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CDC Report on Recreational Water Illness

August 6th, 2015 by

The media is all abuzz about a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control that shows that Recreational Water Illness (RWI’s) are on the rise in American pools and spas. Since 2010, a National Outbreak Notification System (NORS) has been established that allows public pool and spa operators to voluntarily report any outbreak of […]


Spa and Hot Tub Manufacturers List

July 30th, 2015 by

The recession of 2008 wasn’t especially kind to spa manufacturers. As the number of spas sold dropped dramatically, smaller spa and hot tub brands were forced out of business. Given that the industry has had a shake-up in the last 5 years, the time is ripe for an updated Spa and Hot Tub Manufacturers List, […]


Hot Tub Water Test: Like a Boss!

July 27th, 2015 by

Testing hot tub water regularly is important to avoid peaks and valleys of sanitation and water balance. Testing everyday is not needed unless your spa is used on a daily basis. Test your water 2-3 times per week, or more often if the spa is used frequently. For years I used Test Strips to test […]


Hot Tub Water Conservation

July 21st, 2015 by

Are hot tubs and spas water wasters? The mayor of San Jose thinks so – in May, the San Jose city council voted to prohibit filling pools and hot tubs. And in Santa Clara, California, hot tub owners are allowed to replace hot tub water, but only after agreeing to take fewer showers. Santa Clara […]


Hot Tub Pump Motor Replacement

July 13th, 2015 by

Replacing a spa or hot tub motor saves about 40% over the cost of replacing the entire pump, and there’s no plumbing required! Hot tub motors are as easy to replace as the entire pump, and can be done in under an hour. Another benefit to re-using the existing wet end is that you can […]


Hot Tub Pressure Switch Adjustments

July 9th, 2015 by

The Pressure Switch on a hot tub or spa is a pressure sensor that is mounted onto the heater housing, or very close to the exit point of the heater. It’s sole purpose is to shut off the heater if low pressure (low water flow) occurs. In a hot tub, pressure is an easy way […]


Test & Balance Hot Tub Water

July 6th, 2015 by

I know some people who claim to have “perfect” spa water right out of the tap – “I don’t even need to test it”, they say. That may be true for some people, but for the majority of spa owners, the water from the tap or hose may have very low levels of calcium, alkalinity, […]


What Chemicals are Needed for a Hot Tub?

June 29th, 2015 by

Spa chemistry is something that needn’t make you anxious, and once you get the hang of it, most hot tubs will exhibit something of it’s own chemical personality, one that you will get to know well. What I mean is, you will get to know when it needs more of something, and if you were […]


Bad Fitting Hot Tub Covers

June 25th, 2015 by

I was visiting a friend at a beautiful resort home in Breckenridge, Colorado last weekend. They had so much snow in these parts of the Rockies (over 5 ft in May), that there is still snow now covering the mountain peaks. A rental home with a hot tub in Breckenridge¬†is easy to find. This town […]


Hot Tub Filters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

June 22nd, 2015 by

Once upon a time, if you wanted a replacement spa or hot tub filters, you went down to your local spa store and bought or ordered a replacement filter cartridge. There wasn’t a choice of brand, they were all made by Unicel, or Aladdin. As the number of pools and spas using pleated filter cartridges […]