve flipping the spa on its side, digging through lots of insulation foam, and repairing complex plumbing setups. If you are looking for some useful tips on fixing a leak in your spa, check out our post on How to Fix a Leaking Spa.

Don’t “Eye-Ball” Your Water Chemistry

You should only add chemicals to your spa water after you have measured the chemical balance. Adding too many or too few water treatment products to your spa can harm you and the spa. Make sure you keep your water chemistry dialed in.

Don’t Use Bleach

Believe it or not, we have encountered people who use bleach instead of chlorine. We recommend not doing this as it can damage spa components as well as your skin!

Don’t Use Your Mobile Devices While You Soak

This one is just common sense. Water and electronics do not mix! Use your soaking time as an opportunity to unplug and relax. Our brains are more stimulated than ever with the rise of social media, text messages, youtube videos, and the list goes on… When you want to get some real rest, the best thing to do is de-stimulate your brain, and leaving your smartphone behind is a great help in accomplishing real rest.

Don’t Leave Electrical Components Exposed

Make sure you keep the equipment compartment sealed when you are not working on a repair. Leaving components exposed can lead to rodent damage, water damage, and leaks. Another obvious reason is electrocution. HotSpring Spas can supply up to 240 Volts of electricity to a single component. That is enough power to do some serious harm. You should always put your and your family’s safety first by keeping any electrical components covered.

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We hope you found these 10 tips helpful! If you need any technical help fixing or setting up your HotSpring Spa please give out technicians a call at 805-541-9000. Our technical assistance is FREE and available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Our goal here at Backyard Plus is to help save you money by avoiding costly service calls for repairs that you can easily do yourself!

If you are looking for HotSpring Spa replacement parts or water care products for your spa, we have what you need!

For more helpful tips and How-To Videos, visit our Videos page!

Thanks for reading!

If there are any topics you would like to learn about pertaining to your HotSpring Spa, please let us know.

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