Hot Tub Covers are required, if you would like to have the water warm in the hot tub. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Despite what your spa dealer would have promised, there shall come an occasion when you will need a replacement hot tub cover.
What are the signs when your current hot tub cover has given up the ghost? There will be obvious signs, and some are not so obvious indicators. Here’s 5 problems of spa cover distress to take into consideration.
Should the foam filled hot tub cover collects water on the outside, you’ll need a new spa cover. This is an indication that whatever was done in terms of the reinforcement of the foam boards is now bent or broken. You’ll find typically a C-channel that runs along both halves of the spa cover, where they meet along at the hinge. Some cover manufacturers will use materials like aluminum or thin steel at this point which will bend under weight (dogs, kids, snow), or (more typically) from the weight of the cover itself.
If so, attempting to milk a longer time from the cover is only going to cost you more as time passes by since whatever insulation value it might possibly have possessed is gone once this happens. Delaying the inevitable will just cost you more in your energy consumption. But more importantly coming from a usage viewpoint, you’re probably less likely to care to mess with your cover when it has water on top of it. Ultimately, you’re utilizing your hot tub less which is a sin. Don’t be a sinner.
Something to analyze here. Irregardless of what your hot tub dealer has to say about it, if he only tries to sell you another foam filled cover, it is 100% absolutely going to turn out to be identical to the one you are trying to replace now.
It won’t matter if it is shrink wrapped in Kevlar and reinforced with titanium, if it has foam inside of it, it is doomed to fail.
Water is heavy, at 8 lbs per gallon, it can add up quickly. Another case of broken reinforcement channel. Probably started being a small crimp in the channel, which began to puddle some water, which led to more water … and now it looks that a new spa cover is in order.
Not unlike Saggy Cover, this is caused by using foam panels as a cover for a hot tub. Foam panels will soak up moisture from the steam being released the spa water. Not one thing will prevent it except not using foam inside of the cover!
The spa dealer may suggest you to attempt to flip the panels over inside the cover to add to the life span. Except the zippers and the vinyl material weren’t made heavy duty enough to be opened and shut following the initial stuffing of the foam.
Once a cover begins a gradual puddle, it can never be reversed. It is time to order a replacement hot tub cover. As already pointed out above, putting it off means you’ll be utilizing the hot tub less (a sin) and wasting money on your heating bill.
Water Logged Spa Cover
Now you have a spa cover that weighs about 3x what you had when it was new. They can get so heavy that they become next to impossible to use without having the aid of a Seal Team. They can also damage spa cover lifters when they get too heavy. This is due to the fact that the cover lifter is not made to handle the weight of a saturated cover. Bet the dealer didn’t mention that when he sold it to you.
happens when the foam core is taking on water – and, is not draining. It doesn’t mean that rain water has somehow entered your cover, or snow or various other outside source. It occurs when steam rises from the warm spa water then as it’s a very small molecule, gets right into the foam. Once it gets inside of the foam it cools and turns back into water, and becomes trapped because the water molecule is too big to drop out.
The only way to prevent it would be to never use a foam filled cover on the hot tub. No matter what the manufacturer claims to wrap it in or how they package it, the foam will eventually become saturated. Period.
It’s time for a new replacement hot tub cover. Again, putting it off at this point is just going to run you more in your energy bills and unless you happen to have a Seal Team living with you, you aren’t going to be using your spa very often. (still a sin)
If you’d like to be clever, you can take the cover off the spa and store it in your garage for a few months. When the cover is away from the moisture and stored in a dry place, eventually the moisture inside of the cover will evaporate (back to a smaller molecule) and of course the foam will become light again. It only takes a few months for it to dry completely this means you will need another replacement cover so you can continue to use the spa during the time you wait. Note:The cover may still warp wildly out of shape while it dries.
If you choose to rotate your covers every three months, there is a possibility you might be able to make them last until the materials finally come apart. See Below.
Torn & Worn Spa Cover
When the fabric (marine grade vinyl on the standard foam filled spa covers) is exposed to more than 1500 hours of sun and weather, it becomes brittle and begins to deteriorate. Eventually, holes and tears will develop that will .
The reason is that ALL Vinyls, including the ultimate Marine Grade, are rated by HOURS outdoors.
Using a spa cover protectant is just another method for cover dealers to take your money. If you’d like to spend every week rubbing down your hot tub cover with conditioner, go for it but the smart thing to do would be to get a cover that doesn’t have VINYL on the exterior.
Still, if the cover isn’t heavy yet, you may put off acquiring a another right away providing you don’t mind the appearance of Duct Tape. If you require a few suggestions, check out some episodes of the “Red Green Show.” Red covers the finer points of Duct Tape.
Smelly Spa Cover
Musty, mildew, old wet dog – whatever your spa cover smells like, if it’s a bad odor, that probably means that you have bacteria forming inside the hot tub cover. It probably also means the cover is water logging (see above).
Now we have crossed over from inconvenient to unhealthy.
What are you inhaling when this is what you smell?
Completely dismantling of the cover, and spraying it down with Lysol won’t help! Because of the fact that the source of the smell, AKA the mold and mildew are inside the foam! At most you might be able to kill what’s on the outside of of the vinyl or foam however you won’t be able to touch what’s inside the foam. Plus now your cover smells like Lysol, nothing kills the mood faster than inhaling something that reminds you of how the school janitor cleaned up vomit.
The source of the problem? That high quality foam used for traditional Hot Tub Covers. Despite how much a dealer may attempt to sell how it is extremely resistant to water absorption and bacteria formation, it without a doubt will still happen and they know it.
At the time you’re ready for a different spa cover, be sure that it’s not manufactured with a foam core.
5 reasons that it is time for a new spa cover – in case you were curious about your own hot tub cover lasting another year. Don’t wait. It’s your basic instinct sharing something important – hot tub season is coming! Prepare now!