If you’re enjoying all the benefits your swim spa offers, chances are you want it to last for as long as possible. And like any other home addition, the way you take care of your swim spa will determine how many years you’ll be able to make the most of it. In fact, your swim spa can last up to 20 years! While it’s true that there are some factors outside of your control, the time and care you put into keeping your swim spa in top shape will pay off in the long run. And here’s the good news – all it takes is a little bit of effort. Here’s what you need to know about what you can do to extend the lifespan of your swim spa.
Follow a Regular Cleaning and Testing Routine
Cleaning plays a significant role in how long your swim spa will last. If you clean it regularly, the working components such as the pump, jets, and the filter don’t have to work as much. This means they’ll be able to function for many years. It’s a good idea to set a regular schedule for checking the filtration system, clearing out debris, vacuuming, and changing the filter if needed. We also recommend changing the water in your swim spa around the six-month to one-year mark or whenever you see the need to do so. Hydropool swim spas actually have a self-cleaning function that filters 100 percent of the water every forty-five minutes, but practicing these maintenance tasks will still make a big difference in the longevity of your swim spa.
It’s also important to regularly test your swim spa’s pH levels. There’s no need to wait for the water to turn cloudy or murky. We recommend following a consistent schedule and using a testing strip or kit to find out where the levels are. This is because if the water in your swim spa is imbalanced, it can cause damage to the different components that keep it working properly.
While these procedures might take a little bit of effort, they actually take less work because swim spas have a smaller body of water than a pool. These simple cleaning habits can increase your swim spa’s lifespan, especially when they’re done consistently.
Invest in a High-Quality Cover
Buying a high-quality cover for your swim spa is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect it from various external elements. A sturdy cover can keep rain, snow, dirt, and debris away from your swim spa – all of which can significantly affect the pH levels of the water. The ideal range is between 7.2 to 7.8. If the water becomes too acidic or too alkaline, it can seriously damage the pump, jets, and filtration system. This can take a toll on the life of your swim spa. On top of that, a cover can effectively prevent any animals from getting in, which can be harmful to them as well as your unit.
If you want to take it up a notch, you can also opt to install a gazebo or other types of enclosure to surround your swim spa. Aside from the protection it offers, it can also create a beautiful, visually appealing space. It’d be like having your very own backyard oasis! Plus, it can also provide additional privacy for you and your family.
Stay on Top of Necessary Repairs
As previously mentioned, there are external factors outside of your control that can affect the lifespan of your swim spa. This means even if you clean it regularly, there might come a time when one of the components acts up or needs to be checked. When this happens, the best thing to do is get in touch with your swim spa dealer. They are the ones who are most qualified to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. If ever any repair work is necessary, having it done as soon as possible can help you avoid dealing with a replacement down the line. Fixing a small problem as it comes up will most likely save you from spending much more time and money on a bigger problem in the future. It’s also important to be aware of when you’re running your swim spa. If you keep it running for extended periods even when it’s not being used, the functioning components will experience wear and tear sooner.
A swim spa is an amazing home addition that can provide excellent benefits for many years and the time and effort you spend caring for it is the key to increasing its lifespan. To learn what to look for when buying a swim spa, download our free buyer’s guide.