How to service your Hot Tub after a flood

Written by The Hydrocare Pool & Spa Editor on . Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

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flooded-back-yardTake Pictures and Prepare Insurance Information

Email these photos to your insurance agent.  Take photos of the spa from all angles.

Be sure the Power is Off

Turn off the power to the unit. Turn off the circuit breaker. If the spa is 120v, unplug it from the outlet.  Then if you have any questions or concerns, contact a professional electrician.

Assess the Damage

Check for burn marks and places that may show corrision. Replace anything that looks damaged. Contact us to complete any repair - we have access to all parts no matter the make or model.
Here is a list of parts that can be affected by water damage:
  • Spa Packs
  • Pumps
  • Blowers
  • Ozonator

Dry the Hot Tub

zep-mold-stain-and-mildew-removerBefore you even think about turning on the power, all the equipment must be completely dry.

If some of the electrical equipment is wet, a power surge can damage it further. Use a shop vac to remove any excess water in any of the compartments. Immediately spray the insides with a Mold and Mildew remover.

Leave the door to the equipment area open with a fan blowing inside during dry days to allow moisture to evaporate, and prevent mildew. After it is dry, spray it again with mildew remover - and dry again.

Your Hot Tub Cover

damaged-hot-tub-coverCuts, tears, and small punctures can be remedied with water-proof patches. To get started:
  • Unzip the vinyl jacket and remove the foam inserts.
  • Inspect the plastic wrapping over the foam and patch over all defects, if cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced.
  • Next, patch any holes in the vinyl jacket and slip the foam inserts back in the cover.
  • Replace broken plastic cover strap clips with new ones.
If your hot tub cover has collapsed or the core is broken, it will need to be replaced.

Repair Your Cabinet

Replacing the wood in your cabinet, if faded, is quite difficult. The easiest plan may be to refinish the wood. Collect the following tools to help:
  • Electric Screwdriver
  • Sanding Block
  • Orbital Sander
aftermath-of-hurricane-and-hot-tubFor instructions and great tips on refinishing your wooden hot tub cabinet, check out our blog on Restoring Wooden Hot Tub Cabinets & Furniture.

Inspect the Shell

After a flood or storm, vacuum out all the water and thoroughly wipe down the hot tub shell with a non-abrasive non-foaming cleaner. Once it is clean, it is easier to check for damage. Scratches, dents and small cracks can be repaired. If there is extreme damage, it'll need to be replaced.

Once you are back in your home, and your family is safe, give us a call and we can easily assess the damage.