hot tub care extended lifespan

For any hot tub or spa owner, maximizing lifespan and usefulness is an important factor. The kind of tub you choose will obviously play a big role in how much life you get out of it, but another important factor here is the care and maintenance you provide.

At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re proud to offer Bullfrog Spas materials as well as several other high-quality hot tub and spa options – plus expertise on how to care for any of the great choices you land on. Apart from standard cleaning and upkeep, here are a few lesser-known hacks that will help you maximize the life and efficiency you get out of your hot tub or spa.

Backup Filters

During standard hot tub cleaning, an important area to hit is the tub filters, which prevent contaminants and debris from entering your water. In many formats, properly cleaning filters involves removing them from the tub itself.

In these cases, we recommend purchasing backup filters you can use interchangeably during cleaning. True filter cleaning often involves soaking dirty filters in a large bucket of cleaning solution overnight, but having extras on hand allows you to immediately replace them and keep the filtration system going. This will keep your filters lasting much longer than just one set, and will also benefit several components that are protected within the tub.

Lubrication Areas

There are a few areas that can do well with some yearly lubrication in the hot tub, and one such area that’s often glossed over is the O-rings. Located on the top valves of your tub, these rings are what help you turn various knobs to change jets or water flow within the tub. Using a waterproof grease to lubricate these once a year or so will stop them from sticking or becoming hard to turn, which can trickle down to issues with the functions they can control.


The ozonator is an important device in the tub or spa that helps remove odors and contaminants from your water. As the name suggests, it oxidizes airborne odors in a far more effective way than a product like bleach. If you aren’t sure where the ozonator is on your hot tub, our pros are happy to point it out to you – and from here, you should just inspect it once a year to ensure it’s working properly, which will significantly limit the amount of chemicals you need to use to clean the tub.

Cover and Chemicals

Speaking of chemicals, one tip for when you use them to clean or sanitize your tub: Leave the cover off for about 20 to 30 minutes afterward. This will allow any gasses that may contribute to long-term corrosion to dissipate, releasing into the air instead of absorbing into vinyl or plastic areas of the tub.

For more little tricks to improve the long-term lifespan of your hot tub or spa, or to learn about any of our swimming pool or spa services, speak to the pros at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.