There are a few reasons why you might want to drain your hot tub. You either just bought it or have had it for a while and want to do some maintenance, like cleaning the filter or changing out the water. You might also be draining your tub because it’s cloudy or smelly, or because the water level is low.

In any case, keeping your hot tub clean and functioning properly is critical to ensuring that you have a safe, enjoyable experience. Keep reading to find out why and how you can do it.

Why Do I Need to Drain My Hot Tub?

You need to drain your hot tub so that it can be cleaned and sanitized, as well as prevent the buildup of bacteria and chemicals. When you fill a new spa or install a new filter system, these units need to be properly broken in before they can start working efficiently. A good way of doing this is by draining your spa at least once every year. This also makes sure that there is no dirt or debris left inside when you’re filling up again.

Signs You Need to Drain Your Hot Tub

  • As a best practice, it’s a good idea to drain your hot tub every few months, to avoid any bacteria buildup or contamination.
  • If your water is beginning to look foamy, cloudy, or discolored, and antifoam solution doesn’t work, it’s time to drain and refill your hot tub.
  • If you notice an unusual smell coming from your hot tub, chances are you’re overdue for a hot tub drain and refill.

How Should I Safely Drain My Hot Tub?

The first step to draining your hot tub is to check the user manual and manufacturer’s information. They may have specific instructions on how to drain the spa, or they may just recommend that you do a thorough cleaning and sanitization every month or two.

Next, remove all of the filters from their housings and place them in a bucket filled with water and 1/2 cup of bleach for 30 minutes before washing them in warm water (do not use hot water). If there’s any biofilm buildup in the filter housing itself, pour in a pipe cleaning solution to clean it out and let the jets run for about 30 minutes.

After that, connect a garden hose to your hot tub’s drain valve, using an adapter if necessary (some spas come equipped with one). The garden hose will drain the water out of the tub to your desired location, so make sure to find a good place for the water to drain.

You can also use a submersible pump or another type of pump designed specifically for draining pools and spas, depending on what kind of setup you have.

Now that you know the ins and outs of draining your hot tub, you should be prepared to do it when necessary. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of doing this once or twice a year just to keep things running smoothly. If you want more information about how often you should drain and refill your hot tub, feel free to get in touch with Spa Tech! Check out our online store, or contact us today to get started.

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