Close your eyes; let your mind escape. You're ready to put work and your to-do list behind you. It's a gorgeous evening outside. The sun is setting and soon the moon will emerge with her entourage of sparkling stars.

Your body feels almost weightless as a thin cloud of steam rises around you. You've discovered the perfect way to relax — year-round — with a Jacuzzi hot tub, found only at Thompson Pools and Spas.

A home spa is a backyard upgrade many homeowners love, and the key to enjoying it year after year is proper maintenance. Good maintenance isn't just a financial investment, but a solid water treatment plan also means your spa is safe and healthy for your family and guests.

Of course, you should check your owner's manual for maintenance instructions specific to your model, but in general, here's the maintenance HotTubWorks.com suggests:

  • 2-4 times a week: Test your water chemistry and adjust if needed.
  • Two times per week: Air out the cover.
  • Every 1-2 months: Clean the spa filter.
  • Every 3-4 months: Drain and refill your spa.
  • As needed: Add water so the spa is full.
  • Every 1-2 years: Replace the spa filter.

If anything appears to be malfunctioning, you'll want to get it checked out sooner rather than later, too.

If you prefer to spend time IN your spa instead of WORKING on it, let Thompson Pools and Spas take care of it for you. Getting started is as easy as calling (406) 656-8511 or visiting Thompson's website here.