It’s winter time and if you’re going to be taking a break from using your hot tub, you’d better know how to winterize your hot tub properly. Sure, you can hire a professional to winterize your hot tub for you, but you’d be wasting at least a couple hundred of dollars for something you could easily do yourself. It will cost you much less if you decide to do it yourself!
First, you need to get a better idea on how you can drain your own specific hot tub. We would recommend calling the producers of your specific spa and asking them just to be sure. The following is a general overview of how to winterize your hot tub, but make sure you do your research on your own spa before getting started.
When you’re ready to begin, try and pick a day when the temperature is a little bit warmer outside to reduce the chances of any water freezing. First, you will want to pour two cups of bleach directly in the spa water. This will help kill any bacteria that is left in your hot tub. Then, let the jets run for an hour to cycle through the bleach. After that, turn off the power to your spa completely, and get ready to drain it.
Use a pump or drainage hole in order to empty your spa, and then while you’re waiting for it to drain, you can remove all of the water jet fittings. Then, remove the valves and cartridges and store everything inside. Once everything is removed and your spa is drained, get to cleaning that shell.
Now, you need to drain the water lines. There are multiple water lines inside of your spa, and you can simply use a shop vac to get everything out. You can start with the central water line, and then work your way into the other lines until you are certain you have removed all of the water. Make sure to vacuum the water as quickly as possible from the spa and repeat this process a second time.
To finish everything, make sure to vacuum from the jet openings inside of the spa as well. Once you’re sure you have removed as much of the water as possible, add ½ cup of antifreeze in each jet opening until antifreeze comes out of the drains. The process will take up to four gallons of antifreeze to complete.
That’s it. You’re done now and you’ve saved yourself a couple hundred dollars! Make sure to cover that spa with a winter cover and enjoy yourself until spring.