As winter approaches, hot tub owners across the country are starting to worry about the well-being of their beloved relaxation spots. With frosty mornings upon us already, it’s time to take action and protect your hot tub.
One of the major concerns over winter is freeze damage. If your hot tub freezes in the winter, it can cause serious damage to the pipes, pumps, and heater. Fortunately, with a bit of proactive care and maintenance, you can prevent freeze damage and enjoy your hot tub all year round.
We’ve put together a short checklist on everything you can do to best protect your hot tub this winter. This checklist will not guarantee the safety of your hot tub, and if you’re expecting to see an especially cold winter, or not planning on using your hot tub, we’d recommend winterising it, which you can find out more about at the bottom of this list.
Keep the Water Circulating
One of the simplest ways to prevent freeze damage is to keep the water in your hot tub circulating. When the water is constantly moving, it's less likely to freeze. Most modern hot tubs have a freeze protection system, which automatically turns on the circulation pump when the temperature drops. Make sure this system is activated as winter approaches.
Maintain a Consistent Temperature
It's often more energy-efficient to keep your hot tub heated throughout the winter rather than letting it cool down and having to reheat it, especially if you’re a regular user throughout the winter months The warm water will not only prevent freezing but also create a delightful contrast to the cold air, making your winter hot tub sessions even more enjoyable.
Inspect and Protect Your Pipes
Your hot tub's pipes are vulnerable to freezing, which can cause them to crack and lead to expensive repairs. Inspect your pipes regularly throughout the winter, making sure to pay attention to any signs of freezing or leaks. If your hot tub isn't located in a heated area, consider using pipe insulation to provide extra protection.
Use a Good-Quality Cover
A thermally insulated cover is a must-have for any hot tub owner during the winter. It will not only keep the heat in but also keep the cold out, helping to prevent any freezing damage. Ensure your cover is in good condition and fits your hot tub well. If it's worn out or doesn't fit correctly, it's worth investing in a new one.
Regularly Check the Water Level
If the water level in your hot tub gets too low, it can cause the heater and pump to fail, which will then allow the water to freeze. Make sure you check the water level regularly and top it up as necessary.
Winterise If Not in Use
If you're not planning on using your hot tub during the winter, or are expecting conditions where using one just isn’t practical, it might be worth considering winterising it. This process involves draining the water, cleaning the tub, and protecting it from the elements. Remember, though, once a hot tub is winterised, it's not meant to be used until you de-winterise it in the spring, so make your decision wisely.
By following these tips, you can protect your hot tub from freeze damage and ensure it's ready to use whenever you want a relaxing soak, even on the coldest winter days. With a bit of preventive care, winter can truly be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for hot tub owners.