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The Ultimate Guide to Hot Tub Maintenance for Calgary Homeowners

Owning a hot tub in Calgary can offer a relaxing oasis, perfect for unwinding after a busy day or immersing in quality time with friends and family. To ensure that your Clearwater Spas or Be Well Canada Spas hot tub remains in optimal condition, regular maintenance is essential. By taking the time to care for your hot tub, you can enjoy its many benefits for years to come.

In this comprehensive guide, we will provide a wealth of information for Calgary homeowners on maintaining their hot tubs, focusing on essential maintenance tasks and best practices. By following this ultimate guide to hot tub maintenance, Calgary homeowners can keep their hot tubs clean, efficient, and long-lasting. Trust Backyard Canada to provide you with top-quality hot tub products and expert advice, ensuring an enjoyable and relaxing hot tub experience for years to come.

Understanding Water Chemistry

Hot tub water chemistry plays a crucial role in maintaining clean, safe, and healthy water. Proper balance of pH levels, alkalinity, and sanitizers is necessary for efficient cleaning and preventing damage to spa components.

  1. pH Levels: It’s essential to keep your hot tub water’s pH levels between 7.2 and 7.8 for optimal balance. Regularly test the water using a water testing kit from Backyard Canada to monitor pH levels and adjust as needed with appropriate chemicals.
  2. Alkalinity: Maintaining total alkalinity within 80 to 120 ppm helps stabilize the pH, preventing sudden fluctuations. Use alkalinity increasers or reducers when necessary to keep your hot tub water in balance.
  3. Sanitizers: Regular use of sanitizers, such as chlorine or bromine, keeps your hot tub water clean and free of harmful bacteria. Follow manufacturer guidelines and check sanitizer levels frequently to ensure a safe and clean spa experience.

Cleaning and Care

Proper cleaning and care extend the life of your hot tub’s components and keep the water pristine. Adopt a regular cleaning schedule to ensure the longevity and performance of your Clearwater Spas or Be Well Canada Spas hot tub.

  1. Cleaning Hot Tub Surfaces: Use a soft cloth or sponge with gentle, non-abrasive hot tub surface cleaners to wipe down your spa’s interior. Avoid household cleansers, which may cause damage or imbalances in water chemistry.
  2. Filter Maintenance: Rinse your hot tub filter weekly to remove debris and soak it in a filter cleaning solution once a month for a deep clean. Replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer, typically every 1-2 years, to maintain peak efficiency.
  3. Spa Cover Care: Clean your hot tub cover regularly with a mild soap and water solution, followed by a thorough rinse. Ensure the cover is dry before replacing it on the spa, and use a UV-protectant spray to preserve the material and colour.

Maximizing Energy Efficiency

Taking measures to improve the energy efficiency of your hot tub can result in significant savings on electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Explore various options to ensure your spa operates at optimal efficiency.

  1. Insulation: Adequate insulation is vital for retaining heat in your hot tub and reducing energy consumption. Invest in a quality insulated cover from Backyard Canada to minimize heat loss and lower heating costs.
  2. Energy-saving Features: Modern hot tubs, such as Clearwater Spas and Be Well Canada Spas, incorporate energy-saving features like LED lights, variable-speed pumps, and smart timers. Take advantage of these features to maximize efficiency.
  3. Energy-conscious Practices: Implement a conservation mindset by adopting simple habits, like turning off air jets when not in use, maintaining consistent water temperature, and keeping the spa covered when not in use to minimize heat loss.

Essential Hot Tub Accessories

Invest in essential hot tub maintenance accessories to ensure a clean, safe, and well-maintained spa. Backyard Canada offers a wide variety of accessories tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences.

  • Water Testing Kits: Regular water testing is crucial for maintaining proper water chemistry. Kits like test strips or digital testers from Backyard Canada simplify monitoring and adjusting your spa’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels.
  • Cleaning Tools: Employ user-friendly cleaning tools like spa vacuums, scrub brushes, and filter cleaners to keep your hot tub sparkling clean with minimal effort.
  • Spa Covers and Lifters: High-quality spa covers and cover lifters not only maintain heat and water chemistry, but also protect your hot tub from debris and external elements. Choose from a range of covers and lifters available at Backyard Canada to find the perfect fit for your spa.

Troubleshooting Common Hot Tub Issues

Every hot tub owner will likely face common issues at some point. Knowing how to tackle these problems ensures your spa remains in top condition, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable experience for years to come.

  1. Cloudy Water: Cloudy water can result from imbalanced chemicals, high levels of contaminants, or clogged filters. Regularly test and treat your water, maintain proper sanitizer levels, and clean or replace filters as needed to restore water clarity.
  2. Malfunctioning Heater: Check the thermostat, pressure switch, or sensors for any damage or debris accumulation if your hot tub isn’t heating correctly. Consult your hot tub’s manual or seek professional assistance from Backyard Canada for more information.
  3. Leak Detection: Keep an eye out for excessive water loss or damp spots around your hot tub, which may indicate a leak. Consult a professional to accurately locate and repair the leak, ensuring no further damage occurs.


Proper maintenance is the key to enjoying your Clearwater Spas or Be Well Canada Spas hot tub for years to come. By understanding water chemistry, implementing a regular cleaning routine, maximizing energy efficiency, and investing in essential accessories, you can ensure the longevity and performance of your hot tub.

At Backyard Canada, we offer a wide variety of hot tubs, as well as the necessary maintenance products and accessories to keep your hot tub in top condition. Trust us to provide you with top-quality products and expert advice, enabling you to indulge in the ultimate hot tub experience. Browse our selection of hot tubs today!

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