The days are shorter, the mornings are crisp and night-time temperature predictions are currently below zero. You know what that means? It means the time has come to get your Lay-Z-Spa ready for winter.
We are no strangers to the fact that a hot tub session in the winter is every bit as enjoyable, if not better, on a cold crisp starry evening, so, if you do wish to use your hot tub in winter, always make sure it is protected either on a raised platform in a sheltered or covered area. All you have to do is make sure that the ambient temperature is regularly checked to ensure that it does not fall below 4◦C (40F).
If your Lay-Z-Spa is left to fend for itself this winter, the water could freeze within the pump and cause irreparable pump failure.
Follow our steps below to ensure your Lay-Z-Spa is looked after in the best way possible and when you pull it out next spring it will look as good as new!
Disconnecting the filter pump
Before taking down your Lay-Z-Spa, the first thing you need to do is disconnect the filter pump. You simply need to turn it off and unplug it, before inserting stopper plugs, loosening the hose clamps and removing the debris screens inside.
Next, you can disconnect the hoses from the filter pump and remove the filter housing and cartridges from the spa liner. Flush the filter pump out using a garden hose and dry it thoroughly using an absorbent cloth. Failure to remove the filter cartridge when the spa goes into storage could cause permanent damage.
Draining Your Lay-Z-Spa
Once the filter pump has been disconnected, the next step is to drain your Lay-Z-Spa. Your spa should have a valve, allowing you to attach a hose for fast and easy drainage. It should have an adaptor to screw the hose onto the valve and unleash the flow of water.
Chemically treated water can kill flowers and discolour grass so you should lead the hose to a suitable drainage area. If you don’t own a drainage valve or an adaptor to screw the hose in place then spares are available on our website.
Taking Down Your Lay-Z-Spa
Once the Lay-Z-Spa has been fully drained, all you have to do is deflate your Lay-Z-Spa. Make sure all fittings and fixtures, including the valves and couplings on your spa have been removed from the liner. Take special care to keep the parts together so that they don’t go missing; it’s a good idea to keep smaller parts in a labelled box or jiffy bag.
Cleaning Your Lay-Z-Spa
The next step is to clean and dry your liner. Mildew thrives in damp conditions and you don’t want to pull your spa out of storage next spring to find it covered in mould.
To prevent this, mix some mild laundry detergent or washing up liquid with some warm water and soak a soft, clean cloth in the solution. Wipe around the inner part of the liner before soaking up any moisture with an absorbent cloth.
Fold the flat liner back to reveal a section of the outer walls and part of the base. Clean and dry the areas before folding another section back and repeating the process. Because the base has been face down in darkness all season you may find a more rigorous clean is needed here.
Protecting Your Lay-Z-Spa From Damp In Storage
No doubt you’ll be storing your Lay-Z-Spa in a garage or shed so that it’s safely out of the way for winter. If so, it’s likely that the temperature inside will get cold and a little damp. If your spa isn’t fully dried when it goes into storage then it could become the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew.
One method that some users use to ensure their spa is fully dried before they put it into storage is talcum powder. Sprinkling talcum powder over the liner prevents it sticking together when it’s placed into storage and absorbs any remaining moisture.
How To Store Your Lay-Z-Spa Liner
If you didn’t keep the original box that your Lay-Z-Spa came in then it’s best to store it for the winter months wrapped up in tarpaulin. Even when it’s been tightly folded, the liner is a difficult size, shape and weight to carry so you may require a wheelbarrow to transport it to your shed or garage.
Finally, storing the liner on a wooden pallet in your garage or shed creates a barrier from the floor and protects it from spillages, flooding or mice trying to burrow inside it. The tarpaulin needs to be as airtight as possible around the liner.
Remember, if you’re keeping your Lay-Z-Spa set-up, your Lay-Z-Spa should not be left out in temperatures lower than 4◦C (40F).
We hope you find our guide helpful and if you take all of these precautions, your Lay-Z-Spa will last longer and save you work when you take it out of storage next spring! If you have any more questions about packing away or handling your Lay-Z-Spa over winter please feel free to contact the Aftersales Team - they’re happy to help!