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It’s the time of year when most people living in Northern climates have Spring fever and begin to think about swimming. If you have ever gotten to pool-opening season to find that the water in your pool has turned green, know that you can prevent this from happening! Peel the cover back to see how your water is looking. If you are using Waters Choice, your water should be looking crystal clear. If you aren’t on our system and your water isn’t clear, add chlorine to the water to clear it up before it is time to open the pool. Remember with enzymes, you cut out your opening and closing chemicals. BIG savings!
Make sure to add your Waters Choice two weeks before you are ready to swim. When you open your pool or start the enzymes for the first time you add 2 ounces per 10,000 gallons of water the first and second week. Add 1/2 ounce per 10,000 gallons every week during the season.
In case you forgot how many gallons of water your pool holds, click here.
It is important to watch the PH and alkalinity. They will tend to stay on the higher end of the scale and you will need to bring them down periodically. Maintain pH between 7.2 and 7.6 and alkalinity between 80 and 120. Maintain a minimum amount of chlorine.
We know winter-like weather may still rear it’s ugly head, but Summer is just around the corner. You will be swimming and enjoying the hot temperatures before you know it!
We love our pets. But sometimes they get into stuff that they are not supposed to- such as hot tub or pool chemicals. If your pet swallows Waters Choice enzyme products, they should be OK. Waters Choice enzymes are non-toxic. Always keep spa/pool chemicals out of your pet’s reach. A customer asked if it was OK for their pet to soak or swim with them. After a little research, we learned that the biggest health risk for any pet is drowning. Owners should always supervise pets when they are in the water. An average size dog is equal to three humans in terms of the stuff that they introduce into the hot tub or pool. Just know that you may have to increase your chemicals to keep up with the increase in bather load. Make sure your pH is balanced and clean filters consistently as pet hair will clog them quickly.
Your pet is part of your family. Just like a child, they need supervision. With monitoring, you can all enjoy a nice dip.
Posted by Laura Macauley at April 17, 2017 9:03 pm | No Comments »
Springtime can be a great time of the year to change your water in your hot tub. Waters Choice recommends changing the water in your hot tub only once a year. This is great news since most other water care systems say you should drain and clean your hot tub every 3 to 4 months and even more if it’s used often. It’s a good idea to drain your spa right before it’s time to add your Waters Choice so you don’t waste any enzymes.
What to do when you’re ready to drain your spa:
Now you’re ready to go! Your hot tub will function better and have fewer issues now that it has been thoroughly cleaned out. You can now look forward to another great year of hot tub enjoyment.
Posted by Laura Macauley at April 10, 2017 7:31 pm | No Comments »
The goal of spa water treatment is to maintain hygienic and clear water without costing an arm and leg and without hours of daily maintenance. We want you and your family to enjoy your spa; not to spend time worrying about how to balance the water or issues such as itchy skin and toxic fumes!
The five basics of water balancing are: pH, Total Alkalinity, Sanitizer, Water Hardness, and Total dissolved solids (TDS). We will discuss one per month. Let’s begin with pH which some consider to be the most important component of water balance.
Spas, due to their small volume, are prone to fluctuations in pH, so this parameter must be monitored closely. Use test strips or test kits employing liquid reagents to analyze water quality. The ideal pH range for spas is 7.2 to 7.8. Any reading below 7.2 means your water is acidic. To correct this, you would add Spa Up. If the pH reading is above 7.8, it means the water is basic or alkaline. To correct this, you would add Spa Down.
Water with low pH can cause corrosion of metal components such as heating elements, pump seals, and cause eye and skin irritation.
Water with high pH can lead to scale formation on plumbing and surfaces, cloudy water, and eye and skin irritation.
Check back next month as we discuss Total Alkalinity, the following month Sanitizer, Water Hardness, and then Total Dissolved Solids. Mastering these five areas of water balancing will allow you and your family hours of enjoyment- not hours of upkeep.
National … Hot Tub Day? While there are a millions designated “days” from national pancake day (which happens probably 20 times a year) to national National Happiness Day (March 20) and World Party Day (April 14) which fall on the sides of this day of celebrating your favorite backyard activity, spa relaxing. In addition, most of us lead very busy lives and spend little time on ourselves. Why not spend a day on yourself and unwind? An entire day for hot tubbing? That is a national day you can get behind – move over, Kale. “Turn off the phone, unplug the TV and take a few hours to pamper yourself. Today is the day to grab a refreshing cocktail, doff your skivvies and hop ever so gently into the nearest hot tub. Sit back, chill and feel all the tensions of the world melt away in the warm embrace of the bubbles and steam.
In an interview reprinted by the “Chicago Tribune,” Atlanta Spa & Leisure owner Adam Burke told “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution” that relaxation and stress relief are the top reasons customers purchase hot tubs. According to the American Heart Association, heat from hot-water spas leads to a process called vasodilation, or the widening of blood vessels. As the blood vessels open up, tension and pain can also loosen their grip on the body. The AARP also notes that hot water is known for its soothing properties, which can be enhanced by aromatherapy with essential oils, whereas cold water is an inflammation fighter
In addition to being super relaxing and fun, hot tubs have many other benefits. They offer a relaxing, warm-water environment that combines buoyancy and massaging jets, making them a practical and a reliable tool for many types of therapy. From the relief of general discomfort to the specialized treatment of medical conditions, hot tubs promote diverse aspects of health and wellness when used under the guidance of medical experts. Before undertaking a therapeutic hot-tub regimen, ensure that a physician has cleared you for hydrotherapy and high-heat conditions.
Of course, you can fully enjoy your hot tub like it is a national holiday everyday, to keep it clean and well maintained in a stress free and natural way, please visit our site to find the best solution for you, so that everyday feels like a good day for a spa day. http://waterschoice.com/
Avoid Toxic Hot Tub Chemicals and Keep Your Hot Tub Water Clean & Clear
Does the thought of soaking in water treated with an abundance of toxic chemicals make your skin crawl? Does constantly adding defoamers, clarifiers, descalers, and battling to keep your hot tub water pH level balanced frustrate you?
Do you feel like you need an advanced chemistry course to take care of your spa, keeping it clean and sanitary for everyone to enjoy? ? Test this, test that, add this and that, but don’t add this with that. At the end of the day some people begin to wonder if they made the right decision when they bought their new spa.
Most spas are treated with harsh toxic chemicals such as Chlorine and bromine. The trick to using these hazardous hot tub chemicals in your spa is to make sure that the level of toxicity is in a specific range that is just enough to kill contaminants and dangerous bacterias but not too high to poison you. And if you let the toxicity level drop too low? You get nasty, super contaminated water that makes it difficult to recover and then it is time to drain and start all over again
We know exactly how you feel, which is why we have spent almost 20 years finding a better way to take care of your spa or pool; without the hassle and inconvenience found in regular water care products. This has led us to a unique blend of enzymes we call Waters Choice.
Regular maintenance and testing is still required, but you will find it much easier to keep your spa water fresh once you make the switch to Waters Choice.
Try our simple, inexpensive natural hot tub enzymes and avoid all of these problems while saving money all year long. Waters Choice enzymes are hands down the better choice, as they will not dry out your hair or irritate your skin. Waters Choice always you to not only be confident about what is in your spa, but also to enjoy the benefits of your hot tub without confusing, expensive, and time consuming water maintenance. Switch to Waters Choice enzyme treatments and be amazed at the ease and power of enzymes!
Want easy to use pool and spa products that won’t harm you? The more natural and easy to use answer can be found at http://waterschoice.com/.
Posted by Laura Macauley at March 21, 2017 2:16 pm | No Comments »
“My hot tub is running but there’s nothing coming through the jets. What’s wrong?”
There are many reasons this could be occurring, and it could be as simple as the jets not being open. But it could also be an air lock which is simple to fix. Air locks occur when the water level drops too low or after a water change, and air gets trapped in the lines or equipment. There are sensors in the hot tub that detect water flow or water line pressure to protect the hot tub heater from coming on when the water is not flowing past the heater element fast enough. When an air lock occurs, it is common for these sensors to detect low flow or low pressure, which results in the heater being disabled until the problem is fixed. If you have recently drained and refilled your spa and one of your pumps is not working, it’s most likely an air lock. Follow these steps to determine if it is an airlock and how to fix it.
-Identify which pump is not running.
-Determine if a reset button has clicked out on it.
-Make sure reset button is in
-Confirm the shaft is in fact spinning.
-Use a hammer and a screwdriver to loosen the union to allow the air to escape that’s being in there. Because what it is the airlock is just staying and it’s circulating, but it’s not allowing any of the water to move.
-Now simply back it off a bit, not too far, because you don’t want it to pop right off. You’re only going to do about like, say, one revolution. Water is going to come out, some air’s going to come out.
-The pump is going to surge and it will start running again.
-It might take up to 3-4 minutes. Then once it’s running again, you will have more water.
-Now tighten it up again, but not too tight. Just snug it up good to stop it from leaking.
-That’s it. The airlock is now gone.
-You may receive an error message on the topside control display, such as “FLO.” This is normal and a useful safety feature. Do not disable this feature, fix the root of the problem instead.
If after checking to assure they jets are not simply closed, follow these steps to efficiently unclog your jets. If this doesn’t work, you may need to contact a professional to assist you with unclogging your tub because you don’t want anything to stop you from enjoying fun and relaxation in your spa!
If you need even more help assuring it is properly cleaned and taken care of to help avoid any technological issues, visit our site at http://waterschoice.com/
Do you have a hot tub? Do you want one but you are afraid of the upkeep and maintenance that may come with it? Water care doesn’t have to prevent anyone from getting and thoroughly enjoying a hot tub and the benefits that come with it. Are you looking for a natural hot tub chemical?
The super-simple startup kit at Waters Choice includes everything needed to start up and take care of a hot tub, all in one box! It includes Waters Choice 12 oz Spa Water Polish, 20 oz pH Up, 20 oz pH Down, 16 oz Sanitizer, and 50 test strips. With this simple, easy to use and convenient kit, there is no more of the aggravation that comes with countless chemicals that you are afraid to use incorrectly and complicated upkeep that often overwhelms hot tub owners or potential hot tub owners.
The start up kit by Waters Choice simplifies hot tub maintenance and lets hot tub users relax in their spas instead of becoming frustrated with them.
With our safe, non-toxic alternative pool and spa treatment that uses natural enzymes, you can experience a clean, safe and harm free experience with no more chlorine smell or dry skin from your hot tub or pool! But don’t let the health benefits fool you, Waters Choice products still work just as well for keeping your pool or spa sparkling clean.
We also have bacteria and phosphate test strips, and all of our products aim to conserve time by cutting out the extra time consuming maintenance, saving money by cutting out extra product and chemical costs and reduce the amounts of repairs needed as the products are less harsh.
Enjoy the benefits of your spa without the complicated water maintenance schedule and high cost of care. Take the confusion and stress out of taking care of your spa and switch to Waters Choice to be amazed at the power of enzymes!
Happen to have a cover for your hot tub? The importance of selecting a proper hot tub cover cannot be stressed enough. Maybe you’re buying your first hot tub and you’re not sure which cover to buy. Or maybe you are replacing an old worn that is worn out, faded, and ugly. Either way, let’s get into some of the details of hot tub covers so you can better select the right hot tub cover for you.
The very first piece of criteria that you will want to look at is the thickness and density of your foam core. Selecting a cover with the appropriate amount of foam is very dependent on where you live. For an indoor hot tub, you can go with the cheapest option. These come with a one pound core that is tapered and goes from four inches at its thickest to two and a half inches at its thinnest. From there, your options gradually increase until you reach the densest core that comes in at two pounds. The thickest part of this core is five inches and tapers down to three inches. You would want this type of cover if you planned on your hot tub being covered in snow at any point.
The next item that you’ll want to look into is the vapor barrier in your cover. The quality of the vapor barrier is a factor to consider when you don’t want water collecting between the material in the foam. When deciding on which hot tub cover you are going to buy, make sure to inquire about the quality of the vapor barrier in your cover. This ensures that your spa is getting the best care available.
The last thing to research when buying your hot tub cover is the vinyl layer itself. This is the outside material of your cover that will have direct contact with the elements. The sun is the number one destroyer of this aspect of the cover, so it is important to make sure that you are purchasing the highest quality possible. This will allow the rest of the components inside of the cover to work to their best ability for as long as possible.
Remember to take your time when selecting your hot tub cover because it is the first line of defense for your spa. If you want your spa to last, make sure that the cover will last just as long. If you have any questions, please call your local dealer and they can send you in the right direction depending on your spa’s needs.
So you’ve decided that you want to own your first hot tub. Maybe you’ve tried some different models out or your friend has one that you kind of enjoy. How do you know what hot tub is right for you? There’s a bunch of different models out there, but there’s also different types of hot tubs as well. Let’s go over some of the basics so that you can get started on narrowing down your selection to a certain model.
The most common type of hot tub that you’ll see around is your above ground premade spa. These are typically created using acrylic, plastic, or fiberglass. These can be as cheap as $2,000, but the average price is around $5,000. These hot tubs are your bread and butter of spas, but don’t make your selection just yet. There’s still a few more choices to go over before making your final decision.
A variation of the above ground premade spa is the inflatable hot tub. This is a much cheaper version and can be picked up for under $1,000. The tubes are typically made of vinyl and while easy to set up anywhere, can become damaged just as easily. The material doesn’t tend to stand up over time and this is most likely a temporary hot tub until you get something more permanent. Sometimes people shy away from these because they can resemble a kid’s blow up pool.
Your next option is actually quite interesting. A wooden hot tub is a great option that is worth looking into. Wooden spas can be assembled anywhere because they are created on site. They also come in at about the same price range as your typical premade plastic spa. These can be heated with gas, wood, or electricity. Some people enjoy these spas more than a typical premade because of their overall look.
Finally, there is the in-ground spa. These are more expensive usually costing over $10,000, but will be a permanent part of the residence forever. Sadly, you will not be able to take this with you if you decide to move. This is a great choice if you want to raise the value of your home or if you plan on living there for awhile.
There’s a quick run down of your four different choices when selecting your first hot tub. Now it’s time to do the more difficult part of selecting your first hot tub and narrowing it down to a specific model. Good luck with your hot tub shopping!