Surrey, BC

Since 1997

Hot Tub Wood Rot
  This hot tub looked fine until we removed the panels to check what’s underneath

We used to frequently buy tubs with decaying wood skirts in order to rebuild them, but now we don’t usually bother with rotting hot tubs – they are too much work and often have other moisture-related problems such as rust, mould and stench.

Even a healthy-looking skirt may buckle and fall apart when it is moved or lifted because wood rot is not always visible on the exterior. Skirts tend to rot from the bottom-up, starting with the parts in direct contact with the ground, under the aesthetic woodwork. Skirts tend to rot from the inside, where it’s damp and stagnant, so damage may not be apparent on the exterior. Skirting that sits up against a wall or under a deck tends to rot much faster than if exposed to fresh air. The cross-members that hold the skirting together underneath are the most susceptible to rot, and cannot be seen without lifting the tub.

We always check the structural integrity of a hot tub skirt before considering it for our inventory


-Remove the panels and check under the hot tub if possible and check for rot

-Poke along the bottom sill with a screwdriver to test for soft spots. Lift one side up enough to check the bottom rails for signs of rot.

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