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How to Choose the Best Hot Tub Placement


how to choose best hot tub placementA portable hot tub can go just about anywhere you’d like – patio, gazebo, backyard, indoors, etc. But where’s the BEST place to put a hot tub? Truthfully, only you can determine the best hot tub placement options for your home and lifestyle preferences. Before choosing a location for your new spa or hot tub, you’ll need to consider a few key points. We have six tips to get you started.


hot tub placement

Intended Use

Are you planning to use the hot tub for quiet relaxation and stress relief? Or will it be used for entertainment and enjoyment during social events and parties at your home? Will you using the hot tub for treatment of chronic pain? Or do you want to spend romantic evenings in the company of a loved one? The intended use of your new hot tub should play a role in its placement. For a more secluded, relaxing environment, you may want to install it where you can add some type of privacy barrier. Likewise, if you want to enjoy scenic landscape views in an inviting setting, you may want to place it somewhere that’s a little more open or centralized. Hot tubs used during daylight hours may benefit from shade, while those used at night will likely need some type of pathway or step lighting for safety reasons. Keep this all in mind as you choose your hot tub location.

hot tub placement


How close is the hot tub to your home? A hot tub placed in the very back corner of your yard will be less enticing than one that’s right outside the back door, and it may not be used as often. This is especially true during the cold winter months. Another thing to consider is the location of the water outlet and electrical circuit. If utilities are not close to the hot tub, you may need to hire a plumber and/or electrician to bring the access closer, which will increase the total installation cost.


You’re going to be looking at your new hot tub quite often, so it’s important to consider its appearance. How will the hot tub look in its new location? Will it be easy to create and maintain aesthetic appeal with furniture arrangement, landscaping and decor? Or is it going to stand alone and stick out like a sore thumb? Will this view change with the seasons? Remember that a hot tub should complement or enhance the area it’s sitting in, not detract from it.

Delivery & Installation

hot tub placement

Portable spas and hot tubs are large, heavy and cumbersome to move around. If you’ve purchased one from a local showroom or hot tub dealer, a delivery crew will likely help set the hot tub in its new location. There needs to be a clear, wide path from the point of delivery to the desired placement area. Any obstacles, narrow passages or tight corners can make delivery and placement considerably more difficult. If the company has to move the spa or hot tub by crane, there will need to be room for the crane to maneuver. You may have to temporarily remove fence panels, gates or deck railings to make the delivery process easier.


A hot tub can weigh more than two tons when it’s full of water and people. Wherever you decide to place your hot tub, it’s important to make sure there’s enough support to hold the weight. The surface should be flat, level, and resistant to sinking, shifting or sagging. Most portable hot tubs are installed at ground level on a concrete slab. You can also use materials like a SmartDeck base, gravel, bricks or stone pavers to prevent it from settling down into the soil. If you plan to place it somewhere higher, like on top of a deck, the hot tub should have proper reinforcements underneath. Wooden decks are likely to warp and/or collapse without sufficient beams or braces to support the weight of the hot tub.

hot tub placement


Before your new hot tub arrives, double-check the dimensions. How snug is the area where you’ll be putting it? In the event of a repair, you’ll want to have easy access to the spa cabinet to reach the plumbing and electrical components, so keep that in mind. If installing the hot tub on or near wood, take proper measures to seal or protect the wood to keep it as water resistant as possible. Splashes and frequent water exposure can spell disaster for untreated wood. Speaking of water, drainage is also something to take into consideration. A portable hot tub is usually drained every three to four months. All drainage should be able to flow away from your home and hot tub. The same goes for storm planning. Will excess rain water collect and pool around your hot tub area? If so, this can rot wooden spa cabinets, short out electrical circuits and allow mold to grow in insulation, as well as other issues caused by too much lingering moisture. If this will be an indoor hot tub, make sure there’s adequate ventilation, or else you’ll have similar moisture issues in your home.

It really doesn’t matter where you put your hot tub, just as long as the position works well for you. As we’ve discussed, there are a few things to keep in mind that will save you from placement regrets later on. Intended use, deliverability, ease of maintenance, base support and proximity to your home and utility connections should all play a role in your final decision. Additional factors may come into play for different hot tubs and individual preferences.

What is the Prime Time Mega Sale?



Hot Tub Works Prime Time Mega SaleEach year in July, Hot Tub Works hosts its Prime Time Mega Sale in order to compete with Amazon’s annual Prime Day event. Amazon first launched Prime Day in 2015 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The inaugural Prime Day was a one-day retail holiday that rewarded Amazon Prime members with massive savings across many product categories. It didn’t take long for Prime Day to rival Black Friday and Cyber Monday for internet sales. Fast-forward to 2019, and the mid-July event has been extended to last 48 hours this year. This is the third consecutive year that Amazon has extended the event. Prime Day continues to grow each year, but the reach of the retail holiday goes farther than just Amazon.

As Prime Day has gained popularity, quite a few online retailers have decided to join in on the fun, as well. Many businesses broadcast their special discounts on Amazon for Prime members, bringing the number of hot deals into the millions across the site. Some of those retailers also promote special deals on their own websites during Prime Day, catering to customers who may or may not be members of Amazon Prime.

During the Hot Tub Works Prime Time Mega Sale, you won’t need a special membership to enjoy our everyday low prices on hot tub chemicals, accessories and other hot tub supplies, nor will you need a membership to enjoy featured deals like these:

  • Fast, FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more!
  • Take an additional $20 OFF custom hot tub covers* (already marked down 20%)!
  • SAVE $10 instantly on a Nature2 Spa Stick 3-Pack Value Bundle!

Act fast! The Hot Tub Works Prime Time Mega Sale only lasts two days: July 12-17, 2019. There’s never been a better time to stock up on the things your hot tub needs most!

*Prime Time Mega Sale deals exclude economy covers and pre-made next-day covers.

Mineral Sanitizers for Hot Tubs


mineral sanitizer for hot tubMineral sanitizer systems for hot tubs have become quite popular in recent years. But the concept is nothing new. In fact, many ancient cultures used silver to sterilize their water, including the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. Modern hot tub mineral systems are much more advanced. They come in many shapes and sizes, but all have the same end goal in mind: clean, clear water that’s easy to maintain.

Mineral systems pack a one-two punch when it comes to sanitizing your hot tub. Minerals can effectively sanitize a hot tub on their own. But in order to create a complete water care system, a low level of bromine or chlorine must be added to supplement the minerals. Both support each other in fighting water contaminants, which reduces the amount of chemicals needed to disinfect your hot tub. Bromine use decreases by up to 50%, and chlorine use can drop by as much as 75%. With fewer harsh chemicals in the water, you won’t experience itchy skin, faded swimsuits or unpleasant chemical odors.

In addition to sanitation, mineral systems work to maintain your hot tub in a few other ways. We mentioned the reduced need for sanitation chemicals like chlorine and bromine. It’s common knowledge that lower chemical levels mean less skin irritation. What we didn’t tell you is that mineral systems also condition the water for a luxurious, softer feel. After just one soak, you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t try a mineral system sooner! Water balance is always top of mind for hot tub owners, since pH levels tend to fluctuate between uses. Another benefit of mineral sanitizers is that they keep pH balanced for a longer period of time. Balanced pH helps avoid cloudy water, leaving you with clean, clear hot tub water that truly sparkles. Customers who use a mineral sanitizer system are able to immediately see and feel a difference in their hot tub water.

There are many different ways you can use a mineral sanitizer in your hot tub. Complete floating systems are among the most popular, but mineral sticks for filter cartridges are also very common. If you’ve never used minerals before, it can be hard to choose between the different styles. Here’s a quick overview of our most popular hot tub mineral systems:

FROG @ease floating sanitizer

FROG® @ease®
Complete Mineral System with Chlorine

Hot tub maintenance is impossibly easy with the FROG @ease Floating System. Just test and re-balance the water once or twice each week, shock the spa once per month, and replace the silver SmartChlor® cartridge every 3-4 weeks. No guesswork needed – the system will flip over when the cartridge is empty. Patented SmartChlor technology keeps free chlorine levels at a constant level of 0.5-1.0 ppm. No more spooning chlorine granules into the water! SmartChlor does it all for you, using 75% less chlorine than a standard dichlor hot tub. The blue mineral cartridge lasts about 4 months, and is replaced with a new @ease kit. Each cartridge comes pre-filled, so there’s no messy measuring or dosing required. When it comes to hot tub sanitation, FROG @ease is the lowest maintenance system on the market today. For newer hot tubs with an in-line system, FROG @ease in-line cartridges are available

FROG Serene floating sanitizer

FROG® Serene™
Complete Mineral System with Bromine

If you prefer to use bromine in your hot tub, FROG Serene offers many of the same benefits as FROG @ease. FROG Serene uses up to 50% less bromine than a typical bromine spa, and maintenance is simple. Test and balance the water once or twice per week, add a weekly dose of shock, and replace the yellow bromine cartridge every 2-4 weeks when empty. The bromine cartridges have 6 settings to treat hot tubs up to 600 gallons. Minor adjustments may be needed until the water maintains an ideal bromine reading of 1.0-2.0 ppm. Cartridges come pre-filled so you never have to handle chemicals directly. The blue mineral cartridge lasts up to 4 months, and the green floating holder can be reused time and time again. FROG Serene cartridges are also available for in-line systems on newer hot tubs.

FROG Filter Mate mineral sanitizer

FROG® Filter Mate™
Supplemental Mineral System

Mineral sticks were first introduced to the hot tub industry over 20 years ago. Still today, they offer an effective way to reduce the amount of chemicals in your hot tub water. Just install one FROG Filter Mate in the core of your filter cartridge, and replace it every 4 months. That’s it! Since these systems don’t include bromine or chlorine like a complete mineral system, they do require a bit more hands-on maintenance. You’ll need to add a small amount of your favorite sanitizer to create a complete sanitation system. As with any other hot tub maintenance program, shock the water once per week, and maintain proper water balance for best results.

Mineral systems are a popular hot tub sanitation option for many reasons. Upgrading your hot tub to a mineral sanitizer system is very simple, and you’ll enjoy cleaner, clearer, softer water that’s much easier to maintain. Why not give it a try? Get back to enjoying your hot tub, and leave the stress of maintenance behind.

Product Spotlight: FROG® @ease® Floating Sanitizing System


frog @ease floating sanitzer

Hot tub maintenance. It’s a dreaded, yet necessary, chore that very few hot tub owners actually look forward to. Owning a hot tub is no small task! You’re adding sanitizer granules daily, constantly testing and re-balancing the water, shocking the spa once (or more) each week and trying to keep everything clean. Some days, it never ends. Wouldn’t it be great if you could focus on enjoying your hot tub and not spend so much time maintaining it?

GREAT NEWS! We have a simple solution for your problem. It’s called FROG® @ease®.

frog @ease floating sanitizer

Introducing FROG @ease

The FROG @ease Floating System offers a unique, low-maintenance approach to hot tub sanitation. This is accomplished with Fresh Mineral Water®, the secret behind every FROG product. Instead of relying solely on chlorine to sanitize the water, FROG @ease kills bacteria in two ways. It does this by pairing a low level of chlorine with a special blend of EPA-registered minerals. A normal hot tub requires chlorine levels around 3-5 ppm to keep the water properly sanitized. But with the FROG @ease Floating System, you achieve the same effect with a much lower level of chlorine – only 0.5-1.0 ppm. The result is water that’s Cleaner, Clearer, Softer and Easier®.

  • CLEANER: It kills bacteria in two ways, using minerals and a low level of chlorine.
  • CLEARER: Minerals help keep pH balanced, leaving you with clear, sparkling water.
  • SOFTER: Minerals condition the water, resulting in a softer feel against your skin.
  • EASIER: Cartridges come pre-filled. No mess, no guess, and no stress!

frog @ease floating sanitizer cartridges

How Does it Work?

Two cartridges make up the @ease Floating System. One is a mineral cartridge (blue), and the other is a SmartChlor® cartridge (silver). Minerals are an effective sanitizer on their own, but they require a low level of a standard sanitizer to create a complete water care system. This is where FROG’s patented SmartChlor technology kicks in.

SmartChlor is nothing like dichlor, which gets used up quickly and needs replenished often. Instead, the SmartChlor cartridge is self-regulating and only releases more chlorine when needed. This allows the @ease System to maintain a constant level of free chlorine in the hot tub. No more yo-yo effect with sanitizer levels. No more adding dichlor granules before/after using your hot tub. Best of all, there’s no more messy measuring of chemicals. SmartChlor does it all for you, while using up to 75% less chlorine than a standard dichlor system. Though 0.5-1 ppm may not sound like much sanitizer, this low chlorine level is actually better for you and your hot tub. It’s softer on skin, won’t fade swimsuits, produces less odor, and it won’t corrode spa surfaces like higher levels of chlorine can do.

The FROG @ease floating sanitizer flips upside down when the cartridge needs replaced.

No Mess, No Guess, No Stress

With FROG @ease, there’s no guesswork. Each SmartChlor cartridge lasts about 3-4 weeks. When empty, it flips upside down to signal that it’s time for a replacement (as shown at right). Replacement SmartChlor cartridges come pre-loaded, so it’s easy to swap out the old cartridge with a new one. To boost sanitizing power, use a non-chlorine MPS shock once per month or when replacing the SmartChlor cartridge. It really is that easy!

The @ease mineral cartridge lasts about 4 months, and is available in the FROG @ease System kit. The kit includes a 4-month supply of FROG @ease Test Strips, which act as a SmartChor outage indicator and measure pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. The complete kit also includes a packet of FROG Jump Start® shock for starting up a freshly refilled hot tub.

To start, balance and shock the water. Next, connect the mineral and SmartChlor cartridges. Adjust the SmartChlor dial setting to match your hot tub size, and toss the @ease Floating System into the water. That’s all there is to it!

FROG @ease floating sanitizer works for any hot tub.

Will FROG @ease Work for Me?

FROG @ease is suitable for any hot tub up to 600 gallons. Even if you’re currently using another sanitizer, it doesn’t take much to switch over to @ease. It’s easiest with a chlorine hot tub – just place the system in the water, and you’re ready to go! If you’re currently using bromine as the primary sanitizer, you’ll need to start with a clean slate. Drain the water, purge the lines and refill the hot tub as you normally would after cleaning. Balance and shock the water before adding the @ease Floating System. Your hot tub has now been converted to @ease, and you can start enjoying the benefits of Fresh Mineral Water.

Why Switch?

frog @ease floating sanitizer

The FROG @ease system isn’t just Cleaner, Clearer, Softer and Easier. It’s also a SMARTER way to approach hot tub maintenance.

  • Replace the SmartChlor cartridge every 3-4 weeks.
  • Shock the water once per month with non-chlorine oxidizer or MPS.
  • Start over with a fresh @ease kit every 4 months when you drain the hot tub.
  • Test the water at least once per week, and re-balance as needed.

FROG @ease does cost slightly more than dichlor. Yet customers who have tried it insist that it’s worth the money due to better water quality and time saved on maintenance. But we haven’t even mentioned the best part: there’s also a risk-free 90-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied with your new FROG @ease floating system, you can request a refund or system replacement. So why not give it a try? FROG @ease will soon have you saying “No more!” to dichlor.

frog @ease floating sanitizer system


How to Spruce Up Your Hot Tub Area


how to spruce up your hot tub area

Take a good look at the area where you keep your spa or hot tub. Are you happy with the way it looks? Most importantly, is it a setting where you can truly feel relaxed? If you find yourself thinking about possible improvements and wishing things were different, then this article is for you!

A well-arranged, decorated and accessorized backyard, deck or patio area offers many benefits, including a sense of pride and general peace of mind. It’s also a place to entertain guests and unwind at the end of the day. If your hot tub area is looking a little bare, there are many things you can do (large and small) to transform the space from “blah” to beautiful. Not sure where to start? Here are five easy ways to spruce up your hot tub area.


Cleaning & Maintenance

tropical hot tub settingYou can have the most beautiful, modern-looking hot tub area in your neighborhood. But if regular maintenance is neglected and the area isn’t kept clean and tidy, it’s just not going to look good. Keep chemicals and accessories stowed away when not in use. A stylish storage cube works great in these situations! Use a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime from concrete pads and/or stone walkways. Add a new coat of paint, stain or varnish to wooden decks and stairs. Regularly wipe down all surfaces in the area, including the hot tub and cover. If your spa skirt or cabinet is looking worn and weathered, consider restoring or replacing it. Use cover conditioner to keep your hot tub cover looking new, and replace the cover if it’s starting to crack, sag or warp. Keep plants in the area properly pruned and watered. Just a little cleaning and maintenance and cleaning can do quite a bit to spruce up and refresh your hot tub area.


Patio Furniture

furniture around hot tubAdding some outdoor furniture near the hot tub is the quickest and easiest way to make the area more appealing, both for you and your guests. Arrange a few comfortable chairs around a small fire pit, or set up a sofa and coffee table. If you’d rather lean back and relax, consider adding a couple of lounge chairs to the mix. If your hot tub sits in direct sunlight, a simple cantilever umbrella can help make your soaks be more enjoyable during the daytime. Place a stylish towel tree or hook near the spa to keep your towels contained.



Plants & Landscaping

hot tub in a carefully landscaped yardNothing adds character to a backyard quite pretty landscaping. Make sure there’s a good mix of plant life in the area – small, medium and large. If you plan on having flowers, make sure to keep a variety so you’ll have blooms throughout the year. Also pay attention to the natural layout of your hot tub setting. You may be able to incorporate unique landscaping features like an artificial waterfall or large rocks. Let your imagination run wild as you create your own backyard oasis. Build a few planter boxes and weave vines through an elegant trellis for an added touch.


Lighting & Audio

accent lighting around hot tubAdding outdoor speakers and accent lighting to the spa area is a great way to help set the mood, whatever that mood may be. Make it vibrant and jazzy for a social gathering, calm and soothing for relaxation, or keep it soft and dim for a romantic date night. Battery-powered waterproof Bluetooth speakers are a popular choice for many hot tub owners because they’re portable and don’t require complicated installation. If your hot tub sits underneath a gazebo, pergola or a similar type of overhead cover, drape a string or two of decorative lights for quick and easy soft lighting. If the hot tub sits on (or near) a deck, you can also string lights along the railing, or add stair lights for increased safety at night. Most newer hot tubs come with their own color-changing lights installed within the tub – turn them on! Pick a color that suits your mood, and let the party begin. If your hot tub doesn’t have interior lighting, you can also try a floating speaker and light show combo, which offers the best of both worlds in a small, affordable package. During the summer months, light some citronella candles or tiki torches to keep the mosquitoes, gnats, flies and other insects away.


Property Upgrades

home improvements around the hot tubThis one’s not exactly an “easy” option. However, in many cases, renovating your outdoor spa area can increase the overall value and appeal of your home. For example, you could incorporate the hot tub into a newly constructed wooden deck for the appearance of an in-ground spa. If you enjoy entertaining guests regularly, an outdoor fireplace, kitchen or grilling station might be exactly what you need. Constructing something around the spa, such as a gazebo, pergola or even a small bar with stools will also enhance your hot tub setup. On the simpler side of things, a decorative walkway to the hot tub made of carefully arranged bricks or flat stones will help keep your feet clean and make hot tub maintenance easier. It also won’t cost as much as other more complicated renovation projects.

If you’re still having trouble thinking of what to do around your spa or hot tub, don’t worry! Inspiration photos are posted online on sites like Pinterest all the time. Find something you like, and start exploring how to make that idea become a reality for your own spa area. We also have an archive full of creative ideas, including decking ideas, chemical storage ideas and an in-depth look at exterior design principles in the Landscape & Patio category of our Hot Tub Works blog.

Hot Tub Enzymes: Frequently Asked Questions


hot tub enzymesThere are many chemicals that help to keep your spa water clean and clear. However, one of the most effective products for boosting sanitizer efficiency and removing organic materials from the hot tub technically isn’t a chemical at all – it’s a protein! We’re talking about hot tub enzymes.

What are Hot Tub Enzymes?

Enzymes are biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions without undergoing changes themselves. In the case of spas and hot tubs, enzymes attach to non-living organic materials in the water, including body oils, lotions, cosmetics, dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and other unsavory substances. The enzymes work to break these down into smaller particles, helping reduce sanitizer demand and prolonging the life of your filter.

How do Hot Tub Enzymes Work?

Once an enzyme attaches to the organic materials in the water, it becomes much easier for sanitizers like chlorine and bromine to break them down.Think of enzymes as a natural digestion aid for your hot tub. Since they don’t attack living organisms like algae and bacteria, enzymes are not considered a sanitizer. However, they do supplement your existing sanitizer in keeping the water clean and clear. Without an enzyme, organic contaminants start to accumulate at the water’s surface and along the waterline as a greasy layer of scum. Not only does it look bad, but this scum can also clog up your spa filter over time.

How Long do Enzymes Last in a Hot Tub?

Once organic material has been broken down in your hot tub, the enzymes are free to move on to the next contaminant. Their molecular structure is not changed during this chemical reaction, so the enzymes remain in your water for continued use. They don’t get used up in the same way that sanitizers do. Most hot tubs only require a small weekly dose to maintain an effective level of enzymes.

Will Enzymes Work for My Hot Tub?

Yes! Hot Tub enzyme products are compatible with most popular sanitizers, including chlorine, bromine, ozone, biguanide, saltwater chlorine generators and mineral systems. They are specially formulated to tolerate the warm water temperatures.

Why are Hot Tub Enzymes so Popular?

Enzymes are incredibly useful as a clarifier, foam preventer, odor eliminator and a remover of surface scum and waterline stains. They also help to prolong the life of your filter, slow the rate of biofilm buildup in plumbing and reduce sanitizer demand. To top it off, enzymes are non-toxic, non-corrosive, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Why not give ‘em a try? Hot Tub Works carries leading enzyme products from brands like Natural ChemistryLeisure Time and Rendezvous.

Leisure Time Enzyme - 1 Qt.

Leisure Time

Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect

Natural Chemistry
Spa Perfect

Rendezvous Natural Clear Enzyme Clarifier

Rendezvous Natural Clear
Enzyme Clarifier


Can a Hot Tub Be Tax Deductible?


hot tub medical deduction Thinking of purchasing a new hot tub this year? If so, you may be able to deduct a portion (or in some cases, the total amount) of the expenses from your tax returns by claiming it as a medical expense.

Medical expenses are defined by the Internal Revenue Service as “the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and for the purpose of affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.”

According to Publication 502 from the IRS, some medical expenses can be deducted when filing an income tax return. In its opinion letter Index No.: 213.05-00, “Section 213(a) allows as a [tax] deduction the expenses paid during the taxable year for medical care of the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent.” If a medical professional has diagnosed a medical condition that can be cured or relieved with hydrotherapy or swimming, a consumer may be able to claim a medical deduction for their hot tub and hot tub supplies.

The general health benefits of hot tubs are not enough for it to qualify as a medical expense; you must get a prescription or written treatment recommendation from your physician. Conditions that may qualify for a prescription include arthritis, chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, restless leg syndrome, as well as other diseases or injuries. Because a hot tub is of a particularly personal nature, the consumer must establish that it is primarily for the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease before the cost can be deducted. Bear in mind that if people other than the one prescribed will be using the hot tub, or if it will be used for enjoyment purposes in addition to the prescribed treatment/therapy purposes, you won’t be able to deduct 100% of its cost. The value of your deduction will also depend on your tax bracket. Keep good records and discuss with your tax professional to make sure you can provide adequate proof of your medical needs to the IRS.

Capital improvement expenses can also be deducted for the installation of special equipment in the home. The purpose of its installation should be for medical care of either yourself, your spouse or any of the dependents living in that home. If it’s a permanent improvement that increases the value of your home, the increase in value would be directly reflected in a decrease of your medical expense deduction. If the improvements have no effect on property value, the entire cost of installation can be considered as a medical expense. Consumers may need to have property appraised to determine if the value has or has not increased.

In summary, it you want to write off a new spa or hot tub, including covers, chemicals, equipment and other supplies, you must have a doctor’s prescription for it. If you feel that you could benefit physically or mentally from warm water therapy, we encourage you to discuss the benefits of a hot tub or swim-spa with a qualified medical care professional and see if you’re a candidate for prescribed spa therapy. Before you run out and buy a new spa, you should first check with a tax professional in your area to make sure your hot tub, related supplies and other expenses can be included as a medical expense write-off on your federal or state tax returns.

Celebrating National Hot Tub Day


national hot tub dayFUN FACT! Did you know that we hot tub enthusiasts have our very own holiday? Well, we do! National Hot Tub Day is celebrated each year on March 28. There’s no denying the therapeutic benefits of a relaxing soak in your spa or hot tub, and this fun holiday gives you yet another excuse to go enjoy it.

Just one week after the first day of spring, National Hot Tub Day is the perfect time to do a bit of “spring cleaning” and general maintenance on your hot tub.

Test, balance and sanitize the water, and clean or replace your filter cartridge. If it’s time to drain and refill the water, take a moment to purge biofilm buildup from the lines, and wipe down all spa surfaces with a cleaning or polishing product to keep it looking like new.

Next, carefully examine the hot tub cover for signs of wear and tear. If it’s still in good working condition, clean it off with a vinyl cleaner and conditioner to protect your cover from the sun’s harsh UV rays. On the other hand, if your cover is cracking, coming unstitched, getting waterlogged or sagging in the middle, it may be time to replace the old cover with a new one. A well-fitting spa cover in good condition is an important factor in maintaining a healthy hot tub.

If you don’t yet own a spa cover lift, you should strongly consider buying one. A cover lift is a valuable tool for quickly removing the cover, protecting it against accidental damage and helping to prevent mildew. Not only will it save your back, but it can also save your cover and help it last longer.

After you’ve spent some quality time cleaning and maintaining your hot tub, it’s time to enjoy the benefits of owning one! Add a dose of your favorite spa aromatherapy, and soak away your stress, aches and pains in the softly bubbling water.

In our opinion, every day should be National Hot Tub Day! Although it only comes once a year, don’t let that stop you from enjoying your hot tub as much as possible.

Can You Put Epsom Salt in a Hot Tub?


Can you put epsom salt in a hot tub?

Hot tubs and Epsom salts are synonymous with relaxation and pain relief for sore joints and muscles. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the two? Of course! In fact, many people use pure Epsom salts in their bathtubs at home. But can you put Epsom salt in a hot tub? In most cases, the answer is NO. Here’s why.

Chemical Reactions

Pure Epsom salts are an alkaline compound also known as Magnesium Sulphate. The mildly acidic properties of Epsom salts can very quickly disrupt the total alkalinity and pH balance of the water in your hot tub. Unbalanced water can launch a cascade of other problems, including reduced sanitizer performance and corrosion of your hot tub equipment (metal parts, plastic pieces, seals, gaskets, etc.).

Total Dissolved Solids

When using a regular bathtub, the standard recommendation  is to add 2 cups of Epsom salts to feel the full therapeutic effects. Now, let’s think about that for a minute. The average bathtub holds about 80 gallons of water. On the other hand, the average hot tub holds about 400-500 gallons. To reach the same concentration level in your hot tub would require 10-12 cups of pure Epsom salts. That’s a lot of solids being added to the water! A bathtub can be drained quickly and easily, and the water is only used once. Unfortunately, a hot tub can’t be drained as often or as easily, which leads us to our next point.

To avoid scale buildup on spa surfaces and equipment, many spa manufacturers recommend draining and refilling a hot tub when the level of total dissolved solids (TDS) reaches 1500 ppm or higher. Failure to do so can potentially void the warranty. High TDS levels can also cause problems with cloudy water. Using our previous comparison, adding 10-12 cups of Epsom salt to your hot tub will quickly raise the TDS reading far past the 1500 ppm maximum threshold. Spa heaters usually sustain the most damage from scale buildup, but water lines, jets, pool pumps and tub surfaces can also accumulate scale if proper water balance is not maintained.


Rather than pour pounds and pounds of pure Epsom salts into your spa, risking long-term damage to the tub, plumbing and equipment, why not try a safe yet effective alternative instead?

spazazz aromatherapy productsHot tub aromatherapy products offer many of the same benefits as Epsom salts. In fact, most aromatherapy crystals use Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salt) as the primary ingredient. The key difference is that spa aromatherapy crystals have been specially formulated for use in spas and hot tubs. Smaller quantities are needed to achieve the same effects, and they don’t negatively alter the water chemistry or cause problems with spa equipment. Most spa crystals are also formulated with vitamins, minerals, moisturizing nutrients and natural herbs and botanicals. And of course, there’s the unique aromatherapy experience that can elicit any desired benefit or mental state. De-stress, detoxify, rejuvenate, reduce pain and inflammation, breathe easier, boost energy levels or promote a better night’s sleep – anything is possible with aromatherapy.

There are also alternatives to aromatherapy crystals that promote the same therapeutic benefits. Spa elixirs help you to relax while also softening the water and moisturizing your skin. Revolutionary new spa bombs offer the same benefits as the increasingly popular bath bombs. However, unlike standard bath bombs, spa bombs won’t damage your hot tub equipment, alter the water chemistry or clog up your filter.


In most cases, you should never add pure Epsom salts to your hot tub. Despite this warning, if you still want to try, just be sure to drain and thoroughly clean the hot tub immediately after you’re done soaking to avoid long-term damages to your spa. You can achieve the same therapeutic effects by using spa aromatherapy products, which are specifically formulated for use in spas and hot tubs. These products won’t upset fragile water balance, harm the equipment or cause scale buildup on tub surfaces. Hot Tub Works carries dozens of aromatherapy products from top brands like Cover Valet, PharmaSpa, Spazazz and Zodiac. 

Hot Tub Works LLC Receives 2018 Best of West Chicago Award


2018 Best of West Chicago Award presented to Hot Tub Works LLCWEST CHICAGO — Hot Tub Works LLC has been selected for the 2018 Best of West Chicago Award in the Sporting and Recreational Goods/Supplies category by the West Chicago Award Program. This marks the third consecutive year that Hot Tub Works has received this prestigious award.

Each year, the West Chicago Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Chicago area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 West Chicago Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the West Chicago Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About West Chicago Award Program

The West Chicago Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Chicago area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The West Chicago Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Press Release Courtesy of West Chicago Award Program