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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!
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.
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.
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!
Not everyone uses their hot tub in the winter (Hard for me to understand but I know they have their reasons). For those not interested in using their hot tub during the winter, we recommend hiring a professional because any water remaining in pipes or equipment can freeze causing extensive damage. Here are some suggestions to make sure your hot tub is in great working order when you are ready to return to the hot water after the winter is over.
Make sure all electrical components are turned off, including the heater- Any electronic equipment that is left on for an extended amount of time can be damaged by the cold weather or lack of use. Do a quick scan to make sure all of the equipment is shut off for the season.
Open all jets and control valves before draining the tub- You will need to drain your tub before leaving it for the winter, so make sure you do a quick check and open all of your jets and control valves before you start the draining process.
Clear the plumbing lines by turning on the blowers- Plumbing lines that are not cleared can be damaged if they are left for long periods of time in the winter. Sometimes, water left in plumbing lines can be frozen and cause an expansion and break the line completely. Make sure all of the plumbing lines are completely clear if you are not going to use it in the winter.
Clean and dry the shell- Make sure your shell is completely cleaned and dried before you pack up your hot tub for the winter. Leftover water from cleaning can be a problem, so be thourough with the drying process.
Put your cover on and secure it- You will want to make sure that your hot tub is covered during the winter season, so as to keep out rain, snow, and other debris from piling up and causing damage. Also, make sure to secure your cover tightly because those winter storms can get windy!
If you decide not to keep your hot tub usable during the winter season, make sure to follow these important wintering tips! This will help to make sure your hot tub is ready to go in the spring when winter is over. Do you use your hot tub year round or only during a specific season? We would love to know! Also, contact us today if you want to learn more about how to properly maintain your hot tub.
Posted by Laura Macauley at December 20, 2016 3:59 am | No Comments »
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The holidays are quickly approaching. Soon family and friends will be gathering to share good times and make wonderful new memories. Holidays are always hectic. Relieve stress with a hot tub using Waters Choice enzymes. Soaking in water can aid in stress relief due to the warm temperatures and the ambiance of a moving body of water relaxing the mind and the central nervous system. The hot water also increases circulation, which relaxes muscles and can lower blood pressure through the dilation of blood vessels that occurs. Increasing your body temperature can also help with insomnia by raising the body’s core temperature, which then drops quickly after the spa. When soaking in a hot spa, the last thing you want is to be soaking in harsh spa chemicals. With the Waters Choice system, there are no harsh spa chemicals to potentially irritate your skin. Why not indulge this holiday season by using Aromatherapy to enhance your winter soak? We have five varieties to help you relax, unwind, and soothe aching muscles and joints. Eat, drink, and be merry knowing Waters Choice can make your holidays less stressful.
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to relax and enjoy some time with your loved ones. However, this time of year may not be as calm and relaxing if you are planning on traveling during this hectic season. Traveling during this time can be completely hectic and stressful, but if you follow these holiday travel tips, you will get to your destination without too much of a headache and get to enjoy your vacation with your family and friends.
Book travel plans as early as possible- The holiday season is a crazy time to travel, and flights, car rentals, hotels, and other travel arrangements book up quickly. Try to make your plans as early as possible, and book your travel arrangements as soon as you can.
Travel as light as possible- Airports during the holidays are usually completely crazy, and you may need to move quickly to get to your next flight. The last thing you need is a bunch of unnecessary luggage to slow you down while running to your gate. Make sure to only bring the necessities when traveling during the holidays.
Leave early- Leave yourself a little bit of extra time to get places during the holiday season to account for crowded roads, airports, train stations, and more. You never know what will be slowed down during the holiday rush, so make sure to give yourself some extra time so you aren’t late.
Bring snacks- Eating on the road or in airports can be tough during the holiday season because of the added rush of people. Lines for food in the airport will most likely be longer, and you may have to rush a bit more because of traffic while driving and won’t want to stop. Bringing some snacks and water will help you make sure you have a reliable food source, and you won’t have to rely on grabbing something on the way.
Be patient- Sometimes, no matter how much you plan ahead, you will still have some setbacks while traveling during this busy season. It is important to stay calm, and realize you are supposed to be enjoying this time off. You will get there when you get there, and stressing about running late won’t help anything. Just enjoy the ride, and have as much fun as possible!
Traveling during the holidays can be extremely stressful, but if you follow these tips, you can help make sure it goes more smoothly. We hope you enjoy your holidays with your loved ones, and have an easy path to your destination. If you would like to learn about proper pool and spa maintenance, make sure to contact us today!
Why do we say “aahh” and everything around us starts to feel better when we enter our hot tub? According to Dr. Bruce Becker, a psychiatrist, researcher and author, our body is intuitive and that the body knows what’s good for it.
Dr. Becker and his team discovered immersion in water lowered blood pressure, helped strengthen respiratory muscles, increased blood flow to muscles and joints, promoted relaxation and may even improve sleep patterns. The more you soak the better you feel. Where else can you escape 90 percent of the earth’s gravity? You cannot do that anywhere else on the planet except for in water. And just think about what that does to your joints and muscles and your whole skeletal structure.
So the next time you sit in your spa, remember it isn’t just about relaxation or stress relief, both good things for the mind; soaking does amazing things for the body too!
What’s your favorite part about sitting in your spa?
24 hours in a day. For active adults like us, it’s never enough. At Waters Choice, we believe you should be able to spend less time doing things like taking care of your spa water and more time relaxing in it. We have designed our products to save you precious time by minimizing the products used and how often you have to add it. Four things a month- THAT’S IT!
1-Add one bottle of 12 oz Spa Water Polish (it may be helpful to purchase multiple bottles and write the future dates on each bottle)
Add one capful of 2 oz Spa Treatment every other week
2-Using a test strip, Check pH and alkalinity and adjust if necessary
3-Add Sanitizer as recommended
4-Clean filter. The more often you clean your filter, the better your spa performs.
How simple is that?!
Now that you have don’t have to spend so much time taking care of your spa water what activities are you doing? We are interested in knowing.