How To Drain Hot Springs Hot Tub: A Step-By-Step Guide

What’s more indulgent than relaxing in a hot springs hot tub on a cool autumn night with family or friends? Not much, which is why it’s so important to have a working knowledge of how to drain a hot springs hot tub so you can ensure its longevity. Have you ever wondered the proper way to drain a hot springs hot tub? If so, this article will provide the steps needed to successfully drain and refill your hot springs hot tub without compromising its stability. From shutting off the power to refilling with clean water, the following guide will provide the necessary instructions on how to drain a hot springs hot tub.

How to Drain a Hot Springs Hot Tub

Draining a hot spring hot tub can be a lengthy and tedious task – but with the right approach, it’s also something that can be done quickly and efficiently. In this section, we’ll explain the step-by-step process for correctly draining and refilling a hot springs hot tub. We’ll walk you through the process of preparing the tub, turning off the power, fully draining the tub, cleaning it out, and finally refilling the tub. With our help and tips, you’ll be ready to tackle this job in no time!

Preparing to Drain the Tub

First, you will want to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies. Depending on the type of hot tub you own, you will want to find the appropriate hoses and adapters to make the soundest connection. It’s also wise to have a bucket, sponge and brush on hand, as this will assist in the cleaning process. You’ll also need mop, towels for drying, and chlorine or other sanitizing agent.

Assuming that the hot tub is located outdoors, clear the area of any debris or clutter. Place any outdoor furniture or other outdoor items away from the tub to prevent them from getting wet from possible spills or splashes. Put a ground cover or tarp underneath the tub so any water overflowing from the drain doesn’t damage your lawn or landscaping.

Finally, consider your safety. Make sure you wear safety glasses and rubber gloves to protect yourself from any sharp edges, splashing water and dangerous chemicals. Have another person available to help you move heavy parts or tools, as this can be back-breaking work. Turning off the power at the breaker box can also be dangerous, so attach the necessary warning sign to the box to inform others that power is off.

By properly preparing and taking the necessary safety precautions, you can easily drain your hot springs hot tub before cleaning and refilling it. With these few steps, you will be able to effectively maintain your hot tub and make sure it works properly.

Shutting off the Power

Before beginning any process related to your hot springs hot tub, it is important to unplug the electrical cord and shut off the main power. Failure to do so can result in an electrical accident or worse. The specific steps for shutting off the power will differ depending on the model of hot tub, but the general process is fairly simple.

  • Unplug the electrical cord from the outlet.
  • Locate the main power panel near the hot tub.
  • Find the circuit breaker that corresponds to the hot tub.
  • Flip the circuit breaker to the “off” position.
  • Use a voltmeter or other testing device to confirm that the power is off.

Ensure that all of the power is off before you begin draining the hot tub to avoid any accidents or issues that can be caused by electricity. You may also want to turn off the pump, blower, and any other connected electronic devices. Once you are certain that all of the power is off, you can move onto the next step of draining the hot tub.

Fully Draining the Tub

Fully draining a hot springs hot tub is a necessary step when performing maintenance or repairs on your pool. To do this, you’ll need to disconnect the suction and discharge hoses, as well as remove the hot tub head and locking ring. Here’s everything you’ll need to drain a hot springs hot tub:

  • A bucket
  • A garden hose and showerhead
  • Rubber gloves and a face mask
  • Screwdrivers and pliers

Start by unplugging the suction and discharge hoses from the hot tub, then unclip and remove the locking ring from the head. All that’s left is to disconnect the hot tub head from the tub itself. Loosen the screws on the head and remove it. Now, your hot tub is completely drained.

To ensure it is completely drained, place the bucket below the hot tub and turn the garden hose on full blast. The water should drain freely out of the open hot tub head. Once the water has completely drained, you can move onto the cleaning phase.

Cleaning the Tub

For cleaning your hot spring tub, there are several items you should have on hand to complete the job such as:

  • Power washer
  • Paint/rust remover
  • Phosphate-free cleaner
  • Soft cloths/sponges

Begin by using the power washer to remove the loose particles from the tub surface. Then use the paint/rust remover to gently scrub away any rust or paint left on the tub. Once this is done, use the phosphate-free cleaner to get rid of any soap scum that may be present. Finally, be sure to use the soft cloths or sponges to really get down into the cracks and crevices of the tub. After the tub has been fully cleaned, it should be dried and ready for refilling.

Refilling the Hot Tub

To get your hot springs hot tub filled and ready for use again, there a few steps you’ll need to take. First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure your tub is all properly reconnected. You’ll need to reconnect the suction and discharge hoses, make sure the locking ring is securely in place, and reinstall the head on the hot tub.

Next, you’ll need to prepare the area. Make sure any debris or dirt is removed, and the filling point is level with the floor. Once everything is ready, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies to help fill the tub. This includes:

  • Garden hose
  • Water heater
  • Testing strips
  • Non-foaming detergent
  • Filter

Then it’s time to start filling the hot tub. Starting from the filling point, attach the garden hose to the hose connection and turn on the water. Make sure the water is at a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal hot tub enjoyability. As the tub is filling, feel free to use a filter to get any debris out of the water as it goes in.

Once the tub is full, add in the non-foaming detergent. Then, grab your testing strips, submerge them in the water, and take readings. Depending on the results of your readings, you may need to add in more detergent or other chemicals to balance out the water. Finally, let the tub finish filtering, and your hot springs hot tub is now ready for use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the drain plug on a hot springs hot tub?

The drain plug on a Hot Springs hot tub can be found on the bottom, near the right or left corner at the rear of the hot tub. It is usually marked with a black and white checkerboard decal.

How do you drain the water from a hot tub?

1. Shut off the power or unplug the hot tub from the power source.
2. Turn off the circulation pumps and valves, as they prevent draining water.
3. Remove the access panel at the bottom of the hot tub to expose the drain.
4. Connect a garden hose to the drain and place the other end of the hose in a nearby drain or outside.
5. Use the drain valve to begin draining the water. The valve is usually located near the bottom of the hot tub on the side.
6. Open the valve to start the water draining. When the water is drained, loop the garden hose and replace the drain access panel.
7. Close the valve and the pumps, and reconnect the power.

How do you manually drain a hot tub?

Manually draining a hot tub can be done in a few easy steps:

1. Shut off the power to the hot tub: Disconnect the power supply to the hot tub to prevent any electrocution hazards.

2. Connect a hose to the drain valve: Using a garden hose, connect one end to the drain valve at the base of the hot tub and the other end to a nearby drainage area.

3. Turn the hot tub’s drain valve: Turn the drain valve on the side of the hot tub to allow the water to begin exiting the hot tub.

4. Let the hot tub drain until empty: Allow the hot tub to completely drain until there is no longer any water coming out.

5. Unscrew the hose and the valve: Once the hot tub is completely drained, unscrew the hose and the drain valve. You should also examine the valve for any signs of damage or debris before replacing it.

How often should I drain my hot springs hot tub?

It depends on how often you use your hot tub. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you drain your hot tub every three to four months, or after around 100-150 hours of use.


In conclusion, with these easy to follow steps you have been able to learn how to drain hot springs hot tub. With the correct safety precautions, the correct supplies and a little bit of know-how, anyone can do this job. This process is not only easy but is also gratifying and can help you extend the lifespan of your hot tub. So get to draining and enjoy the benefits of a clean and carefree hot tub experience.

Eric Schunk

Hi, I'm Eric Schunk, the main author of OchoWorkshop. I've been working in the hot tub industry for over 15 years, and I'm passionate about helping people find the perfect hot tub for their needs. I've written countless articles and guides on hot tubs, from buying guides to maintenance and repair tips. I pride myself on providing accurate, in-depth information that can help you make an informed decision when it comes to buying and maintaining your hot tub.