Hot Tub Installation
During Normal Use:
Leave your tub full of water as often as possible. Constantly draining and leaving it empty for periods, then filling it again will damage the wood over time as it expands and contracts more frequently than necessary, shortening the lifespan of your tub.
During Longer Periods with Use:
When you leave the tub unused while on vacation or for other reasons, drain most of the water out leaving about 3 inches in the tub. Drain the heating system including any filters or pumps in the system. Secure the cover on the tub and wrap the tub with a tarp to protect it and prevent excessive drying. Follow these directions closely, or you will damage the tub.
During Freezing Weather:
Never let the tub freeze solid when full of water!!! Since water expands when frozen, this will put enormous strain on the bottom, sides, hardware and heating system.
If you are going to be away during freezing weather, or you want to shut your tub down during a cold snap, follow these steps:
Step 1: Drain the tub down to about 3 inches in the bottom. This amount of water will not cause freeze damage and will keep the floor seam tight.
Step 2: Drain all parts of the heating system. This includes heater, pipes, and anything you might have added such as pump, filter, etc.
Step 3: If practical, disconnect and store the heater in a warm dry place.
Should the tub dry out:
If the tub does dry out, you can check to see if the compression straps can be tightened up a bit. Tighten the bottom strap first, then the upper ones. Do not over tighten the upper straps - they do not get tightened as much as the bottom one. NEVER tighten the straps when the tub is full of water!
First and most importantly, DO NOT treat the water in the tub with any chemical. No hydrogen peroxide, no bleach, nothing you would swallow yourself. The wood is made of carbon just like you and if it would damage you, then it will damage your tub’s wood and most likely the heating system.
Changing the Water:
The best way to clean the water is to drain and replace it, which we recommend at least once every 3 months. You should enter the tub after showering without any dirt or lotion on your body. Keep the tub covered to prevent any foreign objects, dirt or insects from entering.
There is no need to use harsh chemicals to keep it looking and feeling great—in fact, we don’t recommend using any chemicals at all. There are all-natural ways to clean your tub that are safe for you, the environment, and your wood tub. Any of the methods below are safe to use in your Hot Tub to keep it fresh, cleaning and in pristine condition.
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will kill algae spores that could make your hot tub water look hazy. Add a ½ cup up to once per week.
When draining to clean your tub: Mix two cups of white vinegar with 10 liters of water and pour it into your hot tub. Let it sit for about half an hour before draining it out.
White vinegar is a natural way to clean and sanitize wooden hot tubs. Soak a towel in white vinegar and wipe down your hot tub. It also acts as a great deodorizer, neutralizing odors from your hot tub that accumulate over time. White vinegar can also be mixed with baking soda for stubborn stains and baked on the wood for an extra deep clean.
To deodorize and soften the water: You can even add a scoopful directly into your hot tub at home—but only once per week, as excessive baking soda may damage filters. You may combine this treatment with ½ cup of white vinegar to help eliminate bacteria from the water.
To clean the tub cover: Simply mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 gallon of water before adding it to your hot tub. Wait 20 minutes and then use an old sponge or cloth to scrub down any tough areas on your hot tub cover.
Ozone Water Treatment
Ozone water treatment is a great way to clean your hot tub that doesn’t involve using any harsh chemicals or additives. Ozone gas, when put under high pressure, converts into a safe and all-natural oxidizing agent that disinfects your spa water. This helps break down harmful bacteria, which keeps it fresh and ready for use. Also if you have hard water your spa will not get that dirty as often because of its tendency to bind things together. So you may find yourself cleaning out less frequently than before. Not only does it help reduce how often you need to clean your hot tub but it also leaves it feeling softer on your skin when using.You can find out more about Ozone Water Treatment from your local pool supplies store.
Dundalk LeisureCraft Inc. warrants their cedar hot tubs against defects in materials and workmanship under normal/residential use for a period of five (5) years, as applicable, from the date of receipt of the product by the original end-user consumer.
This warranty does not apply to normal wear and tear and/or natural weather conditions.
This warranty does not cover regular required maintenance of the hot tub, (eg. tightening bands) refer to your hot tub assembly manual for maintenance guidelines.
This warranty does not cover misuse or negligence and the manufacturer and associated retailers are not liable for any injury or damage caused by the product.
This warranty does not cover burned or melted hot tub heaters do to starting the fire without water in the heater and hot tub, DO NOT light a fire in the heater until the heater and tub or both full with water.
This warranty is a parts only warranty and any service or labor costs would not be considered as part of the 5 year warranty.