Hot tubs and swim spas are incredibly useful relaxation tools that can help relieve arthritic pain, alleviate stress, promote better sleep and boost circulation. But like any home appliance, they do require some regular maintenance to ensure proper performance and long-term durability. And when something goes wrong, it’s important to address the problem right away to prevent further damage or costly repairs.

One of the most common issues homeowners encounter with their hot tub or swim spa is water leaks. A common cause of these problems is heat and corrosion that weaken the integrity of pipes. This can lead to small perforations or cracks in the pipe that eventually let water out. If not addressed, these small leaks can worsen and cause extensive water damage to the surrounding structure.

Some of the most common signs of a leak include visible pools of water, dampness around the area of your heater and hissing sounds (which are caused by steam escaping). Recognizing these warning signs and acting promptly can save you money in the long run by preventing further damages.

Another common issue homeowners experience with their hot tubs is reduced water flow caused by clogged filters and airlocks. This can be easily remedied by turning on your jets in 15-second bursts until you see air bubbles forming and releasing. This will restore the normal water flow and help clear your filters.

The heart of your hot tub is its pump. It’s responsible for circulating the water, aiding in filtration and heating the water. When this component breaks down, it can lead to low water levels or murky and cloudy water. The best way to troubleshoot a malfunctioning pump is by reading the codes displayed on its control panel.

Whether you’re looking to add a lifter for easy opening and closing or would like to enhance your hot tub’s energy efficiency by installing a thermal cover, a professional Memphis handyman can assist with these and other upgrades. For homeowners that wish to tackle these projects themselves, Custom Built Spas recommends Basecrete, a premium waterproofing bond coat that can be applied with brush, roll, spray or trowel. It’s easy to use and comes in a wide variety of colors to match your hot tub or pool.

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