Tips to Keep the Hot Tub Ready to Use

The hot tub is the ultimate relaxing tool in a modern home. You can have your home spa and you do not have to share it with other people. But the comfort also requires attention and responsibility. In the following lines you can read tips regarding how to keep your hot tub adequately clean, safe for your sanity, plus recommendations on how to avoid corrosion and other problems related to the functioning of your home spa.

 

  1. Check daily the quality of water, including Ph level, calcium hardness and alkalinity. The Ph level should be above 7.2 and below 7.8, the optimal level being 7.4. Use strips, 1 or 2 times a week to check water balance, this is just as important to check as any other chemicals you might add. If the levels do not correspond with those which are shown on the chart that came with the test strips, adjust them.

 

The Calcium level depends of the hardness of water of the area where you live. Soft water is low in Calcium, hard water contains higher amount of calcium than the normal level. If the Calcium level is below 100 -200mg/l, use Hot Tubs Hardness Plus, if it is above use Hot Tub No Scale to adjust it.

The alkalinity should vary between 125 -150mg/l. It also depends on the properties of the water used to fill the hot tub. If the alkalinity level is stable, the Ph level will also be stable. If it will deviate from the normal level, you should use Hot Tubs Ph minus (if it increases above) or Hot Tubs Ph plus (if it decreases below).

If the alkalinity and the Calcium level is higher than normal, the water will not be clear, and if those levels will be above the normal ones, it can result in corrosion which will damage the hot tub’s components.

  1. Check your algicide/bactericide levels. Here at SpaCap.com we prefer that people use PristineBlue which is easy to use and maintain with the advantage of being safer for skin and hair, plus more environmentally friendly. If you choose to go the caustic chemical route, you will need to check the chlorine or bromine levels with either test strips or the more accurate test kit method. If you don’t check these levels, your hot tub can become a “deposit” of bacteria and algae. If the bromine level is not between 3 – 6mg/l, and the Chlorine between 3 – 5mg/l, you have to correct it with Bromine tabs or Chlorine granules. One more thing to note for those who use chlorine or bromine, these chemicals are not just hard on your skin they also will eventually wear down spa parts like impellers and jets.

In order to increase the hygiene levels of your hot tub try to oxidize it one a month. That will eliminate odors, cosmetic and body oil remaining. For oxidizing use Hot Tub Non Chlorine Shock.

 

For keeping clean the water, there is also the Aquafinesse, Aquagarde or BaquaSpa, which are patented solutions with many beneficial effects. They are environmentally friendly, easy to use, gentle to skin, prevent forming bacteria, but they tend to be a little more expensive than the other products.

 

  1. Check for foam! If you see foam on the surface of the water, apply Hot Tub no Foam. If the solution does not eliminate it, clean and refill your hot tub with fresh water.

 

Try to schedule and determine an order regarding what you have to check, because in this way you will not omit anything. Add chemicals separately, for example if you add Chlorine wait at least two hours to add another type of chemical, so you will avoid reactions between the substances and will increase their efficiency. Another recommendation regarding chemicals is that you should choose high quality ones, because, despite the convenient price, there is a chance that they will prove to be ineffective. You don’t want to jeopardize your health or peace of mind and perhaps the trouble free functioning of your hot tub for the sake of a few pennies.

 

  1. Clean the filter once a month with a proper filter cleaning solution. The dirt and detritus which accumulate in the filter can obstruct the flow of the water and therefore the normal functioning of the tub. The procedure is simple: remove it, spray it with a hose to eliminate the residues, place it in a bucket with filter cleaning solution. Then rinse it again with the hose to be sure you removed any dirt and chemical residues.

 

  1. Change the water periodically, taking into consideration the frequency of use of the hot tub. If you use it quite often you should change the water at least 4 times a year, if not, you can refill it twice a year. When you are changing the water, after draining it out, do not forget to clean the spa shell itself. Use a tub surface cleaner and wipe it clean with a slightly wet sponge. Rinse the shell well. Then you can fill up the spa with clean and fresh water.

 

  1. You can use fragrances, but only those ones which are designed for hot tubs, otherwise it will form foam on the surface of the water. As mentioned above, foam is not good for your home spa.

 

  1. To be eco friendly, keep the hot tub’s temperature low, at eco-mode, and raise the temperature 20-30 minutes before you want to soak. Do not exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Always check with a thermometer too, because the thermostat may not be as accurate and you do not want the water to be too hot for you or your guests safety.

 

  1. Always cover the tub when you’re not using it, and check to be sure the cover is properly secured on the hot tub, because in this way you can avoid wasting energy which is good for you as well as for your pocket. If you are using a traditional rigid foam cover to do this the dealer you bought it from may have recommended to clean and condition it once a month with vinyl protector, because in this way you will avoid to let UV rays to damage it. What they don’t tell you is that the vinyl on the outside of your cover is rated by HOURS outdoors. 1500hrs to be precise. Cleaning it and rubbing it with vinyl treatment is just wasting your time and money while prolonging the inevitable. Which is why all SpaCap Hot Tub Covers employ Sunbrella outdoor fabric which is rated by (wait for it) YEARS outdoors. In fact we have seen Sunbrella fabric still looking brand new after ten years outdoors. Nothing else comes close. That said, if you do need to clean your cover for some reason, use the solution just on the top of the cover and pay attention to not let the solution to pour into the water of the spa. It is better to take it off and clean also the underside of it with a mild cleaning solution. Rinse well and air dry.

 

Enjoying a dip in the hot tub
Hot Tubs just make life better.

When using the chemicals for cleaning, please read the instructions carefully (the ones on the label of the product) and use them according to the instructions, precisely measure them, never mix the solutions. This may sound like we are harping on this but for good reason. Believe it or not, some common cleaning solutions can be extremely dangerous when mixed with other common things. For instance, the reason you won’t see exposed aluminum on the bottom of a pool or spa cover (like a radiant reflector to bounce heat back into the water) is because if it were to come in contact with chlorine, it produces a poisonous gas. Always store your spa chemicals in a cool and dry place and more important, away and out from the reach and sight of children and pets! Keep chemicals away from the direct sunlight.

 

So you have to pay attention to many aspects regarding the cleaning and normal functioning of the hot tub, which in the beginning may seem endless, but after a little time passes it should become the part of your regular routine. It’s worth the effort! You can enjoy your hot tub every day while it banishes away your stress and helps your muscles, joints, and your whole body to relax. It will also be a place where you can spend hours with your friends and family knowing it is always ready.

How a Hot Tub Changes Your Life

Hot Tub AromatherapyHot tubs are really meant to relax. When you soak in the hot water you soothe away all of your everyday problems and concerns. While your body soaks, you feel it starts to revitalize. Besides the beneficial effect felt on the surface of your skin, a hot tub also has a positive impact on your muscles and joints. The continuous and periodical use of a hot tub can contribute to the improvement of many different health conditions. In the following lines we will present some of those:

 

  • Helps to combat sleep problems – people experience sleep problems because of many different reasons; some are due to our hectic schedules and everyday stress. An exhausting working day or life related problems can be overwhelming to us when we are trying to sleep. Sleepless nights can damage our everyday life; they lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness which affect our ability to concentrate. The National Sleep Foundation recommends soaking in a hot tub for approximately 15-20 minutes but not right before going to sleep (it would be better 1-2 hours before in order to avoid overheating). It will ease your sleeping. Aromatherapy fragrances like Chamomile, Lavender and Jasmine can also increase the calming effects of the warm water. Try to drink a lot of water before, during and after using the hot tub, but avoid alcohol. The most optimal water temperature for healthy adults is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

  • Improves the circulation of the blood flow – The blood flow is facilitated through 3 major means: the buoyancy, the hot water immersion and the hydrotherapy massage. While you are soaking, the buoyancy reduces the load on our joints and muscles, one of the most important being our feet and ankles which support our body weight all day long. If you spend long hours sitting at your job, the buoyancy will also benefit a circulation to your posterior.

 

  • Helps with arthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia– soaking in warm water stimulates the blood flow and relaxes the muscle, so it helps patients to relieve pain and stiffness. It can also be important to do stretching exercises in warm water, because it considerably reduces the pain and increases the psychical functions. For patients with this condition it is best to do so in warm water and not hot water. A moderate psychical activity is beneficial for the health and if you perform it in water your joints and muscles will not experience any excess pressure.

 

  • Hot tub can decrease the symptoms of flu, and even to shorten its duration. Warm water relieves aches in connection with flu by relaxing the muscles, helps you to unclog your stuffy nose and facilitates sleeping (which is indispensable when you fight flu or a cold). Besides these, soaking in warm water can imitate a low fever, which is the natural reaction of your body to combat viruses, because low fever triggers the immune system and helps to hold back the growth of the viruses.

 

Note: If you have a cardiovascular condition (including arrhythmia, tachycardia, high or low blood pressure) or diabetes, it is important to consult your doctor regarding the use of the hot tub, because it can be dangerous for you. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor regarding the use of hot tub by children and pregnant women!

Okay, now that we have given you all the reasons you need to rush out and buy a hot tub, we have one more thing to help you get the most benefit from it. Imagine getting all relaxed in your hot tub and then straining yourself trying to get a heavy awkward cover back onto your spa. Kinda defeats the therapy.

Washing your cares away in the warm embrace of pulsating water jets followed up with getting your blood pressure up because you get angry while putting the heavy cover back on the hot tub. Pointless.

Here at SpaCap.com, we have just what you need to keep those good vibrations. We have been building Custom Hot Tub Covers for thirty years. Imagine a hot tub cover as easy to use as moving a fluffy comforter onto your bed. No exasperation required. Our hot tub covers use air to insulate rather than foam so there is nothing to soak up moisture which is what makes all other covers heavy.

Don’t let all the good your hot tub can do for you be wasted on a heavy, outdated, obsolete cover just because that’s all your local dealer has to offer. Order your own custom made SpaCap, and change your life for the better. Okay, maybe I over shot that a little, but it will at least make it easier.

Hot Tub Water Temperature

If you own a hot tub you already know how great it is, all the health benefits and reasons to use it. However, you want your spa to be comfortable and safe for your family and guests. Today we hope to cover the most optimal water temperature for your spa.

 

Most hot tubs at hotels and other places open to the public are set at a standard of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Residential hot tubs typically come set between 100 to 102 degrees.

 

Naturally, it is largely a matter of personal preference and there will always be others who want their water hotter or colder.

 

People interested in saving money on their power bill during the winter months, may want to set their hot tub to a lower setting since the weather outside will typically be colder and make the water feel plenty warm.

Those that use the hot tub for therapy may require a higher setting. In those instances you can raise it to 104 degrees which is the highest setting for any new spa commercially available. This is in accordance with the National Spa and Pool Institute’s finding that 104 has been determined as the highest safe water temperature for healthy adults.

 

Most hot tubs intended for home use allow for a water temperature setting between 80 and 102 degrees. But what feels comfortable to one person may seem unbearably hot to another. Although you may feel that the temperature setting on your hot tub is a matter of personal preference, there are some physical signs that our bodies send us to be aware of. Below are a few of the ways our body lets us know that we may be getting too hot along with the problem if you don’t pay attention.

 

  • Lower heart rate. Like many things this is one that sneaks up on us because relaxation itself will cause your heart rate to slow down. The problem is that for some people, the heart rate slowing down too much can be deadly. The warm water of the hot tub will slow your heart rate as you relax and your blood vessels dilate. If for any reason you start to feel light headed or you notice someone else showing signs of it, it’s time to get out of the spa and cool down.

 

  • Vasodilation. As I mentioned above the hot water will cause blood vessels to open up, especially those close to your skin. Although great for increasing blood flow to extremities and for decreasing blood pressure, it too can be a problem. People suffering from heart problems or chronic low blood pressure should be careful to limit the time they spend in the hot tub. If it’s your hot tub and you want to be able to spend a longer time soaking, this would be one of those times setting the water temperature lower would be a good idea.

 

  • Dehydration. Actually this one is way more common than you might think. Especially among those of us that think the hot tub is a perfect place to enjoy an adult beverage. While you’re enjoying the soothing sensations of the hot spa water you’re sweating. We just don’t realize it because we’re sitting in the warm water. Plus, and this one is even harder to wrap your head around, our skin is drying out. You’re becoming dehydrated while you’re sitting in hot water. Crazy right? But it’s not a joke. If you don’t keep hydrated (and no alcoholic beverages don’t count, in fact they make it worse) you could end up with a headache or some other more serious effect of dehydration. So for the safety and well being of yourself and your guests keep drinking plenty of water, before and during your time in the hot tub. Save the adult beverages for after your spa time.

 

It would be irresponsible of us not to mention that if you are concerned about heart complications or any other health risks, it would always be better to consult your physician. Maybe the doctor can suggest a safe hot tub temperature for you.

 

We want everyone using a hot tub to be safe which is one of the reasons behind the design of our lightweight hot tub covers.

 

Years ago when we would travel to home shows all over the country, in our display we would have a video set up showing an actor being injured by a heavy foam cover slamming down on them. It would run continuously during the home show. Eventually, invariably a visitor to our booth would tell us that it had happened to them.

 

Heavy hot tub covers can be a more than just annoying, they can be a serious hazard. That’s why the covers we build at SpaCap.com don’t use foam panels like the typical rigid hot tub covers. We use air chambers to do the insulating instead. Aside from being more efficient, the air chambers don’t suck up moisture like every foam-filled cover ever made.

 

Why not order a custom SpaCap spa cover for your hot tub today and save yourself the aggravation of wrestling a heavy cover.

How to Find the Right Swim Spa

You want to buy a swim spa but you do not know from where to begin? You have no idea which manufacturers offer the best swim spas or which features differentiate one brand from another? Our goal is to covers the strengths and characteristics of some Swim Spa brands available on the market. No matter what are your needs, we hope to help you find the one which best fits your needs and expectations.

 

Swim Spa being used by a swimmer as shown from above
Swim Spa
  1. Dimension One Swim Spa – The Aquatic Fitness System brand of Dimension One is designed not only to relax, but also to exercise, so it corresponds to all of your demands and wishes related to swim spas. You can use it to swim, walk, run, stretch, and strength exercises or just to enjoy the recreational effects of the swim spa. No matter which age group you belong to, Aquatic Fitness System will definitely meet your expectations. You can choose from 4 types of spas according to your needs. AquaFit Sport’s water management system which ensures you clean water every time you exercise, the forceful swim jets and the cross-training functionality make it your functional underwater gym. What can be better than that? After your exhausting training session, the AquaFit Pro, offers you with its patented Jet Therapy® pillow, the ultimate relaxation experience. The AquaFit Play will provide you many moments of pleasure with exercise, fun and relaxation due to its max therapy seat, patented water cleaning system and stereo and lighting package (optional). AquaFIT PLUS is the king of Dimension One Swim Spas, not only because it is the largest one, but also because you can adjust the water temperature separately: you can have a different temperature in one side of it while you are exercising and another in the other part which is ideal for soaking and spa.

These luxurious spas have a lot of innovation: they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, include water cleaning systems and interior innovations. Visit their page to read more about these amazing swim spas.

 

  1. Cal Spa provides a full aquatic gym in the comfort of your own home. The Cal Spas’ Jet Stream Propulsion System is designed for both amateur and professional swimmers. The two jets produce current both on the top and under the water. Cal Spa offers a large variety of options for their customers in order to help them to improve their swimming and hydrotherapy experience. Cords attached to the anchors of the spa can make your training easier; the built in Isound system or stereo with CD player and the led options make your spa time more joyful. The entry level swim spa provides 22 jets and is designed for 6 people. The top of the line model has the capacity of 10 people and includes 70 jets, it consists of a zone designed for swimming and workout and another separated one for hydrotherapy and soaking. Like the Dimension One offering you can set the temperature separately for both areas.

 

  1. Endless Pool Swim Spas offer you the great opportunity to spend fun and valuable time with your friends and family, without exposing you to the dangers and unpleasant features of the public spas. These spas are designed to be suitable in almost every size backyard and have much lower operating cost than normal sized pools. These spas can be used indoor or out, and are available in four different sizes. The ten foot, fifteen and seventeen foot long, offer a fairly spartan layout with one seat to relax in after your workout. The top of the line nineteen foot model offers the separate spa end with the by now expected dual temperature control. According to their website, the installation consists of 3 easy steps: place, fill up, and connect the power. Although it makes it sound like you just plug it in, because it requires 220 volts and a 60amp breaker, it’s not quite that simple. You can adapt not only the temperature, but also the current according to your preferences.

 

  1. The Michael Phelps Swim Spas by Master Spas were developed “with input” from the famous swimmer, Michael Phelps, and his coach, Bob Bowman, and the professional engineers of Master Spas. The company website claims that these are one of the most energy-efficient swim spas in the industry, due to the eco-friendly icynene foam insulation. In their own words, “Every swim spa is built to not only meet but to exceed the stringent California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency standards.” They also have high density polymer base which keeps away pests and helps to maintain the heating, manifold plumbing which ensures the equal spread of pressure in the jets. They also contain Noise Reduction, EcoPur and Ozone systems. The EcoPur® System contains a filter which integrates a combination of minerals which help not only the elimination of bigger impurities, but also of the microorganisms and heavy metals, resulting in softer water. The Ozone System eliminates the pathogens, making the water fresh and clean. Its Wave Propulsion™ Technology System offers you a swimming experience with less turbulence and the SwimNumber™ System allows you to set the suitable swimming, training speed according to your needs. Some workout programs are pre scheduled, so you can choose between the beginners, intermediate or advanced levels. Again it is available in a number of lengths and configurations including the spa on one end that can be at a different temperature. The one obvious difference is the housing. On the pump end, the one you swim toward, a good foot to eighteen inches is taken up by the pump works. Not a huge deal but if your buying a cover for it, you’ll be covering a section you can’t swim in or sit in.

 

  1. SwimEx Swim Spas apply paddle wheel instead of jets and propellers to generate swim current. The fiberglass panel construction of these spas is similar to the aircrafts’ panels. SwimEx is based on a special shell designed to control the course of water. In the past this manufacturer was mainly oriented towards corporate customers like universities, hospitals, but in more recent years they have become more and more oriented towards residential clients. Customers can choose from a large variety of custom options for their indoor or outdoor SwimEx including colors, finishes and water depths. The first glaring difference between these swim spas and others listed so far is that they are not designed to be stand alone spas in their own cabinet. True they can be set up for indoor or outdoor installation but that installation will be sunken. This is more of a commitment since installing it will be very similar to an actual swimming pool. Plus as you would expect from a builder that has focused on commercial applications their spas are a little more utilitarian. The website has some very attractive photos but the main focus is on the pleasing deck work around the spa rather than the spas themselves.

 

  1. Arctic Spas Swim Spas claim to be the perfect choice for even the cold weather and climate, they are easy to install and very energy efficient. The patented Forever Floor® will save you time and effort in connection with installing, because you do not have to work on a spa foundation. The Total Access™ system Đ makes every interior component easy to access for repairing. The insulation of the floor and of the wall (foam) of these spas was developed to stop heating from escaping. The biggest difference between the Arctic Spas Swim Spas and the others we covered here is that rather than offering several different sizes they only offer one size with different interior options. From a manufacturing point of view this is a great idea. Every cabinet is the same size which saves time and money. For the home owner it takes one decision off the table and you can focus on the options instead. This manufacturer does not offer a model with a spa in one end. The down side of this is that you’ll be exercising in the same temperature as when you are using the spa for relaxation. So you’ll have to either workout in water that is too warm or relax in water that is a tad on the cool side.

 

These are 6 of the largest manufacturers, who, based on their years of technological research and experimentation, offer a large variety of swim spas which meet the various needs of customers. If you have decided to purchase a swim spa, list your preferences, and what you want from your purchase to match them with the technological features provided by the spa manufacturers available on the market.

When you’re ready to cover your investment, visit SpaCap.com. While spa manufacturers have been working on designing and building swim spas, SpaCap.com have been building the perfect swim spa covers.

No matter which company you purchase you swim spa from they will offer a traditional rigid foam filled spa cover. The problem is that depending on the overall length of your new spa, that cover will consist of three or four individual panels. And just like every other foam filled cover ever made, those panels will eventually begin to saturate with moisture from the steam coming off the spa water, (starting the day you fill your spa) until they are too heavy to lift. (Normally one section will be notably heavier within six months)

Invariably with four separate sections this will happen at different speeds. So you the owner has to choose to struggle to remove and replace that one section or just leave it on and try to use your spa under it.

Bar lifters won’t help once the cover becomes too heavy either because you will still have to flop it over the bar while trying not to strain yourself. Then push it off the end of the spa. When the cover is heavy it will either rip itself apart (because the seam of the cover is not built to handle the added weight) or worse it will rip the bar lifter off the sides of your spa potentially causing damage to the spa cabinet.

The SpaCap Swim Spa Covers by contrast, don’t employ foam so there is nothing to soak up the moisture. They are built to stay lightweight and easy to use. Visit SpaCap.com and order one for your swim spa today.

How To Choose The Right Hot Tub

Selecting a hot tub for the first time might well be an awesome and terrifying experience all at the same time! There are plenty of factors to consider when committing to the right hot tub. If you hire a bad installer, a bad brand, or maybe the wrong spot to install the spa, you could be regretting your decision long into the future!woman-enjoying-hot-tub-spa

Fortunately, with evaluation and research, it is possible to avoid any headaches or buyer’s remorse down the road.

Here are several considerations you’ll need to make before installing your new hot tub.

Inside vs. Outside

Most residential spas are installed outside. Whenever you install a spa outside, you don’t need to be concerned about small leaks. Any leak will certainly require maintenance promptly in the event you have an indoor tub. Meaning that you will most likely need to hire a contractor unless you happen to have the extra time and skills to solve it yourself, so it is generally more expensive to put in an indoor hot tub in your home.

You may also have to deal with chemical smells, and fumes if you install everything inside. You may experience issues with moisture and humidity. Many indoor hot tubs are installed within the bathroom, so basically they are not ideal for hosting parties.

Needless to say, there are many pros to installing your hot tub indoors. You have full privacy indoors. You won’t have to clean it as much inside, and of course the weather will likely not keep you from enjoying the new spa!

When it is located outside, you will want it to be pretty close to the residence. You may regret installing a hot tub far away from the house come next January! Remember the fact that the hot tub uses both electricity and water, therefore you have to have the utilities nearby.

Who Is Going To Install The Tub?

Many individuals who don’t have the budget to engage professional installers may try to complete the installation in their own time. For most consumers, it is recommended you hire professional help while installing your brand new hot tub.

There are a number of regulations which could be required to be followed in your location. Some local governments require home owners obtain a building permit to put in a hot tub. Other municipalities might require you to setup a fence or barrier to enclose the hot tub. Professional dealers can guide you dealing with all of the regulations that might ought to be followed in your community.

While you work with a local dealer, you are most likely going to pay a bit more for the exact same model than you would with any other provider. They also are not going to have the same choice of spas as one might find on the world wide web.

When you make use of the nearby dealer, you’ll be able to “wet test” the hot tub you might be considering installing. This is often extremely important because you could in fact test out the merchandise on your own before your final decision. Short people may require a higher raised seat to sit comfortably inside the tub without going below the water, while tall people might prefer a tub with a lower seat. You have the ability to see how the jets are working and also if they will be positioned in the right areas for your maximum comfort.

Local dealers will most likely carry the top brand names in order that you can setup a quality spa. If you use a local dealer with the top brands, they will be inclined to offer great customer support during the entire installation process, and they can explain the warranties available with your purchase.

Should you make the choice to install the hot tub yourself, there are a couple of the different choices available. You may be able to find spas at big box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. The experts will advise you that many big box stores sell knock-off brands which don’t provide you with the same quality of materials as you may possibly find with local dealers.

You may also find a large number of internet dealers where you can purchase a hot tub. This presents its own challenges and difficulties. It may be possible to get better pricing, however you will actually need to check out reviews for the internet dealer to guarantee they are a reputable company before selecting. Read all of the fine print before placing an online order online so you are aware the terms if the tub is damaged or if you will be able to get help installing it from the company.

Choosing the Features

There are several other features to consider when buying a hot tub. Many individuals believe having a tub that has a lot of jets is clearly the better way to go, though this is not necessarily the reality. It would be better to take a look at the positioning of the jets. Virtually everyone has a distinct preference as to how they like the water jets to get positioned.

We have already discussed the seating arrangement. In order to accommodate the most people, you may want to choose a tub with multiple levels of seating. Imagine yourself actually relaxing in the hot tub. Will you care to extend your legs while sitting in the hot tub?

There are plenty of amenities which are available for those people who have larger budgets. Perhaps you would like to be ready to watch the big game while entertaining a party at your house? Some dealers sell high-end hot tubs with televisions. If you are more likely to enjoy a perfect date night, you may choose a built-in surround sound system for your hot tub.

While in the evening hours, you may wish to have lighting around your spa. You may want to purchase a tub with multi-colored lighting that will look great during the night once the sun sets. Some hot tubs are sold with workout equipment and waterfalls too.

Other Considerations

Think relating to the uses for your spa. Is it possible to foresee a lot of folks using your spa at parties, or is it just for you and your spouse? If you even think may desire to host parties someday, it may be wise to invest in a larger tub.

Do you think the novelty of a hot tub will wear off eventually? If you are not really sure, it is advisable to go with a cheaper option to find out how you like it first. If you do in fact use your tub constantly after a year, then you can always upgrade in the future.

Many hot tubs include steps. For anybody who is older, you may recognize that you might have trouble stepping into the tub in your later years. Due to this, a lot of people are setting up recessed tubs that you don’t have to climb any stairs in order to get into the tub.

The moment the delivery date arrives, ensure you have access to the area in which the tub is going to be delivered. The tub needs to be able to fit through your fence entrance if it is going in the back yard. If you are installing an indoor hot tub, you will need to get the tub through doors and hallways.

Many people forget the calculate the cost of regular maintenance after the tub is installed. Consider how the hot tub may influence your electric bill. Additionally you will need to purchase various chemicals in order to keep the water clean. To avoid debris from entering the tub, as well as to help insulate the water, acquire a spa cover such as the SpaCap.

Installing a spa on your property brings many years of fun, excitement, and relaxation to your life. To ensure you end up with a safe and headache-free installation, it is advisable to work with an expert contractor accustomed to installing spas. Look around prior to the time you make that decision, and be certain to test out a number of tubs for yourself so as to get a feel for what you like.

Hot Tub Covers and When To Replace Them

Hot tub covers are imperative, if you want to keep that water warm inside the hot tub. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Despite what your spa dealer could possibly have promised, there shall come a season that you are going to be in need of a replacement hot tub cover.

What are the indications when your hot tub cover has given up the ghost? There may be obvious signs, as well as some that are not so obvious indicators. Here are 5 signs of hot tub cover distress to take into consideration.

Saggy CoverBroken Hot Tub Covers

If your foam filled hot tub cover collects water on the surface, you’ll need a new spa cover. This signifies that whatever was provided in terms of the reinforcement of the foam boards is now bent or broken. You’ll find typically a C-channel that runs along both halves of the spa cover, where they meet at the hinge. Some cover manufacturers will use materials like aluminum or thin steel at this point, which will bend under weight (dogs, kids, snow), or (more typically) due to the weight of the cover itself.

If this is the case, attempting to milk a longer time from the cover is just going to end up costing you more going forward since whatever insulation value it might possibly have possessed is gone at this stage. Delaying the inevitable will simply cost you more in your energy bills. But more importantly considering a usage point of view, you are likely unlikely to wish to mess with your cover when it has water on top of it. Ultimately, you’re using your hot tub less, which is certainly a sin. Do not be a sinner.

Something to think about here. No matter what your hot tub dealer has to say about it, if he only wants to sell you another foam filled cover, it is 100% absolutely going to turn out to be just like the one you have to replace now.

It won’t matter whether it is shrink wrapped in Kevlar and reinforced with titanium, if it has foam inside, it is doomed to fail.

Puddle CoverSaggy Hot Tub Covers

Water is heavy, at 8 lbs. per gallon, it can add up quickly. Another case of broken reinforcement channel. Probably started out with a small crimp in the channel, which commenced to puddle some water, and a lot more water – and now it appears like a new hot tub cover is in order.

Just like Saggy Cover, this is due to using foam panels above a hot tub. Foam panels will saturate from the steam coming off the spa water. Not one thing will prevent it other than not using foam within your cover!

The spa dealer may suggest you to attempt to flip the panels over inside the cover to add to its useful life. Except the zippers as well as the vinyl material weren’t made to be opened and shut beyond the initial stuffing of the foam.

Once a cover begins a gradual puddle, it may never be reversed. It’s time to order a replacement hot tub cover. As we said above, putting it off means you’ll be making use of the hot tub less (a sin) and wasting money on the heating bill.

Water Logged Hot Tub Covers

This may be a hot tub cover that weighs about 3x what it did when it was new. They often get so heavy that they become next to impossible to use short of the aid of a Seal Team. They can also damage spa cover lifters once they get too heavy. That’s because the cover lifter is not made to handle a heavy cover. Bet the dealer didn’t mention that when he sold it to you.

When the foam core is taking on water – and, is not draining. This does not signify that rain water has somehow gotten into your cover, or snow or another outside source. It happens when steam rises from the warm spa water then since it’s a very small molecule, gets right into the foam. Once it gets inside of the foam it cools and turns back into water, and becomes trapped because of the fact that the water molecule is too big to drop out.

The best way to prevent it would be to never use a foam filled cover on the hot tub. Despite what the manufacturer claims to wrap it in or the way they package it, the foam will eventually become saturated. Period.

It is time for a new replacement hot tub cover. Again, putting it off at this point is just going to cost you more in your energy consumption and unless you have a Seal Team living with you, you aren’t going to be using your spa very often. (Still a sin)

If you want to be clever, you can take the cover from your spa and store it in your garage for several months. As soon as the cover is away from the moisture and being stored inside a dry place, eventually the moisture within the cover will evaporate (back to a smaller molecule) and of course the foam will become light again. It takes months for it to dry completely in which case you must have another replacement cover for your spa while you wait. Note: The cover may still warp wildly out of shape while it dries.

If you choose to rotate your covers every three months, you may be capable of making them last until the materials begin to come apart. See Below.

Torn Hot Tub Covers

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Whenever the fabric (marine grade vinyl on the standard foam filled hot tub covers) is exposed to its limit of sun and weather, it becomes brittle and begins to deteriorate. Eventually, holes and tears happen that will.

Because ALL Vinyl, even the most costly Marine Grade, are rated by HOURS outdoors.

Using a spa cover protectant is just another way for cover dealers to take your money. If you would like to spend on weekly basis rubbing down your hot tub cover with conditioner, be our guest but the smart thing to do would be to buy the cover that does not have VINYL on the outside. Like say the SpaCap hot tub covers that use Sunbrella Marine fabric, which is rated by YEARS outdoors.

Still, if the cover isn’t heavy yet, you might to postpone acquiring another right away providing you don’t mind the look of Duct Tape. If you would like a few suggestions, check out some episodes of the “Red Green Show.” Red covers the finer points of Duct Tape.

Smelly Hot Tub Covers

Musty, mildew, old wet dog – whatever your hot tub cover smells like, if it’s a bad odor, that probably implies that you now have bacteria forming inside the hot tub cover. It probably also means the cover is water logging (see above).

Now we have crossed over from inconvenient to unhealthy.

What are you inhaling when this is what you smell?

Completely dismantling of the cover, and spraying it down with Lysol won’t help! Since the source of the smell, AKA the mold and mildew are stuck inside the foam! The best you might be able to accomplish would be to kill what’s on the outside of the vinyl or foam even so you are not going to touch what’s inside the foam. Plus now your cover smells like Lysol, nothing kills the mood faster than inhaling something that reminds you of how the school janitor cleaned up vomit.

The origin of the problem? That high quality foam employed in traditional hot tub covers. Despite how much a dealer may attempt to sell how it is extremely resistant to water absorption and bacteria formation, it will still happen and they understand it.

When you happen to be ready for a brand new spa cover, make sure that it’s not made using a foam core.

If you were curious about your hot tub cover making it another year, don’t wait. It’s your basic instinct telling you something important – hot tub season is coming! Get ready now!

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Solutions for Cloudy Water

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.Clear Hot Tub Water

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.

Hot Tub Meditation

Hot Tub MeditationMeditation 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.

Minimize Distraction

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.

Breathe

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.

Be Mindful

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.

At SpaCap.com we have been building lightweight, custom hot tub covers that are easy to use, and built to stay that way.

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“The Right Stuff” Hot Tub pH

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 alkalinity, 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 level of 7.4.
  • pH increasers. Largely made up of baking soda, an 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 balancer will lock that alkalinity level. 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.Hot Tub pH balance

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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Swim Spa Benefits

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.

 

Contact SpaCap.com today to learn more about the benefits of the world’s best swim spa covers!