Many of us are dreaming of the beautiful days of spring, particularly since so much of the country has taken a beating this winter.

Spring is arguably one of the best times of year to use a spa—temperatures are perfect, and you can enjoy a cool and relaxing evening, or a leisurely and sunny Sunday in the warm, luxurious water.

If you’re a big fan of using your spa in the spring, include it on your spring cleaning list to make sure it’s in tip top shape.

Step One: Drain and Refill

The spring is a great time to give your hot tub a fresh start. Even if you used your hot tub throughout the winter, it’s still a good time to drain your tub, flush it with a plumbing cleaner (several products available) and refill it with clean, clear water. Use a garden hose pre-filter if you have old pipes or on well water.

Flushing your hot tub from time to time is important to not only keep it clean, but also to keep the plumbing system working properly. Without properly flushing your hot tub, there’s the potential for stagnant water to gather in the pipes and slim to build up which can make the use of sanitizers less effective, even if you fill it with new water.

Step Two: Do an Inspection

Spring is the perfect time of year to do an overall inspection of your spa. It’s best to spot rust or leaks as soon as possible, to prevent further damage. If a leak goes ignored or unnoticed, it can damage the hot tub’s entire equipment.

After checking for leaks, check the other components, including the heater (look for rust on the leads), calcium or rust on the pump seal and inspect the filter.

If anything looks to be in bad shape, replace it right away to preserve the integrity of your investment.

If possible, also remove the side panels of your hot tub. Be on the lookout for signs of pest infestations, mold, and wood that may be on the verge of rotting.

Step Three: Clean Your Cover

Just as you should regularly care for and maintain your spa, your cover needs the same attention to extend its lifespan, and ensure it’s giving you the highest possible level of protection.

While it’s recommended that you clean your cover every month, you may have neglected that task during the frigid or rainy winter months. If so, the start of spring is a great time to clean it thoroughly with a mild remover product that doesn’t contain alcohol. You can also go the extra mile and apply a protective coating to the top of your cover.

When cleaning your cover, don’t forget about the underside—this is where problems like mildew tend to occur.

If the foam cover inserts start to take on water and get heavy, replace the cover as soon as possible.

Step Four: Give it a Whirl

Once you’ve drained, cleaned and refilled your hot tub, you can turn it on and check its functioning. Look at all of the jets and make sure they’re working properly.

Try out the buttons on the spa’s control panel and make sure they’re also working correctly.

Spring is a time for refreshing and renewing, so don’t neglect to do the same for your hot tub.

Call California Custom Hot Tubs and Spas at (707) 781-9440 for all of your hot tub and spa needs, or shop our store for cleaning and maintenance products that will make your spring spa cleaning a breeze.

If you need professional hot tub service or repair, please book an appointment today if you’re located in  Sonoma, Marin, Napa County and surrounding areas.