With all of the things that can go wrong with a product that has electric and water elements involved, the biggest cause of damage is actually negligence. Hot tubs and spas are now as durable as ever, with extended warranties available even on the electronic portions of the system. The biggest take away from that is that brands will continue to innovate, even though inflatable hot tubs are now as durable as the non-inflatable competitors. Because they are built to withstand such a beating, it can be easy to forget that even though there are a lot of self-maintaining measures built into the system that it still needs personal car from the owner.
That care doesn’t just stop at changing the water every so often, but can even be little things like remembering to put the hot tub cover on. With a few steps taken each day to ensure the continued maintenance of the hot tub, you can use and protect your purchase for years without having to worry about when to replace it. The examples below give you a good idea of how to take care of your inflatable hot tub.
Cleaning of Hot Tub
Just because the water from a distance looks like it is clean doesn’t mean that it is. After a while there could be a lot of materials in your water that you don’t want, so keeping the water clean and rotated is the first start to taking care of your inflatable hot tub. Bad water means that the filter system has to work overtime in order to remove all of the elements from the water that you don’t want. It also means that debris and other materials can get clogged up in your jets and prevent the hot tub from reaching its full potential.
In a worst case scenario these clogged up jets lead to actual physical damage that can’t be repaired and requires an entirely new hot tub. That situation would be a really big letdown for a hot tub that may be less than a year old. Whenever you drain the hot tub always spray it out fully and check for anything that may be clogging the insides. Giving the filter a good once over will not only help keep the water clean, but it will also prolong the life of the filter so you don’t have to worry about making an extra purchase. A well maintained filter can last an extra year longer with good care.
Hot Tub Sanitizing
Making sure that the water that is in the hot tub is clean and not harmful is another great tip to taking care of your hot tub. When people ask you how you treat your inflatable hot tub you should always tell them how sanitized water helps with the cleaning process. It prevents any buildup from taking place and makes the overall cleaning of the hot tub go a lot quicker and smoother.
The three best sanitizing methods are Chlorine, Bromine and Biguanide. Chlorine is the most popular and is used in the Dichlor form when put in a hot tub for sanitization. Bromine is an oxidizer dependent chemical that doesn’t gas off at temperatures above 98 degrees, and still costs the same as Chlorine. The new kid on the block, and increasing in popularity is Biguanide, and is the least abrasive of the two sanitizers mentioned. It is recommended to stay away from this one if you have an enzyme system though. These three chemicals are important to sanitizing your water so that both you and your hot tub filter have less work to do when cleaning.
Pouring water into a hot tub can be easy enough, but if you know that you want the temperature set at 104f why would you put the coldest water possible in it? Some consumers choose to put really cold water into a hot tub which in turn forces the heater to work overtime to get it at the correct temperature. On top of the cold water they also leave the top off during the heating process, leading the hot tub to take a full 48 hours to reach the desired temperature. The equivalent of that is baking a cake and leaving the oven door open, which of course would lead to horrible results. Taking care of the mechanics of your hot tub starts with not overtaxing them with too much of a workload. Putting at least room temperature water in while keeping the top on while it is heating will help out tremendously, and won’t work your heater to an early grave.
When your inflatable hot tub is deflated, and you don’t happen to have a case or box to put it in, then keeping it away from sharp objects while it is in that state will help out a lot. Your inflatable hot tub is actually more susceptible to damage when it is deflated, leaving a lot of probability for it ripping if it gets caught on something sharp. Pets also might be drawn to it, particularly cats that like to sink their claws into things that are new. The fun part about that is that a cats claws won’t really do it any harm, but if you happen to have a very energetic dog with a good set of teeth then things can turn out a lot different. Just general common sense measures when dealing with the deflated version of a hot tub helps, and in reality it really doesn’t require any special accommodations.
That just about does it with all the information you’ll need on how to treat your inflatable hot tub so it gives you years of great use. There really are no complicated steps when it comes to giving it the care it needs, and when you see the results after years of use you will be glad that you did it. Consumers will love their hot tubs if they take great care of the product during its lifetime.