5 Warning Signs That You Need A New Hot Tub Cover
Advice - Hot Tub
keep your eye out for these signs:
The VinylLook for vinyl that is dry, brittle, dirty, torn or cracked. These are all indications that the cleanliness of the water, heat retention, and the look of the cover may all be compromised.
straps & locksIf one of the straps or locks on the cover is missing, broken or are not in proper working order, you should consider a new cover, or at the very least consider getting the piece fixed right away. Always take the time to ensure that your cover is correctly secured after each use as it provides peace of mind, and will ensure your cover is on properly.
foam coreExamine your cover to see if it’s sagging, heavy, or if it puddles. These could be signals that the foam core interior of your cover is broken, or that it has absorbed a lot of water. A sagging core creates gaps in the seal which may break the core further, or damage the metal channel. Broken seals allow heat to escape, making temperature control difficult; which can increase your hydro bill.
the hingeKeep an eye out for a hinge tear that goes beyond the Heat Seal Shoe which is approximately 2” in from the outside edge. Tears of 6” or larger will most likely require a new cover, as heat will escape through the opening, lowering the temperature of water over time; or causing constant hydro in order to maintain temperature.
heat seal shoesThe ‘Shoe’ seals the gap between where the two halves of the cover meet. If this crucial point in the cover is damaged or torn, you may be significantly losing heat from the hot tub. This is something that may be re-stitched depending on the extent of the damage.