How To Restart Your Hot Tub If You Haven't Used it in a Year

Have you left your hot tub sitting unused and neglected?  Do you have the urge to enjoy a nice soak in its warm, bubbling waters? Are you ready to restart your hot tub?

If so, here’s how to restart your hot tub after a long period of unuse:

The water in the hot tub is most likely old and teaming with bacteria. You must deal with it before you can use your spa. Chances are the filters and the electrical systems need some care before you start it up again, too.

If you’re ready to enjoy your spa again, follow these steps to make sure your water is safe and clean and in the best shape for your use.

Before You Restart The Hot Tub

First, you need to turn off all the power going to the hot tub. Consider completely cutting the power to the hot tub area.

Electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. We don’t want any accidents while getting your hot tub ready to go.

1. Drain the Hot Tub

Drain the old water that has been sitting in the tub for a while.

Over time, stagnate water begins to grow its own colonies of bacteria just waiting to make you sick. So, drain the water to get rid of the bacteria.

2. Flush the Hot Tub Jets

You could flush the jets before you drain it. But you’ll do a better cleaning job if you drain and refill it with new water.

Use high quality jet and drain cleaner and allow the jets to run long enough for the cleaner to do its job.

Once this is complete, drain the hot tub again.

3. Clean the Cover, Inside Shell and Outside Cabinet

Get a soft cloth and your hot tub shell cleaner. Wipe down the cover and the shell to get rid of any algae and dirt. This may take a bit of elbow grease as you scrub the sides and the bottom.

Take your time and be sure you hit every part of your hot tub before going further.

4. Remove and Clean Your Filters

While the hot tub is drained, remove the filters to see if they need cleaning or replacing. If they don’t look like they need cleaning, do it anyway just to be safe.

Soak them overnight in a filter cleaner and then rinse them off. Give them another look to make sure they don’t need replacing.

5. Wait for Your Hot Tub to Dry

Once it has dried, inspect it for cracks, stains, mildew and other damage.

Dampness may disguise damage. Visually inspect your spa when it’s dry to look for potential issues.

6. Check the Wiring

If your hot tub hasn’t been used in a wile, consider giving the electrical systems a good check before you refill. If you don’t know much about electrical systems, call a qualified electrician to be safe.

7. Refill the Hot Tub

At last, refill your hot tub with water, turn it on and add your chemicals including the sanitizer. Allow the jets to circulate the chemicals through the water.

Test to make sure the sanitizer, pH, Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness levels are good. If all that checks out, you are ready to enjoy a nice, long soak.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes life gets too busy to use your hot tub. Don’t despair. Tomorrow is a new day. So, when you’re ready to use your hot tub again, it might need a little extra attention.

In just a few short days, and some hard work, you can transform your hot tub into the spa of your dreams. So what are you waiting for?

Get out there and get it back in shape so you can enjoy it once again.

You can do most of the steps listed here yourself. But, if you don’t feel comfortable with any part of the process, don’t be afraid to call Fiesta Pools and Spas. We are always here to help!

Happy Soaking!

Source material: Swim University