If you’re a new hot tub owner, you may be surprised to learn that the cost of supplying your hot tub with fresh water can quickly add up.
Although hot tubs mostly run on re-circulated water, improper maintenance and care can result in hefty water fees in the long-run. Plus, failing to conserve water isn’t exactly eco-friendly.
Here, we’ll show you our top three tips for conserving hot tub water:
1. Keep your water clean.
2. Use your hot tub cover.
3. Watch out for cracks.
Read on to find out more about how you can stop wasting water and start cutting down on costs.
1. Keep Your Water Clean
The cleaner your water, the less often you’ll need to replace it. It’s as simple as that.
To ensure that your hot tub’s water is pure and clean, you’ll need to do two things. First, clean your filters regularly. Second, maintain proper chemical levels.
Here’s how to do both:
Clean Your Filters
To keep your filters clean, you’ll need to give them a thorough rinsing every two to four weeks, depending on how frequently you use your hot tub.
After removing the filter from its housing, simply spray it with a high-pressure hose. Make sure to get in between each pleat.
You’ll also need to either deep-clean or replace your filter every three to six months, depending on usage.
To deep clean your filter, soak it in a prepared cleaning solution, rinse it thoroughly and brush between each pleat.
However, we advise that you replace your filter instead of deep cleaning it.
It takes less time and is a simple way to ensure that your water is clean and your pump is unburdened.
Click here to read our in-depth guide on filter cleaning and replacement.
Maintain Proper Chemical Levels
By maintaining proper chemical levels, you’ll be able to keep your water clean and sanitary. This isn’t just good for water conservation — it’s also good for your health and hygiene.
Whether you’re using bromine, chlorine, a salt sanitation system or a mineral-based purifier, it’s essential that you regularly check its chemical and pH levels.
To do this, use test strips to measure your hot tub water’s pH, chemical, alkalinity and calcium levels. Then, adjust your chemicals as needed.
We recommend doing this at least once per week.
To learn more about maintaining your hot tub’s chemicals, read our Hot Tub Chemicals Guide.
2. Use Your Hot Tub Cover
You probably already know that a hot tub cover is a fantastic way to protect your hot tub from the elements and keep its water warm.
However, you may not realize that a hot tub cover can also help you conserve water by preventing unnecessary evaporation.
As a bonus, your hot tub cover can also prevent your chemicals from evaporating, meaning you’ll need to perform fewer adjustments.
To make the most of your hot tub cover, always make sure that it’s securely in place when the hot tub isn’t in use.
Don’t forget to clean and protect the hot tub cover itself.
Three to four times per year, clean it with a solution of mild dish soap dissolved in warm water. Once it’s dried, thoroughly wipe it down with a non-alcohol-based, oil-free vinyl protector.
3. Watch Out for Cracks
Even the smallest cracks can result in major leakage over time, meaning you’ll have to replenish your hot tub’s water supply more frequently.
To ensure that you won’t get blindsided by leaks, always keep an eye out for cracks in the hot tub’s exterior.
And, once every couple of months, look through your hot tub’s internal components to find any hidden cracks. To save time, you can do this when you replace your hot tub’s filter.
If you do spot a crack, don’t panic! You can easily repair small cracks yourself with an acrylic repair kit.
These can be purchased for about $20 from an online retailer or your local hardware store.
In the case of large cracks, you may want to consult a professional if you’re not up for a slightly bigger project.
By following all three of these tips, you’ll be able to significantly cut down on the amount of water you use over time. For that, both your wallet and the environment will thank you.