Restore your old hot tub to like new!

Hot Tub Restoration in our specialized facility is often the best option.

Hot Tub Restoration is our Specialty!

Our hot tub restoration facility is in Thorold, ON.

Water Test

The first thing we do when renovating a hot tub is determine the condition of the shell.  If it’s solid in good shape with no cracks, everything else can be fixed. Actually the acrylic can be fix too but it is not cost effective in many cases.

We bring it in the shop and tear it down, strip the old foam insulation, remove the critters, mice, possum and snakes all seem to love the warm underbelly of the hot tub and they don’t need much of a hole to get it. This is why we take care to make sure   there are no holes for them to enter after we are done. The foam itself is inert and nothing really grows on it, so mould from water damage is never a problem.

After removing the foam and all the equipment we rebuild the frame that supports the tub. If water has been leaking or just ground moisture some of the wood parts will be rotted. Those parts get replaced.  While this tear down takes place we examine all the mechanical parts, pumps, blowers, spa pak, top side controls, ozonator. The most common problems we find are seised pumps and leaking knife valves. Update: After working on 100’s of tubs from just about every manufacturer we have begun to recognize and catalogue the design flaws we see over and over. Then we fix them. For example one manufacturer used the wrong glue to join two parts, initially it works but after 7 – 10 years it fails nearly every time. And we see this kind of thing all the time.

Hot Tub Restoration

The pump is made up of two parts the motor, which can be one or two speed and the wet end. There is a mechanical seal in the wet end that wears out and begins to leak. Causing the drive shaft to rust were the two meet and eventually the pump seizes up. It is nearly impossible to get the wet end off without breaking the impeller once this happens so we just replace the entire wet end.

We test the electronics and replace the heater element even if it is still working, because this is the most common cause of ground fault problems in older tubs. And now we use titanium elements in nearly all upgrades. They cost 3 to 4 times as much as the incoloy version but last 10 times longer and we are only talking about $100 difference in price.

We replace the pressure flow switch and test all the fuses, relays and sensors. Our goal is to make this old tub better than the original. Not always but often we succeed in meeting this goal.

Hot Tub Restoration Finished renovation

After the internal structure is rebuilt, its time for the water test. Common problems are seals around the light fixture and lower drains (since we have stripped all the foam insulation, it is easy to see where a leak is). As required we replace the seals or in some cases the jet housings themselves, and we water test it again. At this point we will have al the mechanical parts in working order, and we test the lines under full pressure. If the hot tub has been turned off in the winter, we will sometimes see damaged hoses in the lower parts of the hot tub, which we cut out and replace.

Once the tub is structurally sound and fully functional we address the exterior restoration.  Weathered panels are sanded down and stained to a factory like finish. Missing panels are replaced and the entire exterior skirt is attached to the repaired frame structure.  Once the tub has been finished we water test one more time.  With no leaks and everything working normally, we deliver it to the customer. If any problems arise in the final test, we fix them too. No tubs are shipped that are not in perfect working order. Period.

So having said that, transporting an older tub can cause things to break, come loose etc. so if there is a problem it shows up right away. We have seen a lot and have changed how we move tubs so these things don’t happen. But it does happen, and we will fix it.

Before Restoration

Before Restoration

After Restoration

Hot Tub Restoration - After Picture