Written by April Reinhardt (last updated February 14, 2020)
When someone talks of frozen water pipes during winter, the real problem is not the pipes freezing—it's the water left inside of the pipes that does the damage. When water freezes, it expands. Since a pipe cannot contract, the expanded hard water (ice) will crack and burst the pipe, causing damage that takes a lot of money to repair. If you don't plan to use your hot tub during the winter months, then you'll need to drain all of the water from the tub and pipes to ensure that the freezing temperatures won't damage the tub and plumbing. If you are going to shut down your hot tub for the winter, follow these steps to winterize your hot tub:
Check the warranty of your hot tub. Some manufacturers will guarantee against damage during winter only if you use a professional to winterize your hot tub. It is advisable to call in a professional if you feel the need to blow out the water lines on your hot tub, since most homeowners do not know the proper pressure to use on pipes, and could cause damage to them.
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