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How to Empty A Hot Tub?

While most of us would prefer to simply soak and relax in a hot tub, some of us have a need to learn the ins and outs of how they work and what needs to be done to keep them properly maintained. To appease the latter group, we’ve put together an article concerning hot tub deep cleaning. In this post you’ll learn how to empty a hot tub and the steps involved in a deep cleaning.

When to Empty A Hot Tub

How often your hot tub should be emptied and given a deep cleaning depends on how much use it’s getting and the type of cleaning system that it’s equipped with. A moderately used hot tub that uses chlorine or bromine as a sanitizer should be emptied and fully cleaned every three or four months. Those who have a saltwater system, on the other hand, may only need to empty and clean their hot tub once a year.

How to Empty A Hot Tub?

The biggest concern when emptying a hot tub should be knowing where all that water will go. Without careful consideration it’s very easy to flood your basement or your neighbour’s yard. If you have access to a storm drain, running a hose from the hot tub drainage spigot to the drain would be ideal. If you’re letting the water drain into your yard, ensure that it will be able to deal with all that water.

If the water chemistry of your hot tub has been properly maintained it shouldn’t cause any serious problems for your lawn or garden. Just make sure that you’ve allowed the water to cool enough to prevent it from overheating your greenery. You should also ensure that the soil isn’t already waterlogged. If it is you could end up with an inadvertent pond.

Depending on the size of your hot tub it should take about an hour to empty using the drainage spigot. You can significantly speed up this process by using a submersible pump. Regardless of which method you’re using, make sure to switch off the power to the hot tub at the breaker box. Running the water pump without any water can cause it to be damaged.

Use the outflow hose to direct the water to the drain or the area where you want the water to go. If it isn’t long enough you might be able to attach a garden hose for extra length. Once the hose is in place open the valve. If your hot tub has a secondary valve to empty the plumbing, open it after the majority of the water has been drained from the main tank.

Cleaning the Water Filters

Water filters should be deep cleaned whenever the hot tub is being drained. This means removing them from their housing and soaking them in an approved cleaning solution. If you have ceramic water filters you may be able to run them through the dishwasher. Make sure to rinse the water filters properly before placing them back in the housings.

Cleaning the Hot Tub Shell

Many household cleaners are too abrasive for use on a hot tub shell, so it’s important to only use approved cleaning solutions. After wiping down the shell, give it a good rinsing with fresh water.

Refilling the Hot Tub

Many hot tubs have a fill pipe to help prevent airlocks from occurring during the refilling process . If your hot tub has one, make sure to use it. This will reduce the chances of bubbles getting into the system and causing problems.

Now that you’ve learned more about how to empty a hot tub and what it takes to perform a deep cleaning, download a free buyer’s guide for more information.

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