What Steps Are Necessary To Maintain My Hot Tub?

There are several regular tasks necessary to maintain your hot tub. While each one is relatively easy and doesn't require a lot of time, it's important to perform these tasks on schedule.


Check and clean the skimmer basket. Remove leaves and any debris that may have accumulated. Keeping the basket clean will ensure proper water flow.

You should also use a test strip to test and then and adjust the water pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and sanitizer levels at least once a week. It's an easy process that takes only a few minutes of your time.


Clean your filter. Just use a garden hose, spray the filter and rotate while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats. Use a degreaser to clean filters while changing water in the spa.

Every Three To Four Months

Drain and refill the hot tub. Wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth before refilling. Instructions for refilling and initially balancing the water are available in the owner's manual.

Remove filters and spray clean. Soak over night in a degreaser (see package instructions). Spray down with a garden hose and replace.

Tip: You can avoid any spa down time by owning two sets of filters. Simply switch the filters to be cleaned with your other set. Then clean and store the set you've removed.


Sanitize the spa. Your interaction with the spa will vary depending on how often you use it. We highly recommend the FreshWater® Salt System standard on the Utopia® and Paradise Series® or the FROG® In-Line Water Care System, standard on all Vacanza® spas. You don't have to measure chemicals, just insert two cartridges and change them out when needed. You set dosage based on usage, but in general, the bromine cartridges last for weeks and the mineral cartridges last for months.

Every Three Years

Replace your filters with genuine Watkins® replacements to ensure proper operation.

Maintaining each step on schedule is important to the long-term performance of your hot tub. An easy way to stay on track is to use your phone or computer to send you alerts and reminders. Also, using your spa regularly for your health and well being will also make you more aware of your spa's maintenance needs.

For detailed care and maintenance information, make sure to see your owner's manual.

Tell us about your maintenance habits in the comments below.

  • Do you already perform these regular tasks?
  • Who's responsible for hot tub maintenance in your household?
  • What other maintenance tips have you discovered?