Waterlogged Hot Tub Covers
Spa cover lifts are highly vulnerable parts of a hot tub and if you are a spa owner for a long time, you will know that the covers are among the first things to get damaged once the warranty expires. Even with double layered protection on foam inserts and steel reinforcement, most spa covers start feeling waterlogged or physically damaged following a couple of years of ownership. It is not worth it if you cannot enjoy your hot tub. However, if you take care of your spa from the outset, you can prevent damage and wearing out. Your tub will last much longer.
Things to Consider
Is the Cover Easily Removable? If it is, you need not drag it along the floor. The best method is to make sure the cover does not touch the ground. This can be done by acquiring a cover lift arm that attaches the hot tub and elevates the cover back for storage on one side of the spa. It also adds to the comfort of removal.
Check for Splits in the Polythene
Another issue with the master spa covers is damage through foam protection polythene. Its purpose is to prevent any moisture from seeping into the high-density foam. Upon a split, moisture enters the polythene and leads to water logging within the cover, making it heavy. These instances may occur from broken zips within the seam that are fitted tightly. The occasion can be checked by never removing the foam inserts since zipping problems can lead to a faulty spa.
Failure of Lock-storm Straps
The straps may pull off in the heavy winds. Such events occur when the stitch starts weakening gradually through the lifetime of the spa when exposed to the elements. Despite the fact that lockdown straps act as preventions against high winds, these are not dependable. You can place things like a sturdy garden chair on the cover to prevent it from blowing away. Do not depend on weak straps which can be ripped off easily once the covers catch the wind.
Replacement is the Final Answer
If none of the above solutions work, it's time to replace your master spa covers before they become a hassle. All waterlogged covers cannot be saved. However, if the cover pulls out heat from the spa 32 times more than air, it calls for immediate replacement. Broken and waterlogged covers can lead to loss of spa heat, and become heavy, making its elimination long-winded and exhaustive. At times, the whole of the cover might not ask for replacement. Even with wet foam inserts, the cover might turn out to be functional. You may purchase some components of the cover online. Before making a purchase, separate the foam inserts from the cover and check if they dry out. However, if the covers do not look or feel the same upon drying, go for a new one. The best way you can dispose of an old master spa cover is by using a sharp knife to cut the cover and take it to the local recycling center.