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anyone have any tips on getting a neglected hot tub back in working condition?

we just bought a house that had a neglected hot tub on site. the water was filthy & ants took up residence. we've drained it, and cleaned it (pressure washer). what else do we need to do? do we need to get a hot tub place to come out & clean the pump & lines (it hadn't been run dirty)? what chemicals do we need & how do we use them? do we go to a hot tub / spa dealer to get answers & other services? or do they not do that?

thanks !!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Check the filters to make sure they don't need to be replaced. Decide on the chemical system you want to use. I use Bacqua Spa in mine because of skin conditions, but there are chlorine and bromide chemicals that you can use, too. Fill the spa and test the water which will tell you what the water needs. Capture a sample of the water and take it to the spa dealer who will assit you in purchasing the correct combination of chemicals. Each spa manufacturer makes their spas different, on ours we add the chemicals, allow it to circulate through the system for a certain length of time to clean the jets and feeds before we can use it. Ask the spa dealer to help you determine the model of spa that you have. Most of the time you can download a manual which is an absolute "must have" for trouble shooting, maintenance and care of your spa.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are two main chemicals for sanitizing and keeping a hot tub clean. Since it's been sitting, the pipes, pump and filter are probably pretty nasty. I would fill it up with water, add either Chlorine or Bromine. Check with a test kit until you get a good residual then start the pump and let it run for an hour or so to circulate the sanitizer through all the equipment. Then drain it and start over with clean water. There are a lot of other things to learn about keeping it clean and free of bacteria and algae. You can look into that after you get it initially cleaned and working properly.

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  • 1 decade ago

    visit a hot tub store get info then call a service man watch what he does and then you can maintain yourself

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Number 1 thing, make sure it has a dedicated, GFI outlet it is

    plugging into.

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