Keeping your swim spa’s water sparkling clean will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all, and knowing the best ways to effectively drain this water is important. Below, we’ll share simple tips on how to empty your swim spa in the most efficient ways!
The Importance of Properly Draining Your Swim Spa
First things first, let’s talk about the importance of regularly draining your swim spa. Over time, dirt, debris, and even bacteria can accumulate in the water and if they’re left unchecked, they can cause eye and skin irritation. By draining your swim spa, you can get rid of these contaminants completely. You’ll also be able to scrub and vacuum the walls and floor of your swim spa more effectively.
Another reason to drain and refill your swim spa is to prevent the build-up of chemicals and minerals. Imbalanced water that’s been in the hot tub for too long can lead to leaks, corrosion, and other issues that can be costly to repair. These problems can shorten the life of your swim spa as well. To learn more about how to make your spa last longer, consulting a spa dealer near you is also a good idea.
Top Tips for Efficiently Draining and Refilling Your Swim Spa
Now that you know why it’s important to drain and refill your swim spa, here are a few tips to make the process easier:
1. Follow a Schedule
The ideal frequency for draining and refilling your swim spa will depend on the size of your tub, how often you use it, and other factors. Generally, it’s best to do this every three to four months. If the model you have is bigger than average or if you use your swim spa regularly, you may need to do this a bit more often. Of course, it’s best to do it as soon as you notice that the water is starting to show signs of imbalance such as a strong odor or a cloudy appearance.
2. Power Down
Before you start, make sure that the pump is turned off and the power is off at the breaker. This will prevent the pump from being damaged due to water pressure.
3. Find a Safe Spot
Draining your swim spa involves discarding large amounts of water. Make sure that the water is directed away from your house or anything else that can be damaged by this. The best way to do this is by pumping the water directly into a drain or a sewer system. If you’re planning to drain the water onto your lawn or garden, make sure it’s cool and free of chemicals.
4. Control the Water Flow with a Hose
Most swim spas come with a spigot or a submersible pump for easy draining. If you want to control where the water goes, it’s best to attach a hose to the spigot or pump.
5. Keep an Eye on the Process
Once you open the valve and start draining, make sure to monitor the process closely. Doing this will allow you to spot any leaks or other problems that may occur. Even just a small change in the direction of the water flow could cause flooding.
6. Clean Thoroughly
Once all the water has been pumped out, take the time to scrub the swim spa from top to bottom using mild soap and a soft brush. Check if there are stained areas that need spot cleaning. Make sure to remove any soap residue by rinsing the spa thoroughly with clean water.
7. Be Careful Not to Overfill
When you’re putting fresh water back into the swim spa, be careful not to overfill it. This can damage the pump and other parts of the system. Check what the ideal water level is for the particular model you have.
8. Wait for the Water to Circulate
After adding the necessary chemicals and turning the power back on, wait for the water to circulate for about an hour before getting in. During this time, you can also check if all of the chemicals have been evenly distributed and if the water is properly balanced.
By following these tips, you can ensure that draining and refilling your swim spa will be easy and efficient. This way, you can enjoy a safe and clean experience whenever you use it!
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