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Waters Choice Blog
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.
“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/
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.
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.
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!
Do people drain their spa in the winter? If they do, maybe they shouldn’t because it could potentially be when a spa would get the most use! There are fewer things more satisfying than sitting in a nice hot tub on a cold winter evening. However, there are a few precautions you should take to have a winter season of relaxation and bliss in your hot tub, so make sure to use these great tricks for wintertime fun in your spa!
Know Your Hot Tub
Knowing your hot tub can help you make the best winter preparations. Know your hot tub controls, and the diagnostic messages and warnings (or at least know where your owner’s manual is).
Stock up on Waters Choice
Winter is not the time to run out of your favorite enzyme. Dealing with icky water during cold weather really puts a damper on enjoying the hot tub experience.
Power Outages and Water Levels
If you lose power during the winter months, make sure you keep the insulated cover on the hot tub. If the power outage persists, a good trick is to setup a working light in the power pack compartment of your hot tub. The heat generated should keep your power pack from freezing.
Keep an eye on your tub water level. Low water levels can cause your pumps to quit functioning, the water in the tub to freeze, and damage to not only the hot tub but also to the plumbing fixtures and parts. Assure that the tub maintains its temperature so the piping does not freeze.
Getting to the hot tub
You should also have somewhere to place your clothing, footwear, and other belongings in the area closest to your hot tub. This will keep them warm and dry while you enjoy your time in the spa. An outdoor towel warmer would be a wonderful addition to your spa experience knowing that it will be very cold once you leave the heat of your spa. You may also want to wear some type of hat or headgear to keep your hair dry while using the tub.
Clear pathway for safety
Be sure to keep a clear path to your tub. Be sure to keep ice and/or snow off your path for safety reasons. Also use a good soft bristle broom to remove snow and ice from the top of your hot tub cover (No shovels or hard metal objects as they may damage the vinyl on the cover). You do not want snow and ice to accumulate on the top of your cover over the winter, or you may have to replace it in the spring.
Yes, winter can be cold, but with these tips, you can enjoy soaking in your spa all year long. Using your spa on a cold winter evening is a fantastic way to relax, and you will absolutely love it! If you would like to learn more about how to properly maintain your pool and spa, contact us today!
The fall season is nearly upon us, and that means it is the perfect time to throw an incredible hot tub party with your friends. A hot tub party is the perfect way to spend any crisp fall night, and your guests will have a blast. However, there are some things to consider when throwing a party in your spa to make sure it goes smoothly. Here are some important tips for throwing an amazing hot tub party!
1) Make sure your spa is clean and properly maintained- The first thing you need to do when deciding to throw a hot tub party is to make sure your spa is properly prepared for guests. The last thing you want to do is have guests show up, and realize your hot tub is dirty and not suitable for soaking in. Make sure to properly balance the pH level of the water, remove all debris, and add the right amount of sanitizer to make sure it is ready to go.
2) Prepare the guest list- One important thing to remember about a hot tub party is that you have limited room in the spa, so make sure you do not invite too many people. A huge damper on your spa party can be having guests unable to enjoy the spa, and simply sitting on the deck. Make sure to properly plan out who to invite to your get together, and make sure each guest is fun to be around. Don’t invite people that will bring down the group’s good time.
3) Plan out food and beverages- A good hot tub party definitely needs snacks and drinks! Plan to have some great food available for your guests, and make sure everyone has enough beverages to have fun. Make sure to have some water bottles, non-alcoholic drinks, and if you are serving alcohol, remember that sitting in hot water can cause alcohol to affect the body more rapidly.
4) Prepare non hot tub related activities- Chances are people will not be able to spend the entire length of the gathering in the hot water, so make sure you have some backup activities ready. Also, make sure to provide extra towels and swimsuits just in case guests show up unprepared.
5) Entertainment- A hot tub party should definitely have some background music, and make sure you select songs that are right for the setting. If it is just a few friends gathered for some conversation, pick softer music. If you are planning an all out party then play some dance songs. Be prepared! Another good option for entertainment is to bring the TV outside and have movie night in the tub, or play the game while comfortably soaking! Have fun with it.
Owning a hot tub is a great deal of fun for your family. When you purchase a spa, it is an exciting experience that will lead you to countless hours of entertainment and relaxation. Unfortunately, hot tubs do not last forever. Whether your hot tub is broken, worn out, outdated, or you simply do not want it anymore you will need to find a way to have it removed. Luckily, below are some options for hot tub disposal.
Hot tub trade-in- One increasingly popular method of removing your old hot tub is to trade it in towards a new one. If you are interested in upgrading to a newer spa, many dealers will let you trade in your old and outdated model for a credit towards a newer one. This is a great deal because not only are you receiving a discount towards a new spa, but you will also have them remove the old one and deliver the new one as well. Also, newer spa technology offers more efficient ways to save energy and money on your utility bills. Trading in your old spa for a new one will actually save you money over time!
Removal service- If you just want to get rid of an old spa, it may be beneficial to enlist the help of a removal team. Many spa manufacturers over a free service to remove old spas, so it is worth looking into this option first. If you do not have the option of having the spa removed for free, do some research and find a removal service that will take the spa for a low fee.
Do it yourself- Removing a spa on your own can be very difficult because of its heavy and unwieldy frame, but if you do it correctly it may be a good option. One route you can take is to dissemble the spa into smaller pieces to remove it more easily. If you decide to take this route, make sure you do it correctly and unplug all connections to electricity and other spa systems. Make sure you read up for the simplest way to disassemble your spa, and always find a safe and legal place to dispose of it.
Owning a spa is a great deal of fun, but it can be a hassle to get rid of old and unwanted ones. Make sure you look into each one of these disposal options, and select the right one for your situation. For more tips on spa treatment and care, contact us today!