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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/
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!
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.
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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