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How to repair your hot tub after a flood.

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flooded-landscapeIf you have a flood and your hot tub has been completely or partially submerged, here are important steps to take.

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Take Pictures

If your home owner insurance should covers flood damage, be sure to take photos of the tub from as many angles as possible.  Email these photos to yourself and your insurance agent.

Turn off the Power

Cut off all power to the unit; this is most important.  Turn off the circuit breaker. If the spa is 120v, unplug it from the outlet.  Contact a professional electrician if you have any doubt.

Assessing Damage

After the powere is turned off open the equipment panel.  Take a look at the electrical connections.  Check for burn marks and places that look corroded.  Replace anything that looks damaged.  Contact us to complete any repair - we have access to all parts no matter the make or model.
Here is a list of parts that can be affected by water damage:
  • Spa Packs
  • Pumps
  • Blowers
  • Ozonators

Dry Out the Entire Tub, and All Equipment

zep-mold-stain-and-mildew-removerBefore you even think about turning on the power, all the equipment must be completely dry.  If some of the electrical equipment is wet, a power surge can damage it further.  Use a shop vac to remove any excess water in any of the compartments.  Immediately spray the insides with a Mold and Mildew remover.

Leave the door to the equipment area open with a fan blowing inside during dry days to allow moisture to evaporate, and prevent mildew.  After it is dry, spray it again with mildew remover - and dry again.

Repairing your Spa Cover

damaged-hot-tub-coverCuts, tears, and small punctures can be remedied with water-proof patches. To get started:
  • Unzip the vinyl jacket and remove the foam inserts.
  • Inspect the plastic wrapping over the foam and patch over all defects, if cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced.
  • Next, patch any holes in the vinyl jacket and slip the foam inserts back in the cover.
  • Replace broken plastic cover strap clips with new ones.
If your hot tub cover has collapsed or the core is broken, it will need to be replaced.

Refinish and Repair Your Cabinet

Replacing the wood in your cabinet, if faded, is quite difficult.  The easiest plan may be to refinish the wood.  Collect the following tools to help:
  • Electric Screwdriver
  • Sanding Block
  • Orbital Sander
aftermath-of-hurricane-and-hot-tubFor instructions and great tips on refinishing your wooden hot tub cabinet, check out our blog on Restoring Wooden Hot Tub Cabinets & Furniture.

Inspect the Shell

After a flood or storm, vacuum out all the water and thoroughly wipe down the hot tub shell with a non-abrasive non-foaming cleaner. Once it is clean, it is easier to check for damage. Scratches, dents and small cracks can be repaired.  If there is extreme damage, it'll need to be replaced.

Once you are back in your home, and your family is safe, give us a call and we can easily assess the damage.


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