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Hot Tub Water Test: Like a Boss!

July 27th, 2015 by
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Testing hot tub water regularly is important to avoid peaks and valleys of sanitation and water balance. Testing everyday is not needed unless your spa is used on a daily basis. Test your water 2-3 times per week, or more often if the spa is used frequently. For years I used Test Strips to test [...]

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Hot Tub Water Conservation

July 21st, 2015 by
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Are hot tubs and spas water wasters? The mayor of San Jose thinks so – in May, the San Jose city council voted to prohibit filling pools and hot tubs. And in Santa Clara, California, hot tub owners are allowed to replace hot tub water, but only after agreeing to take fewer showers. Santa Clara [...]

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Hot Tub Pump Motor Replacement

July 13th, 2015 by
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Replacing a spa or hot tub motor saves about 40% over the cost of replacing the entire pump, and there’s no plumbing required! Hot tub motors are as easy to replace as the entire pump, and can be done in under an hour. Another benefit to re-using the existing wet end is that you can [...]

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Hot Tub Pressure Switch Adjustments

July 9th, 2015 by
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The Pressure Switch on a hot tub or spa is a pressure sensor that is mounted onto the heater housing, or very close to the exit point of the heater. It’s sole purpose is to shut off the heater if low pressure (low water flow) occurs. In a hot tub, pressure is an easy way [...]

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Test & Balance Hot Tub Water

July 6th, 2015 by
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I know some people who claim to have “perfect” spa water right out of the tap – “I don’t even need to test it”, they say. That may be true for some people, but for the majority of spa owners, the water from the tap or hose may have very low levels of calcium, alkalinity, [...]

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What Chemicals are Needed for a Hot Tub?

June 29th, 2015 by
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Spa chemistry is something that needn’t make you anxious, and once you get the hang of it, most hot tubs will exhibit something of it’s own chemical personality, one that you will get to know well. What I mean is, you will get to know when it needs more of something, and if you were [...]

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Bad Fitting Hot Tub Covers

June 25th, 2015 by
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I was visiting a friend at a beautiful resort home in Breckenridge, Colorado last weekend. They had so much snow in these parts of the Rockies (over 5 ft in May), that there is still snow now covering the mountain peaks. A rental home with a hot tub in Breckenridge is easy to find. This town [...]

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Hot Tub Filters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

June 22nd, 2015 by
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Once upon a time, if you wanted a replacement spa or hot tub filters, you went down to your local spa store and bought or ordered a replacement filter cartridge. There wasn’t a choice of brand, they were all made by Unicel, or Aladdin. As the number of pools and spas using pleated filter cartridges [...]

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Spas and Hot Tubs in the News

June 15th, 2015 by
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Once again, it’s time for our twice annual round-up of news articles surrounding spas and hot tubs. It’s always a treat to see how the world responds to hot tubs, and these stories never disappoint. We have a good group of stories this time – never a dull moment when we turn the camera lens [...]

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Hot Tub & Spa Safety Products & Practices

June 8th, 2015 by
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Safety products for spas and hot tubs? If you’re wondering how to child-proof your hot tub or spa, it’s a question that we get a lot here ~ new parents asking how to keep toddlers and children safe around hot tubs. Not as common as pool safety products, which have several types of safety covers [...]

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