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Hot Tub Maintenance Tips for Homeowners: Ensuring a Safe and Efficient Hot Tub Experience

Hot tubs offer a myriad of health and relaxation benefits, making them a well-loved addition to many Calgary homes. Among the top choices for homeowners are Clearwater Spas and Be Well Canada Spas, which combine state-of-the-art design with innovative features to deliver an unparalleled hot tub experience. At Backyard Canada, we understand the importance of ensuring a safe, efficient, and enduring hot tub experience, which is why we are committed to offering premium brands and exceptional after-sales support.

In this blog post, we will provide Calgary homeowners with essential hot tub maintenance tips that foster a safe and efficient experience while extending the lifespan of their valuable investment. From water balancing and sanitation to filter care and routine maintenance, we will explore not only the “how” but also the “why” behind maintaining your hot tub in peak condition.

1. Water Balancing and Sanitation

Maintaining proper water chemistry prevents the growth of bacteria, algae, and other contaminants, ensuring a safe and healthy hot tub experience for you and your family.

– Test Regularly: Use a water testing kit to monitor pH levels, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Target a pH level between 7.4-7.6, total alkalinity between 80-120 ppm, and appropriate sanitizer levels specific to the type you use.

– Adjusting Chemicals: If levels are outside the recommended range, use appropriate chemicals and products to increase or decrease pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels.

– Shock Treatment: Perform a weekly shock treatment to eliminate contaminants, minimizing the risk of waterborne illnesses.

2. Filter Care and Cleaning

A well-maintained filter extends the life of your hot tub, improves water circulation, and keeps the water cleaner.

– Clean Regularly: Remove and clean your filter every 2-4 weeks, depending on usage and water quality, following your manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning methods, such as using a hose or filter cleaner.

– Replace When Necessary: While cleaning can extend the life of your filter cartridge, it’s essential to replace it every 1-2 years or according to your manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure optimal performance.

– Avoid Overuse of Filter Cleaning Products: Using filter cleaning products frequently can damage the filter media, causing inefficiencies and a shorter lifespan.

3. Surface and Shell Cleaning

Regular cleaning of your hot tub’s surface and shell keeps it looking new, improves water quality, and prevents the buildup of residue and stains.

– Drain and Clean: Fully drain your hot tub every 3-4 months or, according to your manufacturer’s recommendations, thoroughly cleaning the shell with a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner and sponge.

– Wipe Down Waterline: Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe down the waterline at least once a week to prevent the buildup of residues such as oils, minerals, and dirt.

– Protect Your Shell: Apply a UV protectant to the shell’s exterior to prevent fading and cracking due to sun exposure, following your manufacturer’s guidelines.

4. Routine Inspections and Maintenance

Regular inspections and maintenance help ensure a safe, efficient hot tub experience while safeguarding your investment.

– Inspect Equipment: Regularly check your hot tub equipment, including the pump, heater, and control panel, for any signs of wear, leaks, or damage. Address issues promptly to avoid costly repairs or potential safety hazards.

– Lubricate and Inspect Seals: Apply a silicone-based lubricant to pump and heater seals and gaskets every 4-6 months to maintain flexibility, preventing leaks and equipment damage.

– Verify Cover and Safety Features: Inspect your hot tub’s cover and safety devices, such as locks and railing, to ensure they are functioning correctly and in good condition, providing the necessary protection for your family.


Hot tubs are a popular addition to many homes in Calgary, offering a range of health and relaxation benefits. Clearwater Spas and Be Well Canada Spas are popular choices for homeowners due to their innovative features and state-of-the-art design. However, it’s essential to maintain your hot tub correctly to ensure a safe and efficient experience while extending its lifespan. Proper water balancing and sanitation, filter care and cleaning, surface and shell cleaning, and routine inspections and maintenance are critical to maintaining optimal hot tub performance. Backyard Canada is committed to providing premium brands and exceptional after-sales support to help homeowners enjoy their hot tub experience to the fullest.

At Backyard Canada, we are committed to providing our customers with premium outdoor saunas, fire pits, backyard offices, and hot tubs in Calgary tailored to their unique needs and lifestyle. Our dedicated team of experts is always available to answer questions and provide advice to help guide you in upkeeping your hot tub or other backyard upgrades. Visit our showroom today to explore the impressive range of backyard products we offer.

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