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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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
In part 1 of this entry, we debunked 4 common myths about hot tubs. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read part 1 yet, make sure to read it first. If you have read part 1 already, then here is the debunking of the final 4 hot tub myths!
Myth #5: Hot tubs are a lot of work to maintain- Many people think that hot tubs take a great deal of work to keep clean and running smoothly. However, hot tubs are a breeze to maintain, and will be even more convenient if you use a good hot tub cover. Hot tub covers keep out dirt and debris which helps keep your water properly aligned. Also, our Waters Choice hot tub cleaning system keeps needed maintenance way down. While many people think that hot tubs take a lot of work to keep running, they are actually very easy to take care of if you do it right.
Myth #6: A strong chemical smell shows that the hot tub is clean- Many people tend to think that a strong chemical smell from the hot tub means it is clean because there is a lot of sanitizer in there. However, that chemical smell actually comes from the sanitizer interacting with pollutants. A strong chemical smell actually shows that the spa is more polluted than one with a slight odor.
Myth #7: Adding antifreeze is a smart way to keep hot tub water from freezing in the winter- NEVER add antifreeze to any hot tub or pool. Not only is it hard on your spa’s plumbing, and extremely difficult to remove from the tub, it is also very dangerous when absorbed in the skin or consumed. There are much better ways to prepare your hot tub for winter.
Myth #8: Hot tubs are very expensive to buy and run- Unfortunately, many people are scared off of hot tubs because they think they are going to be way too expensive. However, if properly taken care of, hot tubs can be maintained properly with a very small monthly expense. Make sure to research smart energy using tips, and our affordable spa cleaning products!
When it comes to hot tubs, most of our knowledge consists of ways to keep them properly maintained. We love helping people learn how to keep their spas clean, fresh, and properly balanced. However, in today’s blog entry, we thought we might share a different kind of hot tub knowledge. Here are some Hot Tub Fun Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard Before
1) In 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed a new record of the most internationally represented spa in history. This hot tub had 26 different individuals, from 26 different countries, all soaking at the same time. The total would have been even higher, but many representatives were turned away because the tub was too full.
2) Hot tubs are popular across the globe. Estimated figures suggest that there are currently over 25 million functioning hot tubs in use around the world. Additionally, at any given time, it is estimated that 17,000 people are currently sitting in a hot tub. That is a lot of relaxation!
3) Hot tubs are fantastic for reducing stress, and improving health. It has been shown in different studies that soaking in the hot tub for 15 minutes every day for a week can help reduce the stress hormone cortisone by over 10 percent in the body. This stress hormone can wreak havoc on your long term health, so get to soaking!
4) Hot tubs aren’t anywhere close to a new trend. People have been soaking in hot tubs for centuries, and early tubs were heated with hot stones. Additionally, people flocked from miles away to a place called Bath in England, just to bathe in their hot springs. These hot springs were first discovered by the Romans as early as 50 AD!
5) People love to party in hot tubs. It is estimated that over 40,000 Champagne bottles are popped inside of hot tubs every single year.
6) Two brothers that were originally aircraft machinists invented the jets used in hot tubs. The Jacuzzi brothers applied their knowledge of airplanes to make jets to keep hot tub water circling. This invention became hugely popular, and this is why the most popular hot tub company is still called, Jacuzzi.
We hope you enjoyed these Hot Tub Fun Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard Before. Hot tubs are great for many things, and have a long, rich, and interesting history. If you would like to learn more about how to properly maintain your hot tub or pool, contact us today!