Hot Tub Maintenance Is Easier Than You Think

Proper hot tub maintenance is essential to any successful spa ownership experience. You might be thinking that this is difficult or even time consuming, but the process is easier than ever. Maintaining a hot tub is much easier than you think, let’s walk through just how easy hot tub upkeep can be for you.

The Three C’s

There are three simple essentials when it comes to taking care of your hot tub. The three C’s of hot tub maintenance are circulation, cleaning, and chemistry. If kept up with, this will keep your hot tub running effortlessly all year long.


Circulating the water helps keep it free of contaminants by passing it through the hot tub’s filters. Some spas even have an automatic circulation schedule that ensures it runs once or twice every day. These cycles circulate the water for around 15-20 minutes to ensure all the water in your hot tub passes through the filters. If your hot tub doesn’t have an automatic cycle, you need to turn on your hot tub for 15-20 minutes, two times a day, to ensure your water is clean and restored. Basically, the more you run your hot tub, the cleaner it will be!


Cleaning your hot tub is critical to its upkeep. Weekly cleaning is essential in hot tub care. However, you should plan to drain your spa completely for a full cleaning every three to four months, or even more often if you’re using it frequently, or having a lot of guests in it.


A sparkling clean spa makes another essential component of hot tub maintenance a whole lot easier- water chemistry. Balancing your hot tub’s water is tricky due to the smaller size of the tub. You’ll be targeting pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels in this part of the process. Before you begin, you will need a baseline reading on your water chemistry. Once your hot tub is full, test the water to determine the pH and alkalinity levels. You want to aim for a pH level of 7.4 to 7.6. Values below this range will reduce your sanitizer’s effectiveness, and your spa will be prone to cloudiness. Values above the range will be too acidic, causing the water to potentially eat away at your hardware and will likely irritate your skin and eyes. For alkalinity, aim for 125 parts per million (ppm) to 150 ppm. If alkalinity gets too high, it can cause scaling and cloudiness. Finally, add the sanitizer of your choice, and test the water again to make sure your pH and alkalinity levels are within ideal ranges.

Freshwater Salt System

Hot tub maintenance has NEVER been easier! Our exclusive FreshWater Salt System is designed to make water care easier than ever before! It’s available on all of our Highlife Collection and Limelight Collection spas, this easy-to-use saltwater system removes the worry of keeping your spa water clean and clear for a full year. With just a little salt in your hot tub, the system generates chlorine automatically so you’ll spend less time measuring and adding chemicals. This new and unique system makes spa ownership easier than ever imagined by eliminating the guesswork and annoyance of spa water care maintenance.