Saltwater Hot Tubs: Pros vs. Cons

Saltwater spas pros vs consThere are two types of hot tubs you can get: saltwater and chlorinated. The health benefits of saltwater swimming pools and hot tubs have become popular in recent years. Combine the healing power of heat and the antibacterial properties of salt, and you have a winning combination. The following are a few of benefits and drawbacks of owning a saltwater hot tub.

 

Benefits:

 

  • More comfortable. Saltwater tubs still use chlorine to keep the water clean, but the amount is less than what’s used in typical chlorine or bromine tubs. Thus, the water is softer and more soothing, and there are fewer chemicals to cause itchiness in bathing suits or to hurt your eyes.

 

  • Better for you. In addition to being less damaging to your eyes, the smaller amount of chemicals will also be less harsh on your skin and hair, making your skin less likely to dry out and your hair less likely to turn green or have that straw-like consistency commonly associated with pools.

 

  • Save time. The generators in saltwater pools produce chlorine at a constant rate, meaning you don’t have to monitor the chlorine levels and add more chlorine to the water whenever it gets low.

 

Drawbacks:

 

  • More expensive. The initial installation price of the saltwater pool generator is expensive, and the saltwater will corrode any metal pieces, meaning they may need to be replaced more often. The salt chlorination cells will also need to be replaced about once every other year and can cost several hundred dollars.

 

  • Can be more work. Following all of the instructions needed to properly maintain a saltwater hot tub and checking the salt chlorination cells regularly can be difficult and stressful.

 

Whatever you decide, you’ll need a good cover to protect your investment. That’s where SpaCap.com comes in. We have been building hot tub covers for more than thirty years.  For more information about hot tubs in general or about buying Hot Tub Covers to protect your spa, contact SpaCap today.

Can Swim Spa Covers Be “Green”?

All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Swim Spa Covers, the most important thing we can do is to not create more waste that will just end up clogging our land fills. Consider this for a minute… There are 10 million spa owners in the USA, and each one of them uses a typical rigid foam spa cover on their hot tub. For the sake of this demonstration each foam cover is only two inches thick and every spa is eight feet by eight feet. That would mean each spa cover contained about 10.666 cubic feet of foam per spa cover. For the rest of this example we will use 10.5 cubic feet per cover however keep in mind that the average swim spa cover contains twice as much.

If each cover on every spa becomes saturated within two years and needs to be replaced that would mean that we would be adding 52.5 million cubic feet of waste to our landfills in just hot tub covers every year.
If it takes two and a half covers worth of foam to make up one cubic yard that translates to 4 million cubic yards of waste added to our land fills every two years just in spa covers.
Used hot tub covers waste enough foam to build the Giza Pyramid every six years
There are 11 million Cubic yards of stone in the Great Pyramid at Giza, we are adding enough foam to build a duplicate in our landfills just from used hot tub covers every six years conservatively. There are four and a half million cubic yards of concrete in Hoover Dam. So we could clog a river with our discarded foam filled spa covers every two years. Or we could build a two lane highway of discarded foam filled spa covers from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida every two years.

Remember, for this example we were using a two inch thick foam spa cover. Most foam filled spa covers are not two inches thick anymore. If all those old foam covers were four inches thick all these calculations would be double. If they were tapered spa covers, say from six inches down to two, it still doubles the amount, so the highway or dam could be built every year instead of every two years.
But we are just being conservative so we want to stick with two inches thick. If we ripped the covers in half and laid those pieces end to end we could circle the earth at the equator on used spa covers every two years.

Heck with parking lots, in a few years we could pave the entire planet with foam just from saturated foam spa covers from the USA alone.

So what is the solution? Well, how about a better spa cove?. What if there were a spa cover that did a better job insulating, did not get saturated, heavy, break or blow away in the wind? Good news, you do not have to quit using your spa to save the earth. You just need to get a SpaCap Hot Tub Cover that does not use foam to insulate. There would be two major advantages to doing so. First the spa cover that did not use rigid foam to insulate would last longer. Since what always fails in the typical spa cover is the foam, either breaking or getting so saturated that you cannot lift it, a spa cover that did not use foam would tend to last longer.

Second, if the new type of spa cover does not use rigid foam it will also be a lot more friendly to the environment when it does come time to discard it. Less trash, less waste, less land fill, not that is what going green is all about.

SpaCap uses a patented design to solve all of the following:

  • As easy to use
  • Light Weight
  • Sheds Moisture
  • Won’t fly away
  • Won’t break under a snowload
  • Won’t be damaged by hail
  • Insulates Better
  • Sunbrella fabric rated by years not hours

Swim Spa Covers -Top Enemies

Swim Spa Covers that are made well and properly cared for should be able to last  many years outdoors. Longer if maintained well.

These days all swim spa covers have a good warranty covering construction faults, material defects. It’s fairly standard in the industry, but here is a little secret – they almost never will need to fulfill that warranty. – What usually shortens the life of  swim spa covers is from the elements they are exposed to or how they are treated.

Despite having a strong warranty, no body wants to have to make a warranty claim, and ship a hot tub cover back for repair or replacement. Keeping that in mind we have come up with this list of warranty-busting hot tub cover care tips.

Avoid these Five Enemies of Swim Spa Covers, and your cover will endure well beyond any warranty.

Hot Tub Covers vs SunSun

UV rays from the sun gives life through photosynthesis, but they also degrade most surfaces, even with UV inhibitors included in marine grade vinyl utilized on traditional spa covers. Especially in sun-drenched areas of the nation, and especially when the spa has minimal shade to shield it from the sun, UV rays can damage your spa cover. In an effort to keep your swim spa cover protected against UV rays, we suggest acquiring a hot tub cover that employs Sunbrella fabric as opposed to vinyl. Sunbrella is the only outdoor fabric rated by years in preference to ALL vinyl materials that are rated by HOURS. Even the costliest vinyl will eventually crack and disintegrate in the long run. Sunbrella won’t even FADE. We have seen Sunbrella fabric still looking new after twelve years of unprotected exposure. No vinyl will never come close warranty or otherwise.

Hot Tub Covers vs WindWind

It seems that winter wind is always an issue that could mean higher wind speeds and frequent storms. A strong wind can flip up a foam filled swim spa cover while a really strong wind can send it flying to parts unknown. This usually producing major damage to hot tub covers, most often cracking the foam cores. To prevent this from happening altogether, purchase the only hot tub cover that does not use foam. Rigid foam panels, even ones that are saturated with water will still fly very well with sufficient wind. The only types of hot tub covers, which can withstand hurricane force winds, are air filled covers. They have the ideal dome shape and no rigid surface that might allow the wind to lift. In 30 years and an abundance of covers in use all over “Tornado Alley” not ONE air filled cover has ever blown off a spa. Again, no traditional foam cover will ever hope to offer the same claim. Straps or no straps. Warranty or not. Possibly a larger danger when compared to wind itself, could possibly be large tree branches that are thrown down onto a spa. Consequently, the air filled hot tub cover delivers the advantage. Since it can “give” when struck, the air filled cover avoids damage even when a rigid cover will be crushed or skewered.

WaterHot Tub Covers vs water

Rain and snow are obvious enemies, but add to it automatic sprinklers. If your cover is in good shape, and secured, your spa cover should shed water. If water begins to puddle on your cover, you will certainly soon be looking at a new spa cover, unless it’s an air filled cover. With an air filled hot tub cover, water pooling on the surface of the cover is simply due to the cover fasteners not being used, or the spa water level being below normal. Normally, refilling the spa or just simply securing the fasteners will restore the cover to perfect working condition. The same thing can’t be said of a foam filled cover. And despite any warranty, the sagging foam cover means you will be acquiring a replacement. Any type of roof above the spa, a patio, gazebo or pergola will help to keep your spa cover shielded from sun and rain. Unfortunately it won’t stop the foam cover from getting heavy.

Water from above is not the major enemy of swim spa covers – the moisture beneath the spa cover, the spa water, also can damage the foam, as well as grow mold and mildew. No matter if the spa cover foam cores are vacuum wrapped and heat-sealed, to keep out moisture, they all will still eventually soak up moisture. Your spa cover dealer may suggest you remove the cover completely, and allow it to air out. Only they don’t mention that drying it out completely is going to take months! Dealers realize that if your spa cover becomes waterlogged, to the point where it becomes too difficult to move, (and it always will) you are going to have to buy a new spa cover! They are looking forward to it. It’s possible to prevent it though providing you don’t replace the old saturated cover with another one exactly like it. Think Air instead of foam.

Hot Tub Covers vs AnimalsAnimals

Bears have been known to be attracted to a scent present in some spa cover foam panels, (another good reason not to use it) however this is typically a rare occurrence. Most animals will not chew or scratch a spa cover. Indeed, most damage occurs with large dogs. The heat of the spa under the cover is what seems to attract dogs and cats. A small pet probably won’t do any damage, except a 50 lb. dog could weaken and damage your foam panels and reinforcement channel. Again, not with the use of an air filled cover. You can’t really blame your beloved pet for thinking the spa cover might be a really good location to lie. If it’s a rigid foam cover, it looks identical to the deck to the dog. In any case with an air filled cover, not even the dog is mistaking it for just another part of one’s deck. Also, most dogs don’t like stepping onto things that “gives” and thus they are inclined to leave it alone.

Party animals are far more likely to cause damage swim spa covers. Kids especially, and doubtless some adults; think a rigid spa resembles more deck, and ideal for walking on. Keep all “animals” off your spa cover – a great deal of weight is an enemy that attacks suddenly, destroying a spa cover instantaneously. The advantage for the air filled cover may be that it’s not flat that cannot be mistaken for more deck. Even so, no warranty on any cover can cover damage caused by someone jumping on your spa cover. Best to limit the spa privileges of animals that are big enough or dumb enough to damage your cover.

Hot Tub Covers vs ChemicalsChemicals

Chemicals under the spa cover, from the spa water, can be harsh to spa cover materials. Low pH or high sanitizer level, or shocking the spa and then closing the cover – all will definitely lead to a slow deterioration of seams and vinyl. This is applicable regardless of what type of cover you have. Something to take into consideration, in the event you are damaging your hot tub cover with chemicals, you’re doing exactly the same thing to your skin, hair, your spa impellors and jets. And since no cover manufacturer can control your chemicals, the damage it causes is on you, in spite of any warranty.

At Best Hot Tub Covers, we only recommend one cover, the SpaCap. For more than thirty years they have been building hot tub covers that beat all other traditional foam filled covers, hands down. They insulate better, stay lightweight and typically last years longer. Order one for your spa today at SpaCap.com.

Protect your hot tub cover and it is likely to protect your hot tub for a lot longer.

Beware the Man-eating Swim Spa Cover

How dangerous is an overweight foam swim spa cover? Recently a man was checking the chemicals in his spa. Rather than attempting removing the entire hot tub cover, he decided to just lift one side enough to get at the water long enough to get a sample. He bent over and supporting the heavy cover with his left arm while attempting to fill a sampling bottle with water from the spa to check the chemical content, and total alkalinity.

As he leaned over further, the weight of the water logged spa cover dislocated his left shoulder and allowed the cover to hit him on the back knocking him into the spa. He was now face down in the spa with his legs pinned to spa by the weight of the hot tub cover. His shoulder was dislocated and he was in agony because of a the pain. He tried to move but could not budge the weight of the waterlogged cover.

He began to choke as he swallowed spa water and tried to rise up but could barely get his head out of the water. With what could have been his last breath, he screamed for help. Fortunately he had left the door from the house to the deck open. His daughter and her boy friend heard the commotion and looked out to see his legs sticking out of the spa cover.

His daughter and her boy friend were able to lift the hot tub cover off of his legs. His daughters boy friend jumped into the hot tub and pulled him up from the water. They took him to the emergency room where they put his shoulder back in place and treated him for shock.

Women who have experienced both child birth and a dislocated shoulder report dislocating a shoulder as more intense than childbirth. But either way we can agree the pain must be excruciating.

This man had owned a hot tub for 12 years and had replaced 3 conventional rigid foam core spa covers. While the life on the foam covers had averaged from 2 to 4 years, regardless of manufactures claims, all of these traditional foam filled covers became waterlogged. He has since bought a swim spa cover that uses air chambers to insulate rather than rigid foam. He is certain that the air filled swim spa cover will not try to kill him as the other foam cover did.

Another lady reported that while she and her husband were in the hot tub with their rigid foam spa lid propped up against the wall. A gust of wind hit the spa cover and it suddenly fell hitting her husband on the head. The blow was hard enough to push them both under the water. Fortunately they were not trapped and they both recovered quickly, or so they thought.

A couple of days later the left side of her husbands face suddenly went DEAD. He had no feeling, sensation or movement. Naturally they both were quite frightened and thought he had suffered a stroke. They did exactly what any of us would do and rushed immediately to the hospital. The doctor diagnosed him with Bells Palsy which can be caused by stress and or trauma like a heavy spa cover hitting him on the head. He later made a full recovery. He was extremely lucky.

Here is something you will never hear from a foam spa cover dealer. Every year people are injured by foam hot tub covers. Most of the injuries have come from a gust of wind blowing the heavy foam cover onto people as they use their spa. Sometimes people attempting to carefully maneuver a saturated foam cover off their spa, have lost their grip and had the hard foam cover slam down breaking the arch of their foot.

This is even more likely and dangerous with swim spas because of the added height above the ground. It’s bad enough to try to lift a saturated cover back onto the spa when it is waist high, but many swim spas are 50 to 60 inches high. Don’t let yourself or a loved one become one of these statistics.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission people have even been drowned when they have become trapped under heavy foam covers. Maybe now is a good time to search for a better spa cover. With the World Wide Web, you can literally have the world to shop from. Do you really want to risk injury or death trying to use your spa?

Although the video above may look humorous it is not funny when it happens. In thirty years of building lightweight swim spa covers, no one has ever been injured by a SpaCap swim spa cover.

How to Find the Right Swim Spa

You want to buy a swim spa but you do not know from where to begin? You have no idea which manufacturers offer the best swim spas or which features differentiate one brand from another? Our goal is to covers the strengths and characteristics of some Swim Spa brands available on the market. No matter what are your needs, we hope to help you find the one which best fits your needs and expectations.

Swim Spa

  1. Dimension One Swim Spa

    The Aquatic Fitness System brand of Dimension One is designed not only to relax, but also to exercise, so it corresponds to all of your demands and wishes related to swim spas. You can use it to swim, walk, run, stretch, and strength exercises or just to enjoy the recreational effects of the swim spa. No matter which age group you belong to, Aquatic Fitness System will definitely meet your expectations. You can choose from 4 types of spas according to your needs. AquaFit Sport’s water management system which ensures you clean water every time you exercise, the forceful swim jets and the cross-training functionality make it your functional underwater gym. What can be better than that? After your exhausting training session, the AquaFit Pro, offers you with its patented Jet Therapy® pillow, the ultimate relaxation experience. The AquaFit Play will provide you many moments of pleasure with exercise, fun and relaxation due to its max therapy seat, patented water cleaning system and stereo and lighting package (optional). AquaFIT PLUS is the king of Dimension One Swim Spas, not only because it is the largest one, but also because you can adjust the water temperature separately: you can have a different temperature in one side of it while you are exercising and another in the other part which is ideal for soaking and spa.

These luxurious spas have a lot of innovation: they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, include water cleaning systems and interior innovations. Visit their page to read more about these amazing swim spas.

 

  1. Cal Spa

    Provides a full aquatic gym in the comfort of your own home. The Cal Spas’ Jet Stream Propulsion System is designed for both amateur and professional swimmers. The two jets produce current both on the top and under the water. Cal Spa offers a large variety of options for their customers in order to help them to improve their swimming and hydrotherapy experience. Cords attached to the anchors of the spa can make your training easier; the built in Isound system or stereo with CD player and the led options make your spa time more joyful. The entry level swim spa provides 22 jets and is designed for 6 people. The top of the line model has the capacity of 10 people and includes 70 jets, it consists of a zone designed for swimming and workout and another separated one for hydrotherapy and soaking. Like the Dimension One offering you can set the temperature separately for both areas.

 

  1. Endless Pool Swim Spas

    Offer you the great opportunity to spend fun and valuable time with your friends and family, without exposing you to the dangers and unpleasant features of the public spas. These spas are designed to be suitable in almost every size backyard and have much lower operating cost than normal sized pools. These spas can be used indoor or out, and are available in four different sizes. The ten foot, fifteen and seventeen foot long, offer a fairly spartan layout with one seat to relax in after your workout. The top of the line nineteen foot model offers the separate spa end with the by now expected dual temperature control. According to their website, the installation consists of 3 easy steps: place, fill up, and connect the power. Although it makes it sound like you just plug it in, because it requires 220 volts and a 60amp breaker, it’s not quite that simple. You can adapt not only the temperature, but also the current according to your preferences.

 

  1. The Michael Phelps Swim Spas

    By Master Spas were developed “with input” from the famous swimmer, Michael Phelps, and his coach, Bob Bowman, and the professional engineers of Master Spas. The company website claims that these are one of the most energy-efficient swim spas in the industry, due to the eco-friendly icynene foam insulation. In their own words, “Every swim spa is built to not only meet but to exceed the stringent California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency standards.” They also have high density polymer base which keeps away pests and helps to maintain the heating, manifold plumbing which ensures the equal spread of pressure in the jets. They also contain Noise Reduction, EcoPur and Ozone systems. The EcoPur® System contains a filter which integrates a combination of minerals which help not only the elimination of bigger impurities, but also of the microorganisms and heavy metals, resulting in softer water. The Ozone System eliminates the pathogens, making the water fresh and clean. Its Wave Propulsion™ Technology System offers you a swimming experience with less turbulence and the SwimNumber™ System allows you to set the suitable swimming, training speed according to your needs. Some workout programs are pre scheduled, so you can choose between the beginners, intermediate or advanced levels. Again it is available in a number of lengths and configurations including the spa on one end that can be at a different temperature. The one obvious difference is the housing. On the pump end, the one you swim toward, a good foot to eighteen inches is taken up by the pump works. Not a huge deal but if your buying a cover for it, you’ll be covering a section you can’t swim in or sit in.

 

  1. SwimEx Swim Spas

    Apply paddle wheel instead of jets and propellers to generate swim current. The fiberglass panel construction of these spas is similar to the aircrafts’ panels. SwimEx is based on a special shell designed to control the course of water. In the past this manufacturer was mainly oriented towards corporate customers like universities, hospitals, but in more recent years they have become more and more oriented towards residential clients. Customers can choose from a large variety of custom options for their indoor or outdoor SwimEx including colors, finishes and water depths. The first glaring difference between these swim spas and others listed so far is that they are not designed to be stand alone spas in their own cabinet. True they can be set up for indoor or outdoor installation but that installation will be sunken. This is more of a commitment since installing it will be very similar to an actual swimming pool. Plus as you would expect from a builder that has focused on commercial applications their spas are a little more utilitarian. The website has some very attractive photos but the main focus is on the pleasing deck work around the spa rather than the spas themselves.

 

  1. Arctic Spas Swim Spas

    Claim to be the perfect choice for even the cold weather and climate, they are easy to install and very energy efficient. The patented Forever Floor® will save you time and effort in connection with installing, because you do not have to work on a spa foundation. The Total Access™ system Đ makes every interior component easy to access for repairing. The insulation of the floor and of the wall (foam) of these spas was developed to stop heating from escaping. The biggest difference between the Arctic Spas Swim Spas and the others we covered here is that rather than offering several different sizes they only offer one size with different interior options. From a manufacturing point of view this is a great idea. Every cabinet is the same size which saves time and money. For the home owner it takes one decision off the table and you can focus on the options instead. This manufacturer does not offer a model with a spa in one end. The down side of this is that you’ll be exercising in the same temperature as when you are using the spa for relaxation. So you’ll have to either workout in water that is too warm or relax in water that is a tad on the cool side.

 

These are 6 of the largest manufacturers, who, based on their years of technological research and experimentation, offer a large variety of swim spas which meet the various needs of customers. If you have decided to purchase a swim spa, list your preferences, and what you want from your purchase to match them with the technological features provided by the spa manufacturers available on the market.

When you’re ready to cover your investment, visit SpaCap.com. While spa manufacturers have been working on designing and building swim spas, SpaCap.com have been building the perfect swim spa covers.

No matter which company you purchase you swim spa from they will offer a traditional rigid foam filled spa cover. The problem is that depending on the overall length of your new spa, that cover will consist of three or four individual panels. And just like every other foam filled cover ever made, those panels will eventually begin to saturate with moisture from the steam coming off the spa water, (starting the day you fill your spa) until they are too heavy to lift. (Normally one section will be notably heavier within six months)

Invariably with four separate sections this will happen at different speeds. So you the owner has to choose to struggle to remove and replace that one section or just leave it on and try to use your spa under it.

Bar lifters won’t help once the cover becomes too heavy either because you will still have to flop it over the bar while trying not to strain yourself. Then push it off the end of the spa. When the cover is heavy it will either rip itself apart (because the seam of the cover is not built to handle the added weight) or worse it will rip the bar lifter off the sides of your spa potentially causing damage to the spa cabinet.

The SpaCap Swim Spa Covers by contrast, don’t employ foam so there is nothing to soak up the moisture. They are built to stay lightweight and easy to use. Visit SpaCap.com and order one for your swim spa today.

Benefits of Swim Spas

What if you could swim any time you wanted and take a dip in the hot tub without giving up a section of your property? A hybrid of swimming pools and hot tubs, swim spas provide an innovative alternative to traditional home leisure options. Large enough to hold multiple people and long enough to practice swimming, the design and engineering of a swim spa offers owners the best of both worlds.Swim Spas

Exercise

Water exercises help many individuals relieve joint and muscle pain while burning calories and promoting weight loss. While a hot tub is comfortable and relaxing, the average tub isn’t large enough to perform exercises or practice swimming. In contrast, swimming pools provide an optimal environment for exercising, but require more space. A perfect compromise, swim spas feature the same soothing jets and warmth as a hot tub while allowing room to swim, exercise, and play games.

Compact & Convenient

Not all homeowners are comfortable dedicating a plot of land to an in-ground pool while others would prefer a simpler solution. Swim spas, being compact and portable, can be placed outdoors or indoors in a location most convenient for the owner. For property owners facing cold winters, the option of swimming indoors is enticing. Because swim spas are smaller than traditional pools and portable, they appeal to homeowners who seek luxury without compromising comfort.

Take Your Investment with You

Unlike an in-ground pool, most swim spas can be taken with you when you move. In addition to enjoying the ability to swim in all seasons, you never have to say goodbye to this investment. Requiring less overall maintenance than a traditional swimming pool, swim spas quickly pay for themselves by providing ongoing functionality.

Compared to a swimming pool, swim spas are smaller in size and require fewer chemicals and less time to maintain. For budget conscious homeowners, swim spas are an ideal alternative to hot tubs and in-ground swimming pools.

Which benefit do you value most? Why?

When it comes to Swim Spa Covers, nobody makes a better cover than SpaCap.com. If you own a swim spa, check out the custom made covers today.

Hot Tub Safety

Hot Tub FamilyA hot tub or spa is a great way to relax, allowing the jets to soothe sore muscles and the warmth to envelop you. In particular, spa use during the winter months is one of the most enjoyable seasons for submerging the body in warm water. Read on for more information about Hot Tub Safety for all spa users.

 

The most common hazard of hot tubs, according to the CPSC, is drowning. Around 20% of drownings occur with children under five years old.

 

  • What to do: Hot tub owners should always keep the spa covered with a lockable cover when it’s not being used. Always keep kids away from the hot tub when an adult is not available to supervise.

 

  • Use a light weight cover

    : As odd as it sounds many Hot tub owners are injured or drowned under a heavy cover. When a typical foam cover becomes too much of a hassle to remove all the way off the spa, many owners just lean it back against a nearby wall. Unfortunately when the cover falls back onto the spa unexpectedly an injury to the head or neck can occur and in some instances cause drowning. This has never occurred even once in the last thirty years with a SpaCap custom hot tub cover.

Hair entanglement is another safety hazard. This happens when a hot tub user’s hair is sucked into the spa’s suction fitting, or is entrapped by the drain cover while water is drawn in. As a result, the CSPC has developed a standard for drain covers to reduce this risk; still, hot tub users should ensure safety.

 

  • What to do: Make sure your spa has proper drains and drain covers approved by updated security standards. Bathers with longer locks should always tie their hair up to further reduce the risk.

 

Many deaths have occurred as a result of water that is too hot. A high temperature can make you drowsy, which can result in falling asleep or passing out.

 

  • What to do: Keep the temperature of your hot tub at 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or less. If you are a pregnant woman, stay out of the heat, and be sure to keep kids under five away from hot water as well.

 

Finally, adults who drink alcohol while using a hot tub put themselves at major risk. Alcohol causes dehydration, which combined with the tub’s heat can lead to light-headedness, nausea, confusion, dizziness, and in the worst cases, coma or death.

 

  • What to do: Don’t drink before or during use of your spa.

 

By following the above tips when using your hot tub, you’ll ensure a safer, more relaxing time for all participants.

Where to put the Hot Tub

If you’ve decided to get a hot tub, congratulations! You’re well on your way to many hours of long relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t forget to consider placement, however; where you put your hot tub will dictate your level of enjoyment for years to come. There are several factors to take into account when making this crucial decision.

  • Access. It may seem obvious but the long term enjoyment of your spa will be largely determined by how easy it is to get into and out of. Make sure you leave enough room around the spa to remove and replace the cover. Don’t shove the spa into a nook where you can only approach it from one side.

 

  • Indoors or outdoors? When choosing whether to place your tub inside the home or outside, consider the pros and cons of both options. If space isn’t a problem, an indoor hot tub benefits from minimized exposure to the elements, convenience, and privacy. Cons include tracking water outside the tub as well as potential draining or leakage problems damaging your home.When placing a hot tub outside, it will be exposed to outdoor debris, such as foliage, dirt, and insects. When not in use, it’s important to protect your tub with a quality cover. Leakage or drainage issues on the outside are usually less problematic than with an indoor tub, and there are many more placement options available if you decide to place it outdoors.
  • To Sink or Not To Sink. Many spa owners want to put the spa sunken into a deck. The idea being the spa will be easy to use. More accidental drownings involving small children occur in flush deck mounted spas. This goes down greatly if the spa is only partially sunken, bench high. It still makes it easy to get in and out and can make getting the cover off and on easy too.

 

  • Surface. A spa full of water will be heavy, so it needs to be placed on a structurally sound surface. This will support the weight of the tub, the water, and human occupants. Placing your hot tub on an uneven surface sets it up for damage and may void your warranty.

 

  • Drainage. Ensure your outdoor spa has proper drainage so any spillage or rainwater will not pool around it, causing potential damage.
  • Access to power. Ahead of time, plan for proper access to your circuit panels and power source to ensure adequate heating. A quality hot tub cover will keep heat inside. We recommend a SpaCap hot tub cover for insulation and ease of use.
  • Proximity to home. If it’s outdoors, your tub should be near your backdoor for convenience’s sake; no one wants to traipse across the yard in heavy rain or snow to access a hot tub. It should be close to a bathroom for changing and drying off, as well as to water spigots for filling. Close proximity to your home will also give you a better view of the yard.

Hot Tub Covers and Hail Damage

We get a lot of inquiries from spa owners that are replacing their Hot Tub Covers due to hail damage. Traditional rigid foam covers get hammered by hail because they don’t absorb impact very well. As people who live in areas of heavy hail storms know, anything rigid is going to take a pounding.

The solution to this would be something that is able to give or absorb impacts. In Hollywood when a stunt man falls from a great height, he wants to land on something that will absorb his impact like an air bag. The air bags the stunt man lands on are designed made from the same materials as the SpaCap.

Now the stunt air bag is designed to open and release air when it “catches” the stunt person so please don’t use your SpaCap this way. However if your house is on fire and you have to jump out of the window to save your life aiming for the SpaCap would probably save your life.

However you are a little bigger than the typical hail stone and the damage from you jumping on Hot Tub Covers would not be covered by the warranty. But no matter how fierce the storm or the hail stone the SpaCap will give or catch it without damage. We have tested it by driving golf balls into it, dropping bowling balls on them and just having them in use around the country in areas that get severe hail storms.

We do a brisk business replacing foam filled covers crushed after a storm but so far not even one of the SpaCap hot tub covers have ever been damaged by hail.

Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Owning a hot tub is one of life’s greatest exclusive pleasures – but the enjoyment will totally tank if your hot tub is full of bugs, mildew, or poor quality water. All spa owners should properly engage in hot tub maintenance to ensure sanitary use and reduce the risk of unsafe bathing. Hot tub maintenance is easy – especially when you use items you already have in your home.

 

  • Sanitize the water. Ensure your water is sanitized to prevent algae growth and to kill any bacteria your tub may be harboring. The best sanitizers for hot tub water are minerals like salt or copper which are much safer to use than chlorine or bromine which are caustic that can damage your skin or equipment; which one you use depends on your local water chemistry. We recommend Pristine Blue (copper) to all of our customers.Check up on your water sanitation every so often with a test strip, and oxidize every week or so to remove oils, hairsprays, and other chemicals that may have gotten in. To keep water cleaner longer, place a tennis ball in the skimmer or right into the water to attract oils and lotions and prevent them from entering the filters.
  • Clean the filters. By cleaning out your spa’s filters monthly, you’ll ensure your spa stays safe and hygienic. Take out the filters and spray with a high pressure water stream. If the filters show buildup of oils, soak them first in filter cleaner (or simple dish detergent) and warm water, and then spray and reattach.
  • Drain on schedule. Pool and hot tub cleaning experts assert the importance of draining the tub every three months. When the water is drained, cover the lower return inlets (we recommend regular household wares like panty hose) to prevent debris from recirculating. Do a thorough clean of the sides and bottom of the tub before refilling.

 

  • Cover it up. A hot tub cover will safeguard your tub from dirt, particles, and other debris. It will also help ensure safety, preventing young ones from falling in, as well as keeping heat from escaping. A hot tub cover is anything but optional, and a quality cover will last with regular cleaning. Naturally we would encourage you to use a SpaCap custom hot tub cover on your spa. Every one we make is built to last, will insulate better than a typical rigid foam cover plus it won’t break or get heavy.

 

With proper maintenance, your hot tub can provide enjoyment for years to come!