There’s no doubt a swim spa is a significant investment. Although it won’t cost you anywhere near as much as a house, you might expect to pay as much as you would for a small car. And it’s only natural that when people lay that kind of money down, they like to know that they’re getting their money’s worth. So, how long does a swim spa last? Although there are many variables that can come into play that affect a swim spa’s longevity, it’s entirely reasonable to expect one to last 25 years or more. To help you get the most use out of your swim spa, we’ve put together this guide.
Swim Spa Cleanliness
Keeping your swim spa clean will help it last longer. Maintaining your water chemistry is one of the regular tasks that are intrinsically linked to a properly functioning swim spa. Not only will this keep the water clean and safe, but it will also help with the functioning of the various components. The cleaner you keep your water, the less wear and tear that will occur on the plumbing, heating, and filter system. Testing and balancing your water chemistry on a regular basis will ensure there’s no build-up of precipitates, organic materials, and other potentially harmful matter. Regularly cleaning and replacing your water filter cartridges will protect the plumbing, water pump, and heater. And by emptying the swim spa and giving it a good deep cleaning every year or so will ensure the shell and other components remain in good condition.
Swim Spa Covers
Among other things, a cover plays a huge role in keeping the swim spa in good condition. A cover protects your swim spa from the elements when it’s not being used. And let’s face it, your swim spa will be sitting unused for much longer periods of time than it will actually be in use. Regularly replacing the swim spa cover also retains water heat which means your heater doesn’t need to work as hard. If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, a cover is essential to allow you to use the swim spa all year round. The cover will also protect the water and plumbing from leaves, insects, bird droppings, and other debris. And from a safety perspective, replacing the cover after use will prevent children and animals from accidentally falling in. Although considered an accessory, a swim spa cover is actually a necessity.
Swim Spa Component Maintenance
Aside from taking care of your water by regularly using a cover, cleaning and replacing filters, and keeping up with scheduled water tests, swim spas don’t really require a lot of hands-on maintenance. As long as your swim spa is working properly and sounds like it’s working properly, it shouldn’t need any special attention. If you hear your water pump or heater making sounds that they normally don’t, call in a professional to take a look. If you notice leaks or parts wearing out, taking care of them sooner rather than later will be of benefit. Keeping up with general care and regularly inspecting the various components should be sufficient to maintain a properly functioning swim spa for many years to come.
Swim Spa Warranties
Although warranties will vary according to the make and model you’re looking at, you can usually expect a no-leak shell warranty to last for at least 10 years. Specific components such as the water heater, pump, plumbing, and cabinet will likely have shorter warranty periods. But that’s not to say these components won’t last longer than the warranty states. The warranties are there to help if there are problems that the manufacturer didn’t anticipate. As mentioned in the introduction, many swim spas can last 25 years or more.
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