There is a wide variation of skimmers and drains available for today's hot tubs and spas. Skimmers and drains are available in a number of shapes, sizes and designs. These pieces of equipment work both independently and together to ensure the water in your hot tub remains clean.
There are many types of skimmers available for spa owners. These spa accessories can be as simple as a net which is manually glided over the top of the water surface to collect dirt and debris. Over the past few years, there have been a number of new developments when it comes to the design of skimmers, which have contributed to making hot tub maintenance easier.
Automatic skimmers are currently available on today's market and are extremely convenient for hot tub owners. Simply attach the device at the water level in your spa or place it at the bottom, out of view. Once stabilized, these devices suction in the dirt and debris in your hot tub and transport the dirty water to the filters. The filters then clean the water (removing unwanted particles and debris) and return it to your spa, leaving you with clean, clear water. Although these systems are obviously more convenient, they do cost considerably more. Hand operated skimmers can cost as little as a few dollars, whereas automatic models can cost anywhere from $20 to $70, depending on its features.
Hot tub drains are also an important element in the sanitization of your hot tub. There are a number of draining systems on the market which are used to drain the water effectively and quickly. Most drains are virtually clog-free meaning they won't get clogged by leaves, dirt, sand or other particles.
If you are looking to purchase skimmers and drains for your hot tub or home spa there are a number of models to consider. The type of equipment you choose will depend on your personal preferences, as well as the amount of money you are willing to spend. Although automatic models seem more appropriate, their high costs tend to deter many customers from purchasing these items. Ultimately it is your choice, choose the type that suits your needs best.