5 Things Every Hot Tub Owner Needs to Know

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The benefits of a hot tub are undeniable. They provide relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mood. In addition to all these incredible perks, they also help your body stay healthy! 

The more you know about the maintenance requirements for it though, the better off you’ll be in the long run. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five things every hot tub owner needs to know. We’ll also mention how to fix a leak for hot tubs so you can get the most out of your investment.

Things every hot tub owner needs to know

Hot tub owners are always looking for ways to improve the enjoyment of their hot tub.

Below, find some of the most common questions asked by hot tub owners and answers to those questions.

How much does electricity cost per hour?

Hot tubs are known for their soothing and relaxing effects, but it’s important to know how much electricity costs. 

In general, electricity costs per hour vary depending on the brand of hot tub, size, and model. But, on average, expect to pay between $0.20 and $0.50 per hour with an electric heater or $15-25 for gas heaters. It means that a hot tub can cost between $50 and $250 each month if you don’t have a control panel or around $200-500 per month for those with it.

How to avoid electrical shocks?

This is probably the most common fear of hot tub owners, especially if they have small children. It’s important to know that there is a primary source of danger when it comes to electricity and water – electric shock due to a faulty ground fault interrupter.

To avoid this, you should always check your electrical system periodically to make sure the ground fault interrupters are working properly. Most hot tub owners can do all of their maintenance work on these systems, and it only takes about 30 minutes per year to maintain them correctly. The key is finding a qualified electrician who can handle the job if you need assistance with repairs.

How to drain and refill a hot tub?

This process is not complicated, but it might take a little time, depending on the size of your hot tub. You will need to do this at least once per year to avoid many problems that can come with having stagnant water sitting in your hot tub for too long. 

The first step you’re going to want to complete before draining and refilling your hot tub is to make sure the water level in it is down, and you can see all of the equipment beneath. 

Then, if any jets need draining (usually located at floor level), open up these valves one by one using a wrench or pliers on hand. You will be able to tell when they’re all open because the water will stop coming out of them, and you’ll be able to see the valves.

After all, jets are drained, go back up top and turn on your hot tub. You may notice that there are still some air pockets in it at this point which will cause it to make a loud noise while draining; these can usually be fixed by using the drain button on your hot tub, but if not you can pop them yourself manually.

Once all of this is done and the water has drained out completely, move to the next step which will be refilling it with fresh water. You’ll need about 100 gallons per every 500 gallons of your hot tub. Make sure you get rid of any air pockets and replace them with water before putting in the chemicals required to keep your hot tub clean and safe for use.

What chemicals should I add when refilling my hot tub with water?

When refilling the hot tub, it’s a good idea to add water purification chemicals. These can be purchased from any home improvement store and are usually inexpensive. They should contain chlorine or bromine, which will sanitize your hot tub as well as prevent bacteria growth in the filter cartridge. You might also want to add a clarifier to your water which helps remove dirt and dust particles.

Don’t forget to use a hot tub cover when you’re not using the hot tube! This will help control the amount of heat loss and also prevent debris from falling into the water while it’s closed off.

The last thing that should be added is algaecide which prevents the growth of algae. This is usually sold as a separate chemical or combined with another hot tub water purification container.

How to fix a leak in a hot tub?

When it comes to fixing a leak in your hot tub, there are some common methods. All of these can be done by the average person with no special tools or training required! 

  • The first method is to use a water pump and replace the seal of your hot tub. 

This works for some leaks but can’t fix all types of damage. You may need to drill into or cut through the top layer if this doesn’t work.

  • Another way to go about fixing a leak in your spa/hot tub is to use a patching material. 

This requires filling the hot tub with water and then using a mixture of chemicals that reactivates the vinyl or fiberglass materials, making them sturdy again!

  • If you don’t want to spend any money on fixing your leak, there’s always good ole duct tape! For some reason, it works on everything!

Summary

If you are thinking about owning a hot tub, the only thing stopping you might be some common misconceptions. The following article post dispels those myths and provides useful information for beginners. It’s an invaluable resource if you’re looking for a hot tub.

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