How to Drain Your
Your spa likely was designed to drain well when
you use the built-in drain. But several
areas may not drain well so you need to give
the left over water inside the spa's
footwell area after
depending on your spa, you have 1-3 pumps to
be concern about. On each pump loosen the
front fitting where the pump mates with the
spa plumbing. On some pumps you will see a
knob drain valve below the front fitting.
This is there to allow remaining water to
drain. Loosen or remove.
circulation pumps you have to pull the hose
off the front of the pump. There will still
be water in many pumps so if the weather is
cold in your area, a wet vacuum can be used
to suck the remaining water out of the pump.
heater. Loosen one or both fittings to the
heater to allow the water to drain. If you
find no water dripping out when you loosen,
shake the connection to break a possible
seal to allow water to drain.
homeowners will take their wet vacuum to
each jet and suction fitting on the water
side and suck any remaining water out of the
piping. This or blowing air into the fitting
is what a professional spa service company
visually look at the lower piping to imagine
if all the water is drained. If you can see
where the water would drain to, you should
be good to go.
How do I protect
the Spa from Freezing?
the spa, when operating, will not freeze
unless you turn it off.
power goes out any length of time or the
unit fails, you need to act. Although
water temperature will maintain for
awhile (don't keep checking and allow
heat to escape) you need to be
know you will not have your spa repaired
quickly, you will need to either drain
it (above) or protect it. In most
climates, simply putting a heat lamp or
even a shop light in the equipment area
can provide enough heat from the bulb to
keep things unfrozen. But the critical
parts are the plumbing. For spas with a
lot of foam, this too can be a blessing
and curse. But making sure whatever
method you are using, nothing hot is
touching any equipment or wet area or
foam. Do not place any electrical object
in water. If you drain the spa you can
also put the light/heater in the water
area of the spa to warm from there into
the pipes. But is short,
do not depend on
the draining to keep you safe.
I have found spas that the owner
"thought" the water was drained well but
wasn't and bottom fittings and pipes
were burst. This can be a major job. By
assuring the spa/water is kept warm by
either heat source in the equipment area
or in a dry spa will be money well
effective way to protect your spa from
freezing if the spa shuts down is "pipe
heater tape". This is a common pipe tape
found at most hardware stores. They are
designed to wrap around home water pipes
in cold climates. Once you wrap them
around the pipes you plug the tape in.
It has a sensor and ONLY comes one when
the pipe gets cold.
of the pipes with one or two heater
tapes, especially around the pump and
heater. Then plug the heater in an
outlet that isn't connected to the spa.
That way if the spa caused the breaker
to trip, the heater tape is ready to
save the day. Of course you would want
to make sure any wiring exposed to the
elements were protected from the