How to drain or empty a Bestway, Intex or Coleman hot tub: Easy Steps

If you have a hot tub, you need to learn how to drain it. A hot tub will not drain on its own, but with a little help and some time, you can get rid of all the water. Let’s explore how this is done.


How to Drain Your Hot Tub

If you have a hot tub, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time relaxing in it. But did you know that there is a way to drain your hot tub without needing to spend hours doing it yourself? Whether you have an electric or gas hot tub, the process is relatively the same. You can use a pump to do this but often there are easier methods.

To begin, make sure all of the jets on the hot tub are turned off and close the cover. Unplug the device and make sure that you wear gloves and rubber boots.

The first thing you should do is close your hot tub cover. Remove debris out of the water before doing this. This can be done by hand or with a net.

 Next, find the hose at the bottom of your inlet and plug it up with something that won’t let water through (a plunger works great). Make sure the seal is tight and then open up your drain valve at the bottom of your spa. Now turn on any faucets in your house until water starts coming out of them. The goal is to have some water coming out of the faucets while more water goes down than comes back up. Once this happens, you’ll be able to drain your hot tub! When it’s done draining, make sure to clean it thoroughly before refilling with fresh water for next time! Check the manual of your tub to see if additional steps are needed. You can do this by searching for the model number and brand and you should find the manual online. Each model has specific requirements so it is best to check them.

You can use a wet vac to get your hot tub completely empty. People often let some water in the bottom but this can lead to nasty spots or even mold. A wet vacuum is easy to use and allows you to completely dry your hot tub. You can use some old towels to get it completely dry. Sun-drying can help as well. 

Hot tubs contain soap and cleaning products. For this reason, it should be drained in a wastewater inlet. Don’t drain it near a well or rainwater tank. If you have a septic system, you shouldn’t drain your tub water in it. The chlorine might break the process down and you might have to pump the tank. You might have to transport it to a collection location. It is also an option to work without chorine but this can lead to other issues. Check your local code to see what is allowed.

Tools You’ll Need

for Draining a Hot Tub



-Faucet or Garden Hose

-Drain Valve


Removing clogs

If the drain hose is not working and you can’t get the water to drain, then there may be a clog. This problem is often caused by hair, leaves, or dirt that’s blocking the drains and making it difficult for them to drain properly. If you have an in-ground hot tub, it would also be good to check around the perimeter of your spa for any pipes that may have come loose or were broken. You can use a plunger to try to remove the clogs. First, find a plunger seal that will fit over your drainage valve (most plungers come with different sizes) and make sure it’s tight before you start trying to remove clogs.

Next, hold the plunger over the top of your hot tub and push it down so that water goes up through the pipe instead of out of it. Push up and down until you’ve cleared out all of the clogs. This should resolve any issues with your drain! Don’t use chemicals to remove clogs as this can break parts of your hot tub. Water pressure can often be used to push clog out. There are attachments for your water pressure washer available that can help you with this. 

How long does it take to drain a hot tub?

The amount of time it takes to drain a hot tub varies by the size. Smaller hot tubs will take less than 10 minutes to drain, while larger ones can take up to 30 minutes. All you need is a plunger and a hose in order to complete this task. By sealing off your pump or filter intake and opening up the drainage valve, water will flow out of the hot tub until it’s empty. You’ll know when it’s done draining when water starts coming out of the faucet and not going into the hot tub. Letting the water run for about 5-10 minutes after that should be enough time to finish off the job!

Make sure that nothing overflows as a hot tub can contain a lot of water. This dirty water can leave nasty stains or break electronic items if you are not careful.

To conclude, can we can state that draining a hot tub is quite easy to do as most hot tubs have a specific valve for this. Make sure that you have a drain that doesn’t lead to a well, rainwater tank or a septic system. Chlorine can pollute clean water so be careful with it. 

You have to drain your hot tub every month to completely clean it. A lot of people don’t do this and this can lead to dirty spots in areas that are not visible. This can have bad side effects so it is important that you keep your hot tub clean. A big aspect of this is to drain it from time to time. In this post we have outlined how you can do this.