It’s that time of year when the winter freeze warnings go into effect. Extra care needs to be taken in order to maintain your hot tub both during and after a hard freeze to avoid costly damage to the hot tub and its components.

Preparing Your Hot Tub for the Freezing Weather

In order to properly prepare your hot tub for frigid temperatures, we recommend doing the following in order to protect it: 

1. Keep Your Water Circulating. Moving water can’t freeze. So while it may seem like a good idea to drain your hot tub prior to the quick onset freezing temperatures, it’s actually counterproductive as there could be residual water in the equipment (think pipes, filters and jets) that could cause serious damage if the water isn’t properly circulated. 

Because many newer pumps also have a freeze-protection mode that automatically kicks on after temperatures reach a certain degree, it’s important to keep the pump running. If your pump does not have that feature, then just be sure to continue to run the jets.

2. Keep Your Hot Tub Covered. By keeping your hot tub covered during inclement weather, you’re able to help further prevent the water from freezing while also protecting your heater and pump from having to work harder. 

What If We Lose Power?

In the event of losing power, do not panic. Continue to keep your hot tub covered without disruption. Your equipment will not suffer damage if you’re out of power for minimal periods of time. Just keep it covered as that helps insulate the tub and keeps the water warm for as long as possible. Much like you wouldn’t keep opening a refrigerator if you lost power, don’t worry about opening the hot tub. 

Your Coventry Hot Tub Experts

When it comes to the wellbeing of your hot tub, the experts at The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island have your best interest in mind. Winter is one of the best times to enjoy those hot water soaks, and we’re here to help ensure your hot tub operates at its maximum efficiency. If you have any questions about maintaining your hot tub during freezing temperatures, give our hot tub experts a call today. We specialize in hot tub service and maintenance and look forward to helping you have a worry-free hot tub ownership experience.


The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.  

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end. 

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.