About once every few months you will want to do a water change for your Softub to keep it clean, clear and fresh.
I will go over the steps I follow to complete this task without the use of any power pump or disassembling of the Softub.
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To the easy, clear folder podcast, whereas guys above ground and soft to maintenance, as well as add secrets and everything in between full clear year rack and be sure to visit our website at [inaudible] Welcome back to the easy, clear pool podcast. My name is John and we are here and we have been swimming pool owners. Now for over a decade, also have a software that we purchased about three months ago, and we create this podcast with episodes and some of our experiences we've had with them and also some problems and solutions that help people that are owning these so that they can hopefully benefit from them. The poll we have is a 24 foot round above ground pool, and a self tub is a Sportster, a one 40 mile, which is the smallest that you can get a bit as a real nice soft tip , especially in the winter months and the cool evenings and mornings in this particular podcast, we're actually going to go into detail about how we just recently drained the hot tub and refilled it without any pump and how long it took to drain it, how long it took to refill it. So you'll get an ideal about how long it'll take and also about how often you should do that. Now, before we get into the details of the drain and refill the hot tub, do you think, or did you feel the we've had it now for what? Probably about three months , does it, did it seem to you, like we needed to actually drain it yet? Or did the water seem clear and fine even before we drained? It probably drained. It, would you say it was pretty dirty or,Speaker 3:
But it wasn't like that dirty, but there's a couple of movies like the grass.Speaker 2:
Yeah. There's a little grass and stuff. Maybe a little bit cloudy,Speaker 3:
Maybe a little bit, but all together, it was not that bad.Speaker 2:
Somebody needed to kind of get rid of some of the chemicals that we've been adding first for so long. And it just kind of clear it out and get a brand new batch of water in there. Now, according to the soft tub, but they say you need to change the water at least twice a year or about every four months. Personally, for me, I think a quarter change is probably what I'm gearing towards about every three months or so, or whenever you feel it's dirty or has had heavy usage, you may want to go ahead and drain it. And the way I did it, you do not have to turn it upside down or anything. You just basically put a water hose in it and let the water drain out. So now I'm going to go ahead and go into the step by step process and how long it took to go ahead and completely drain the water and go ahead and refill it. So first, what I did was got me a water hose, and you can get just any basic water hose, but one that you fill the soft tub with. And then you go ahead and put that into the soft tub. Then you just go ahead and turn the water faucet on until the water starts going into the soft tub . And then turn it back off. That's going to go ahead and have water completely in the water hose. And it's pretty much got it primed at this point. Then all you need, go ahead and go to the water faucet and unscrew it and then put that on the ground what's going to happen is the water is now going to start coming from the soft to on to the ground. You'll need lower ground, of course. So finding some lower ground and then just set it and let it start or draining out. And you'll be watching the water flow straight from your soft to now. It really didn't take that long about two and a half hours from start to finish is what I timed with this. And , um , if you have the medium or the larger assault of size, of course, it's going to take you significantly longer, especially for the biggest one that they have. Cause this one has 140 gallons of water. And I would say you're probably going to get 50 or 60 gallons per hour, maybe up to 70 to doing it with this method . Of course, if you get a pump, it'll cost you some money and you can get it done a lot quicker. So what you'll want to do when the water starts, the siphoned out from the soft tub is you can also see some of the grass, some of the dirt start to settle on the bottle is type the water hose gently around the bottom. And go ahead and let it suction up that debris that's on the bottom and they'll go ahead and shoot that out. So by the time this is done , you're really gonna have a knife . Yes , clean pool and or soft tub. And you're going to be able to, just to go ahead and rebill it unless you have a bunch of green algae on it or something that you really need to unhook it, turn it upside down and spray it with a water hose or scrub a lot of gunk and dirt and algae off of it. You should just be able to drain it and then refill it. So after about two hours, the soft tub is completely drained. And then you'll go ahead and remove the filter and go ahead and clean the filter off as well. Of course, while you're doing this, you want to make sure you have unplugged it completely as well before you start this. And then you go ahead and clean the filter. You might have to get a cup and remove an inch or so of water. If you would like that, the hose was unable to completely get . But if you leave a little in there and your water's not too dirty, I wouldn't worry about it. All you'll need to do is go ahead. And at this point, plug the end of the water hose back to the faucet and turn it on. And then just go ahead and let it refill. Now the refilling process is going to be a much quicker process than the draining of the soft tub, probably 20 to 30 minutes for this size of soft tub. And you'll get it filled back up. In our case, it took 20 minutes. It was actually about two hours and 20 minutes from start to finish. If you just did it, as soon as it was empty, rebuild it, but probably won't do that. You'll let it drain. And you might go back three, four hours later, sits empty and your water back into it.Speaker 3:
And you really want to do it like early in the morning. So you're hot to, I mean, you're soft hub actually fills and gets hot. So [inaudible]Speaker 2:
Right, because we did do it. And then we had a grandson over and he wanted to get it in the evening and it actually had not got hot enough. He tried, it was too cold and got out. So you want to give yourself 12 to 24 hours to let it heat up. And if you're have gassed or plan on using it that day or the next day, you might want to hold off and make sure you've planned this on. Maybe it's a weekday or a something to when you know, you will not be using the software for a good 24 hours and then you'll be ready to get right into that , uh , once it's completely done. Now, I understand that , uh , you had one question from a YouTube viewer bout the soft hub . And what was that?Speaker 3:
Okay. Lab of life on your YouTube channel asked, what kind of truck did you use to haul your soft toSpeaker 2:
I used was a regular full size bed pickup actually had to rent one and was able to fit it in there. Now I will caution you. It fit in there snug. I was able to get it in there and the pump and the components that came with it went in the back seat because it was a four, a two door or Cedar . So I was able to bring it back in the back seat and the soft tub in the bed of the truck. Now, if it would have been the, a medium, that 240 size or the larger 300 a gallon size, I don't know that it would have fit .Speaker 3:
So would a U haul workSpeaker 2:
Well, it's gonna depend on which kind of truck you get. If you get the standard size truck, it might be too small. If you get just a full size truck bed, you wouldn't be able to get the Sportster one 40 model in it. Now, if you're going to get the two 20 model or the 300 model, I think you're going to be going too big for the truck or the standard pickup style you haul. But if you were to go ahead and get a U haul that had a, that you were actually gonna move a bunch of stuff in, or maybe a U haul trailer, flatbed trailer would fit on or a bigger truck, not just a pickup. Yes. You should be able to haul any of those in those size of you haul trucks, but only the smallest one would probably fit in a regular size of , uh , for transport.Speaker 3:
So the track that you use did you have to strap down the soft tip ?Speaker 2:
Yes, because the truck I had did not have a top on it and while it may have been safe or it may have transported the entire way, I was not confident that it wouldn't fly out because we had to go about 90 miles. And in that length of travel out , one of the made sure while on the highway, it was able to keep from flying up in a year. So I did use actually just a couple of ropes and put from a diagonally across both the corners of the hot tub or corners of the truck so that it was in snug so that no wind could go ahead and suck it out on to the road while we were in transit. So yes, I did tie it down.Speaker 3:
Okay. Well, that's all the questions that I have from a lab of life.Speaker 2:
Well, let me go ahead and get straight to a segment. We're going to have each week. It is called the pole tidbit tip, and we're going to go ahead and get one tip in each episode. And this one pertains to the soft tub and the tip is be sure when you do a drain and refill that you do it and have a timely manner of before you want to reenter the pole or the softer , because it's going to take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours and on the larger 300 gallon model, maybe even 48 hours until it's backed up to 100 to 102 degree temperature. So before you drain it, unless of course it's, non-usable, if it's completely dirty and you have no choice, that's a different story. But if you're just doing a regular drain and refill, because you feel it's time to do so, and you want to do it, be sure you give yourself ample amount of time. I would say a few days just in case something goes awry, but you should be able to do it in one day on a smaller model, give you a couple of days on the medium model and up to three days on the larger model. Uh, so you know, it's going to be out of service or if you use it, it may not be quite as warm as what you would like. It would be a little chilly until it goes ahead and heats up and then you are back in and ready for action.Speaker 3:
Okay. Well, we're at a time John.Speaker 2:
Well, it seems like that's it for this episode. And next week we're going to be talking about, because it's almost time if you haven't already to close your poll and we're going to go over all of the steps and tips that you need to know to close your swimming pool for the season. So we're switching gears from the soft tub next week, back to your swimming pool, everything you need to know and the steps to go through to get that done so that you can have a clear poll at the beginning of next summer. And if you have enjoyed this content or it's helped you in any way, and you would like to hear more, the one way you can support this podcast is free. Just click subscribe on your Apple podcast or Spotify, rate it and review it. And thank you for listening. I'll we'll see you in the next podcast.Speaker 1:
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