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pH & Alkalinity in a Hot Tub or Spa

June 1st, 2015 by

Today’s post is hopefully a simple post, although it can be a complicated topic. pH and Alkalinity are close cousins in water chemistry, each affecting and affected by, the other. pH is a measurement of how acidic (below 7.0) or basic (above 7.0) – your hot tub water is. Alkalinity is a measurement of the [...]


Cloudy Hot Tub After Shocking

May 28th, 2015 by
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I once asked Jack how he shocks his hot tub, and he said, and I quote “I take off my towel – that really shocks my hot tub!” Cloudy spa water immediately after shocking your spa is almost considered normal – there’s a lot of chemical reactions going on! But, clear water should return to [...]


Installing a New Hot Tub Control Panel

May 21st, 2015 by

The topside control panel is the name for the display and controls, on the top-side of the spa, or where you can see them when you’re in the spa. I’m old enough to remember having to get out of the spa to turn up the heater or turn on the air blower, or those sticky [...]


Hot Tub Cover Foam Replacement

May 15th, 2015 by

Q: Can the foam panels inside of your hot tub cover be replaced without buying the entire cover? A: Yes! You can purchase a single, or both foam cores – vacuum wrapped and heat sealed in our US factory, and shipped to your door. The foam core panels of your spa cover are the “core” [...]


Heavy Hot Tub Covers

May 11th, 2015 by

Our hot tub covers are made with the highest quality, 100% virgin EPS closed cell foam, vacuum wrapped and heat sealed inside of a 6 mil protective barrier. But even our top quality 2 lb foam core panels can absorb water. Why? Why do spa and hot tub covers absorb water? Many people will say [...]


Hot Tub Recycling or Hot Tub Graveyard?

May 7th, 2015 by

If you have ever wondered what to do with an old, unused and probably non-working hot tub – this post is for you. The lifespan of a hot tub needn’t be short, the shell and other parts can last a lifetime, with occasional equipment repair and replacement, or a few spa parts here and there. [...]


Spa and Hot Tub Water Color Problems

April 30th, 2015 by

We’ve all been there before, when you lift the spa cover to discover a color other than clear blue. Hot tub water can be all colors of the rainbow when conditions aren’t right. Yellow, brown, green, white, and any shade in between. Today’s topic is how to identify and troubleshoot colored spa water, to restore [...]


Inflatable Hot Tubs: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

April 24th, 2015 by

The Inflatable Hot Tub is a relatively new product on the market, and it has a surprising amount of internet activity or “buzz” happening. They’ve not only caught on in the U.S., but are also quite popular in the U.K. and Australia, according to my little keyword tool. Why so popular? Also known as portable [...]


Hot Tub Pioneers – Watkins Brothers

April 20th, 2015 by

In the seventies, as spas and hot tubs were growing from a California cottage industry, two brothers toiled away in their Escondido garage to create a whole new type of hot tub. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jon Watkins started up a pool service business when he came home after a tour in Vietnam as [...]


10 Items that Every Hot Tub Owner Needs

April 16th, 2015 by

When I bought my first hot tub (not so long ago), I was expecting a complete package, but soon found out that I needed much more than just the tub itself! Sure, I got a starter chemical kit, but that was about it. Over the next few months, I began to shop for the necessary [...]