to Properly Winterize your Hot Tub/Spa:
Most damage that occurs to a Hot tub/spa is
due to improper winterization. The damage that can be done
because of freezing/cracking is very costly to repair. Be extremely careful
close down your own spa. If you have any lingering doubts, it is much better
spa professional. If you want to try it on your own,
follow these steps below as a guidline.
Start by turning off the circuit breaker for the spa’s
electrical line, or if possible, unplug the unit. Then
remove the hard thermal cover and drain
out the spa. If you have a submersible pump, that would be preferable.
If not, hooking a garden hose to the spa’s
bottom drain spout will suffice. Either
way, make sure you leave the bottom drain spout open when
you are done.
Next, locate your spa heater, and turn it off.
Replace the hard thermal cover on the spa and turn the
spa’s circuit breaker back
on, or plug the unit back in. If you have an air channel or air blower,
activate the spa’s
air blower and let it run for approximately 30 seconds. This will blow
of the air
channel under the spa seats.
Once again, remove the cover and soak up all the remaining
water from inside the spa. Use towels, a mop, or suck
it out with a shop vac. Make sure
that you get all the water out. Especially in the footwell. Remove the
from the spa and make sure that all the water is out of the filter canister.
Leave a large terrycloth towel in a lump in the bottom
of the footwell to soak
up any additional water that might get in.
Go to your spa equipment pack. Trip the ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI). This is usually done by pressing the
Turn off the circuit breaker that is used for the spa in
your home breaker box. Also unplug the spa if it is a
110 volt unit.
Loosen or unscrew any
quick disconnect fittings
side of the heater and on either side of the pump. As you loosen
each fitting, water will come out. ThAT IS A GOOD THING !!! Leave
Remove any drain plugs that may be on your pump housing.
Pump housings can crack easily with only a small amount
of water in
them. Make sure to drain out the filter canister
and the heater
Next, you’ll want to blow out any residual water from
the jet piping. This can be done with either the "blowing" end
of a shop vac, an air compressor, or some types of leaf
blower. Get into
the spa and put the blowing end of
the hose up against each jet. Make sure that the jets are
all open as wide as possible,
and make sure that the topside air controls are closed. Start
with the jet closest to the exhaust side of the pump and
work your way around the spa.
During this process, more water will pour out of the various
fittings previously unscrewed. Upon completion of all
the jets, you will have removed most
of the water from your entire jet system. That will leave
a minimal chance that any pipe or piece of equipment will
water in it to freeze or
cause any damage. Please do not put any type of pipeline
in your spa, pipes
or equipment. It is very difficult to get the antifreeze
completely out of your system. It really isn't necessary
provided that you have
performed all of these winterizing procedures properly.
Get out of the spa and put the hard cover back on the unit.
Secure the cover to the spa so that wind will not flip
it up. On a portable or cabinetized spas, close and secure
the equipment hatch door. Often, vermin will try to nest
inside spa cabinets
can chew wires
and cause extensive damage.
On portable or cabinetized spas, it is a good idea to protect
your spa cover and wood cabinet with a Winter Spa Cover.
Install Winter Spa Cover or other type of tarp over the hard
thermal cover to ensure that
through the seam in the hard
On an inground or indeck spa, place a tarp
or Winter Spa Cover over the hard thermal cover. Placing
the Winter Cover
swimming pool type water tubes around the perimeter of the
spa on your decking will keep any rain water from getting
Remember - If you are worried or hesitant about closing
down your spa by yourself, we strongly suggest that you
a local spa
to perform the
service for you. Most companies will guarantee their winterization
against any freeze cracks to your spa, pipes or equipment.