When it comes to hot tub maintenance, the first step is making sure your hot tub cover is in good condition. As an investment for your home, it only makes sense to ensure that your hot tub is being well maintained year-round. The hot tub cover, then, should be considered an investment as well, since you are relying on it to keep your hot tub protected from the elements, debris, or other issues for years to come. Here are some of the signs that it’s time to replace your hot tub cover.
Sagging or Warping
When your hot tub cover has been well-worn, it will eventually become structurally compromised. You may notice after some years of use that your hot tub cover sags in places or the shape is warped. This can indicate that the foam core inside has been broken. This means it will not be able to protect your hot tub properly from rain and snow, which can lead to bigger problems for the maintenance of your hot tub. If you notice sagging or warping, it’s a sign that you need to replace your hot tub cover.
If your hot tub cover is waterlogged, this means that the foam core in the cover has been soaked through with water. This causes mildew and bacteria to form in the foam, which can damage your hot tub and even create a dangerous health hazard. One way to determine if your hot tub cover is waterlogged is to lift it up. If your cover seems much heavier than it used to be, this is a good sign that it is waterlogged and will need replacement.
A heavy cover can also cause damage to any lifter that is attached or holding it up. If there is too much weight on the lifter, it can break or pull out of the spa’s cabinet/siding causing even more damage.
The cover may appear sun bleached, stained, or have some other types of cosmetic damage from use over time if a vinyl conditioner hasn’t been used regularly. Cracking of the vinyl on your hot tub cover can indicate structural problems that may require you to replace the cover. Cracks can expose your hot tub to the elements and result in serious damage.
If you’re noticing a lingering smell coming from your hot tub cover, it can mean larger problems for your cover. As the foam in your cover takes on water, it can grow bacteria and mildew, resulting in an odor that will only get worse over time. Odor is a reliable indicator of waterlogging and mold growth and is a sure sign that your hot tub cover should be replaced. After all, you can’t enjoy your hot tub if it smells like mold and mildew.
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