How to Prep Your Hot Tub Before Your Vacation

Escaping for the holidays? How exciting! You’ll get to kick back, relax and take a well-deserved break. While you can’t take your hot tub with you, wouldn’t it be nice to know that it’s safe and sound in your absence? If adding one more item to your preparation checklist leaves you unfazed and wanting peace of mind, then keep reading!

In this article, we walk you through five simple steps to keep your hot tub in mint condition while you’re on vacation. Read on for more.

Drain and Refill

Your hot tub should be drained at least every three to four months, otherwise, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. If it hasn’t been drained and refilled in a while, then now is as good a time as any. Before draining, add a spa system flush to remove the build-up of chemicals, body oils, and other stuff that accumulates in your hot tub. Then drain and wipe down the spa shell with a damp cloth before refilling your clean and empty hot tub with a garden hose.

Check Your Filters

This is one step you won’t want to miss, as your hot tub filter performs the big job of keeping your water clean. If your filter is black or grey, it’s a sign that it needs replacing. Otherwise, thoroughly clean your filter with a water hose and remove any visible particles, and soak in filter rinse. After soaking, rinse the filter several times to remove any residue from the solution, to eliminate the build-up of additional foam once the spa is filled and the jets are turned on.

Chemical Balance Check

It’s important to test the alkalinity and hardness level of your water and ensure that your sanitizer (chlorine or bromine) is at the proper levels before leaving for your vacation. Use the test strips to gauge the number of chemicals required to minimize bacteria and check the water’s pH level.


Want to save money on your hydro bills? Turn your hot tub temperature down to its lowest setting, especially if you’re going to be away for more than one week. After all, there’s no reason to pay to heat your water if you’re not there to enjoy it!

Lock the Cover

Last, but not least, ensure your hot tub cover is locked before you hit the road. Not only will it keep your hot tub free from dust and debris, but it will also keep it safe from inclement weather that may occur while you’re away.

Hot Tub Maintenance and Care in Kitchener/Waterloo

So, there you have it! Follow these simple tips and your hot tub will be ready to enjoy when you return from your vacation.  Will you be going away for an extended period of time? Do you have any questions about maintaining your outdoor hot tub? Why not make the most of your hot tub ownership experience and learn more about caring for your hot tub by contacting Sundance Spas Kitchener Waterloo today!

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