Can a Hot Tub Cabinet and Cover Last in Central New York’s Climate?
Published: May 15th, 2020
In Central New York, the climate can be especially rough on hot tubs between dry spells, heat waves, and our famous winters. While it’s possible to own a spa anywhere, installing one in your home in our area requires special consideration. Serving communities in and around North Syracuse, Oneida, Cortland, Auburn, and Fulton, Cannon Pools and Spas discusses what to watch out for when choosing a spa brand and a hot tub that will last.
Consider the Tough Climate
Most estimates determine that spas and hot tubs will last five years if cared for improperly and over 20 years if they’re well maintained. In Central New York, however, our harsh winters and cold temperatures can pose an additional threat to their longevity and cause a lot of damage if you are not careful. The pipes that run the filters and jets can freeze if not kept warm or empty. And because water expands as it freezes, pipes can burst and may potentially destroy the entire inner system.
Hot tub lids can also suffer over the autumn and winter. Debris like fallen leaves and snow seem light in small quantities, but they get heavy when allowed to build up. Piles of snow and leaves on top of hot tub lids can also make them sag and crack, making it all the more important to take all of these factors into account when choosing new hot tub products.
The Benefits of Tuff Spas
The best way to ensure that your hot tub lasts for a lifetime is to invest in a high-quality product. At Cannon Pools and Spas, we offer products from Tuff Spas, a brand renowned for its durability. These tub shells have a lifetime warranty and are made of durable plastic and mold-resistant insulation. They’re also easy to maintain with side access panels allowing direct access to inner workings of the hot tub.
To prevent sagging lids, Tuff Spas products also come with unique lids that are far more rugged than the average cover, with its innovative Tuff Top design holding over 500 pounds of weight. Its unique rounded top has inset channels designed to promote runoff, so snow doesn’t pile up and water doesn’t sit on top. It’s also fully insulated to keep your spa toasty for the next time you want to use it.
Take Care of Your Spa
To make your investment last longer, make sure you’re prepared to properly care for it. Maintaining your tub can extend its lifespan from five years to 20 or more, especially if you are diligent. Here are a few tips for keeping your tub in good shape:
- Empty your tub before winter or keep it warm all winter long to avoid freezing and bursting pipes.
- If you are going to empty your spa before winter, it has to be properly winterized by sucking all water out of lines, loosening unions, and utilizing anti-freeze.
- Routinely brush snow and debris off your spa cover so it doesn’t weaken or sag. Use a brush and avoid using anything sharp that can rip the cover.
- Regularly replace filters and ensure that they aren’t overloaded, as minerals can build up in the tub and pipes and cause malfunctions.
- Develop a routine for replacing your spa water every 3-4 months, which can prevent residue and algae from building up.
Find Out More about Tuff Spas
If you’re looking for a hot tub that will survive a New York winter, consider Tuff Spas. At Cannon Pools and Spas, we offer this respected line of products, as well as other spa and pool options, to homeowners across Central New York. Contact us to learn more or schedule a consultation.