Hot Tub Maintenance Checklist

Hot tub maintenance doesn't require a lot of skill, but you do have to know what to do and when to do it. A hot tub is a substantial asset that you should take care of properly. The good news is that caring for and maintaining your hot tube is not an everyday chore. However, there are monthly and annual tasks that you must perform to keep it in good condition. Follow this maintenance checklist, and you'll do a lot to prevent damage and limit your costs for repairs.


Clean your filter on a monthly basis at minimum. There are several products on the market that you can buy to soak the filter in overnight and clean afterward. They should remove all dirt, grease, soap and oil from the filters. Clean your cartridges and grids the same way. While your filter soaks, put in a new filter. This allows you rotate your filters, which can help to make them last longer and work better.

Spa Covers

Prevent cracking of your polyvinyl chloride spa covers by treating them with a vinyl treatment product every once in a while. One product to try is 303 Protectant, which can be used on many things, such as on your car. It blocks harmful ultraviolet rays from damaging the top coat of the spa cover. Ultraviolet rays can also lead to a build up of mildew, which won't happen if you spray your spa cover with the right vinyl treatment product.


Draining your tub in a timely manner is a key part of hot tub maintenance.  Solids left in your hot tub will accumulate over time, such as salt and other contaminants. These non-organic solids are called Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and there are kits you can buy to test the levels in your hot tub. Use test strips to measure TDS levels, and drain your hot tub when TDS levels exceed 1,500 PPM. You can also watch for when the water gets dirty or cloudy and change it then. You might want to drain your hot tub during the winter months to keep it from getting damaged.

Flush Plumbing System

The plumbing system is also prone to dirt and contaminants getting stuck in it. If you don't clean your plumbing system, you'll soon regret it. Flush your plumbing and jets before you drain your hot tub to remove grime. For example, Spa System Flush is a non-toxic cleanser that you can use to pour down your pipes and hoses to remove deposits. There are other similar products that you can buy. The key is to make it part of your drainage routine, because you can't see the film and grime on the pipes. It's up to you to remember to flush your plumbing as part of your maintenance checklist. 

Hot tub maintenance is easy for the do-it-yourselfer when you have the right products. Find cleaners and treatments that are chemical free so that you don't damage your health or your hot tub.