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Gina Galvin's Posts

5 Signs You Need a New Spa Filter Cartridge

April 17th, 2014 by

hasta-la-vista-babyHot tub and spa cartridges do some real heavy lifting. Pounded non-stop by water, filling up with dirt, keeping your spa water clean and clear.

But ~ they don’t last forever. To prevent dirty water and disease, spa filters should be replaced every 12-24 months. 12 months, if the hot tub is heavily used by several people, or 24 months for a spa that may be used weekly, by just a few persons.

You can set a scheduled reminder to replace your filter cartridge every certain number of months – or use these tips below to determine when your spa filter has reached a point of no return.

Here we go!

1. Filter Pressure

A new spa filter cartridge of good size should last a month or so before it needs to be removed and cleaned. After cleaning, you should notice that the filter pressure has dropped (if your spa filter has a pressure gauge), and flow rate has increased. If the pressure doesn’t drop back to the original pressure, or if it only drops for a few days or weeks, it’s probably time for a new spa filter cartridge. And, if the pressure never seems to rise – that also means that your cartridge is not trapping dirt like it should. Using a spa filter cleaner chemical, can improve flow rate and reduce pressure, as it removes oils and minerals that clog up a spa filter.

2. Water Clarity

Probably the most definitive test of your spa filter – does it keep the water clear and clean? A new cartridge should be able to give you sparkling water, as long as you are using sanitizer and running the filter for long enough each day. Over time, fibers in the filter loosen, and allow small particles to pass through, back into the spa. Turn on the spa light to get a good look at the water. Is there lots of tiny, floating stuff? Does the water look gray and lifeless, or does it reflect light and sparkle? If you pay attention to these things, you should begin to notice when water clarity changes. If cleaning your spa filter doesn’t help – it’s time for a new spa filter.

3. Sanitizer Consumption

Whether you use bromine, chlorine or alternative sanitizers, when the filter is not working like it should, more sanitizer can take up the slack. It will take more sanitizer to reach the same test readings and more shocking of the spa, to keep water clean. If you begin to wonder why you have to use more sanitizer, and begin to question the potency of your purchase – you may instead be looking at a spa filter problem – not a sanitizer problem. When you have to use more chemicals to keep the water clear, and more adjustment chemicals to balance the water chemistry, it’s time for a new spa filter.

4. Damage to Cartridge

Spa filter cartridges can be damaged by poor water chemistry, or very high sanitizer levels, although this type of damage can be hard to see clearly. Other types of damage is easy to spot, like cracked end caps, broken bands, or pleats that are uneven and no longer straight. Cleaning your spa cartridge with a pressure washer, or taking it to the car wash, as I have heard some people do – is not recommended. The fragile filter fabric can develop small holes, or large tears, if it is cleaned too aggressively. If you have a spare spa filter, keep it stored indoors. Sun and snow can damage a spa filter cartridge left out in the open – time for a new spa filter.

5. Number of Cleanings

They say that each time you clean a spa filter cartridge, a little bit of it’s filtering ability is lost. This is because the cleaning process lifts and separates the layers of fibers that trap dirt. Cleaning with water pressure opens up the layers, and makes it easier for dirt to pass through unfiltered. After 10-15 cleanings, your spa filter cartridge may have only half of the dirt capacity that it had when new, which means more sanitizer and more filter run time is required to keep the water clean. Whether you wait 18 months, or 12 cleaning cycles, eventually it’s time – for a new spa filter!buy a new filter cartridge

Don’t wait until it’s too late, and you begin to overspend on pump energy and chemical cost – replace your spa filter on a schedule, and your spa water will always look great!

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Hot Tub Works Sends Spa to International Space Station!

March 31st, 2014 by

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Many of our hot tub blog readers know this already, but Jack Stone has been infatuated with space since childhood. He closely followed all of the old Apollo launches, the Space Shuttle, and the growth of the International Space Station.

Jack’s office is covered with commemorative plaques and displays of space – the final frontier. He has signed photographs of him shaking hands with astronauts, and model rockets and ships. He’s really a space enthusiast!

 

That’s why it was no surprise to us when he told us that Hot Tub Works was being chosen to supply the ISS, or the International Space Station, with a hot tub for the astronauts to use during their long stays aboard.

aquarock-fiji-spaWe have partnered with our spa manufacturer AquaRock Spas, who is providing the AquaRock FIJI 40 spa, and HTW will complete the gift with a spa pak, spa cover, spa steps, spa cleaning tools and a 5 year supply of spa chemicals and spa filters. The Fiji 40 spa is a 1-2 person spa, which fit the weight and size restrictions that we had to work with.

One funny thing – Jack had made up these giant Hot Tub Works logos – when he was told that logos are not allowed, except on the chemicals. They don’t want the space station to turn into a product endorsed space laboratory! We also can’t call ourselves “Official Spa Supplier to the International Space Station”, at least not officially.

NCC-1701The original Hot Tubs for Astronauts idea sprang from some Star Trek episodes, (you have to understand that Star Trek is like – a very important cultural phenom for Jack). Anyway, Jack can quote all of the episodes of Star Trek that had some reference to a hot tub, and decided that it was his mission to see to it that the astronauts aboard the ISS had the same conveniences as the crew of the USS Enterprise.

Very soon now, our FIJI spa will be added as payload aboard an upcoming provisioning flight to the space station, and the aches and pains of our international space scientists will be a thing of the past.

iss-logoJack is hopeful that there will be a need for a spa technician to visit the space station in the future, and that they may call on him to grab his tool bag and fly into space. I told him that the astronauts are surely quite capable of fixing any mechanical problems.

At Hot Tub Works, we are proud to partner with NASA to bring the joy of spas and hot tubs to our brave space scientists circling the earth.

Oh, and one more thing ~ Happy April Fool’s Day! You can’t send a spa into space, silly! Did I fool ya?

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

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Spa Pillows and Hot Tub Cushions – Get Comfy!

March 20th, 2014 by

Here’s a quick post about some of my favorite spa and hot tub accessories – Spa Pillows and Spa Cushions.

Surfaces are hard and slick in a hot tub, and even though contoured seating offers some relief, by the end of a 20 minutes spa session, you could find yourself with a sore bum or stiff neck.

spa-booster-seatsSpa Booster Seat – this ingenious product stays put, because you fill it with water, to the level of firmness that you want.

Great for kids, or short people like me, to keep your head above water, but it also makes it so much more comfortable to sit in your spa.

A hot tub cushion or spa seat also has another benefit, one that all of you ladies will understand, if you happen to enjoy time alone in the spa with your husband. WATER-SEAT

We also carry the Water Seat, which has three internal compartments to fill with marbles or washed pea gravel for a spa seat that will really mold to your shape and hold you firmly in place.

 

spa-pillows-groupSpa Pillows – this is a large category, with nearly 30 different spa pillows – some generic or universal, and some made for specific spa models from Hot Spring, Jacuzzi and Sundance.

Hot tub pillows are fairly durable items, but over time, chemicals and sun can begin to break down the outer coating, and then it starts to crack. Ugly. I just replaced my pillows last year, on a 10 year old spa – so not a bad lifespan!

Some spa pillows just disappear – maybe the wind took it, or your dog buried it somewhere in the backyard! Whatever happened, if your pillows are damaged or missing, you can find most replacements on our spa pillows page. universal-spa-pillow hot tub cushion

If you don’t see the hot tub pillow for your brand, we also have 3 generic type spa pillows on top of the page, or a universal spa pillow, the type shown here with a weighted bag that folds over the edge of the spa or hot tub.

 

Get comfy in your spa! Spa cushions and spa pillows make great spa accessories, whether you sit high in the water, or sink down very low to your chin level, cushion your spa and get more comfortable!

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Spring Spa Patio Decorating Ideas

February 27th, 2014 by

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Hi, it’s me Gina again – this time with some tips on sprucing up the patio area when spring returns to your area.

After a long, cold winter, my patio looks barren and grey. Piles of leaves rustle in the corner, next to dead potted plants and there’s a pile of firewood, and the old exercise bike I moved out last fall.

My patio would never win the cover of BHG, but after months of neglect, it’s time to clean it up!

 

Nothing brings clean like a power washer, and to be honest, they’re kind of fun to use! The hardest part is moving everything out of the way, and sweeping everything up before you begin. If your patio has a low spot like mine, start there first, as water will begin to puddle there later, or use a push broom to keep dirty water from standing. Don’t use any detergent, as things get sudsy real fast, just good old water. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one for the day. In my area the rental cost is around $80/day, so I talked my neighbor into going in on it for halfsies, plus he has a pickup truck!

Patio Surfaces

Look at the surfaces of your patio, you have a floor surface, probably at least one wall surface, and possibly some sort of ceiling. Changing just one of those surfaces with new surface materials, can really change the entire look.

For the wall, you could add paneling or other texture on the bottom half of the wall. You can add a wall, if you wanted more privacy or a wind block around the spa.

For the ceiling, could you re-imagine it with fabrics or lighting, or if you have no ceiling, consider adding an inexpensive pergola structure, or harem tent!

On the floor, you can add color to your patio by painting bare concrete any number of earth tones, or if you have stampcrete or kool deck finish, rejuvenating with a new sealer coating. Adding elements of wood and stone are wonderful around a spa, if you have a little budget to spend.

Plants

For me, that’s what will really bring my patio to life, is when I make my spring purchase of hanging plants, herbs and tropicals, and bring out some house plants that have spent the winter inside. Don’t tell anyone, but I also make use of some fake plantery around my spa. A few plastic plants and climbing vines are placed strategically among live plants to help fill in bare spots. Plants are essential for me, to create my ‘tropical spa’ motif, lol.

Lighting

Patio lighting is usually pretty basic when they build a house, maybe a 60 watt bulb in a glass and brass wall sconce. Ugh. Rope lighting is a cheap way to add some soft glow around your spa, or above your spa. Other unique lighting features can be added around the spa, or further out in the backyard, to gift depth to your view. Candles are also nice to use around the spa, if you really want to set a mood, or tiki torches for a more festive atmosphere.

Here’s some photos of some great patio decorating designs, with spas or hot tubs. Maybe one of these will inspire your own spa patio makeover!

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World’s Most Romantic Hot Tubs

February 13th, 2014 by

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This valentine’s day, you don’t need a heart shaped spa to enjoy a hot soak, any hot water will do! For an extra romantic touch, add some lighted candles, soft music, and you can’t go wrong with spa scents, or floating rose petals.

Here’s a funny look at some ways that hot tubs and spas are considered romantic, sexy even!

 

 

romantic-hot-tub-1Cove Haven Pocono Palace

In the four-level Cleopatra suite, there’s a seven-foot-high hot tub shaped like a Champagne glass, a mini heart-shaped pool All of the rooms at Cove Haven have the iconic heart-shaped tubs.

 

 

 

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Pigeon Forge Cabin Rental

A rustic cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Pigeon Forge cabin has a regular full size spa, and a smaller, heart-shaped jetted tub in the master bathroom.

 

 

 

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Pocono Palace Resort

Heart shaped tubs are plentiful in the Poconos, here’s another one at the Pocono Palace. This heart shaped hot tub looks more like a plunge pool, and looks like it holds more people than your average heart-shaped tub!

 

 

 

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The Love Tub

The Amoré tub by Dimension One Spas. Made especially for Valentine’s day, only 100 of these specially designed cherry red tubs with a Valentine’s motif were created.  Get yours today – for a mere $20K.

 

 

 

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Dumb & Dumber

What’s more romantic than Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels finding themselves alone at the end of the evening, together in a heart shaped hot tub? Maybe hilarious is a better word than romantic.

 

 

 

OK< that’s a quick look at some Heart Shaped Hot Tubs – to set you in the mood for Valentine’s day. I hope this has inspired you to add some romance to your hot tub tomorrow night. Soft music, chilled sparkling beverage on ice, and you and your honey can enjoy a special evening.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Year of the Wood Horse – or Hot Tub?

February 4th, 2014 by

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2014 – the year of the Wood Horse, according to the ancient Chinese astrological calendar. The Horse is closely linked to water, and this year -  Horse is of the Fire element, which is connected to heat and warmth. Could 2014 – the year of the Wood Horse, be a message from ancient Chinese astrologers – to buy a hot tub?

If you agree with me that the ancients were referring to a hot tub when they wrote of a wooden horse, this may be the year to buy your first, or upgrade your current spa or hot tub, to something worthy of the name Horse.

 

Hot Tub Works carries spas for all budgets, and in three categories. Our starter Portable Spas, durable Rotomold Spas and our full featured Acrylic Spas. We have 17 spas to choose from, in dozens of cabinet styles of colors, with coordinating accessories.

 

ACRYLIC SPAS

Spas have been made of many materials over the years, but the most popular finish is an acrylic spa shell. Durable and lustrous, the thick and rich surface can be given depth of color and capture light like no other man-made material. It’s also highly flexible and very strong, and holds the heat better than resin or wood.

Our top of the line acrylic spas include an amazing number of spa jets, from 40 to 90! A 4 or 5 hp pump provides powerful hydro-massage, while the 4 kw heater keeps the water bubbling hot. Includes lighted waterfalls, ozonator and spa cover and a variety of cabinet colors and styles.

AquaRock FIJI 40 SL

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-Fits 3 adults
-Balboa spa pak
-Underwater LED light
-4.0 HP Pump
-4kW stainless steel heater
-222 Gallons water capacity
-40 stainless steel jets
-Includes ozonator
-Comes with insulated cover
-240-V
-Measures: 91 x 61.5 x 36 inches

Buy this Spa for $3999

 

Aquarock Mykonos 50 Spa

AquaRock Mykonos 50 Spa-Fits up to 5 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak & Controls
-Backlit LED waterfall
-8 LED points of light
-5.0 HP Pump and Blower
-4kW stainless steel heater
-325 Gallons water capacity
-50 stainless steel jets
-Includes ozonator
-Comes with insulated cover
-240-V
-Measures: 91 x 77 x 36 inches

Buy this Spa for $5499

 

AquaRock Venice 60 Spa

AquaRock Venice 60 Spa-Fits up to 7 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak & Controls
-Backlit LED waterfall
-Underwater LED light
-5.0 BHP Pump and Blower
-4kW stainless steel heater
-400 Gallons water capacity
-60 stainless steel jets
-Includes ozonator
-Comes with insulated cover
-240-V
-Measures: 91 x 91 x 36 inches

Buy this Spa for $5999

 

AquaRock Morocco 90

AquaRock Morocco 90 Spa-Fits up to 6 adults
-Backlit digital topside control
-Backlit LED waterfall
-Underwater LED light
-4.0 BHP 2-Speed Pump and Blower
-4kW stainless steel heater
-400 Gallons water capacity
-90 stainless steel jets
-Includes ozonator
-Comes with insulated cover
-240-V
-Measures: 91 x 91 x 36 inches

Buy this Spa for $6499

 

 

ROTOMOLD SPAS

A rotomolded spa is made of strong thermoplastic resin, poured into a mold, and spun in something like a large heated centrifuge. The centrifugal force causes the molecules of plastic to bond with amazing strength. After the shell is molded, these spas are hand finished and fitted with up to 29 spa jets, depending on model. All models include an underwater light, backlit control panel and pump, filter, heater with a Balboa spa pak. Optional equipment such as waterfall, ozonator or stainless steel jets can be installed. Each spa shell is custom made of durable resin surrounded with your choice of three cabinet finishes.

AquaRock Bliss Jet Spa

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-Fits up to 5 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak w/ Digital Display
-Underwater LED light
-2.0 HP Pump
-1kW/4kW stainless steel heater
-222 Gallons water capacity
-11 Black jets
-Comes with insulated cover
-120/240-V
-Measures: 70 x 29 inches

Buy this Spa for $2399

 

AquaRock Serene Spa

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-Fits 4 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak w/ Digital Display
-2.0 HP pump
-1 kW/4kW stainless steel heater
-216 Gallons water capacity
-14 Black jets
-LED light
-Comes with insulated cover
-120/240-V
-Measures: 71 x 61 x 29 inches

Buy this Spa for $2699

 

AquaRock Xanadu Spa

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-Fits 6 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak w/ Digital Display
-2.0 HP pump
-1kW/4kW stainless steel heater
-270 Gallons water capacity
-20 Black jets
-LED light
-Comes with insulated cover
-240-V
-Measures: 80 round x 34 deep

Buy this Spa for $2999

 

AquaRock Euphoria Spa

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-Fits 6 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak w/ Digital Display
-2.0 HP pump
-1 kW/4kW stainless steel heater
-300 Gallons water capacity
-28 Black jets
-LED light
-Comes with insulated cover
-120/240-V
-Measures: 74 x 74 x 32 inches

Buy this Spa for $3299

 

AquaRock Tranquility Spa

AquaRock Tranquility Spa

 

-Fits up to 6 adults
-Balboa Spa Pak w/ Digital Display
-2.0 HP pump
-1 kW/4kW stainless steel heater
-310 Gallons water capacity
-29 Black jets
-LED light and Waterfall
-Comes with insulated cover
-120/240-V
-Measures: 84 x 84 x 34 inches

Buy this Spa for $3799

 

 

PORTABLE SPAS

As the name implies, portable spas are easily transported to various locations, be it camping, tailgating, beach house, lake house or frat house. But they don’t have to be moved, and are perfectly at home as a permanent set-up. The main advantage to portable spas is their small cost and their small footprint. They include a low flow pump and a cartridge filter, and a heater and air blower. They are also quite small, best suited for just 2 or 3 close friends. They can be set-up in just minutes, and filled with water in under an hour. Plug into any grounded outlet and turn on the heat for 104 degrees in just another 30 minutes.

Spa2Go Four Person Portable Spa

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-Fits 4 adults
-1.3 HP Turbo Wave Massage System
-1 HP Massaging Turbo Blower
-Stainless steel 1 KW heater
-Includes Pump and Filtration System
-250 Gallons water capacity
-127 Micro-air jets
-10’ Power cord – 120-V
-Locking cover
-Measures: 74” OD ; 58” ID

Buy this Spa for $649

 

Spa-N-A-Box

Spa-N-A-Box-Sets up in under 20 minutes, 120-V
-Heats water up to 104 Fahrenheit
-Accommodates 5 adults
-Turbo Wave Massage System
-1 KW heater, Micro-air jets
-Digital temperature control
-Includes filtration system and a set of filters
-280 Gallons water capacity
-Comes with thermal insulated cover
- Measures: 73” x 27″

Buy this Spa for $949

 

Airi-Spa

Airi-Spa

-Unique air-frame design
-Stylish and compact, in 3 colors
-Plug & Play functionality
-1 KW heater
-Includes pump and filtration system
-190 Gallons water capacity
-7 Micro-air jets
-Comes with insulated cover
Buy this Spa for $949

 

Like I said, we carry Spas for every Budget, from $700 to $7000 – and there are more models and sizes to choose from in our Spas & Hot Tubs section of our website. Buy your next spa from HotTubWorks and you’ll get our World Class Service, and technical support for any installation or maintenance concern you have.

Speaking of installation, the spas above labeled 240-V need to be wired up by an electrician. It’s usually just a few hundred dollars. Those that state 120-V can be plugged into most grounded outlets.duralast-cabinet-is-strong

Celebrate the year of the Wood Horse with an AquaRock Spa. Quality Built with Balboa controls, Sure-Lock™ plumbing fittings and TigerFlex™ pipe. DuraLast™ cabinet is maintenance free, made of the strongest impact resistance polymers, and will never fade, rot or rust. The cabinet is fully insulated around the shell with our patented Energy-Lok™ system. Exclusive manufacturing process injects high density insulating foam between dual walled resin cabinets. Equipment is mounted in an energy capturing area to lock out cold, and use the heat generated from the equipment as an insulation barrier.

Spas are super-sensual, and will add another dimension to your evenings, while helping all of your senses to relax.

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Spa Aromatherapy – Crystals, Beads and Elixirs

January 13th, 2014 by

spa-aromatherapy-spa-scentsThe sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses of the body, and like the others, it can be manipulated. Scents can soothe the mind, and relax your muscles. It can also help trigger release of serotonin in the brain, bringing peace of mind.

It’s why resort spas always use relaxing scents throughout, the same with savvy department stores. It’s also why your grocery store has a bakery, and your movie theater has a popcorn counter.

Using spa scents in your spa or hot tub just makes sense! Without you even being very much aware of it, spa scents make your time in the hot water more tranquil and serene. Or, they can also energize and invigorate.

Here’s a run down of 3 types of spa scents for your hot tub, Beads, Crystals and Elixirs – such sexy names!

Spa Crystals

spa-crystals-hot-tub-works-Spa crystals are crystallized spa minerals as colorful as their scent. They come in an unbreakable, easy to open containers. Just shake a capful or two of spa crystals over the water, right before you enter the spa. Instantly the aromas dance off of the water, and the natural botanicals leave your skin supple.

There are 4 groups of Spa Crystals by Spazazz. I recommend that you have at least one from each category, so you can set the mood accordingly.

ESCAPE SPA CRYSTALS

escape-spa-crystalsEscape aromatherapy crystals are formulated to help you escape the stress and tension of the time spent outside of your spa, and transport you and your lucky spa companion to a state of blissful relaxation. Allow yourself to drift into a citrus grove, a tropical island, or a field of lavender. Escape spa crystals are available in 8 tranquil scents, in a 24 oz. bottle.

ORIGINAL SPA CRYSTALS

original-spa-crystals by SpazazzOriginal spa crystals are tranquil and luxurious. Indulge your senses with mind-mending  olfactory therapy and repair your skin with moisturizing botanicals. Spazazz aromatherapy crystals relax the mind and stimulate your natural rejuvenation processes. Feelings of calm security waft over you as you release the stress of the mind and muscles. Original Spa Aromatherapy Crystals are available in 8 delicious scents, in a 17 oz. bottle.

MOOD SPA CRYSTALS

mood-spa-crystalsMood crystals are for when you’re feeling passionate; with names like Temptation, Seduction and Fantasize. Potent love potions arouse feelings of intimacy and heighten sensual response. These seductive spa scents can really set the mood, so turn down the light and turn up the Barry White. Sprinkle just a few capfuls in the tub to ignite a fire! Mood spa crystals are available in 7 sexy scents, in a 17 oz. bottle.

Rx SPA CRYSTALS

rx-spa-crystals - detox, energy, respiratory, muscle, brainUse Rx spa crystals to take care of aches and pains, Detox the body, improve respiration or energy levels. “Soak in Vitamins” is the tag line for these spa scents, and they may be just what the doctor ordered! Rich botanical moisturizers and natural vitamin extracts rejuvenate as you soak and breathe rejuvenating natural minerals. If you’re sick, sore or dog tired – Rx spa scents will improve energy, breathing and rid the body of harmful toxins. Rx spa crystals are available in 5 quick relief blends, in a 19 oz. bottle.

Spa Beads

spa-beadsSpa beads are another way to add the power of aromatherapy to your hot tub experience. Instead of crystals, these are smooth balls about the size of a peanut, you just toss a small handful in the spa.

Quick and fun to use, and the sensuous scent of Capri Colada and the euphoric experience of Fiji Apple will transport your spa soak into something special. Spa Beads are available in 2 sensual scents, in a 5 oz. bag. I have a bag of these in my car, and they are a great air freshener, too!

Spa Elixirs

spa-elixirsSpa Elixirs are a liquid form of spa scent. Just pop the top, and squirt in a small amount, about a tablespoon or so, to quickly infuse your spa with fragrant botanical extracts and moisturizing emollients. The same most popular spa scents that are available as Spa Crystals are have been liquified into a rich, pearly honey for your spa. Spa Elixirs are available in 12 indulgent scents, in 9 oz. and 12 oz. bottles.

 

Try some of these spa scents, if you can decide which one to choose! To make it easier, I suggest selecting one from each group. They are cheap enough that you can buy a collection for under $20.

Added bonus to the spa aromatherapy experience is soft skin, and no chlorine smell on your skin when you leave the spa. You’ll keep a soft scent and a lingering aroma of your scented spa or hot tub – all night long.

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

New Year’s Eve Hot Tub Party Ideas

December 30th, 2013 by

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New Year’s Eve is tomorrow! If you’re thinking about what to do – here’s some ideas for a small New Year’s Eve party, something I’ve done 3x in the last 5 years.

There is no better time for a hot tub party than New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year with a midnight dip in the warmth of your spa or hot tub.

Invite your close friends and family over around 9pm, and have music, snacks and drinks ready. Here’s some very last minute ideas on how to plan a hot tub party for new years.

 

 

HOT TUB OR SPA

If it’s just a few friends or an even more intimate group of people at your hot tub party, you can decide whether or not you want to use the hot tub this year, or next year – or actually be in the tub when the clock strikes twelve.

Most New Year’s Eve hot tub parties never actually turn into hot tub “parties” until after the new year. Everyone will come out and touch the water, and say nice things, but in my experience, at least for New Year’s – the hot tub party starts after midnight.

After the clock strikes twelve, expect about half of your guests to be gone by 12:30, home to relieve baby sitters, or get some needed rest before the end of the holidays. For those that are still around, being in a hot tub is a great way to welcome the new year!

When the spa use starts, remind your guests of the Buddy System (no single users allowed), and limiting soaks to no more than 30 minutes.

MUSIC

HOT-TUB-MUSICHave some cool music near the spa, that is loud enough to be heard over the jets. Make sure to not use any plugged in devices sitting too close to the spa. Plugged in devices should never be set on the edge of the spa, for obvious reasons, but put it close enough to be lively.

If you have neighbors (like I do), you’ll have to turn down the music after midnight or so. I use a big strip of duct tape to help prevent my guests from annoying the neighbors. We usually also don’t run the air blower too much after midnight.

Don’t forget to have Auld Lang Syne ready to play at midnight – you know, “should auld acquaintance be forgot…”.

SNACKS

no-food-allowed-in-spaFor your inside party, platters of pigs in a blanket, 7-layer dip, or whatever snacky type food. A spiral sliced ham with potato rolls, cheeses and mustards is an easy display. I always have bowls of nuts and small candies. A few desserts like cookies, brownies, cakes and pies are great for those with a sweet tooth.

But for the spa area, usually the outside party – do yourself a favor and prohibit food. Fruit may be OK – strawberries, grapes or apples perhaps, but keep all other kind of food away from the spa. I remember years back, when I cleaned my spa filter of what appeared to be Cheetos, or something – disgusting! No Food – No Glass in the spa.

DRINKS

Tradition dictates that you must have champagne (or sparkling beverage) available at midnight for toasting. For large crowds, buy the plastic flutes that you can assemble, fill and distribute on large trays. For smaller parties, just a few bottles and some special glasses is all you need.

Next to the spa have infused water or light juices for your guests to drink from festive plastic cups. On New Year’s Eve, I don’t ban alcohol from the tub, but I do encourage guests to drink a glass of water before they get in the water, or right after they get out.the-good-stuff

Tradition also may dictate that on New Year’s, you pull out the good stuff, so whether it’s beer, wine or vodka you are serving, make sure that you have some premium brands available. It’s an end of year blow out, after all!

 

Happy New Year!

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

New Spa and Hot Tub Products for 2014

December 26th, 2013 by

New spa and hot tub products for 2014What’s new for spas and hot tubs? This is not one of our gift guides that we publish around Thanksgiving, in advance of the holiday season – today’s post is about 7 innovations now available for spa and hot tub owners. A list of spa stuff with a special something – new and useful gear for your spa.

We don’t sell any of these items, so this can be a completely candid collection! Maybe we’ll add a few of these items to Hot Tub Works in the upcoming months. For now, use the links below to get more information on these new spa products.

 

aladdin-ecoline-cartridgesAladdin Eco-Line Spa Filters

Aladdin now offers an ecofriendly alternative for spa water filtration. They have developed a way to make filter cartridges out of spun plastic – or recycled water bottles, to be specific. The new Eco-Line spa filters are made by 90% post consumer, water bottles. Each square foot of filter area removes 1 water bottle from landfills.

 

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Aqua Comb

Yes, it’s another spa cartridge spray tool. This is the first one however, with a comb that gets in between pleats of your spa filter, to help loosen dirt and debris trapped in the folds. The comb tines don’t spray, but a flat water sprays over them. Great for spa cartridges that have pleats of 1-2 inches deep.

 

color-chlorColorChlor Spa Salt System

Salt water chlorination for spas is not especially new, but ColorChlor, is the only saltwater system spa chlorine generator to combine 10 levels of chlorine production with 14 entertaining light shows to enhance the spa experience. For spas up to 1000 gals. Plugs into a standard GFCI outlet.

 

delta-UVDelta UV

UV sanitation is another natural method of sanitizing spa water. A Quartz UV lamp showers your spa water with ultra violet rays, which kills micro-0rganisms that bromine may have trouble controlling. Delta’s EA series works as a powerful supplement to your spa sanitation.

 

retro-smart-check-valveSmart Check Valves

Switch out and upgrade old restrictive check valves, used for your air blower line or other places in your spa plumbing. Retro Smart Check Valves by Magic Plastics is the least restrictive check valve you can buy, in 1.5″ and 2″ sizes. With Retro, you can replace just the body, and reuse existing unions, making Retro-Fits easy.

 

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Spray Misters

Imagine being inside of your hot spa, on a hot summer night, and feeling the misty droplets of moist air surrounding you. The first time I tried a spray mister while in a hot tub was many years ago. Now, it’s becoming more common for hot southern spas to have a mister installed. MistAmerica has several low profile, roof mounted misters that are perfect for a spa patio.

 

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Trex Pergola

Trex is the original, low maintenance cellular PVC that will never rot, split or fade. Easy DIY installation of a Pergola structure around your outdoor hot tub for privacy and style. Add climbing wisteria or other plants to add additional ambiance. In 9 colors, with a 20 yr warranty.

 

I hope these spa and hot tub products sparked some ideas for the new year! Enjoy your spa and have a happy new year!

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Adding Music to Your Hot Tub Club

December 2nd, 2013 by

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Music, it seems, is therapy. According to the British Journal of Psychiatry, music therapy, when combined with standard treatments, has benefits in treating depression, anxiety and addiction. Additionally, a review of 400 research papers in the neurochemistry of music which found that music can improve the function of the body’s immune system and reduce levels of stress.

Listening to, and playing music can reduce the levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increase production of dopamine. Music makes you happy, and reduces stress – just like hot water therapy.

Combining the benefits of a hot water soak for your body, and relaxing music for your ears will increase the health and relaxation benefits of using a spa or hot tub. Plus, for hot tub parties, you gotta have music!

How to Add Music to Your Hot Tub

boomboxTruth be told, you don’t need anything more than a radio or boom box next to the spa to add the element of music to your spa. That’s what I do, as I think I’ve mentioned before. I have an old portable boom box that sits next to my spa, so old that it doesn’t even take CD’s. I like to play classical music or jazz, either from cassette tape (lol, I know), or I dial in a local radio station.

Others here at Hot Tub Works laugh at me, with their wi-fi hi-fi systems, playing their bluetooth music from smartphones or tapping into their home stereo system, or even music stored on their computers in another part of the house. If you want to be fancy, here’s some ways that the true audiophile adds music to their “Club Hot Tub”.

OPTION ONE: Add a boat stereo. Most stereos that are built into spas are simply marine radios, or stereos made for boats. With a saw and some skills, you can cut a hole in your spa cabinet and mount a 12V marine stereo, and run wire to a few outdoor speakers that you affix to the spa shell, with small holes drilled for the wires, or set the speakers nearby.

OPTION TWO: Mount some outdoor speakers near the spa and connect them to your home stereo system, or a cheap receiver that you can place in a weather proof box, out of the elements.

OPTION THREE: Go wireless with a system like Sonos or iCast, which allows you to connect any MP3 player, or tap into your home wifi network to connect to internet radio services like Pandora or Spotify. These have portable, outdoor speakers that you can place almost anywhere around your spa.

OPTION FOUR: Go low tech, like me – and get a cheap radio that you can plug into a nearby (grounded) outlet, and turn on the radio, pop in a CD, or kick it old school, and break out your dusty cassette tapes!music-in-my-hot-tub

Of course, there are many of you who prefer peace and quiet in the hot tub. You know who you are – you don’t even turn on the blower because it’s too loud. You prefer to sit and soak, under the stars, and finally enjoy some silence.

Rock On, America…

 

Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works