What destroys my hot tub cover and how to take care of it?
A hot tub cover is an important part of a hot tub. It keeps debris out of the water and helps to keep the temperature regulated. It’s not unusual for a cover to last anywhere from three to five years.
However, some factors can shorten its lifespan, including improper care and exposure to the elements. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what destroys the cover and how you can prevent it from happening.
How long should my hot tub cover last?
The lifespan of your hot tub cover will vary depending on its location, the temperature that you keep it, and the care you take with the cover. This includes how often you clean your hot tub cover and how often you protect it from UV. With proper care, your hot tub cover should last well over 5 years.
What destroys spa covers?
The number one cause of a hot tub cover being destroyed is chemical damage. Hot tub owners say they diligently treat and care for their hot tub water. In most cases this is true. They take proper care of their hot tubs, they use excellent chemical treatments correctly, and yet the hot tub cover still has been destroyed by chemicals.
Spa Cover Chemical Damage
You might be surprised to learn that your hot tub creates a chemical cloud. This corrosive gas cloud forms under your hot tub cover in a gap between the top of the water’s surface and the bottom cover, this is called the freeboard. This is what destroys hot tub covers frequently.
The combination of chemicals and moisture that soak into the covers breaks down the materials. The poly vapor wrap around the foam core of the hot tub cover receives the harshest effect.
It can cause the foam to break down become brittle and dissolve due to the chemicals, which leaves the foam with no protection from moisture and will soak up water. This makes your hot tub cover extremely heavy and offers no value. When this occurs, the cover should be replaced with a new hot tub cover.
How to avoid hot tub cover damage
If you use your hot tub often, then the frequent removal of the cover may be enough time for it to breathe and release this chemical gas cloud. However, if your hot tub is not used for long periods and you do not remove your hot tub cover and allow it to breathe then you certainly will be replacing your hot tub cover more often.
Get a cover cap
One of the best ways to protect your hot tub cover from harsh weather or dirt and debris is with a cover cap. Which is a weatherproof layer of fabric designed to fit over your regular cover.
Clean your cover regularly
A dirty cover is a breeding ground for mold, algae, and contaminants. If you clean your hot tub cover regularly you can avoid the build-up of dirt and grime.
Open the cover regularly and take it off to dry
Opening the cover regularly allows the gas build-up to vent away from the hot tub. You can also leave the cover off after dosing chemicals to allow the initial gases to vent away before closing the cover. Keeping the levels as close to the manufacturers’ recommendations as possible can also help.
By following the tips, you can help your hot tub cover last if possible. At Colorado Springs Hot Tubs, our customer service team is always here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Learn more about Fall Hot Tub Preparation.