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Archive for May, 2012

Bullfrog Spas Wins Best of State Award

May 24th, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas wins Best of State award – for the 9th time!

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Bullfrog Spas, manufacturer of quality portable hot tubs, was recently awarded the 2012 Best of State Award for the Pool and Spa category. This is the 9th time Bullfrog Spas has won the award since 2003.

 

 

 

The Best of State Organization has a goal of recognizing the best organizations, individuals and companies in Utah based on the following criteria*:

  • The overall excellence, superiority and quality of a nominee’s products, services or performance.
  • The creativity which nominees display to differentiate themselves from their competition.
  • The nominee’s accomplishments to improve the quality of life in their community and state, and their efforts to make the world a better place.

Bullfrog Spas continues to lead the hot tub and spa industry in quality and innovation as reflected in these accomplishments:

  • 100% wood-free composite spa support structure, no rot or warping
  • Made in the USA with non-polluting, green methods, using 25% recycled materials
  • Best energy efficiency in their class according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission
  • Lowest failure rate shown by warranty claim data and verified by technicians

Bullfrog’s innovations include the patented JetPak System, which uses modular jetted hot tub seats, or JetPaks, that allow spa owners to customize the massages in their spa and interchange them at any time.

Bullfrog’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Bullfrog Spas are sold through Authorized Retailers across the US and Canada and in several other international markets, including Brazil and Europe.

Hottubworks.com sells hot tub covers, hot tub filters, and hot tub chemicals for all Bullfrog Spas Models.

The Importance Of Draining And Cleaning Your Hot Tub

May 21st, 2012 by

When, Why and How to Drain your Spa or Hot Tub

drain-the-spa-hot-tubWould you leave your bathtub filled with water and have everyone in your household use it without ever draining it and replacing the water? I hope the answer is a big fat NO!

It’s gross, to put it bluntly. So you can see why it’s so important to drain and clean your hot tub. Your average size bath tub holds roughly 50 gallons of water. An average size hot tub holds about 400 gallons. There is not a big difference here.

Plus, the water is HOT, hence the term “hot” tub. Hot water is great at extracting our body’s natural…naturalness. Oils, lotions, dirt (yup, dirt), makeup, and all other sorts of things we have on our bodies. This can turn your hot tub into a breeding ground for bad bacteria really fast.

Now, unlike a bathtub, we use chemicals in our hot tubs to keep them from getting…well, like a bathtub. We use sanitation chemicals to kill any forms of bad bacteria in our water. We also keep our water properly balanced (pH and alkalinity) and that helps to keep it clean and sanitized. But even adding all those chemicals won’t be enough. Eventually, you can do no more, and therefore, you must drain.

You should drain your hot tub every 3-4 months, depending on how much and how many people use it.citrabright

Once you drain it out all the way, you should take this opportunity to clean your hot tub manually, like you would wash your car (just don’t use car soap). You can find all the cleaning chemicals you need on Hot Tub Works, and a fresh batch of clean towels. After draining, start off by cleaning the inside shell of the hot tub as best you can. I like using Leisure Time CitraBright to clean the spa shell. Removes water line gunk and dirt, and leaves a nice scent and a high gloss.

Draining time is also a great time to clean your hot tub filters. Again, you can find spa filter cleaner at Hot Tub Works Tubs to really help degrease those filters. Make sure you take this time to check for any fraying. If you see your filters starting to come apart, it’s time to get them replaced.

spa filter cleanerI like to use a spa filter cleaner solution and dilute it with a little water in a bucket and soak the filters for a few hours. After you take them out of the bucket, make sure you give them a very thorough rinse. If you don’t, you may have foam when you start your hot tub up again. Also, it’s recommended to let the spa filter dry completely before putting it back to use.

Once your filters are all clean and your hot tub is wiped down, it’s time to fill it with fresh water. Now that your hot tub is filled, but sure to test and get the right levels of pH and Alkalinity before you take your first dip. And, be sure to add sanitizer to the spa. You wouldn’t want to soak in untreated water.

So, that’s it! You should do this every few months in order to prolong the life of your hot tub and to keep your friends and family safe from any harmful contaminants in the water.

What are you waiting for? Get Tubbin’!

- Jack

 

Hot Tubs Keep You Healthy

May 17th, 2012 by

Hot Tubs help fight hypertension & diabetes

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Gatwick, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 May 2012

We always knew that hot tubs were a great place to relax with family and friends, and to get a heavenly, soothing massage, but research shows that they are also good for your health, helping fight off serious diseases like hypertension and diabetes, according to hot tub specialists Waterstream Hot Tubs, regional distributors for respected American hot tub manufacturer Spa Crest Hot Tubs.

The UK has seen a huge rise in numbers diagnosed with diabetes, rising from 1.4 million in 1996 to 2.9 million today. Estimates suggest that over four million people will have diabetes by 2025 with most cases being Type 2 diabetes, due to the rise in the numbers who are obese and an increasingly ageing population. More than ever there is an acute need to find ways to combat type 2 diabetes.

According to a report in this week’s ‘The Guardian’, the newspaper of the University of California at San Diego, results of numerous studies catalogue the positive health benefits of regular hot-tubbing, in particular Dr Philip Hooper noted in a 1999 article in the New England Journal Of Medicine that tests on diabetic patients showed significant reductions in blood glucose levels, after only three weeks of hot tub bathing for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week!

In 1962 in Pavia, Italy, Ferruccio Ritossa accidentally discovered the ‘heat shock response’, while studying molecular genetics. A fellow student increased the temperature of his drosophila (fruit fly) incubator to higher than normal. When Ritossa examined the drosophila cells, he noticed changes in a way that makes DNA more accessible to be copied, or transcribed, which he discovered was being caused by the increase in temperature. Last year, Drs Virginia Vega and Laura Alexander from UCSD demonstrated that the heat shock response improves the condition of non-obese diabetic mice.

Coupled with other benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure, reduced weight due to buoyancy, and lowered stress on the joints, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Waterstream Ltd based in Handcross nr Gatwick says that the public are welcome (by appointment) to bring along their bathing costumes so that they can try out the superb Spa Crest range at their showroom to experience the benefits for themselves. And best yet, because they recirculate and filter their water, hot tubs are exempt from the hosepipe ban!

If you need spa filters, hot tub covers, or spa chemicals; please visit www.hottubworks.com

Sources:
University of California at San Diego (http://ow.ly/azfbp)
Diabetes UK (http://ow.ly/azfqd)

 

Explosion at Hot Tub Manufacturing Plant

May 14th, 2012 by

Hot Spring Spas Resin Vats Explode!

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An explosion took place at Watkins Manufacturing home for the brands Hot Spring Spas, Caldera Spas, and  Freeflow Spas.  No injuries were reported. The explosion was on the exterior of the plant but the container that exploded did puncture the roof and cause the sprinkler system to break, causing flooding.

Watkins is known for known for being a very responsible company and most would speculate this was from isolated human error, and not poor processes on the part of the company.

 

VISTA, CA. — An 8,000-gallon container of chemicals exploded and launched through the roof at a hot-tub factory in south Vista late Thursday night, fire officials said.

No one was injured. A security guard was the only person around at 10:30 p.m. when the container exploded outside the main building of Watkins Manufacturing Corp., Vista Fire Department Capt. Robert Ford said Friday.

Hazardous materials crews from San Diego, the county, and Camp Pendleton were called in about 11 p.m. With company officials they spent the next nearly five hours dealing with the mess, Ford said. He said the cause of the blast was still under investigation.

The company makes Hot Spring and Caldera spas and hot tubs at an industrial park on Park Center Drive, west of Business Park Drive.

The container, 10 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter, held a resin-type of chemical and stood with similar containers on a raised platform behind a wall and beneath a metal roof adjacent to the factory building, Ford said.

The flying container dropped through the factory roof and ruptured the sprinkler system. When water from the sprinklers mixed with the chemical, it created a kind of slurry that did not spread beyond the immediate area or get into any waterways, Ford said.

He said when firefighters got to the factory, they could see light smoke, running water, and debris. There was no fire.

Firefighters called for additional engines and the hazardous materials crews. Ford said further clean-up duties were handed over to company officials early Friday.

Manufacturing any product can be hazardous,
And if we learn from the history of our industry,
We can avoid repeating the same mistakes.