After the recent blizzard, many have been wondering how such weather affects their outdoor hot tubs. For answers, we spoke with Long Island Hot Tub’s Director of Sales, Mike Berkowitz, who offered the following valuable tips.
“A hot tub is a valuable asset that is worth a little extra care in winter. In summer, if your water chemistry isn’t up to par, you can easily drain the hot tub and refill it. That’s not so easy to do in winter,” says Mike. “And another issue that doesn’t come up in summer is your spa’s plumbing lines won’t freeze. But if you follow the following tips, you’ll find it’s not all that difficult to maintain your hot tub in winter.”
Mike Berkowitz offers the following tips
to protect your spa:
1. After Snow Storms: First, when it snows, clear a path to your hot tub — not just so you can use your spa — but so you can maintain it during freezing or snowy weather;
2. Protect Spa Pipes: To keep pipes from freezing, once a week, check that the hot tub is running and make sure the water temp is at least above 90 degrees. (Note: In extreme cold temperatures, it is cheaper to maintain the temperature than letting it cool down and reheating it again.)
3. Spa Water Level: While checking its temperature and that it is running, also watch your spa’s water level. If the water gets too low, the pumps and heaters are affected by insufficient water, and this can contribute to freezing in spa’s plumbing lines;
4. Supply of Chemicals/Filters: If you enjoy using the hot tub regularly during cold weather/snow, when you first hear a storm is approaching, stock up on supplies of chemicals etc.;