02/15/17

Cleaning Your Hot Tub Filter

Soaking yourself inside a hot tub is a sure way for you to get relaxed. And in order to be relaxed for a longer period of time, you need to clean your hot tub filter so that you would not have any problem with the quality of water that you have. Generally, when it comes to the water inside the hot tub, the filtration system is involved. Regularly cleaning your hot tub filters does not only guarantee a better water quality, but it also helps in maintaining the quality of your hot tub itself.

To start with, you should clean your hot tub filter cartridge twice a month, which could be more or less depending on how often you use your hot tub. You can start cleaning your hot tub filters using your garden hose, focusing its water to the filter, ensuring that all the unwanted materials are removed out of it. But the garden house does not do all the work, as there are other dirt that could be hard to remove such as oil and algae that have deposited on the surface of the filter. To clean that, you would need to use cleaning chemicals. Most of these cleaning agents require soaking the filter preferably overnight to remove all the other dirt that are on the filter. Same treatment for pleatco filters.

The hot tub filter should be replaced every once in a while, because not all of them last very long. Most hot tub filters last for a year, so you should be replacing your filter at the end of the year to have your hot tub in a good shape.

Maintaining your hot tub filter

Slikovni rezultat za Hot Tub FilterHaving a broken or malfunctioning hot tub filters give a hard time to the pump and heater of the hot tub, because the water mechanisms become so clogged that they need higher pressure. In order to maintain your hot tub filter, you should read the manual on how to clean it properly, avoiding all the other things that are not in the list. One of them is not to use just any cleaning chemicals for your hot tub as it would go directly to your filter. If you think that you already have made the water of your hot tub very dirty after a very long usage, then check for the filter so you can see if it needs attention. Another important thing that you should consider is that whenever you change your hot tub filter, you should find the same type of filter and not just any other filter out there, so that all the instructions on how to clean it would still apply.

Having a hot tub filter that is in god condition will make your relaxation time more comfortable, making you have less worries.

01/17/17

Building your Own Hot Tub Enclosures

Owning a hot tub really gives a good relaxation time for you and your family. But, in order for you to be able to use it for a longer period of time, you should take care of it and always maintain it in shape. One of the best ways you can take care of your hot tub is by building an enclosure around it.

Advantages of Having an Enclosure

The major advantage of having a protective walls around your hot tub is that you can prevent destructive factors like strong weather such as extreme heat of the sun and wind surges by storm. You can also prevent foreign materials or unwanted beings from entering your bathing area. Tree leaves and branches, and other garbage would no longer be paying you a visit and other pets or even stray animals would no longer be saying hello to you.

You can buy the said hot tub enclosures at the same place where you bought your hot tub, although there are other shops that specializes in it. This will surely cost you, but it will be worth it. If you want, you can build your own hot tub enclosures. If you are careful enough, you could be spending less than what you would have spent by purchasing an already made enclosure. In addition, the satisfying feeling that you would get after finishing a good hot tub enclosure will add up to the relaxation that you would have when you soak yourself in a hot tub.

Building Hot Tub Enclosure

Slikovni rezultat za Hot Tub EnclosuresEven if you are an expert carpenter, there are still factors to consider when you are building your own hot tub. The first thing that you should know is the size of your hot tub. Your measurements should be accurate because any mistake could cost you more. These measurements will then be the basis that you would use for your enclosure.

One more thing is the shape of your hot tub. The enclosure that you would construct should not necessarily depend on the hot tub’s shape. Generally, a rectangular enclosure is preferred by many hot tub owners because they can still have a room for other equipment such as towel stand and cleaning materials.

There are several materials to use for hot tub enclosures. There is a tool box that can have all the necessary equipment that you would need in order to design hot tub enclosures. Generally, what you would need are four posts or foundations and other wider wood for the sides. You can then decide the height of the enclosure, as well as the space that you would like to have around your hot tub. It is necessary to use strong wood so that the enclosure could survive the harsh condition like extreme weather if the hot tub is to be placed outside the house. In addition, woods that can preserve the inside conditions of the hot tub is more preferable.

For a comfortable ventilation, you could install thermal windows and doors so that the heat of the hot tub would not escape easily, thereby reducing the heat loss that is manifested by the electric bill.

Hot tub enclosures will not only protect your hot tub, but it can also add more comfort to you as you soak yourself in the hot water bath of your hot tub

12/7/16

Adding Hot Tub Steps to your Hot Tubs

There is really no stopping now about the popularity of hot tubs. As the years pass, more and more customers are getting attracted to it, making them buy one or more for their own use. Having a hot tub is really advantageous, because there are a lot of benefits that it can provide. One, it can give a lot of health benefits because soaking yourself in a hot or warm water bath opens the skin pores, releasing the dirt and toxins that have accumulated on the surface. Another is that using hot tub helps the blood vessels open more, enabling a smooth flow of the blood. In addition, having a hot tub gives you a place to reflect, think, and just relax after a hard day’s work.

To make the use of your hot tub easier, you should be more cautious about your surroundings. If your hot tub is placed outside of your house, then the floor around your hot tub should be able to perform well so that there would be no problem will be encountered. When water is abundant, it can splash all over the floor around the hot tub. If the floor is smooth, you should be able to counteract that by putting some roughness like mats so that you would not slip. And if your hot tub is placed on a higher level, you should consider placing hot tub steps to aid you in using your hot tub.

Placing Hot tub steps to your Hot tub

Basically, hot tub steps just help you in climbing or reaching your hot tub easier. Hot tub steps can be made by a lot of materials. Wood is one of the famous building materials for hot tub steps, because not only it can be made to be rough to avoid slipping, but because wood can also be made with a lot of artistic designs and variations that relaxation can even be complete just by looking at it. The wooden steps available can be in the form of pieces, but you do not have to worry about setting it up because the installation is easy, you can even do it yourself.

Another material that is used is the metals. Although metals surely will give you more durability and strength than you have imagined, having it is somehow harder because it can corrode if you bought a low class metals.

One more type of hot tub steps is made from synthetic material, although customers do not generally prefer it since this is more of a slippery surface. To compensate, you can add rough materials to it.

Having hot tub steps is just one way to start your relaxation safer. To maximize the use of your hot tub, try to find things that can help you improve it.

11/11/16

Replacing Your Spa Pump

Hot tubs can be considered as one of the greatest inventions of human technology since it helps people to get a more convenient life. After a hard day’s work, one can just soak in a hot water bath and forget about all the stressful events that had happened. In addition to that, there are also some health benefits hot tubs can give, such as the hydrotherapy where the main element is the flowing water coming from the water jets (a common feature of hot tubs). Here, the flowing water serves as a massaging streams of water concentrated to different parts of the body. It sounds great to have all of these benefits, but once your hot tub encounters a problem, all of these seem to go away.

You will notice that after a long while of using your hot tub, there will suddenly come a time where a part of it begins to malfunction. One important part of hot tub that you would not want to get broken is the hot tub pump. If this part gets broken, it is imperative to repair it immediately, if you still want to use your hot tub. Usually, hot tub pumps get broken after five years of working, so expect yours to fail once you have reached this long. However, you can actually prolong the life of your hot tub pump by diagnosing it occasionally. Observing how your pump behaves is actually one way on how you can monitor the possible emergence of a problem in the future.

Observing your Hot Tub

There are typical signs of wear and tear of the hot tub pump. One of them is when the water already leaks. Water usually leaks whenever there are cracks in the housing of the pumps. More to that, if the screws or fittings of the pump is not very tight, water may find its way through it. If you leave it that way, this problem will get bigger in time. Consider replacing the housing of the pump if it has lots of cracks and looks more like a shower than a pump.

Another sign of hot tub pumps getting broken is the presence of annoying noises like the rattle of metal. This could mean a clog in the water system since it constrict the smooth movement of the water as it circulates. In addition, check the fitting because the vibrations of the pumps might dislocate the screws in their place, resulting to the noises.

Another sign is when your pump already overheats. The amount of heat that your pump produces should be tolerable. If it feels like it is going to explode because of its high temperature, switch the hot tub off and immediately consult an expert.

Once you have identified the problems related to your pump, you can either replace some of its parts or you can replace the pump completely.

Replacing hot tub pumps

One of the easiest way on how you can replace your hot tub pump is by purchasing the same pump as your previous one. You can actually buy it at the shop where you bought the hot tub itself. You can also try buying from other shops as long as it can fit with the type of pump your hot tub requires. There are just some specifications that should be met, such as the port opening and the HP rating.

However, when you bought the same type of hot tub pump as your previous one, you should consider that it had broken in the past due to some problems. If the reason why it broke cannot be prevented, and if the time it was usable before it had broken was long, then you can still buy the same model. But if the problem is very minor and it actually had broken just because of that, consider upgrading to a higher level of pump. You can replace your pump even with different brand so do not restrict yourself from looking at other types.

09/16/16

Guides to Finding the Right Hot tub for you

Hot tubs are one way to give yourself a break after all of the hard work that you have managed to do. Stress and other tired feelings that you have can be removed, as well as the dirt and toxins within your skin once you soak in a hot water bath. Actually there are lots of health benefits involved in having a hot tub, and this include the smoother blood circulation since hot water helps the blood vessels to expand. Since blood flows better now, blood pressure would then decrease. This would then prevent the possibility of experiencing heart-related diseases such as heart attack and stroke. All of these benefits can be obtained once you get into the hot tub. But if you want to experience it whenever you want, you should purchase one for your own use. But with lots of available types of hot tubs out there, how do you find the one that will best fit with your standard? The one that you will be going home with? The answer is to establish what you are looking for in a hot tub, as well as the knowledge for the hot tub that you should purchase.

The purchasing process of any hot tub should be given enough attention as this could determine how much you would be enjoying your hot tub session. To start with, you should not buy a hot tub from an unreliable source or from that which does not have a reputation as good spa manufacturers, even if the price is relatively low. This might just be their bait for unsuspecting customers. Once the short warranty ends, you would be able to tell why.

Before you purchase, it is very important that you know the background of what you are going to buy. There are lots of information sources such as the internet. If you want to know the answers to your questions first hand, you can always call or talk to assistance, as well as with the staff of the shop. You will be surprised to see how accommodating they are.

Eliminating the unwanted hot tubs

The very first help that you can get will be actually coming from you. What are you looking for? If your answer is hot tub, then you are on the way. But then what hot tub? What size? What are the features that you want to have with it? What are the other specifications? If you can answer those and other related questions, then you can already purchase. But if you still do not, you have to find the best answers in order for you to get the best hot tub that you are looking for.

You can start with the size. If your purpose for buying a hot tub is you want to experience the leisure time in a hot water bath and enjoy the health benefits of it alone, then small hot tubs would do for you. You don’t have to invest on a very big hot tub when no one but you is going to use that. Cut the cost. However, if you are planning to use the hot tub as a venue for family gatherings such as a bonding place, the larger, the better. If you have a family with you, choose a hot tub that will cater all of you plus more. You can ask the professionals such as the spa manufacturers on how to choose based on the size of hot tubs, with you specifying the possible number of users.

You can also limit the choices by looking at the features in a hot tub. One of the most common feature of a hot tub is the water jet. Ideally, the water jets serve as massager while you are soaking in the water. The speed of the water that comes out of the water jets do the massaging process. With that in sight, you should be able to choose the hot tub which can give good water jets. There are several basis on how to say if a water jet is good or not. If it is adjustable to nearly all directions of the hot tub, then it is a plus point. In addition, if the speed of the water jets can be regulated, this is a very good sign that they are of good quality. Since the speed makes the massage, being able to set it up means being able to get the right amount of massage that you want to have. Also, be sure that the water jets are of good placement.

As technology advances, lots of innovation have been done to the hot tub, such as the control panel evolution. Nowadays, there are lots of available hot tubs which are systematically controlled by built-in programs or software for the mechanisms. There are sensors that can measure and provide you the temperature increase or decrease, as well as the pressure in the water manifested by the speed of water streams. However, this is for easier and more manageable access to the hot tub’s workings, so if you do not fancy much about this, you can still purchase the simpler ones. You can also cut the cost by doing this.

Other specifications such as the building materials should also be given enough attention. The type of material used to build you hot tub somehow dictates the lifespan of the whole hot tub. Prolonged exposure to hot water, chemicals, and other cleaning agents would deteriorate materials over time, so be sure that the materials where your hot tub is built could survive these conditions for a longer period of time. You should check the warranty to be sure, because if the warranty gives you at least 5 years, then you can somehow realize that the building material is good or bad.

There are other indications whether a spa is good or bad. To check for the details about the spa you are planning to buy, consult with the spa manufacturers or with the dealers. But first be sure that the person you are talking with is well-trained and knowledgeable about the products you are discussing. Stay away from the staff who gives you mere unsound conclusions or maybe and might-be attitude, which would later refer you to talk with other personnel. You are actually building your trust with the company, so make a friend who would be able to address your concerns properly. In addition, you can ask for services that they have done in the past, those that can provide good references for you to see their reputation. A satisfied customer can mean a lot to them. Ideally, spa manufacturers which are in business for more than two decades is one sign that they are good ones, if not the best. You can do your research to track their history to see for anomalies. Since we are already in the internet age, visit the website of the spa manufacturers where you plan to buy, for they contain a lot of information not only about them, but also about how they do with their customers. Usually a website contains the products and services that they offer, as well as the customers’ reviews regarding these matters.

Evaluating the hot tub

Once you have eliminated all the unnecessary things that you should not have in your hot tubs, you r choices would now be limited to the best ones upon which you should be more cautious. To start inspecting, you should try it before buying it, if the company permits. Take the so-called test soak to see how it would feel to be inside that hot tub. Assess if you can sit and recline comfortably. Take time to look at the level of the water because if you are in a cool climate, you would need higher soaking level to warm up yourself. For hot tubs that could accommodate more than one, both adult and children should be catered comfortably. There should be no barricade or whatsoever fence around the hot tub for it will only make the entrance more complicated.

Another thing that you should assess is the sound of the running hot tub. If it produces disturbing sound, it would beat one of the primary reasons why you are in a hot tub – peacefulness. Consider this if you are living with others, or if the place of your neighbors are close enough. A silent hot tub is also an indication of a good hot tub quality, because there would be no vibrating pumps or heating equipment within.

Check for the sanitation system. If chlorine would be present, reconsider this hot tub since this would be a health hazard especially to the lungs. You can purchase chlorine converters, but it will just make the price increase more. Just go to the other hot tub choices.

The filter is also one of the important parts of the hot tub, as this prevents the dirt and other unwanted materials from being recycled back into the water system and eventually into the hot tub surface.

Being able to know all of these specifications will surely help you on narrowing down your choices, so that other hot tubs which do not pass your quality will be removed. In addition, you would be able to select the best type of hot tub for you and your family to get the best leisure time and health benefits. A good communication with the spa manufacturers are also good ways on how to ensure that what you are planning to buy is genuine.