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How to Drain a Hot Tub: Two Methods for a Refreshing Clean
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19 Sep 2023  /  by clark   /   0 Comments

Owning a hot tub is all about relaxation and enjoyment, but every once in a while, it’s essential to give it a little TLC. Of course, knowing how to drain a hot tub is a crucial part of maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. 

In this guide, we’ll take you through two methods of how to drain a hot tub safely and efficiently, ensuring that your spa remains a sanctuary of tranquillity.

How to Drain a Hot Tub

Method 1: Draining with the Drain Valve

You’ll need a garden hose for this method.

Step 1: Shut Off the Power

Safety first! Make sure to turn off the power to your hot tub at the circuit breaker. This prevents any electrical mishaps during the drainage.

Step 2: Attach the Garden Hose

Next, connect your garden hose to the drain valve of your hot tub. You’ll want to make sure it’s securely fastened to avoid any leaks during the process. Be sure to run the other end of the hose to an appropriate drainage location to avoid damaging anything in your yard.

Step 3: Open the Drain Valve

Now, it’s time to open the drain valve. You’ll typically find it near the bottom of your hot tub. This is where the water will flow out as you proceed with the drainage.

Step 4: Let It Flow

Allow gravity to do its job as the water begins to flow out of your hot tub through the garden hose. This step can take a bit of time (up to 2 hours, usually), so be patient and use the opportunity to envision the sparkling clean hot tub you’ll soon enjoy.

Method 2: Draining with a Submersible Pump

If you’re looking for a quicker way to drain your hot tub, then you may want to use a submersible pump instead.

Step 1: Shut Off the Power

Just like in the previous method, begin by turning off the power to your hot tub.

Step 2: Attach the Submersible Pump

Next, plug in the submersible pump, and attach a submersible pump drainage hose to its outlet. Again, be sure to direct the hose to a suitable drainage area, such as a nearby drain or your yard.

Step 3: Turn On the Pump

You can now place the pump in the deepest part of your hot tub, and turn it on. It will efficiently remove the water from your hot tub and direct it to the designated drainage area. This method is faster than relying solely on gravity.

After Draining: Cleaning and Refilling

After draining your hot tub, it’s an excellent opportunity to give it a thorough cleaning. Use a mild spa cleaner and a soft cloth to clean the interior surfaces, including the shell, jets, and filters. Don’t forget to clean the cover as well!

Once your hot tub is sparkling clean, it’s time to refill it. You can now turn the power back on and fill the tub to the desired level. While refilling, consider using a hose filter to ensure that the water going into your hot tub is clean and free of impurities.

Refreshed and Ready to Enjoy

Knowing how to drain a hot tub using these two methods is a valuable skill for any hot tub owner. After all, regular maintenance keeps your hot tub in excellent condition, ensuring that it remains a source of relaxation and enjoyment for years to come. 

So, whether you opt for the drain valve or the submersible pump method, follow these steps, and get ready to enjoy your rejuvenated hot tub experience. Good luck!

Need a hand with hot tub maintenance? If so, we’d be happy to help! Click here to get in touch with Clark Pools and Spas, and inquire about our hot tub services today.

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