How to Safeguard Your Hot Tub Before a Big Storm or Hurricane
With vivid images of the damage and destructions hurricanes can cause, it might be clear to see why one might think that safeguarding your hot tub might be waste of time. But according to experts, damage to property and possessions can very well be prevented or minimized if precautions are taken.
Hot tubs serve as reminder of a nice tropical vacation, dipping into a nice warm soothing clear Caribbean Sea, but just like any Caribbean destination a storm or hurricane can be its worst enemy. The days of returning home after a long tedious day and soaking in your therapeutic hot tub might soon be over. However, don't be despair because help is at hand.
First read the signs, if there is a warning from the National Hurricane Center and a storm is coming your way don’t wait until it makes land fall before thinking about securing your hot tub. Yes, you might already secure your windows, shutters and other valuable property, but what about your hot tub? The initial thing to do is to protect its electrical component by unplugging it. Flooding could cause water damage to very important parts, not to mention electrical power surges and outages that could result in the fluctuation in current causing electrical part to blow. The change in power supply can be a fire risk, as well as potentially damage to the electrical system of your hot tub. It’s important to shut off the power to your hot tub at the circuit breaker. Don’t forget to shut off any electrical “add-ons” that might be connected to your hot tub as well, led light or music systems.
Second, if your hot tub is firmly secured on a deck, the elevation might help in some cases of flooding, however placing sandbags around the perimeters of the tub or spa, could add additional prevention of damage to any electrical components in your hot tub. Next DO NOT EMPTY YOUR TUB, you would want to keep water inside your tub. A typical hot tub could hold up to 400-500 gallons (about twice the volume of a large refrigerator) of water, which will keep your tub grounded in strong winds.
After you have secured your hot tub with sandbags, it is important to sanitized with chemical and then cover it, balance your hot tub’s chemical levels and add extra chlorine or bromine to combat debris or dirty water which could result in a flood or storm. You might want to add the sanitizer to your hot tub first and let it have a chance to move through the filters before you unplug it. Then it's time to strap down the cover. The cover will help protect your hot tub from flying debris during a hurricane, which can affect the water and irreversibly damage your hot tub. Experts agreed that it is better to use high wind straps for extra protection. Properly installed and maintained, the straps can withstand between 100/120 mph winds. Standardized tool kit comes with an adjusted buckle, locking latches, and keys, which help keep the cover on during a hurricane.
Most of the damage to your hot tub could very well come from the things around it. With gushing winds of more than 100 mph a simple lawn chair could be harpooned into your hot tub causing severe damage. That’s why it is important to secure the backyard furniture and other items cloase to your tub. Experts also advised that it is best to trim all trees and branches that could result in damage to your hot tub.
Remember after a storm or hurricane has passed, what you do to your hot tub is just as important as the steps taken to secure it in the first place get it back into working condition and family fun time again, is just as important to the health of your tub. First check the power, it’s important to make sure that the circuit breakers and other connections are dry. Do not turn it on if the brakers are wet. It’s also important to inspect the wiring, harnesses, and other connections around your hot tub before turning it on. If you are not sure what to look for consult a licensed electrician.
Before you reuse your hot tun after a storm or hurricane it is imperative that you check for any debris, twigs or leaves that could clog or damage your filter. Remember before you use your hot tub after a hurricane, be sure to test the water and treat it. Even with a cover, dirt and other debris can get into your water and affect the quality. Adjusting the chemical balance in your is very important after a storm or hurricane. test the water and adjust the chemical levels as needed to ensure balance. Cleaning your filter is a part of your regular maintenance but is especially important after a hurricane or storm to maintain a healthy tub and healthy lifestyle.
Remember precaution is better than cure and a healthy tub is a happy tub. So, sit back, relax and remember for the best hot tubs and swim spa in the business Hot Tub Sales has the best hot tub and swim spas “air-conditioned showroom” in Martin County.
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