How often Should I Drain a Hot Tub?

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A great question that new or even seasoned hot tub owners wonder is:

How Often Should I Drain a Hot Tub?

Here is what we recommend at Spring Dance Hot Tubs:

If you’re on the ACE Salt Water System

Drain your spa every 6-9 months

If you’re using BaquaSpa

Drain your spa every 3-4 months

Any other Chemical System (chlorine-bromine based)

Drain your spa every 4-6 months depending on usage

 

For answers to other common hot tub questions, download our Quick Tips for Hot Tub Care Guide

 

Help! I have Cloudy Hot Tub Water

Cloudy Hot TubIs your hot tub water cloudy? Even after you recently drained & refilled your spa?

Cloudy Hot Tub Water is usually caused by two things:

  1. Water that is out of balance
  2. Bacteria in the water.

Try these steps for cloudy hot tub water:

  • Test your water balance (Test in this order: Total Alkalinity, pH and Calcium Hardness) Adjust as necessary
  • Test the sanitizer level in your hot tub (This may be Chlorine, Bromine or Baqua Sanitizer depending on the system you are using) and make sure it is in the recommended range. If the sanitizer level is low, increase until it is in the recommended range & wait 24 hours to see if the hot tub cloudiness disappears.
  • If your water is still cloudy, add 2 TBSP of oxidizer (Only for Salt/Chlorine/Bromine water care systems) & run the jets with your cover open for 20 minutes. Wait 24 hours to see if the water clears up.
  • If your water is still cloudy it is most likely caused by hair gel, lotion, make-up, sunscreen etc. that is transferred off your body & into the water. Add a few squirts of a Water Clarifying product to the water. Run the tub with all the jets on as often as possible. Wait 24 hours and the water should be clear.

If your hot tub continues to be cloudy, we recommend having your water tested professionally. If you’re in the Philadelphia or South Jersey area, contact one of our 3 hot Tub showrooms for a water test!


Cleaning a hot tub: Using the Spa Vac

Do you know how you can get stones or grit stuck at the bottom of your hot tub that are really difficult to clean? Enter the Spa Vac! Check out this How-to video showing how easy cleaning a hot tub is using the Spa Vac:

This great hot tub vacuum is sold in our online store. You won’t hate cleaning your hot tub with this vac!

Check it out: Hot Tub and Spa Vac

 


How to Clean a hot tub

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Nothing feels better than a clean hot tub!

Here are some tips on how to clean a hot tub & get it in TOP SHAPE for the soaking season:

1. Purge your Spa:

Before Draining, put a Spa Purge agent into your hot tub to clean out bacteria from the plumbing lines. We like Clean Start by Silk Balance or Spa Purge by Natural Chemistry

2. Drain your hot tub:

Remember to turn off the power to your hot tub first! Follow our handy guide on How to Drain a Hot Tub

3. Clean & Sanitize the surface of your spa:

A soft rag or a nylon scrubber should easily remove most dirt on your hot tub shell. Pay special attention to the water lines where sticky build-up can occur. We recommend cleaning the inside of your hot tub with a solution that does not create suds and is not abrasive. For hard-to-clean stains, try a surface cleaner like one made by BaquaSpa or Brilliance for spas. After cleaning, rinse the hot tub througly to get rid of any cleaning solution residue.

4. Clean your hot tub Pillows:

Remove your pillows from the spa. (Be careful as your pillows might be fastened with a plastic screw!) Body oils can be removed with a mild soap and water solution. ALWAYS rinse off the spa pillows thoroughly to remove any soap residue.

5. Clean & Protect Your Cover:

  • Remove your hot tub cover from the spa and spray the cover with a hose to loosen any dirt & debris.
  • Use a very mild soap solution (try one teaspoon dishwashing liquid with two gallons of 3. water), or baking soda along with a large sponge or soft bristle brush & scrub the top of the vinyl in a circular motion.
  • Do not let the vinyl dry with a soap film on it before it can be rinsed clean.
  • Scrub the cover’s perimeter and side flaps. Rinse clean with water.
  • Rinse off the underside of the cover with water only (use no soap), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.
  • To condition & protect your cover, apply 303 Vinyl Protectant.

Take note of any rips & tears in the vinyl of your cover as these issues can cause loss of heat to your hot tub. Check out our Cover Check-up List to see if it’s time to replace your cover.

6. Clean the exterior cabinet:

Wipe down your cabinet, spraying it with a mild cleanser made from soap & water to remove any stains & residue. Spray 303 Vinyl Protectant on your cabinet to make it shine like new again! Nothing makes a cabinet look better than 303!

7. Clean your Filters:

Depending on the type of Hot Tub you have, your filter requires different care & cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual for proper care, or read up on the most common filter care for the hot tubs we carry.

Happy Hot-Tubbing!

How to Drain a hot tub

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Beautifully cleaned hot tub!

With the summer BBQ season upon us, now is the perfect time to drain & clean your hot tub for the summer season. But wait! How DO you drain a hot tub? Your hot tub (most likely) has a built-in drainage feature! This post will cover the brands we carry in our Hot Tub Showrooms, so consult your owner’s manual if you don’t have one of the following models:

Hot Spring Highlife & Limelight Series    Caldera Spas
Hot Spot & Caldera Vacanza Series      Sundance Spas

 

Before draining & cleaning your hot tub, make sure to turn the power off to your spa!

 

Hot Spring Collection (Highlife and Limelight models)

  • Facing the main controls of your hot tub, you should see a drain cap at the bottom of the spa. Remove the cap & you’ll see a hose nozzle/valve.
  • Screw your garden hose onto the nozzle
  • There is a small knob on the drain valve that you can turn to start the flow of water, which drains by gravity
  • Hot Spring Highlife Spas only: When the water is almost completely drained, unthread the cap on the secondary drain to any remaining water.
  • Once the water is drained, turn the knob off, remove your garden hose & screw the drain cap(s) back on.

Hot Spot and Caldera Vacanza Series

  • Remove the front panel of your hot tub (that’s the panel underneath your main controls)
  • Locate the drain cap. Lift white drain hose above the water level (requires cutting plastic tie the first time).
  • Unscrew and remove the drain cap.
  • Attach drain hose to garden hose and direct to an appropriate draining area. (Maintain hose below water line.)
  • Once the water is drained, remove your garden hose  & put the drain cap back in place.
  • Replace the hot tub cabinet panel.

Caldera Spas

  • Locate the main drain valve for your spa (check the left hand corner of the front of your spa)
  • Pull on the handle until you reach the mid position. Once there rotate the handle slightly to fully extend the drain tube. Then remove the drain cap.
  • Attach a garden hose to the end of the drain
  • Push the garden hose and drain tube half-way back towards the spa. This will start the flow of the water
  • unscrew black cap, screw nozzle, gently pull hose out of the nozzle to open up the flow of water
  • When the water is drained, pull & remove the garden hose, replace the drain cap & push drain tube back into spa!

Sundance Spas 880 & 780 Series

  • Locate the 3″ gray drain valve cap on side of the hot tub cabinet. Unscrew drain valve cap to expose the underlying male garden hose fitting
  • Attach female garden hose end to drain fitting and route opposite end of garden hose away from hot tub
  • Pull outward on garden hose end at drain connection (approx. 3/8″) to open drain valve and release water from hot tub
  • After hot tub has drained, close drain valve by pushing inward on garden hose end at drain connection until you feel it bottom out.
  • Remove garden hose and install gray drain cap before refilling hot tub.

 

Extra Tip: The quickest way to drain a hot tub is with a submersible pump. This small pump is something you can get at any hardware store & will drain your hot tub quickly. Once you get down to the bottom of the spa, there will be water left that you’ll have to remove manually as the pump can’t remove all the water, but it does a great job!

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning Tips!

With the change of seasons you’re cleaning your windows, your car & that back closet in the basement you haven’t entered in years, so don’t forget about your hot tub!

Here are a few Spring Cleaning Tips to get your hot tub in TOP Shape for the season:

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning

1. Purge your Spa: Before Draining, put a Spa Purge agent into your hot tub to clean out bacteria from the plumbing lines. We like Clean Start by Silk Balance or Spa Purge by Natural Chemistry

2. Drain your hot tub: Remember to turn off the power to your hot tub first!

3. Clean the surface of your spa: Paying special attention to the water lines where sticky build-up can occur. Don’t forget to wipe down your pillows too! We recommend cleaning the inside of your hot tub with a solution that does not create suds and is not abrasive. Use this solution with a soft rag. For hard-to-clean stains, try a surface cleaner like one made by BaquaSpa or Brilliance for spas. After cleaning, rinse the hot tub thoroughly to get rid of any cleaning solution residue.

4. Clean & Protect Your Cover: Take note of any rips & tears in the vinyl of your cover as these issues can cause loss of heat to your hot tub. Check out our Cover Check-up List to see if it’s time to replace your cover. Protect your cover with 303 Vinyl Protectant.

5. Clean the exterior cabinet: Wipe down your cabinet with a mild cleanser. Hot Tip: Spray 303 Vinyl Protectant on your cabinet to make it look new again! Nothing makes a cabinet look better than 303!

6. Clean your Filters: Depending on the type of Hot Tub you have, your filter requires different care & cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual for proper care, or read up on the most common filter care for the hot tubs we sell at Spring Dance.

Following these 6 tips will ensure your hot tub is ready for use all season! If you don’t have the patience or time to worry about Spring Cleaning your hot tub, contact us to Schedule Hot Tub Maintenance.

 

How to stop Hot Tub Foaming

This is NOT good!

Ever notice you’re sitting in your hot tub and it’s starting to resemble a bubble bath? While kids LOVE hot tub foaming, most people over the age of 10 do not!

Foam is USUALLY caused by the introduction of somethign “foreign” to the water. That can be many things:

  • Residue from shampoo or hair gel
  • Left-over body products & lotions on your skin
  • Foaming can even be caused from laundry detergent left in your bathingsuit or cotton T-shirt

Your hot tub owner’s manual will probably suggest you get a shower before getting IN your hot tub! No one actually thinks that’s practical so here are a few tips we’ve found that work:

Don’t wash your bathing suit (especially if it’s cotton!)
Or if you do, don’t wash it very often. Rinsing your suit after use should dilute the sanitizer that got on your suit while soaking (Or just hot tub in the nude, whatever works!)

Wear your hair up off your neck
If you have long hair, it’s best to keep it out of the water since your hair is probably full of product that can cause foaming!

Don’t put lotion on your skin right before hot-tubbing
If you put lotion on in the morning & hot-tub at night, most likely the lotion won’t effect the water. If you can, wait until after you use your spa before putting lotions or oil onto your skin!

If you’re pretty careful about what goes onto your body or bathing suit and STILL still have hot tub foaming, check to make sure your pH & calcium hardness are balanced. High pH can cause foaming as well as low calcium hardness! After you balance your water, you might not see a difference in your water for 24-48 hours.

Correcting a foamy hot tub
Products like Hot Tub Foam Disperser DO help eliminate some of the foam, but know that if you add too much, the problem will just worsen & you’re best to just dump your water & start fresh!

Happy Hot-Tubbing!

Hot Tip: Hot Tub Pillow Care

hot tub pillow careDoes this pillow look familiar!? Have your pillows changed colors, torn or started to fall apart!?

Hot Tub pillows really take a beating. They’re just in your hot tub, minding their own business & then BOOM- hot tub chemicals get throw in the water. That’s always a good thing, but if too much chemical enters the water, after the bacteria is eaten, your pillows get attacked. To stop your pillows from turning into that lovey picture shown here try these few tips:

  • Always let your hot tub “breathe” after throwing chemicals into the water- leave the cover open & run the jets for 15-20 minutes
  • Remember to close your cover when your hot tub is not in use– especially on those sunny days. Prolonged exposure to sun will fade your pillows or even cause them to shrink slightly.
Happy Pillows make a Happy Hot Tub!

It’s Fall! Time to clean that Hot Tub!

We think the best part about the chilly season ahead is relaxing in a warm hot tub while the air around you is brisk and cool (although, I’ll admit, I like it more than warm- 102-104 degrees is best for me!) On the other hand, the worst part about the chilly season is cleaning your spa in the cold!

Why not do a thorough hot tub cleaning NOW so that you can enjoy the cold season without worrying about going out into 10 degree weather and scrubbing down your hot tub shell (because let’s face it- you’re not going to do that. So you’ll probably just end up avoiding your hot tub all winter long- NO FUN!)

Last fall we introduced this Fall Hot Tub checklist. We’ve updated it a bit with some new tips:

  • Drain your hot tub water and before you do, run a Spa Purge through the water to get rid of any build up.
  • Clean or replace your filters
  • Clean & scrub down your hot tub shell
  • Clean your hot tub pillows
  • Clean your Spa Cover and condition it with our 303 vinyl protectant product!
  • Check to make sure your all 4 cover locks aren’t brittle or broken. If they are, it might be a good time to replace them! Or take our Cover Check-Up test to see if it’s time for a new cover.

If you know you aren’t going to use your hot tub during the chilly months, you may want to consider winterizing your spa. Having this done professionally by our service department will ensure your spa won’t freeze when the weather dips below 32 degrees.

Download our Hot Tub Housekeeping Instructions document for more detailed Fall cleaning instructions!

You may be the type of person who wants NOTHING to do with draining & cleaning a hot tub. If so, you’re in luck! We’ve partnered with David Decker (a former employee) to offer our customers a great deal on “Drain & Cleans” for your hot tub. If you have David come out to your home, he will:

  • Completely drain the hot tub water
  • Clean & sanitize the entire hot tub shell
  • Clean and treat the cabinet
  • Clean and condition the spa cover
  • Refill the spa
  • Start up & balance the chemicals

Plus, David will pick up and deliver any chemicals or filters you need at no extra cost! Make sure to mention you are a Spring Dance customer when you call him to get a quote for your spa!

Phone #: 267-421-4371
OR
E-mail him at: moc.l1418919374iamg@1418919374gnina1418919374elCre1418919374kceD1418919374

Let David do the work to get your hot tub
in top condition for the chilly months ahead!

Silk Balance: Instructions for Use

We recently introduced Silk Balance through our blog, on our website and via e-mail to our customer base (Are you on our email list? Join our Monthly E-Newsletter today) and it’s been flying off our shelves!
Have you tried it? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

We’ve updated our instructions & changed them slightly- you can find download Silk Balance Instructions here. (NOTE: These instructions are for hot tubs with circulation pumps only! If your tub does not have a circulation pump or you are unsure if it does, please contact us for instructions!)

Sign up with our Auto-Ship program and we’ll send you a new bottle of Silk Balance every 15 weeks with free shipping! Plus you’ll save on each bottle of Silk! Sign up here

Remember if you are switching to Silk Balance from another water care system, you need to Purge your Hot tub with Clean-Start Purging Agent.

If you are using Silk Balance, how do you like it? Have you noticed a difference in the way the water feels or how your skin feels after soaking?  Leave us comments and questions below!

Ready to start with Silk? Buy your first bottle of Silk Balance here!