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How to Maintain Your Hot Tub or Spa

How to Maintain Your Hot Tub or Spa

Many hot tub owners are under the false impression that doing proper maintenance on it is difficult or time consuming. This is not the case, however! Just a few consistent steps will keep things easy and trouble free. Here are some great tips to get you started on your hot tub or spa maintenance and keep it working at peak performance! Tips for Hot Tub and Spa Maintenance The first thing to remember is to do things on a regular basis to avoid bigger problems that could be costly. Most hot tubs or spas are made from acrylic, which is fairly easy to clean often, due to its non-porous and smooth surface. Germs cannot hide out and get stuck in the pores on acrylic finishes the way they can on concrete that is used on most swimming pools. All you really need to do to clean your spa is to wipe it down with a damp cloth and cleanser that’s not abrasive. Elko Spas Billiards and Pools can help you choose the right product if you have questions about it. If you have a cover for your Jacuzzi that is exposed to the elements, then you should get a special vinyl protector solution and apply that to protect from sun, wind or rain & snow. If you can, don’t let that cleanser get into the water, even though it’s mild. The same way you add chemicals to a swimming pool, there are some chemicals required for spas and hot tubs as well. These chemicals keep the proper pH balance level right, clean the water from bacteria that could be...
Important Factors To Consider When Buying Hot Tubs

Important Factors To Consider When Buying Hot Tubs

  Hot tubs provide lots of benefits to homeowners that include relaxation and therapy. This is especially true for households with elderly family members, who will enjoy the water and therapeutic massage of their outdoor spas. Another common and popular benefit is the ability to spend quality bonding time with the family and friends.   An outdoor spa is a great investment because of all the benefits that you can gain from it. If you are considering buying one, there are certain factors that you need to consider first.   Cost and other expenses Similar to buying a swimming pool, the cost of buying hot tubs does not end with your purchase. You also have to allocate money for its regular operation and maintenance. The cost of buying a tub largely depends on the size, features and the accessories that are necessary to maintain and operate it. The features that differ in every brand or type of tub primarily include the number and functions of the jets.   When it comes to accessories, there are some that you need to be able to better take care of your tub such as the cover. And there are other accessories that add functions to your spa to allow for more comfort and convenience when you are using it.   If you are unsure which specific type of outdoor spa to buy, consult with a professional. Do not forget to inquire about the energy efficiency of the tub you are considering purchasing as well as the monthly costs required to run and maintain it. Elko Spas Billiards and Pools will help you...
Taking Care Of Your Hot Tub

Taking Care Of Your Hot Tub

It’s a dream for most of us to own a hot tub. Today’s models and prices make that dream a reality more than ever before. If you’re one of the lucky ones who owns a hot tub, then you’ll surely want to know how to take care of it and maintain it properly so that you get many years of warm, satisfying soaks! Here are some tips you should follow to keep your hot tub in good working order. The Basics Of Hot Tub Care Chlorine levels: We cannot say enough how critical this step is! You need to check the chlorine levels often and make sure they are always at the right balance in order to keep the water safe. This also goes for Bromine and any other sanitizing agent. Purchase a testing kit from your local pool dealer. Use the economy mode—it saves money! You can save money on your energy bills by keeping the water’s temperature a bit lower than called for, especially if you’re not using it. When you want to take a soak, turn the temperature up around 104 degrees and enjoy! pH levels need to be regularly checked. A couple of times a week will suffice. If the pH levels are off, it can cause eyes to become irritated and the water to be cloudy. Change the water in your hot tub when necessary. A general rule of thumb is 3-4 times a year. You may choose to change it more often depending on how frequently you use it. Get a good hot tub cover! This is so important to keeping the tub...
Ideas For Re-Designing Your Swimming Pool

Ideas For Re-Designing Your Swimming Pool

If you’ve had a swimming pool for any length of time, you may find yourself wanting to do a re-design. Perhaps to match a home renovation or new landscaping, but whatever the reason, there are some fantastic ways to breathe new life to your swimming pool. Keep reading to get some great ideas! Ideas For Re-Designing Your Pool  Changing the shape or size of the pool. You are not stuck with the current design. You can make it deeper, wider or even bigger. Perhaps you have a shallow pool three feet deep all over and would like a deep end that you can safely dive into. Or maybe you’d like to make the pool fit into a new landscape design or home addition. Changing The Overall Design. Changing the color of the plaster or concrete is a great way to get a new look. You could also get a Spectrum quartz finish to get some texture or more of a sparkle look. It can be done to match your existing tiles or you might like to get a mosaic look with new tiles. Adding Features. Why not add some features you’ve never had in the pool before? If you want to spend a little money, you can do things like adding raised decks for lounge chairs or picnic tables, umbrellas, etc. Or, you could add water elements like a water wall or fountain, slides or diving boards. Don’t forget too that simple garden elements can really enhance the overall appearance. Multi-colored lights underwater can be a fun addition as well. If you are planning on re-designing your existing pool,...
How Warm Should Your Pool Water Be?

How Warm Should Your Pool Water Be?

Right Water Temperature For Hot Tubs and Pools It’s one of the most frequent questions we get: How hot should I keep my hot tub and/or pool? Several deciding factors go into that answer, but we’ll cover some of the things to consider here in this article… What Will Your Pool Be Used For?  This is a good question. The temperature should be set depending on which region in the country you live, as well as who uses it and what they are using it for. For competitive purposes, the pool water would need to be around 78 degrees, which is a relatively lower temperature. Public swimming pools on the other hand, are usually a little warmer, with temps anywhere from 78 F – 82 F. The water would be warmer still for therapy uses, classes for children or elderly people. For these purposes, the water would be more like 83-86 F. Many people say that the prefect water temperature for swimming laps would be around 75 degrees. Still others maintain it should be closer to 70 degrees. So that brings us back to the original question of how warm the pool water should be. The truth of the matter is that if you are fortunate enough to own a pool, then the water temperature really comes down to your personal preference. Obviously, if you don’t heat your pool, then the weather will be what determines how warm the water is. If you live in a warm climate, then by the first part of July, the water may feel more like bath water. The main thing is to ask...