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Hot Tub Leaking from the Bottom

August 1st, 2016 by

A spa or hot tub that is leaking is cause for alarm. But don’t freak out, it’s almost never the spa shell, and in most cases spa leaks can be found and fixed easily. Take a deep breath, after your blood pressure drops, we can get up under there and find out what is leaking, […]


Saltwater Chlorine or Saltwater Bromine?

July 25th, 2016 by

Salt water chlorine vs. salt water bromine. Which is better? The chlorine vs. bromine debate, along with the pros & cons of using a hot tub salt system have been hashed out before on this blog, but what if you already love spa salt water generators, and wonder about using sodium bromide, instead of sodium […]


Can a 4th Grader Maintain a Hot Tub?

July 18th, 2016 by

Most hot tubs are not too difficult to maintain, but can a 4th grader do it? When my grandson Josh to came to stay with us for the most of the summer, I decided to give him some chores around the ranch. I concocted a little experiment, to see if a 9 year old could […]


Spa & Hot Tub Noises

July 11th, 2016 by

Spas and Hot Tubs are not too dissimilar to automobiles, and I’ve made that reference before. And just like cars, a hot tub making funny noises is enough to make you sit up and take notice. Today’s post is all about noisy hot tubs and spas, or sounds that spas make – what might be […]


Hot Tub Heaters: Gas vs. Electric

July 7th, 2016 by

In the old days, all hot tub heaters were gas-fired heaters; small pool heaters specifically. And most hot tubs were not hot all the time, and not covered with a thick insulated spa top; they were heated up on demand. When portable spas came on the market in the late 70’s, manufacturers were looking for […]


Clean Spa Filters – in the Dishwasher?

June 27th, 2016 by

Can you clean your spa filters in the dishwasher? I think the idea came about when cartridge manufacturers suggested that Dishwasher detergent (not Laundry detergent!) could be used as an alternative to TSP, for soaking cartridges, to remove greasy oil deposits before cleaning. But I’ve not seen a manufacturer of spa filters come out and […]


Off Season Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

June 20th, 2016 by

For seasonal users of hot tubs, some adjustment to your maintenance routines can be made, during times of non-use or very low use. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the spa sanitation and filtration altogether! Leave a spa to it’s own devices, without intervention, for too long and you’ll have bacteria buildup, damaged filters […]


8 Top Hot Tub Light Problems

June 14th, 2016 by

Troubleshooting spa lights is just like any other lighting – the problem lies where the power dies. Spa lighting on new spas presents a bit more challenge with more lights to maintain, since many spas now come with sets of lights, internal and external, not just a single bulb in the foot basin. Yet, the […]


Spas and Hot Tubs in the News

June 6th, 2016 by

I’m so excited to report on spas and hot tubs in the news this time! Normally Jack finds these nuggets around the web, he’s always sending funny stories around the office. Today’s News of the Weird stories about spas and hot tubs is a collection of actual events that I’ve been collecting for the last […]


What’s the Best Number of Spa Jets?

May 30th, 2016 by

When we bought our first hot tub, I think it had 12 spa jets – and at the time that was a lot! Fast forward 30 years, and you can find spas with over 100 Jets! Is that too many? It’s not just the number of spa jets that makes a spa awesome, it’s more […]