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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!
As we all know, there are some important rules to follow if you want to keep your hot tub running in optimal condition. There’s cleaning that needs to take place daily if possible by circulating the water. There’s weekly filter cleanings that should be done, and there’s drain and cleans that should occur as well. Part of filling your spa back up with new water includes adding new spa treatment too. In order for your spa to be as clean as possible and to operate without interruption, you should look into balancing your water as best as you can. Here are some tips for balancing the water in your hot tub.
The first item that you will want to focus on is the pH level. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Grab some test strips HERE. Once you’ve tested your water, the instructions that come with the test strips will inform you on how you can adjust your water to get it into that perfect range.
The next item to look at is alkalinity. For this level, you should be aiming between 80 to 120 parts per million (ppm). This is very similar to the previous step. Simply talk to your local dealer or order some test strips online and follow the instructions as necessary. This will ensure your spa’s alkalinity level is in that sweet spot.
Once your water is balanced, you will want to check the hardness of your water in order to avoid corrosion and foaming. Once again, test strips work best here. Calcium levels will differ depending on the source of your water, but you’re looking to get the levels between 100 and 250 ppm. Simply add more calcium to increase to desired levels, or add scale control to decrease to get under 250 ppm.
The last step is adding your chlorine. The levels that you are shooting for here are 3 to 5 ppm. You will want to check your chlorine levels at least once a week, but more often wouldn’t hurt. Keeping your hot tub sanitized is an important step that should not be overlooked.
If you are able to follow all of these steps, your hot tub will treat you with endless soaks in your future. The water will remain clean, and you and your friends can enjoy the wonderful benefits of owning your own hot tub. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local dealer and they can fill you in on any confusing details.
Everyone knows owning a hot tub can be a lot of fun. You can relax in it, share it with your significant other, or throw a party in it. There are so many exciting things to do with your spa, but why do some people shy away from owning one? Many people believe that hot tubs can be a pain to maintain, but they’re actually fairly simple and straightforward. Below are some basic tips to maintaining your hot tub. If you follow these steps, you’ll soon realize that owning your own hot tub is more fun than it is work.
One of the main factors in maintenance that you will want to focus on is circulation. If you can, you should run your circulation system at least once a day. This moves the water inside of your spa around and puts unwanted debri in the water into your filter. The next part of this step is cleaning the filter. Try and take your filter out once a week and spray it with a hose. This will keep the filter working properly and you will be able to continue to circulate clean water.
The next procedure that you will have to go through is draining, cleaning, and refilling your hot tub. This should be done at least once every four months, but it is also a fairly simple process. You can call the manufacturer of your hot tub to ask how to best clean their tub, but most of them are fairly similar. First, you will drain your spa and clean out the filters. Then, you can blow out the pipes and use a cleaning mitt to wipe down and clean the inside of the spa. You’ll then put the filters back and refill the tub with new water. The last step here is to add new chemicals and you’ll be ready to soak again in no time. This process will only take about four hours once every four months.
How often are you cleaning your hot tub? This will keep your hot tub in great working order so you can enjoy it for many years to come. You will need a shop vac, hose, spa cleaning mitt, towel, and a few hours of time.
The very first thing that you need to do is to get rid of your power source. Nothing is worse than worrying about being electrocuted while you’re doing your quarterly maintenance. Now, you are ready to drain your water. You can use the drain at the bottom of your spa and use a pump to help with this process. While the water is draining, now is the perfect time to clean your filters. Remove the filters and hose them down to get them as clean and as white as possible.
You are now ready to blow out your pipes. Plug all of your holes except for one and use a shop vac to blow out any residue from your pipe holes. Repeat this process with each hole and then remove any remaining water from the spa.
Now you can put on your spa cleaning mitt and wipe down the entirety of your spa. These work wonders and are fairly cheap as well. Once you’ve gone over your spa a few times with the mitt, repeat this process with a towel. Your spa should be looking pretty great at this point, and we’re getting close to being done.
The next step is to start putting everything back together. Put the filters back in their place, and make sure the drain for the spa is sealed. Begin filling your spa through one of the filters and turn the power back on once you get above half of your desired water height. Once you fill your spa completely, turn on the cleaning cycle and let it do its job.
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It’s winter time and if you’re going to be taking a break from using your hot tub, you’d better know how to winterize your hot tub properly. Sure, you can hire a professional to winterize your hot tub for you, but you’d be wasting at least a couple hundred of dollars for something you could easily do yourself. It will cost you much less if you decide to do it yourself!
First, you need to get a better idea on how you can drain your own specific hot tub. We would recommend calling the producers of your specific spa and asking them just to be sure. The following is a general overview of how to winterize your hot tub, but make sure you do your research on your own spa before getting started.
When you’re ready to begin, try and pick a day when the temperature is a little bit warmer outside to reduce the chances of any water freezing. First, you will want to pour two cups of bleach directly in the spa water. This will help kill any bacteria that is left in your hot tub. Then, let the jets run for an hour to cycle through the bleach. After that, turn off the power to your spa completely, and get ready to drain it.
Use a pump or drainage hole in order to empty your spa, and then while you’re waiting for it to drain, you can remove all of the water jet fittings. Then, remove the valves and cartridges and store everything inside. Once everything is removed and your spa is drained, get to cleaning that shell.
Now, you need to drain the water lines. There are multiple water lines inside of your spa, and you can simply use a shop vac to get everything out. You can start with the central water line, and then work your way into the other lines until you are certain you have removed all of the water. Make sure to vacuum the water as quickly as possible from the spa and repeat this process a second time.
To finish everything, make sure to vacuum from the jet openings inside of the spa as well. Once you’re sure you have removed as much of the water as possible, add ½ cup of antifreeze in each jet opening until antifreeze comes out of the drains. The process will take up to four gallons of antifreeze to complete.
That’s it. You’re done now and you’ve saved yourself a couple hundred dollars! Make sure to cover that spa with a winter cover and enjoy yourself until spring.
Hot tubs are awesome, aren’t they? There are some obvious benefits like how relaxing they are, or how social they can be depending on what we want to use them for. There is however, a lot of not as well known benefits to using a hot tub. These positive benefits can help with our overall physical and mental health.
Did you know that by soaking in a hot tub, you can decrease your blood sugar level as well as your blood pressure? The warm water helps your body enter a relaxed state and with the added heat, your blood circulates better. By raising the overall temperature of your body, your blood vessels are able to better dilate.
Soaking in a hot tub can also help relieve arthritis pain. The warmer water creates a perfect environment to heal from aches and pains. At the same time, exercising in water is a lot easier on your body than exercising out of water. This makes movement easier which encourages you to work out joints and muscles which would normally cause you pain.
e already covered the obvious fact that hot tubs can be relaxing, but did you know that there are long term relaxation impacts to soaking often? By putting yourself into a combination of hot water and weightlessness you can reduce your overall physical and mental stress. Also, don’t forget about those jets! They have been known to decrease anxiety and put people into an even more relaxed state of mind.
Having trouble sleeping at night? Hot tubs have been known to help with problems like insomnia and other sleep related issues. Sleeping the appropriate number of hours each night and a hot tub has another thing in common, your skin! Stress and anxiety are major causes of looking aged. Luckily, hot tubs reduce stress and anxiety to allow you to get a better night’s sleep which then keeps your skin looking great.
Nothing quite beats relaxing in a hot tub after a long day. Whether you enjoy sitting your hot tub by yourself listening to some soothing music, or enjoying a nice glass of wine with your significant other, the benefits are now a little more apparent. Most importantly, make sure to enjoy your time on this planet because we only get one!
Incorporating enzymes into your spa care routine allows you to enjoy your spa more Enzymes are a natural way to maintain water cleanliness and increase the lifetime of your spa. The gentle properties of enzymes result in no deterioration to your hot tub or irritation to your skin and eyes. It now time to reap the benefits of natural spa water care!
Additional convenient features of Waters Choice enzymes use:
Enzymes are biological agents that reduce the organic load in your tub. The organic load is the buildup of organic material in the tub and plumbing coming from your body as well as algae, bacteria, etc. It can include bodily oils, makeup, deodorant, lotions, dead skin, shampoo and even laundry detergent.
Enzymes function by acting as catalysts to the breakdown of the organic material, thereby reducing the strain on your spa’s filtering equipment and allowing you to use less chemical cleaning agents.
Poorly maintained spa water can lead to clogged filters, circulation pump and heater problems. Overall, your spa runs more efficiently in balanced water and prevents deterioration of pump seals. Enzymes enable you to balance your water more efficiently.
These enzymes are biological in nature and also eco-friendly. Plus you have the added benefit of not worrying about chemical effects on your bathers’ skin or eyes. Reap the benefits of natural spa water care with Waters Choice enzyme treatment.
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Did you know that the first rubber duck was actually a hunting decoy and was patented on October 26, 1886 by George Nye? According to World Wide Weird Holidays, the rubber duck wasn’t patented as a toy until May 8, 1928 by LL Smart.
The patent shows that the toy was specifically designed and weighted to return to its upright position when tipped. Often, Rubber Ducks also contained a squeaker to make it infamous noise. It continues to this day to be a popular bath toy for children.
In 2013, the Rubber Ducky became inducted in to the Toy Hall of Fame. Thereby earning this honor with only 52 other toys.
One of the most interesting stories related to the rubber ducky involves a shipment of 28,000 rubber ducks that fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1992. These incredible Floaters have been spotted around the world, even floating more than 17,000 miles. Thousands are still floating today and can be found as faded white ducks on the beach. The next time you go to the beach, be on the lookout for one of these that would make a great toy for your bathtub or hot tub.
Probably, one of the most famous references to the rubber duck involves Ernie the Muppet from Sesame Street. He sang the “Rubber Ducky” ditty forty-seven years ago, on Jan. 13, 1970; hence today being Rubber Ducky Day. The song flew to No. 16 on the Billboard chart.
What was your favorite bath toy when you were younger? Did you have rubber ducky as a child?
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Most pool and spa cleaning products are similar in that they use tons of powerful chemicals to disinfect water. Unfortunately, these harsh chemicals not only harm bad bacteria and viruses, but they also harm our loved ones and us as well! This is what makes Waters Choice so different, unique, and better. Our products use the powerful cleaning power of enzymes to help make sure your water is perfectly clean, while drastically reducing the amount of unwanted chemicals your family is exposed to. Here is some great information about the power of our enzyme treatment for pools and spas.
Enzymes are natural, biodegradable, and organic. Enzymes also break down oils and aid in the filtration process to remove unnecessary metals and minerals. Enzymes leave your water feeling like actual fresh water. Enzymes and Chlorine are a great two-layer sanitation system for swimming pool water, but since enzymes do all the hard work, Chlorine demand goes down to .5-1 PPM (typical chlorine pools operate with 3-5 PPM chlorine). Not only can you keep a smaller residual, it takes a lot less chlorine to do so. Chlorine just simply isn’t being used up as quickly, so swimmers are exposed to much less of it. Our products help make sure your pool and spa water is completely clean, amazingly fresh, fantastically healthy, and amazingly gentle on skin. You will love the way your water feels after using Waters Choice, and swimming in your pool will feel like swimming in a natural spring. You should enjoy swimming in your pool with water that feels like actual fresh water. If you are sick of the way your pool water makes you feel, you need to try out our products. You have tried the other kind of sanitizes, now come see what you have been missing!
The cleaning power of enzymes can be used to make your pool and spa feel incredibly clean, fresh, and amazing. Enzymes are such an amazing tool for pool and spa maintenance because they are effective at cleaning, but also completely natural.
The best pools have enzymes and chlorine. For crystal clear water with a lot less chemicals, use Waters Choice! If you would like to learn more about our fantastic products, contact us today!
With the New Year upon us, it’s time to welcome a stress-free year by implementing your hot tub into your daily routine. Hot Tubs have been scientifically shown to reduce stress. With a hot tub, we can help you alleviate and manage stress that is a part of your everyday life to help make sure you are feeling better as well as suffering from less stress related damage to your body. Here are some important benefits of soaking in a hot tub, and ways that it will help you reduce your stress level.
Studies have shown the benefits of raising your body temperature for 15-20 minutes a day as a cure for sleeplessness and insomnia. If you get more sleep, you will feel more rested and this will reduce the amount of stress you feel during the day.
Hot tubs can increase circulation which relieves muscle and joint pain in many cases, even arthritis. Having relaxed muscles that are free of pain is a crucial way to feel better, and reduce stress throughout the day. If you feel better physically, you will be much less stressed.
Relaxing in warm water can help to release endorphin, which is similar to the feeling you get after a long run or bike run. When your body releases endorphin, it gives you an almost euphoric feeling, and this is an amazing boost in your emotional state. You will be more relaxed, less anxious, less depressed, and less stressed.
The warm water and massage provided by the jets in a hot tub can reduce headaches and tension. Headaches are stressful, so this powerful tool to relieve pain and tension will make you feel much better.
The buoyancy of the water allows for relief on joints and lower back pain leading to relaxation and better sleeping patterns. Once again, hot tubs are fantastic for helping you feel relaxed and rested.
Hot tubs are proven to relax you, and this is crucial for starting the New Year off right. Make it your New Year resolution to use your hot tub as often as possible to bring a joyful and stress-free 2017. If you would like to learn more about how to properly maintain your hot tub, contact us today!