5 Signs It’s Time to Drain and Refill Your Hot Tub

5 Signs It's Time to Drain and Refill Your Hot Tub

On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you feel about hot tub maintenance and care? The truth is, regardless of how it makes you feel, regular maintenance and care are essential to hot tub ownership. At Texas Hot Tub Company, we want to help you feel educated and confident in caring for your hot tub. This includes regularly checking and balancing the chemicals and cleaning the components. Another major piece of hot tub care is draining and refilling the water. Not sure when to change the water in your Hot Spring® Spas? Here are 5 signs it’s time to drain and refill your hot tub water. 

Cloudy Water in Your Hot Spring Spas

For ideal enjoyment and cleanliness, hot tub water should be crystal clear. No one likes to soak in water that’s murky. When water turns cloudy or is difficult to see through clearly, that’s a tell-tale sign that it’s time to drain the water and start again. Out with the old and in with the new.

Unusual Smells in Your Hot Spring Spas

Of course, if the water begins to have an odor, it is definitely time to start over with your hot tub water. Smells can indicate the growth of bacteria or algae. You will want to start over with new water and keep the chemicals well balanced. It’s probably a good idea to clean the hot tub surface once it’s drained to ensure there are no unwanted bacteria left behind.

Foamy Build Up in Your Hot Spring Spas

Notice frothy build-up around the edges of your hot tub? Then it’s time to empty and refill the water. This can be caused by a chemical imbalance or from ample hot tub use. However, it can also be caused by a buildup of personal use items like lotions, makeup, and laundry soap. Make sure to remove or limit the use of these items before entering your hot tub to prevent foamy build up.

When the Calendar Says to Drain and Refill

If there are no other warning signs, most spas need to be drained and refilled every three to four months. This is especially true after lots of use. Regular water change allows you to get rid of chemical buildup and start with fresh, clean water. However, with Hot Spring Spas FreshWater® Salt System, your water can stay clean and clear for up to 12 months. This water care system is available with the Highlife and Limelife Collections.

Before/After an Extended Period Without Use

If your hot tub will go without use for an extended period of time, it’s wise to drain it before the long break. This will prevent anything undesired from forming or growing while you’re away. Then, you can refill it and use it when you’re ready to soak again. 

Knowing when to drain and refill your hot tub can feel complicated. But the truth is, it’s really quite simple and we’re here to help. Bring a hot tub water sample into one of our five DFW area stores any time for a free water sample test. We can then help you find the chemicals you need to keep your hot tub clean, clear, and safe to use. Contact Texas Hot Tub Company today if you’d like to learn more about caring for your Hot Springs hot tub.


The 2019 Limelight Collection Owner’s Manual will help you understand your spa’s features, and answer questions you might have regarding spa operation, water care, and maintenance. There is also a troubleshooting section included for your convenience.  

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