How to fill your hot tub for the first time

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How to fill your hot tub for the first time
Hot tubs can be fun and refreshing but require proper care for regular use. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A new hot tub in your yard or on your deck offers year-round relaxation and socialising. After the hot tub is installed and hooked up to the electrical system, it needs to be filled with water. Improperly filling a hot tub can lead to overflow, low water levels and poor filtering. Even after the initial filling, you should repeat the process every few months to ensure fresh water and proper levels.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Garden hose connected to water supply
  • Measuring cup
  • Spa/hot tub stain and scale solution
  • Bromine tablets
  • Chlorine

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  1. 1

    Locate the filter housing, lift off the top and pull out the factory-installed filter. Insert the tip of the garden hose into the front of the filter -- on the inside surface of the hot tub -- and turn the water on fully.

  2. 2

    Allow the hot tub to fill up until the water line is about 2 to 3 inches above the top section of the filter opening.

  3. 3

    Replace the water filter and turn the hot tub on. Immediately press the hot tub's jet controls to full power. Turn the jets off and on multiple times to aid in water flow. Leave the jets on.

  4. 4

    Measure out and add 59.1ml. of stain and scale solution to the hot tub. If your hot tub holds more than 250 gallons, you will need to add an additional 56.7gr. per additional 250 gallons. For example, a 500 gallon hot tub requires 118ml. of stain and scale solution.

  5. 5

    Wait 15 minutes and then measure out and add 1 tsp of chlorine per 250 gallons of water.

  6. 6

    Place two bromine tablets in the skimmer -- where the water flows into the filter -- and allow them to dissolve in the water.

  7. 7

    Adjust the temperature to the desired temperature. Ideal hot tub temperatures range from 37.8 to 40 degrees Celsius.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to wait a few hours for the water to reach the desired temperature.
  • Turn off the jets when not in use to save energy.

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