Hot Tub Info
Hot Tub Info
You’re looking for because you think you might like one of these beauties in your own yard, but you’re not sure what’s all involved in the care and maintenance of a hot tub…well, you’ve come to the right place.
I had a hot tub installed in my yard a couple of years ago, and I’ve been through some ups and downs with it. Overall though, I have to say that purchasing a hot tub for my backyard landscaping design was a great investment! Hopefully my experience, or lack of, will help you avoid some of the pitfalls of owning one yourself.
This should help you make a decision as to whether or not owning one is right for you.
Hot Tub Info – Hot Tub Installation
Buy it today, and be soaking in it tonight!!! Ha ha ha…if you believe that, I’ve got a couple more good stories for you! Let’s just say, that it’s not quite that simple. I have to say that I was little disappointed when I found out how many steps were involved before I would be soaking in my hot tub. When I bought the swimming pool and hot tub, I knew it would be awhile before I could swim in the pool, but I really thought I’d be soaking in that tub within a week of purchase! Let’s go through the steps to hot tub installation so you know exactly what to expect.
Hot Tub Info – Hot Tub Care
Personally, I find it MUCH easier to own a hot tub then a pool when you look at the amount of work that’s involved in regular maintenance and upkeep. Hot tub care is relatively easy, it can be handled by one person which is good – especially if you have a “lazy” partner…oh no, I did NOT just say that!! With the exception of winter care, you’ll find the standard maintenance part of owning a hot tub fairly straight forward.
Hot Tub Info – Hot Tub Cover Lift
If your going to have a hot tub, you definitely need to get a hot tub cover lift to go with it. Don’t wait several years after owning your hot tub like I did, either. Get one right away and enjoy the benefits!
Hot Tub Info – Winter Care
I didn’t have a lot of on winter care when I had my tub installed, and I’ve really experienced a few minor crises as a result.
First of all, can you keep your hot tub open all winter long?? Yes, and I highly recommend this!
This is some of the best advice I can give you. The winterizing procedure is not a given, and keeping that warm water pulsating through the tub all winter long will ensure you avoid any ice problems.
Besides, if you’ve never hot tubbed in the winter, you definitely need to try it. It’s delightful!
I believe it helps decrease instances of seasonal depression because it allows you to get outside in the sunshine, even if the temperature is below freezing.
Oh, and you should definitely try hot tubbing during a peaceful winter snowfall…so relaxing!
But I digress…let’s talk about the problems you can run into over the long, cold winter. If you have a gazebo, or some type of roof over your hot tub, then no problem! Hot tub all winter long and enjoy.
If you don’t have a gazebo, like me, then you’ll have to deal with the snow on top of the cover. Even after the snow gets removed, that cover can be quite heavy and cumbersome to open once it’s been covered with snow.
I know I’ve personally gotten lazy about using the hot tub because of this problem. As a matter of fact, I got lazy this last winter, which means that I never went out to check my tub.
Guess what happened? The power must have gone out, or the circuit breaker tripped for whatever reason, and the entire tub froze over.
That’s not a good thing, because as you know, water expands when it freezes, and with all of the tubes and chambers in which the water in a hot tub circulate, you don’t want any of those tubes expanding and cracking. Repair for such can be costly.
So right now I hold my breath and hope that my hot tub made it through the winter miraculously without any damage. I believe in miracles! I’ll keep you posted on that.
The other option you have is to release the water from the hot tub, make sure ALL of the water is out…every last little drop…and perhaps use some non-toxic anti-freeze in the bottom to prevent any freezing.
I followed this one year, and the tubes froze anyways. I ended up having to replace one of the “main veins” and it cost me about $900.
I really recommend keeping the hot tub full of hot water all winter long, and using it regularly so that you know it’s still working!
Be sure to check back often for more tidbits and “factoids” on the exciting journey of hot tub ownership.
Until then, I hope this has been helpful to you.
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