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Spa & Hot Tub Owner’s Manuals

March 17th, 2014 by

spa-owners-manualsYour spa owner’s manual is an important piece of literature, detailing safety information, installation instructions, and covering every aspect of use, care and maintenance for your spa or hot tub.

Spa manufacturers write some of the most detailed owner’s manuals that I’ve ever read. I’ve been curating spa and hot tub owner’s manuals for many years, but now they sit dusty on the shelf, as most manufacturers have their owner’s manuals listed online.

 

Here’s an extensive reference sheet on where to find owner’s manuals for a spa. Use these as guides for use, care and troubleshooting information. They also usually contain the spa warranty policy, in the appendix of the owner’s manual.

Amish Spas

Arctic Spas

Artesian Spas

Baja Spas

Barefoot Spas

Beachcomber Hot Tubs

Bullfrog Spas

Cal Spas

Caldera Spas

Catalina Spas

Centurion Hot Tubs

Clearwater Spas

Charisma Spa Operation & Installation Guide

Coast Spas

Coyote Spas

Coleman Spas

Costco Spas

Diamante Spas

Dimension One Owner’s Manuals

Dolphin Spas Use & Care Manual

Dreammaker Spas Owners Manuals

Down East Spas  Owner’s Manual

Dynasty Spas Operators Manuals

Emerald Spas Owners Manuals

Freeflow Spas Owner’s Manuals

Garden Leisure Owner’s Manual

Grecian Spas Installation Manual

Great Lakes Spas Owner’s Manuals

Gulf Coast Spas Owner’s Manuals

H2O Spas Owners Manual

Hot Spot Spas Owner’s Manuals

Hot Spring Spas Owner’s Manual

HydroPool  Hot Tubs Product Manuals

Infinity Spas Owners Manual

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Owner’s Manuals

LA Spas Owner’s Manuals

La-Z-Boy Spas Owner’s Manual

Maax Hot Tubs Owner Manuals

Marquis Spas Owners Manual

Master Spas Owner’s Manuals

Pacific Spas Owner’s Manual

Persona Spas Owner’s Manuals

PDC Spas Owner’s and Installation Manual

Phoenix Spas Owners Manual

Pinnacle Spas Owners Manual

Polar Spas Operator Guides

Polynesian Spas Owners Manual

Saratoga Spas Owner’s Manuals

Shoreline Spas Operator’s Guide

Softub Manuals and Instructions

Solana Spa Owner’s Manual

Sonoma Spas Owner’s Manual

Spa-N-A-Box Installation Guide

Sundance Spas Owners Manuals

Sweetwater Spas Installation & Owner’s Manual

Sunbelt Spas Owners Manual

Thermo Spas Owner’s Manual

Tiger River Spas Owner’s Manual

Viking Spas

Waters Edge Spas Owner’s Guide Book
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Wow!
– that was quite a list of spa and hot tub owner’s manuals – not the most attractive layout, but easy to find the spa owner’s manual that you need. If you need help finding an owner’s manual for your spa that is not listed here – it may not be available. Feel free to send us an email anyway – there is a small chance that we can find it, maybe sitting dusty on a shelf in my office!

- Jack

 

 

 

Exercises for Arthritis in the Hot Tub

March 10th, 2014 by

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Arthritis is a painful swelling and stiffness in the joints. The human body contains over 350 joints between bones, large and small. Arthritis pain is most common in hands, feet, knees and back, but can also flare up in other parts of the body.

Over 20% of the US population have some form of arthritis or other related rheumatic disease. Of these, over 60% are women, particularly women over 40 years of age.

I count myself among these sufferers – having mild arthritic pain in my knees, ankles and fingers. On most days, it’s hardly noticeable – but then there are those days – when I’m not taking care of myself – too much stress, and not enough exercise and eating right.

Exercises for Arthritis

The hot tub is the perfect place for soothing relief from arthritis pain. Warm water increases blood flow to reduce painful swelling, and improves range of motion as the muscles relax. The water’s buoyancy makes exercise easier and makes injury less likely.

Range of Motion Exercises

wrist-flexionOne of the side effects of Arthritis is limited mobility in the joints. This condition worsens without exercises to move the joints through their full range of motion. Wrist, ankle, knee, fingers – just about any joint in the body can improve flexibility and range of motion with some simple flexion and extension.

These exercises are best done slowly and rhythmically, in sets of 5 or 10 motions. With practice, you should be able to increase the range of motion, but be careful not to over-extend your joints. Take it slow and steady, for a short duration of 5-15 minutes.

Stretching Exercises

There’s a lot of stretching involved in range of motion exercises, but greater benefit and relief to arthritis symptoms can be gained by actively stretching the muscles and ligaments that connect the joints. For instance, if your pain is primarily in the knee, devise some easy stretches for calf and thigh muscles.hot-tub-yoga-

Yoga moves can be incorporated into your stretching routine. Some of my favorite yoga poses to do in the spa are listed on Gina’s blog post about Hot Tub Yoga. If you are familiar with Tai Chi – a warm water spa is an ideal place to practice your moves!

Breathing Exercises

lungsTake it easy, and remember to breath deeply during range of motion and stretching exercises, just as during any other type of exercise. I like to imagine that I am drawing the air directly to the body area that I’m exercising.

For myself, I typically practice a few full yogic breaths before and after I stretch. I place my hands behind my head and first breath deeply into my belly for a 4-count, then open up the sides of my rib cage for 5-6, and then fill my upper chest as I count 7-8. Then a slow 8-count exhale in the opposite direction (chest-ribs-belly).

 

Other Thoughts on Hot Tub Exercises for Arthritis

  • Warm – Not Hot! The Arthritis Foundation recommends warm water of 92-100 degrees.
  • Consult your physician before beginning any program of physical exercise.
  • Buddy-Up! Don’t use the spa alone, or have someone keep an eye on you.
  • Limit your spa sessions to 30 minutes maximum.
  • Fluids! Drink water or juice before, during and after hot tub exercise.

 

Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works

 

Infused Spa Waters to Drink in the Hot Tub

March 4th, 2014 by

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When we normally speak of spa water, we are talking about the water in a tub. Today however, we look at Spa Water from another perspective. it’s common for resort spas to offer naturally flavored water to their guests – some people call it ‘spa water’.

Hot Tubs and Spas are great for ridding the body of toxins, cleansing the pores and skin. When you put good stuff inside of you while in the hot tub, you can ramp up the detox effects with natural fruit coolers that are easy to make, and so good for you!

Most of these infused water recipes have 3 ingredients, but in a pinch, 2 is OK. Get inventive! Raid the fridge for herbs, fruits and roots and the cabinet for spices and extracts.

Not to complicate things, but I am also a spa fragrance user, and of course I have quite a selection, big bottles of my favorites, and lots of samples of different exotic fragrances. The challenge is to try to match the essence of the cooler with the spa fragrance.  I’ve made some suggestions below.

 

Healthy Hot Tub Coolers

1. Honeydew, Cucumber, Lime, Mint - [recipe] Refreshing and invigorating, these ingredients settle digestion, reduce water weight and increase metabolism. A glass or two can help stave off after dinner hunger. If you are missing 1 or 2 or the ingredients, it’s still delicious! Pair this cleansing cooler with aromatherapy like the Elixirs Eucalyptus Mint, or the Crystals Cucumber-Melon spa aromatherapy.

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2. Raspberry, Rose, Vanilla – [recipe] Rich and exotic, Mash up the raspberries to release their color and rub together just a few natural rose petals (without any chemicals – organic flowers only). One vanilla bean, or you can substitute a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (almond is good, too!). This cooler will relax and soothe, and can be easily matched with other Vanilla scents or Paradise Floral spa aromatherapy scents.

Raspberry-rose-vanilla

3. Citrus, Strawberry, Green Tea - [recipe] – Green tea has many health benefits, but you don’t have to drink it warm! It’s the perfect base for citrus, using a blend of lemon, grapefruit and orange, to your taste. The strawberries and honey add a touch of sweetness, while the mint adds a bit of enthusiasm ~ you can pair this infused water drink with aromatherapy spa scents like Peony Green Tea Elixir, or the Jasmine spa crystals.

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4. Strawberry, Kiwi, Mint – [recipe] Strawberries regulate sugar level, aid in digestion and immune system and cardiovascular health. Kiwi adds a natural tartness that’s a perfect complement to the dull sweetness of the berry. Mint speeds up metabolism and soothes. Take a big swig of this in the tub and I always feel calm, yet alert. To complement the flavors of this healthy infused water, try our Eucalyptus Mint or Kiwi Pear elixirs to add another dimension of relaxation.

Strawberry-Kiwi-water

 

Spa Water – it’s not just something on the outside of your body – add fruit infused water to your spa routine, and you’ll come out feeling great! It’s always encouraged to drink lots of fluids while you’re in a hot tub, infuse some fruit to your water for refreshing detox therapy. I try to drink 24 ounces during a 30 minute spa session. It’s become part of my necessary gear, before I head out to the spa.

Cheers!

 

Carolyn Mosby
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!

spa-patio-designs

 

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

 

Preventing Freeze Damage to a Spa or Hot Tub

January 20th, 2014 by

frozen-spaFreeze damage  is when water freezes and expands inside of spa pipes or spa equipment, like your filter, pump or heater.

Water expands about 10% when it freezes. For pipes or equipment that have a small amount of water inside, for instance a pipe that is less than half full of water, unused space inside the pipe allows for some ice expansion.

When pipes, pumps or filters are more than half full of water, there is little room for expansion, and even very thick materials can burst from the ice pressure inside.

Today’s lesson centers on how to avoid freeze damage in a spa or hot tub, which can be a complicated and expensive spa repair, and in some cases, could ‘total’ the spa, with repair costs of thousands of dollars.

There are 3 ways to prevent freeze damage in a spa or hot tub

1. Winterize the Spa

We don’t recommend that you winterize your spa, unless you are sure that it won’t be used for at least 3 months, or it cannot be maintained (at a vacation home, for example).

Winterizing the spa is a process that takes a few hours, to drain all of the water from the spa, and use air to ‘blow the lines’, to force water from the pipes, hoses and equipment.

We did an article on How to Winterize a Spa, if you are thinking about winterizing the spa. It’s not difficult, but if you want assurances of a proper winterization, most spa service companies offer this service.

2. Use Freeze Protection

Modern spas packs will have a freeze protection mode on the spa that will turn on the circulation pump when temps get close to freezing. If you don’t see this available in your control options for the spa, you may not have freeze protection.BALBOA-SPA-PACK

Freeze protection works with an air temperature sensor that communicates with a controller, wired into the pump power circuit. Freeze protection is standard equipment on all of our Digital, Flex-Fit and Balboa spa packs, which is the simplest way of adding freeze protection for older spas with air activated spa packs.

For help adding freeze protection to your spa, feel free to call our spa techs with some information about your spa.

3. Run the Pump

As long as water is moving through the pipes – all of the pipes, the water won’t freeze. Open up all of your jets, if your spa has the ability to isolate banks of jets. Low speed can be used, as long as all pipes are utilized.

The water need not be hot, or even heated at all – in most cases. As long as it’s moving through all of the pipes and equipment when temperatures are below 32 degrees. The heat from the spa pump, under a closed skirt, is also helpful to heat up the equipment. Of course, a spa cover should be used during winter to avoid ice forming on the spa surface.

During winter, it may be wise to operate your pump 24 hours per day in cold northern areas, or set the time clock to turn on the pump for 10 minutes every half hour.

 

ALSO HELPFUL TO PREVENT FREEZE DAMAGE: frozen-jacuzzi

  • Adding heat to your spa, a hot spa can give 24 hours of protection
  • Keeping a tight fitting spa cover in place and secure
  • Spa insulation – the more there is, the more protection you have
  • Hang a 100 watt shop light, under the skirt, next to the spa pack

 

FROZEN SPA!

If you discover a spa or hot tub that is solid frozen, and maybe you spot some freeze damage already, the equipment needs to be thawed out. If there are cracked pipes, using electric space heaters could be unsafe, under the skirt.

If you have a camping tent large enough to place over the spa, you can thaw out a spa in a few hours. When I was servicing spas in Colorado, we had a tent we used whenever we’d get a ‘frozen spa’ call. We used a small kerosene heater once the tent was set up over the spa, and monitored it closely. If there was freeze damage, (and there usually was), we would drain it completely, make the repair and fill it back up.

Adding hot water to the spa is another old trick. With a small adapter, a garden hose can be attached to most sink faucets, to bring hot water to the spa, to raise the water temperature for a faster thaw. In some cases, you can gently wet frozen pipes with warm water – just don’t spray any motors, electronics or controls.

 

SPA POWER FAILURE!

COLD!

If your power fails during winter, remember that a heated spa with a good fitting spa cover has enough warmth to prevent freeze damage for 24 hours or so, longer if it’s very well insulated.

To maintain some heat under the spa skirt during a power failure, you could hang a 100 watt shop light in a location close to the spa pack. In some scenarios, a small space heater may be safe to use also, inside the spa cabinet, in a dry location, until power is restored.

 

Happy Hot Tubbin’
Daniel Lara
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.

 

AQUACOMB

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

 

The Winterized Spa – How to Close a Spa for Winter

December 12th, 2013 by

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There comes a time for many hot tub lovers in the north, when they need to ask the question – close the spa for the winter, or keep it operating?

If you think you’ll use the spa occasionally, even if it’s only a few times per month, I would suggest that you keep it open. But, if no one is using it, or worse – maintaining it. You may want to winterize the spa.

For many spa owners, it’s the fear of extended power outages that will warrant emptying the spa. Heated and covered, a hot spa should be able to resist freeze damage for 24 hours, but beyond that you could face  expensive repairs to plumbing and equipment.

How to Winterize an Above Ground Spa in 4 Steps

step1 to winterize a spa or hot tub Step One: Remove the spa filter cartridge, and clean it thoroughly with spa filter cleaner like Filter Fresh, and allow it to dry for winter storage. Next, apply a spa purge product like Jet Clean, to clean biofilm and bacteria from the pipes, which will continue to grow in the moist interior of your pipes, unless cleaned before you drain the spa. Don’t skip this step, or you may have funk and gunk in your pipes when you start up the spa again.

 

step2 for spa and hot tub winterizingStep Two: Now it’s time to drain the spa. Shut off power to the spa, and switch the heater off. Find your drain spigot and allow the spa to drain completely, through a hose, so the water drains away from the spa. When almost empty, turn on power again, so you can turn on the air blower (if you have one), and let it run until no more droplets spray out the jets. Use a sponge or shop vac to get every last drop from the bottom of the spa. If you have air jets in the seat or floor, lay a towel over them to absorb water mist as it sprays out.

 

step3 to winterize a hot tubStep Three: Use a powerful shop vac, to suck and blow air through the system. Place a sheet of plastic over a group of spa jets and use shop vac suction on one of the group’s jets. The plastic will suck to the other jets, so you can pull water out of one jet. Repeat until all jets are vacuumed. Switch the vac to a blower, and blow air through all the jets. Now blow air through the skimmer and spa drain. Under the spa, open all unions (don’t lose the o-rings), and use the shop vac to blow and suck air in both directions. Remove the drain plugs on the pump(s), and filter.

 

step4 in winterization of a spaStep Four: Spa covers perform an important function during winter, keeping any rain and snow melt from getting inside the spa. Over winter, some areas can receive two feet of precipitation, and it’s important that this doesn’t get into the spa. If your spa cover is a leaker, and in bad shape, cover it with plywood cut to shape, and then wrap it tightly with a sturdy tarp that will repel water. If your spa cover is in good shape, use a conditioner like our Spa Cover Cleaner, to protect it from winter weather. Use a Spa Cover Cap for the best spa cover protection.

 

Other Thoughts on Winterizing a Portable Spa

  1. Consult your owner’s manual, or find it online, to read specific tips for winterizing your particular spa.
  2. Using non-toxic antifreeze is discouraged, but if you must, refill and drain the spa before use.
  3. Draining a wooden hot tub is discouraged, but if you must, leave a foot of water, to resist shrinkage.
  4. Be sure to shut off power at the breaker, so there’s no chance that the pumps will run without water.
  5. If you have doubts and worry, consider calling a spa service company to winterize your spa.
  6. Inground spas require different procedures, not covered here.

 

- Jack

 

 

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