Prepare Your Jacuzzi for Spring

As the year continues and the seasons change, you might find yourself eager to fully indulge in the relaxation of your hot tub. But is your hot tub ready? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the necessary steps you should perform to ensure your spa is clean, maintained, and ready for use!

Drain and Clean the Hot Tub

draining and cleaning a hot tub

The first step in preparing your Jacuzzi hot tub for spring is to drain and clean it. It’s recommended to drain and refill your hot tub about three to four times a year. A great way to remember this is to empty it with every change of the season. 

Once the water has been drained, you’ll want to use a mild hot tub surface cleaner to scrub built-up scum and scaling that may have formed on the shell throughout winter. Pay special attention to areas around the jets and the filter housing. 

Once you’ve effectively cleaned your hot tub, rinse it thoroughly with fresh water and vacuum out as much of this water as possible. 

Refill the Hot Tub and Balance the Chemicals

refilling hot tub

After your Jacuzzi® hot tub has been cleaned and rinsed, it’s time to refill it with fresh water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for filling your Jacuzzi. Once the hot tub is full, you’ll want to ensure the water is treated with the appropriate chemicals. Spa chemicals are vital in maintaining cleanliness and safety. Without them, algae and bacteria can grow inside your hot tub, clog your jets, and put bathers at risk of illness as well. 

To ensure your water is appropriately balanced, test the water with an at-home kit and ensure the pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels are within the recommended range. Make any necessary adjustments to balance them. Be sure to re-test before getting into the tub.

Check the Hot Tub Filter

Your hot tub filter is an essential component in your filtration system. However, with time and use, it can become clogged with debris and impurities. It’s important to clean and replace it on a regular basis to ensure maximum efficiency and longevity. Most hot tub filters need to be replaced annually, but you’ll want to check with your filter’s packaging or hot tub manual to know for sure. It’s a good idea to keep a spare filter on hand so that you can replace it as needed.

hot tub filter underwater with some leaves in water

Inspect the Hot Tub Cover

Your hot tub cover also plays an important role in helping keep your spa water clean. Not only does it keep leaves, insects, and other debris out, but it also helps maintain the temperature of the water and prevent evaporation. With the seasons changing, now is a good time to inspect your hot tub cover. Look for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or tears. Ensure the straps, locks, and hinges are intact and working well. Also, look for sagging, foul odors, or heaviness. This can mean your hot tub cover has become water-logged.

Test Your Hot Tub

Now for the fun part! Once you’ve completed all of the necessary steps to prepare your hot tub for spring, it’s time to test it out! Turn on the jets and allow the water to circulate for at least 20 minutes. Test the water temperature to ensure it’s comfortable for soaking and enjoy.

working jacuzzi spa with jets on

We hope these tips help you as you work to get your hot tub ready for spring, but if you need any help or are looking for other hot tub services, reach out to the team at WCI. We have two locations, including 109 East Avenue in Ames, and 3954 NW Urbandale Drive in Urbandale and we’d be happy to help with all your hot tub needs!