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

Maintaining your hot tub is a must. To allow you to enjoy the relaxing benefits your hot tub has to offer, you need to keep it clean so it provides a healthy environment in which you can sit and relax. This maintenance involves draining the tub occassionally, about every three to four months depending on usage. Also, if you close up your tub for the winter, you must drain it before the freeze comes.

How to drain your hot tub will depend on your hot tub and, as always, we recommend that you check with the manufacturer for their instructions on this. In general, most tubs are pretty easy to drain. Be sure to turn off the motor, the heater and disconnect from power. Don't be foolish in this area. Anything that deals with water and electricity needs to be handled with care take no chances. Your tub will likely have a drain built in at the bottom on the side. This drain will use gravity to help with the draining process. Simply undo the plug this may be an actual plug to unscrew, a valve to press, or a lever to turn. These plugs are subject to breakage and damage which can compromise your tub resulting in possible leakage, so please be careful and don't force anything. Once you have the plug released, water will drain. You may have a hose attachment at this site. Attach a hose and stretch it into your yard where water is needed or, at least, where it won't be a problem. The hot tub should empty of water rather quickly. If this isn't quick enough for you or if your tub doesn't have a drain, you can use a sump pump. This is a submersible pump with an attached hose that is powered by electricity and will empty the water out of your tub in minutes.

You can also siphon the water out of the tub with a piece of tubing or hose using the good old-fashioned siphoning method. Stick one end of the hose in the tub's water and the other downhill. Suck quickly on the end pulling the water into the hose, but not into your mouth, and allow it to flow. If that's too gross for you, you can also simply raise the tub end of the hose up high before placing it in the water, once the hose has been laid out, to create a siphon. The suction caused should drain the tub water out through the hose very quickly.

Once your tub is drained, close up that plug and begin your maintenance. Remember that much of the bacteria lurks in the pipes of the hot tub. Don?t forget to keep those clean with a line flush.

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