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How to Protect your Hot Tub in Storm Winds

The UK is set to reap the whirlwind of climate change with the huge damage caused by wind storms expected to increase sharply, according to the ABI (Association of British Insurers).  Our minds are focused when the MET office issues a severe weather warning, with named storms seeming to be ever more frequent – but the time to act to ensure the safety of your loved ones – and your valuable property is in the calm spells in-between.

As a hot tub owner, it makes sense to protect your investment.  A little time and preparation beforehand might just save you a lot of time and money later!

The Potential:

A hot tub cover is just the right size and shape to catch an aggressive gust of wind, ending up being thrown off the cabinet and providing a very effective sail, but causing a lot more damage when it eventually returns to ground.  The impact will damage your cover causing the vinyl and foam to crack and be compromised, making it less effective or even useless.  It it collects some garden furniture or plants or even worse ends up cartwheeling across the paintwork of your neighbour’s shiny new car things could soon start to get really ugly.

Prevention:

Replacement Hot Tub Cover Clips

Keep your hot tub cover in place using cover clips

Storm Straps

For more severe winds, peace of mind can be achieved by investing in storm straps.

EasyKlip Repair Kit

If you already have straps, check their condition from time-to-time.  Repair kits are available to ensure that in a time of testing, your storm straps will be up to the task.

Don’t be too over-zealous when tying down your hot tub cover – overtightening could cause damage to the foam core.  Make sure the straps are taut and that should be enough to keep things snug and in-place. 

If you don’t have time to get some straps and the weather bomb is imminent you could try to improvise straps that wrap around the whole cabinet.  The big no-no here is that you should never place heavy objects on the hot tub cover in an attempt to keep it from blowing away. Breeze blocks, bricks, and other heavy objects are more likely to harm your cover than protect it and are likely to be shifted anyway if things get really wild out there.

Damage from flying debris:

So, your hot tub cover is secure and you can relax and enjoy the show?  Not just yet…if you’re expecting a wind storm, you will probably need to think about protecting your hot tub from other potential debris flying around.  Tree branches for example can puncture your cover or damage your hot tub cabinet.

Protection from flying debris:

If your hot tub is near or under a tree (not the best idea for this reason!) you could consider placing a piece of thin plywood on the top of the cover and strap it down to protect it during the storm.   You could do the same around any exposed sides of the cabinet that you feel are at risk.  Remember don’t use heavy objects to hold the plywood in place.  If you’re taking the plywood option, it’s important to create a buffer between the ply and the cabinet / cover with a blanket or towel otherwise your shield has left unsightly scuff marks behind.  

During the storm:

Despite your best effort’s things could still go wrong.  In the middle of a storm, the most important thing to care about is your own personal safety, not your property.  Now is the time to stay indoors – do not go outside while the storm is in progress.  A replacement hot tub cover is cheaper and easier to replace than you are!

Interested in finding out more?

Read our blog on how to look after your hot tub cover.

HOT TUB CARE

Hot Tub Super Tips!

Hot Tub Super Tips!

 

hot tub gazebo

Do you own a hot tub or spa? Then this is for you, quick and easy tips to help you maintain your hot tub and keep it in tip top running condition:

 

HOT TUB FILTERS

 

Keep hot tub filters clean

It is important to keep your filters nice and clean as they are an important part of the hot tub water system and the water is constantly ‘recycled’ through them.

Hot tub filters deal with body oils/fats that’s are lost through bathing and also scoop any organic debris out of the water, so using a good filter cleaning product is important

 

Get back up filters

Rotating your filters is always a great idea as you always have a spare set plus you will find it can help the filters to last a lot longer.

We have heard of many people using various methods of filter cleaning including washing machines(this is not recommended)! We recommend maintaining the integrity of the filter by using

AquaFinesse Filter Cleaner, Aquasparkle filter cleaning spray or Immerse Filter cleaning cartridges

If you would like advice on how to clean your spa filters please contact a member of our knowledgeable staff

pH IS VERY IMPORTANT

ph minus 

The balance of pH in water is imperative to the comfort of your bathers and also the efficiency of your sanitiser.

Testing strips will soon become your best friends in the pH balancing game. Keeping the hot tub water pH balanced will have a knock on effect on the rest of your water balancing and you should find it all becomes much easier to manage!

 

 

 

HOT TUB CLEANERS & SANITISER (CHLORINE/BROMINE)

 

hot tub chemicals testingAlways avoid household chemicals when cleaning your hot tubs, we again often hear of people using bleach or cleaning sprays on their hot tubs

*Please only use hot tub safe chemicals and cleaners! Our website has a comprehensive range here:

HOT TUB CHEMICALS

Here you will find hot tub shell cleaners, chlorine tablets and granules, bromine tablets and granules, flocculant, *Use caution when adding spa chemicals*

REGULAR MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING

 

hot tub repairIt is important to regularly deep clean your hot tub with a biofilm eliminator; this will flush your pipework properly and ensure safe bathing water. A Grit gitter or spa vacuum are handy tools for in between deep cleans.We have written a very informative blog on how to deep clean your hot tub here!

 

We always advise spa servicing by hot tub engineers who will do a 5 point hot tub check and ensure all of your heating elements pumps and seals etc are working properly, your car is MOT’d regularly and your hot tub needs the same treatment.

Our Spa & hot tub parts section has everything you need if you need hot tub spare parts i.e. pumps

Schedule of hot tub maintenance:

Weekly;

Test and balance water with spa testing strips

Remove hot tub filters thoroughly clean & rinse then leave to dry

Shock spa water

Wipe down the underside of your cover to prevent stale smells or mould forming!

Monthly;

Clean spa cabinet and wipe spa cover down we recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant for longevity

Deep clean your spa using a biofilm eliminator

Annually;

Annual service by a spa engineer

QUICK TIPS

Take advantage of ‘off peak’ heating costs- set your spa to heat in the evening when electricity costs are lower

Watch water temp in winter do not let it freeze – as it can cause damage!