Prepare Your Hot Tub for The Fall
September 29, 2014Hot Tub Maintenance, Hot Tub General
Labor Day is over and summer is coming to a close. It’s time for the leaves to change, kids to go back to school, and everything to be pumpkin flavored. It’s also time to start getting your hot tub ready for cooler weather. There are a number of steps for preparing your spa for the season. Read on to learn more.
Prepare Your Cover
The purpose of your spa’s cover is to prevent leaves and other debris from getting into the water, while also keeping heat inside to ensure maximum energy efficiency. In the fall, both components are equally important. If your old foam hot tub cover is falling apart, sinking into the water, or otherwise failing to do its job, it is way past time to replace it. Before you do ask yourself if you want to get another one that will end up exactly the same way or do you want to stop the insanity and check out the only hot tub covers that won’t get heavy or break, will insulate better, never blow away in the wind and last longer? If you’re ready for an upgrade check out SpaCap.com.
Clean Your Spa
As the outdoor temperature cools down, it’s important to make sure your hot tub is well prepared to be as clean and energy efficient as possible for the coming seasons. Check the filters and clean or replace them if they need it.
It’s also a good time to fully drain your spa to clean any mineral deposits or other buildup before winter comes. Once the ice and snow are in full swing, cleaning your outdoor tub will be torturous. Avoid this by getting it done ahead of time. If you don’t want to drain and clean all the way through, at least flush out and refill your tub to ensure cleaner, clearer water.
Colder weather doesn’t mean your spa’s energy consumption will cost more. A high quality, custom made, well-insulated hot tub cover that can handle ANY snow load and laugh freezing, hail and tornados will drastically reduce heat loss. (Get yours today at SpaCap.com) There are other effective, easy-to-use supplemental systems that allow for warm, relaxing water, but put the spa in “energy saving” mode when not in use.
Preparing for Your Hot Tub Installation
September 27, 2014Hot Tub General
If you’re installing a hot tub for the first time, you should be excited! You’re well on your way to years of enjoyment and relaxation. First, however, you need to prepare your site for installation by creating a level foundation, ensuring it’s not too close to electrical outlets, and implementing a proper drainage system. Read on to understand the steps for preparing a property for a hot tub.
Types of Foundations
Site is the most basic consideration when it comes to placing a hot tub outdoors, especially if you want your tub as close as possible to the house itself. Your foundation is not just a level piece of ground with a tub on it. If watery soil comes in underneath, its acidity could corrode or rot the tub’s structure. You’re all but guaranteed to lose the warranty if your hot tub becomes damaged due to poor foundation.
If you want your hot tub directly on the ground, you’ll need a concrete pad. A properly compacted bed reinforced with mesh will resist cracking and water damage. Alternately, a gravel base, concrete paver, or patio block will all offer a high quality, level surface with various benefits and drawbacks to each.
On the other hand, you may want to build a deck for your tub. This is an excellent option, especially if you plan to host parties and other social events in and around your hot tub. It’s also an attractive option – though if you don’t already have a deck, the financial consideration of building a new one might be a hurdle.
Be sure to consider your access. Don’t shove your hot tub into a corner or put plantings or railings so close to it that you cannot walk around it. Make sure you have room to get around the hot tub so that you can easily remove and replace your hot tub cover. Having limited access will make using any spa cover more difficult if not impossible. You purchased your hot tub so that you could use it for years to come. Make it easy to get in to and out of or eventually you won’t use it at all.
When beginning to put together your hot tub, you’ll need to take into account a number of other factors. For instance, how do you plan to drain water away from the hot tub? How will your hot tub be connected to power? You’ll also need to create a safe path to and from the tub without obstacles or debris that may be tracked into the tub, so leave room for this upon installation.
Your new hot tub dealer will most likely want to “throw in” a traditional rigid foam filled spa cover. But every foam filled cover ever made will eventually become heavy, or broken and end up part of a landfill. Tell them to keep that cover and get a custom made hot tub cover from SpaCap.com!
Solutions For Cloudy Hot Tub Water
September 25, 2014Hot Tub General
Is your hot tub water looking a little off? If you’re noticing cloudy water, there are a number of potential causes, and each requires a different solution. Read on to learn more about what makes hot tub water look cloudy and how to fix it.
While the effect of many problems is the same, it’s important to identify and treat the source issue to avoid a recurrence. The first step is to check your water for a variety of causes, such as:
- A dirty filter. The first test for any hot tub water problem is to examine its filters. The fix may be as simple as cleaning your filter in cleaning solution, washing it, and returning it to its original setting. If you use disposable filters, replace the existing one. A clean water filter will ideally clear away the cloudiness within the next few hours.
- An unbalanced pH. If your water is too alkaline or too acidic, it may develop a cloudy appearance. Calcium hardness also contributes to this problem. Test your water for alkalinity, pH, and calcium levels, and use balancing products to adjust.
- Chlorine or Bromine. Many hot tub owners prefer bromine or chlorine for killing off microorganisms and algae, but these solutions can cause damage to skin, hair hot tub parts and hot tub covers. We recommend switching to PristineBlue and pay closer attention to your water’s pH level.
- Dissolved contaminants. If you enter your hot tub wearing skin lotion, body butter, or other outside products, you’re actively contributing to cloudy water. To prevent this problem, rinse yourself off before entering the tub and tie up any long hair. If the water is already contaminated, use a shock or clarifier to rid the tub of buildup.
- Water circulation. If you have switched from traditional rigid foam spa covers, to a custom made hot tub cover from SpaCap.com, you’ll need to change your hot tub to run on the timer rather than the thermostat. Under a foam cover, the water would cool down faster and the thermostat would kick the pump on to re-heat the spa water. The spa water would circulate while it was being heated. Under a SpaCap hot tub cover, the water won’t cool down enough to have the pump run long enough to circulate the water to keep it clear. Switching the spa to run on the timer will allow the water to circulate for two to three hours at a time for two to three times per day and only heat the water as it needs to during that time. You’ll still save money because you’ll be heating the water less often but circulate it enough to keep clear.
If all else fails, it may be time to empty the tub and refill it. Before refilling, ensure the tub itself is clean and free of mineral deposits. Start again with fresh water.
Tips for Meditating in Your Hot Tub – SpaCap.com
September 24, 2014Hot Tub General
Meditating helps us relax through de-stressing breathing exercises. It’s also a great way to calm the mind through a process called mindfulness, allowing you to understand the source of your innermost emotions. It’s a highly beneficial practice made more relaxing in a hot tub. Read on for more information about how to meditate while enjoying the benefits of your hot tub.
Take It Slow
If you’re new to the practice of meditation, it may feel overwhelming, though it’s designed to be just the opposite. It’s best to take your first time slowly to get a feel for the practice. Set a quiet timer for 5 or 10 minutes, allowing an extra minute to get settled and comfortable. More seasoned meditators can meditate for 15 minutes or more.
Ensure a comfortable position with good posture. Get “in touch” with each part of your body; feel the water’s buoyancy and your body’s contact with your seat and backrest. The goal is not to change anything but to notice how each part of your body feels.
It’s important to minimize distraction as much as possible, so start by turning off your hot tub’s jets. Distance yourself from loud or startling noises. You may choose to keep your eyes closed or leave them half open, allowing you to focus on the calm surface of the water before you.
The most important part of meditating is to breathe correctly. Start with 5 slow, deep breaths, allowing them to go all the way into your torso. Slowly release the air in each breath, and imagine your body releasing stressors and other worries. Allow your breath to move into its natural rhythm, remaining aware of air moving in through your nose and out through your mouth.
If your mind wanders, don’t worry; simply acknowledge the loss of contact with your breath. Return focus to your next inhalation, and be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Come back to the practice of meditating again and again, and you’ll truly experience clarity of mind.
In order for your meditation to become a habit, you need to be able to do it easily on a regular basis. Heavy, awkward hot tub covers will keep you from being able to gain your inner peace. Don’t let a cheap hot tub cover, be the reason you stop using your hot tub.
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“The Right Stuff” for a Clean Hot Tub
September 23, 2014Hot Tub Maintenance, Hot Tub General
Sure, your hot tub is clean – but is the water’s acidity and alkalinity balanced? Different regions of the country have different types of water, so it’s important to treat your hot tub water with care. Read on to learn what you need to know to maintain your hot tub’s pH balance.
Why Maintain pH?
Your hot tub’s pH, or the measure of how alkaline or acidic your water is, should always be balanced to avoid problems. Water that’s too acidic can irritate the eyes and skin, damage hot tub covers and corrode components of the hot tub.
On the flip side, with water that’s too alkaline, you’ll likely see mineral deposits or “scaling” developing on your tub’s surface. These minerals can cause permanent staining. Alkaline can also cause water to become cloudy.
It’s no surprise both conditions result in an unpleasant bathing experience, which is why maintaining a chemical balance in your tub is critical.
Tools to Keep It Balanced
Fortunately, keeping your tub well balanced doesn’t require a lot of guesswork. There are numerous tools available for this purpose:
- Test strips. To check your water’s pH balance, use test strips. Experts recommend checking the water’s condition every time you enter the tub. Testing only takes a few seconds. It’s also a good idea to keep a log of how acidic or alkaline the water is. You’ll notice patterns, allowing you to treat accordingly.
- pH decreasers. These products reduce the alkalinity of your spa to help reach the ideal pH of 7.4.
- pH increasers. Largely made up of baking soda, a pH increaser will decrease the acidity of your spa to ensure a safer bathing experience.
- pH balancers. Once you have achieved an ideal balance in your spa’s water, a pH balancer will lock that pH. This allows spa owners to avoid rebalancing.
This is even more critical when a hot tub cover rests on the water surface. Ideally, having the hot tub cover lay on the water is best because the water is what we want to keep warm. So the bottom of the SpaCap replacement hot tub cover does just that.
So keeping the water pH in balance and not over doing the chemicals is critical to helping get the most out of the cover.
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The Many Benefits of Swim Spas
September 14, 2014Hot Tub General, Swim Spa
Do you want all the relaxing benefits of a hot tub? What about the exercise benefits of a swimming pool? With a swim spa, you don’t have to choose. There are a number of high quality swim spas on the market offering the best of both worlds. Read on to learn more about the benefits of these extraordinary units.
What’s a Swim Spa?
A swim spa is a machine with continuous water currents, allowing users to swim continuously without hitting a wall or having to turn around as in a lap pool. There are numerous options for swim spas in varying categories and sizes. Many swim spas also offer a hot tub spa on one end with a swimming area on the other.
Benefits of Swim Spas
- Exercise. The most common reason for purchasing a swim spa is to enjoy the ability to swim laps without having to invest in a large pool. A swim spa’s water current is adjustable, allowing swimmers to customize their experiences based upon their personal speeds. It’s also possible to turn the jets off, which allows users to enjoy other water-based fitness activities, like aqua aerobics.
- Relaxation. The best swim spa units have a hot tub area and a swimming area. You’ll enjoy massaging hot water jets, heat to relax sore muscles, and the relief offered by buoyancy in a hot tub.
- Portability. Most swim spas are above-ground units. As such, swim spa owners can move them if they change locations at any point.
- Compactness. A swim spa is smaller than a swimming pool, which means those with smaller backyard or deck spaces can install a unit without worrying about taking up too much space.
- Year-round use. Swim spas can be placed indoors or outdoors due to their portability. Those who have an indoor space to accommodate a spa will enjoy the full benefits of their investment in the coldest months of the year.
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Hot Tubs Can Be Fun- Games to Try
September 12, 2014Hot Tub General
Hot tubs are certainly conducive to inner peace, hydrotherapy, romance, and relaxation. Did you know they are also good for entertaining and having fun? One way to make the most out of your hot tub is to incorporate fun games. Whether it’s family time or a party, these games are enjoyable for people of all ages.
Regular playing cards won’t do for this challenge; you’ll need a deck that is waterproof. This is a simple investment and can provide hours of family fun. Use a floating tray to play games you already know, like Rummy, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and more. You can also find waterproof versions of popular family games like UNO.
The best thing about many hot tub games is their lack of complex materials. For Submarine, all you need are two large plastic cups, such as Solo cups. Go around the circle one at a time. Each player must take an empty plastic cup and float it in the middle of the tub. Fill the second cup with water. Each player must then use only one hand to pour water in the floating cup for two full seconds, and then count four seconds before passing the cup to the next player. The player who causes the floating cup to sink to the bottom loses the game and receives a penalty.
Pass the Bottle
This game is easy to understand but difficult – and hilarious – to play. To play Pass the Bottle, take a hard plastic bottle (like an empty soda pop bottle), fill it with water, and cap it. The idea of this game is to pass the bottle all the way around the tub without touching it with your hands. You can use any part of your body, but two players may not use the same body parts in a row. If the bottle is dropped, the guilty party will receive a penalty before starting the game again with a completely different body part.
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Don’t Believe These 3 Myths about Hot Tubs
September 10, 2014Hot Tub General
Whether it’s a neighbor who had a bad experience or an uninformed salesperson, there are dozens of myths about hot tubs in circulation. Instead of accepting everything you hear as correct, it’s important to uncover the facts and separate the truth from fiction.
Myth #1: Hot Tubs are Unsanitary
Many people consider hot tubs to be unsanitary – or, on the flipside, believe they require too much maintenance to be worth the investment. In fact, a hot tub takes far less time than a pool to maintain, especially if you use a high quality hot tub cover whenever the spa isn’t in use. Use the right chemicals, drain your tub on a regular schedule, and make sure the filters are clean, and you don’t need to do much else to ensure a consistently clean, well-functioning hot tub.
Myth #2: Hot Tubs are Too Expensive
Don’t try to save money by buying a cheap tub. Cheap hot tubs offer little insulation, poor energy efficiency, inefficient pumps and heaters, and tend to break down more often than higher quality hot tubs. This does not, however, mean hot tubs are only for the rich. There are a number of high quality, affordable hot tubs on the market, and many manufacturers offer financing options. They also cost less than most swimming pools but can be used in any season. You’ll enjoy your investment for many years to come – at any time of the year.
Myth #3: The More Jets, the Better
Some hot tub companies don’t have much to offer in terms of quality, so they cram numerous jets into their tubs. These jets end up being too small to provide much enjoyment. Understanding the purpose of the jets – that is, massaging your muscles – will help you make the right decision. Strength and positioning of jets are far more important than the number, which is why it’s imperative to try multiple types of hot tubs before buying.
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Hot Tubs and Spas / Health Benefits
September 8, 2014Uncategorized
Occasionally, we find one of those life assets that are both good for you and enjoyable. Unlike your least favorite steamed greens, hot tubs are members of this rare category. Not only is a hot tub fun and relaxing, it also has a number of health benefits. Read on to learn more about the reasons soaking in a hot tub is good for your health.
- Relaxation. For people with high stress lives, it’s important to take a break every once in a while. A good soak will soothe sore muscles, while the massaging jets reduce tension in the back and body. In addition, the buoyancy offered by hot tubs reduces the need to put pressure on any part of the body, which can also relieve built-up stress.
- Arthritis relief. Buoyancy isn’t only good for stress. By reducing 90 percent of body weight through buoyancy, hot tubs take pressure off joints, which relieves the symptoms of joint disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and others. Regular sessions will also help joints remain flexible and strong.
- Improved cardiovascular health. Heat from the tub produces an effect called vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels, which improves circulation. The hot tubs warm water also produces an effect much like exercising by increasing the heart rate while decreasing blood pressure. They have a similar impact on individuals with type 2 diabetes and can help decrease blood sugar.
- Better sleep. According to studies, soaking in hot tub water before bedtime can produce better sleep, especially in those who struggle to fall asleep or wake up throughout the night. Relaxing in hot water increases your inner temperature. When you exit the hot tub, your body’s thermostat will lower your temperature, which helps to induce sleep. For best results, try soaking for 15 to 90 minutes before you go to bed.
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Finding Your Hot Tub’s Perfect Balance
September 6, 2014Hot Tub Maintenance
Keeping your hot tub in tip-top shape requires occasional maintenance and care. One of the most important things to do is to drain and refill your hot tub regularly. However, there is a fine line between not draining enough and draining too often. Let’s take a look at how to tell when the time is right.
Avoid Draining Too Often
While draining and refilling your tub frequently (think once every couple days or so) isn’t going to harm the hot tub, it’s a huge waste of your time; not to mention a waste of water. Figure in current problems like drought in certain parts of the country to remember the importance of conscientiousness water usage.
Drain Often Enough
On the other hand, not draining your hot tub often enough can cause unsanitary problems and severely hinder your ability to take advantage of your investment. It’s important to drain on an appropriate schedule to avoid bacterial growth, potential infections on the skin and in the ears, mold, films on the water, and other unpleasant issues.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to drain and refill:
- Foamy, filmy, or discolored hot tub water.
- Water that smells “off” or unusual in any way.
- Mold buildup from lack of hot tub use.
It’s important to consider how many bathers tend to use the hot tub at once, as well as how often they use it. To figure out how these factors fit in, consider not only how often you use your tub but also how you use it.
More people using your spa means you will have to add more chemicals to the water. You will also need additional chemicals if your spa is used often. This adds more substance to the spa, requiring it to be drained more frequently. Estimate based on your spa’s capacity in gallons, how many people use the spa at once, and how often they use it.
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