What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
History of hot tub innovations
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How to drain a hot tub for winter

Winter is moving in and you have decided not to keep your tub running throughout this cold season. Are you sure? Have you sat in the tub with the snow falling gently around you? It's delightful, really. Okay, you're sure. Maybe you are in a climate that is just not conducive to keeping the tub ready in the winter, maybe your tub is in a location that makes it difficult to use in the colder months, or maybe your tub is at your vacation house that you don't use in the winter, or maybe it's just none of our business why you want to close up your tub for the winter. It is really a wonderful thing to be enjoying the hot, soothing water in the tub watching your breathe steam in the cold air, but that's okay, you can do what you need to.

So, how do you drain your hot tub for winter? Drain the tub like usual for your routine maintenance. Unlike with the regular maintenance, you need to be sure you get all the water out of the tub including all the pipes. Check with your manufacturer to see what their recommendations are for your specific tub. You need to make sure that you get all the water.

So open everything you can open all drain plugs, all the fittings in the heater housing, the pumps, etc. Remove the filter and drain the water from that area as well. You can use a shop vac to blow the water out. Do it again and again until you are sure the water is out of everywhere. Then use the vacuum to suck out anything left in the lines. Then do it all again. Once you have all the water out, you can take one more step to be sure. Add some RV antifreeze to the lines and blow that through making sure all the water has come out. The antifreeze is colored so you will see it as it comes out, ensuring that all the water has come out. You do not need to use much antifreeze in this step. RV antifreeze should not hurt your tub and when you start the tub back up once winter thaws you will just flush the lines to get any residual out.

Once the water is out, your tub is ready for winter. Replace the cover making sure it is secure. You may want to add an additional tarp to protect the tub from the harsh winter weather.

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