Can a Hot Tub Sit Empty?


Owning a hot tub offers many health benefits, as well as a great place to socialize with family and friends. But can a hot tub sit empty when you’re not using it? We answer that question and offer some tips on how to get the best out of your hot tub.

Why are you leaving your hot tub empty?

There are many situations that may cause a hot tub to sit empty:

  • It’s being repaired
  • You’re having it winterized
  • You’re leaving on vacation (or for an extended period)
  • You’re getting it ready for summer.

Can you leave your hot tub empty? When can a hot tub sit empty?

The quick answer to this question is yes, you can leave your hot tub empty. But before you leave your hot tub empty, take these precautions to protect it, which will vary depending on the time of year.

Summertime – Having your hot tub sit empty in the summer is not an issue, as long as it is properly secured with a cover.

Emptying your hot tub, whether it’s to clean, repair or refill it, is a great time to look for anything that could lead to further damage, and an opportunity to ensure that all components are securely in place.

Wintertime – Can a hot tub sit empty in winter? As with most things in winter, leaving your hot tub empty is a little trickier. If you are planning on not using it or going away for the winter, make sure it is drained completely, including all the plumbing. Any water left behind can freeze and damage your hot tub.

Other tips to help maintain your hot tub

There are a few other considerations to keep in mind to ensure your hot tub stays in good condition:

  • Never turn the power off and leave your hot tub full of water
  • Don’t forget to clean your filter every 2-3 months
  • Keep your cover in good-working order, and don’t allow it to get too heavy
  • Keep up on your chemical maintenance regularly.

If you’re considering buying a hot tub, need a new one, or have more questions about can a hot tub sit empty, make sure you contact the experts at Oakville Home Leisure. We have exceptional service options and the best selection of hot tubs in the area to fit any budget.