Winter Power Outages & Your Hot Tub
As the winter storms approach, you will want to stay informed in case you have a power outage. Having the correct knowledge can prevent ice damage to your hot tub. The number one piece of knowledge is to never drain your hot tub unless you plan to go through the entire winterization process. Draining the tub without winterizing it can make it vulnerable to ice and freezing.
In the event of a power outage:
Try not to open your hot tub cover.
Opening the cover frequently can cause the temperature inside to cool down. Brushing the snow off the cover of your hot tub can also help maintain the temperature and prevent the cover from collapsing.
Make sure your hot tub cover is cinched down tightly.
This will also prevent the heat from escaping your hot tub. If you’re worried about your cover not staying completely closed or blowing off, you can stabilize it by putting weight on top of the cover. Make sure that the weight is evenly distributed around the outside instead of being placed in the center of the hot tub cover. Generally, wood boards work best to evenly distribute the weight. Placing weight only in the middle of the cover can cause it to break or collapse at the center.
Insulate the inside equipment housing area of the hot tub.