Maintaining Your Home Spa
Owning a spa or hot tub is definitely a way to relax after a long hard day at work, but keeping that hot tub maintained is a very important matter. Proper maintenance may include cleaning it, changing the water, and even putting the right type of chemicals in it. Thinking about relaxing in a tub full of chemicals is not a very pleasant idea. However, by adding those chemicals, primarily sanitizers, you are making the water safer to relax in by killing off tons of warm water growing bacteria.
Sanitizers are the most commonly used spa chemicals on the market. Each sanitizer has its own contributions to the bacteria free water. Chlorine is the most commonly known sanitizer among many pool owners and hot tub or spa parts owners because it is the one highly advised towards. If you are looking to sanitize your hot tub with Chlorine tablets or granules, be sure that they are designed for hot tubs and spas instead of pools. Another type of sanitizer that is often used in hot tubs is Bromine. It normally comes in three different compositions and they are nuggets, granules, or most commonly tablets.
You can generally find merchandise that is set for hot tubs at pool stores around the world. Many people who own hot tubs also purchase a cover to keep their investment safe. A used hot tub is normally cheaper than a new one of course, but you also have to worry about the smallest of cracks which could be trouble for you as a hot tub owner. It is best to keep an updated maintenance check frequently on your hot tub in order to keep it in good working condition and safe.
Using the correct amount of chemicals in your pool or hot tub is not going to permanently damage neither your body nor your hot tub. It is not advised to jump into the hot tub after immediately using the chemicals. When you purchase any chemical to clean out or maintain anything, you should always read the label for directions, sizing amounts, and hazards to you, other people, or your property.
Hot Tubs Are For You
When looking for a hot tub for your home many are made as self contained units. This means that they come with pumps, filters, and heaters and have to be set up and plugged in. They often require a 220 volt hook up and a flat stable surface in which to be placed. These are called above the ground hot tubs and are made of acrylic with a wood cabinet and fiberglass underside. They are hard to move and once put in place should remain there. If outside, acrylic hot tubs tend to wear over time under direct sunlight. Still they are the most popular hot tub, with most families. These tubs also have more features than the wood or inflatable models.
Another above the ground hot tub to think about is one made of wood. These models are often made of redwood or cedar. They are usually round and you can sit inside them on a bench. They are well made but still need a solid proper surface to be installed on. The heat source for these models can be electric, wood or even gas. They often require diligent maintenance and do not have some of the features that others hot tubs do. Still if you want a simple well made hot tub the wood model may just be the right one for you.
Are you looking for an very inexpensive hot tub? Then, an inflatable and portable tub may be an option. They are easier to move but not made to last a long time. Often made of nylon, vinyl, and plastic they are designed for a few good years of use before replacing. Some models have blower systems that circulate air in water. They do not stay hot that long so are better going for a short soaks like 15 to 30 minutes in these models.
When looking for a hot tub they should come with a cover to protect your tub when not in use. They can also protect children and pets from falling into the hottub Some covers weigh from 150 pounds to 200, so think about a hot tub lifter to remove it when buying the cover. When installing the hot tub have it professionally done especially if you do not know the proper procedures. Hot tubs are a great way to relax and relieve the stress of work and family life so think seriously about purchasing one soon.
Working With A Hot Tub
If you are familiar with electrical wiring, have tackled difficult home projects in the past, and are ready to throw yourself into the challenge then you can install a hot tub without hiring professional installers for the job. Do be aware that some communities will require professional hot tub installation. Either way, the electrical wiring is going to have to be pass inspection before you can use the spa. It will only take a phone call, or a trip to your local county offices, to discover what the requirements are in order to have a hot tub added to your backyard.
A hot tub will need a suitable location due to the heavy weight of the unit. A typical tub could weigh in excess of 600 pounds. A concrete base would need to be 4-6 inches thick in order to support the hot tub.
This is not the usual job that you and a buddy can handle on your own. If you get the spa delivered then this task will most likely be done by the driver, his helper and a specialized lift. You may have to pay extra for any unloading, so it is best to ask before you schedule delivery. There is a hot tub dolly that you can buy or rent if you still plan to do all of the work by yourself.
Another alternative is to hire a hot tub installation team. Just contact a company in your area that sells and services hot tub spas. Then ask if you can hire a crew to do this work. If you have purchased your spa locally then the crew is usually included in the total package price.
Hot tub installation requires the use of a 50 amp/220v breaker and a 4 wire power cable. This cable line will be hooked directly to the control box. The heater for the hot tub, and the electrical work are best done by professionals. Only attempt this type of work if you are qualified to do electrical work yourself.
You can fill the hot tub with a hose, but most people opt for a dedicated water line. When you install the hot tub it is a quick process to plumb the line for water at the same time.
Professional hot tub installation is usually the safest and most efficient method to choose. If you have this spa installed correctly the unit will look good, be safe to use, and add value to your home and landscape.
Choosing The Right Cover
Choosing the right spa for your home can be an intense process, especially for someone who has never owned one before. Although it can be stressful, there are ways to go about choosing the right one for your home. Below are some helpful tips on buying the right one.
You can start in several ways, you can go by figuring out the space you have in your house and start there, or determine what size you need by the number of people you want to accommodate, or base it on what it is it going to be used for (i.e. therapeutic or recreational). We can start with the space of the area you have to place it in.
Yards come in all sizes and shapes and this is a great determiner for what size you need to buy. The first decision to be made is where you want to put it, remember you have to have hookups for it so near some type of wall would be ideal (if not you can have an installer help you figure out a way to place the hookups at). Make sure you do the right measurements of the space allotted for the spa and if you possibly want to add steps to it or any other accessories.
After measurements are taken you are ready to figure out what type of spa you want. There are so many choices to go from, basic ones with just jets inside to ones that have televisions connected to them. It is all determined on how you want to use it. The price range can vary as well, this will depend on brand name and furnishings that come with it.
One variable to take into consideration is weather. If you live in a snow-filled winter than having it in a covered area is best (or you can buy a cover for it), this helps the water stay clean and free from disturbances and you can use it year long. Same goes for people who live in very hot conditions. Being prepared for extreme weather changes is important in maintaining a usable spa.
Whichever way you choose to route your purchase with,consulting with a professional is the best way to go about choosing the right spa for your home.
Spa Covers Are Important
You may not think much of your spa cover, but there are several reasons that make it important. One of the biggest reasons that you will want to cover your spa is to keep the bugs out. Insects are often attracted to water and hot tubs create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes to gather. By having your hot tub covered you can help reduce the unwanted pests from the area.
Safety is the most important reason for keeping the cover on. Toddlers are naturally drawn to water and in the event a neighborhood child should get away from his or her parents, the cover being tightly secured could prevent a potentially fatal disaster.
The water temperature will also remain consistent with the cover on. If it should rain, rain will not be mixed in with the current water which can create the chemicals that are in the hot tub to become imbalanced.