Six Different Areas of Your Spa Cover to Inspect for Replacement

One of the most effective options you can get for your spa or hot tub is a cover. A cover is important because it helps to keep the spa water clean and free of debris, it also helps maintain a steady water temperature and can help lower energy and maintenance costs. Owning a hot tub or spa should be as easy and cost effective as possible while providing years of hassle free enjoyment.

When you own a hot tub or spa cover there are many ways that the cover can go bad over time. It’s important that you inspect the cover regularly to make sure you’re getting the most from your purchase. In this article we look at six ways to help you tell if it’s time to replace your spa cover. Six different areas of your spa cover to inspect should include:

1 – The outside or top vinyl layer of your cover acts as the first layer of defense from outside debris and damaging weather conditions. While inspecting the vinyl you should visually and physically look and feel for tears and cracks. You should also inspect for any parts that may be stressed or worn in any way and insure that the cover has a snug and tight fit to the spa.

2 – The cover straps insure the cover stays on and that it remains tight on the spa, even during the most extreme conditions. While inspecting the straps you should make sure the straps can lock to the spa frame effectively, making a good seal as well as clicking into position. You should also insure that the cover straps are not torn, worn or rotten from consistent usage or exposure to the elements.

3 – The insulation inside the spa or hot tub cover is usually a thick layer of foam sealed inside the vinyl layer. If you notice sagging or the foam seems heavy this can lead to many issues with your spas performance. Snow and rain can start to pool on top of the cover causing it to sag. Hot tub covers do absorb water over time which makes the covers heavier and harder to move.

4 – Most spa covers fold, so they have a hinge in the middle to allow for easy storage. The hinge can rip or fray as the cover ages or become weak as it gets heavier from taking on water. This unfortunately is where you will lose a majority of the heat making the cover less efficient.

5 – The bottom of the cover or the top from inside the spa uses a hinge seal to prevent heat loss from any gaps that you may have in the crease of the cover. For example, if your seal is worn, flat or torn, you may notice that you will have air or vapor leaks that escape from the hinge.

6 – One of the most obvious ways to tell if you need to replace your spa cover is by the way it smells. If you open the spa cover and notice that it has a moldy, mildew or even a musty smell to it, that means that the cover itself has started to take on excess water and the water has started to mold or mildew. This can make the spa stink while creating other issues for the other spa cover components.

Any of the six components discussed in this article, if not cared for properly, can have a negative impact on the life of your hot tub cover, while negatively impacting the efficiency of your spa. Inspecting your hot tub cover is simple and should be part of your regular spa maintenance routine.