When the snow starts falling, it can be difficult to know what to do with your spa, especially if you've never had to winterize one before. Many people leave their spas up and running during the winter. However, it can get quite expensive to heat the water in your spa when it's freezing outside. If you've decided to shut down your spa for the winter, here are some simple steps that will make the process go smoothly.
Start by Tossing Out the Filters
If you're going to be closing shop on your spa for the winter, you'll need to start by tossing out the filters. Open up the filter compartments and remove the filters. Go ahead and toss them in the trash. You'll want fresh filters when spring arrives. Once the filters are removed, you'll be able to clean the compartments during the next step.
Give it a Good Cleaning
Your spa is going to be closed up for several months, so you'll want to make sure it's clean. Begin by draining the water from your spa. Once it's drained, use a mild cleanser to clean the inside of the spa. Be sure to get around the jets and inside the grooves of the seating areas. Rinse the spa well and drain it again. To make sure all the water is out of the spa, use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of all the residual water. Dry the spa with a soft cloth.
Clear the Air from the Jets
Next, you'll need to make sure that all the water is out of the jets and the air blower. With the water disconnected from the spa, turn your air blower on for about 45 seconds. That will allow all the water to clear from the blower. Next, reverse the action on your wet/dry vacuum, so that it blows air. Place the hose up against each of your jets so that the air from the vacuum can push the water out. Your jets and your air blower are now safe from freezing temperatures.
Open the Pipes
Once you've drained the spa, and cleaned it thoroughly, you'll need to make sure that any residual water is removed from the pipes. If you have any water left in the pipes, it could freeze and cause serious damage during the winter. To avoid that, you'll want to loosen the fittings on all your spa pipes. This will allow all the water to drain to the ground. Go ahead and leave the fittings loose throughout the winter. Be sure to tighten them once warm weather arrives.
Contact a company, like Anchor Pools & Spas, for more help.