on August 15, 2014 in Care & Maintenance
Hot tub covers are extremely important components to spas because they protect them from the environment and help make them energy-efficient. Usually, hot tub covers last for around five years. But unfortunately, even the most durable of hot tub covers can be damaged by a variety of different sources if not properly maintained.
Protecting your cover not only saves you money by increasing its lifespan, but it also saves you money every day by ensuring that it stays energy efficient. Even better, hot tub covers are pretty easy to take care of.
We here at ThermoSpas have rounded up a list of simple tips to protect your hot tub cover from the elements and prolong its life, saving you money and time.
Protect Your Hot Tub from the Sun’s UV Rays
Over time, prolonged exposure to excessive sunlight will cause spa covers to degrade. This harms both the appearance and functionality of the cover.
Try shielding your hot tub from the sun by making shade for it with an umbrella or trees. Our Cover Conditioner also provides excellent protection from the sun. This silicon based-product includes a UV inhibitor, and protects all forms of vinyl from hardening and cracking.
Don’t Allow Puddles of Water To Form
If water is allowed to form puddles on top of your spa cover for a long period of time, it can cause your hot tub cover to bow. The longer the puddle remains on your cover, the bigger it will get and the more it will bow until you eventually need to replace it. These puddles form as a result of excessive weight on the cover that causes it to bow or sag. Once this happens, water can begin to puddle on the cover.
In order to avoid this, do not sit or place items on the cover. A heavy snow load can also cause the hot tub cover to bow. Make sure to clean and condition your cover regularly, and always push water off of your hot tub after a rainfall, snowfall or time in the hot tub.
Keep Your Chemicals Balanced
Balancing your chemicals is not only important to maintain safe and clean water. It’s also important to increase the lifespan of your hot tub cover. Having a low or high pH or a high sanitizer (ie bromine or chlorine) level can cause your hot tub cover to develop discoloration, bumps and blisters and can lead to degradation. Make sure to check your chemical levels with test strips periodically to ensure that they are balanced. If the levels aren’t balanced, add the necessary chemicals and test again. When you shock your spa, you can partially open your cover to allow the spa to vent. This will help prolong the hot tub cover’s life.
Prepare Your Hot Tub for Strong Winds
Wind is a more obvious enemy to hot tub covers than the ones above, but it’s still important to identify because it can deal serious damage. Strong winds can dislodge a cover from the hot tub causing covers to crack, ruining both their appearance and functionality.
Luckily, ThermoSpas’ ThermoCovers come with extremely strong locking straps that protect covers from strong wind. The Cam-lock strap and spa cover lock system keep your hot tub cover tightly secured.
Refrain From Putting Excessive Weight on the Hot Tub Cover
Hot tub covers can support a certain amount of weight, but all have their limits. Avoid sitting or standing on your spa cover, and try to keep pets and young children away from them. If too much weight is put on your cover, it could severely crack or damage it or cause puddling. For extra strong hot tub covers, check out our hot tub covers page. The stronger the hot tub cover, the less you have to worry about it and the longer it will last.