Strong storms can be a nightmare for hot tub owners and especially new hot tub owners that aren’t sure what they should do to prepare for their new hot tub for the coming storm. The most common types of damage from storms you will see on your hot tub are:
- Water Contamination
- Falling Debris
- Hot Tub Cover Damage
- Frozen Plumbing (Winter Storms)
Preparing your hot tub for a storm, whether it’s a severe spring thunderstorm or a winter storm bring several inches of snow can be avoided if you simply take a little time before the storm arrives to prepare your hot tub. Knowing how to prepare a hot tub for a major storm can prevent damage and save you money on repairs.
The spring and summer months are notorious for dishing out some of the strongest storms of the season, depending on where you live. These storms can bring high winds, heavy rainfall and even hail and in some areas you could even be in the path of hurricanes or potential tornadoes.
Turn Off the Power
Anything that is connected to your hot tub that uses electricity must be shut down completely. This includes any lighting in the area and of course your heater and pump. Consider switching the circuit breaker off that controls your hot tub and anything that surrounds it that could generate a surge of electricity that could damage the components of your hot tub.
Remove All Loose Items
Bring all loose items that are close to the hot tub inside and out of the way of the storm. These items can include any tables and chairs, hot tub accessories and even potted plants that could get blown into the sides of the hot tub.
Add Extra Chemicals
Before the storm hits, go ahead and add extra chemicals to the water such as chlorine or hot tub bromine to be sure your water stays clean even if storm water happens to enter the hot tub.
Protect Your Equipment
Any part of your hot tub that is exposed and could be damaged should be wrapped with waterproof plastic carefully to be sure they are padded from wind damage and protected from the onslaught of falling rain. If the parts can be easily removed, consider taking them off and bringing them inside during the storm.
Cover Your Hot Tub
This issue is debated among hot tub experts everywhere with some believing that you should leave your hot tub uncovered to prevent damage to your cover. However, falling and blowing debris could damage the inside of your hot tub if it hits hard enough. If that happens, wouldn’t you rather your hot tub be covered causing only damage to the cover itself?
If you do cover your hot tub, be sure to strap it down tightly. Hot tub covers can act as kites in high winds and could be blown off if they aren’t properly strapped down to your hot tub. If you want to minimize the damage to your hot tub cover, consider purchasing plywood and strapping it down on top of the cover to shield it from damage.
The winter months can bring a whole different breed of storm to your doorstep depending on where you live. Large snowfalls and cold temperatures present a totally different type of problem that you must address.
Consider Draining Your Hot Tub
Most hot tub owners love using their hot tubs during the cold, dark winter months. However, if a major winter storm is heading your way you may need to prepare for the worst.
Consider Power Outages
If you believe you could lose power for more than a few hours during a major winter storm, you may want to consider draining your hot tub before the storm hits. When you drain your hot tub, be sure you take the time to completely dry out all of the parts of your hot tub so they do not freeze. If you don’t, the frozen water could cause cracks to form in the plumbing leading to leaks and expensive repairs come springtime.
Try a Thermal Blanket
If you choose not to drain the water from your hot tub, you may want to pick up a thermal blanket that floats at the surface of your water. These blankets prevent heat from escaping so your water stays warmer for longer and could be all you need to get through those short power outages during the worst winter storms.
Keep an Eye on Your Cover
Your cover should be on your hot tub at all times during the winter storm. However, you will want to keep an eye on your cover especially if you are getting several inches or more of snow. Even just a few inches can add a lot of weight to your hot tub cover and could cause it to tear. During the storm and after the storm take a few minutes to clean the heavy snow off your cover so it doesn’t have to support all that weight for long.
Major storms present their own unique set of problems for hot tub owners, but if you are properly prepared, you will be able to reduce the risk of damage to your hot tub saving you money on expensive repairs in the process. For more, check out pHin.