Why Do Hot Tub Covers Get Heavy?

Heavy Hot Tub CoverEvery traditional foam filled hot tub cover gets heavy. But the how and why may come as a surprise. It has nothing to do with rain so it doesn’t matter how steep the taper is, that cover will still get heavy. If it was rain that was making hot tub covers heavy then putting a roof over the spa would stop the cover from getting heavy.

Moisture getting trapped in the foam is what eventually makes a cover too heavy to lift. But if it’s not the rain, how does the water get in there? The answer is steam from the warm spa water. When water becomes steam it is a much smaller molecule than a drop of water.

Steam can get into a much smaller area, like say the spaces in the foam. Once it cools back down and turns into water again, it’s trapped inside the foam. Once trapped in the foam the water won’t drain out so a fancy drain hole won’t help. The only way the water can get back out of the foam would be to evaporate. In order to evaporate, the hot tub cover would have to be removed from the source of steam (the hot tub) and placed in a dry, well ventilated area.

The problem has nothing to do with how well the cover is cared for or how much vinyl protector is rubbed on it. The problem is the foam. The type of foam used in hot tub covers is designed to be used as insulation in DRY conditions. For instance it works well in floors, walls and ceilings (provided it is kept dry) and is great for refrigeration applications.

However if the same foam is exposed to steam, the insulation it could offer is quickly reduced to something equivalent to wet plywood.Another Heavy Hot Tub Cover

So why is foam still being used in hot tub covers? It’s cheap and it’s the industry standard. But just because everybody is doing it doesn’t make it the best idea.

A hundred years ago the standard mode of travel was the horse. The horse had been the standard for hundreds of years. Until something better came along.

A better idea as far as hot tub covers go would be one that eliminates the foam, still insulates but stays light weight and easy to use.

Thirty years ago, (yes really, thirty years ago) that is how the SpaCap was developed. A single woman with back trouble, needed to be able to use her hot tub every day for therapy. She had to be able to get her cover off and on by herself without further injuring her back.

The cover she eventually came up with was light weight, easy to use and insulated as well as a foam filled hot tub cover. Although it has gone through many improvements over the years, the concept and principle is still the same. SpaCap.com builds custom hot tub covers for all kinds of spas including swim spas.

Don’t go out and purchase another foam filled hot tub cover just because that’s what the neighbors do. Visit SpaCap.com and get a cover that won’t get heavy or break and will make it easy for you to use your spa for years to come!

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Toddler Falls on Hot Tub Cover

It’s not everyday that hot tub covers make the news. Recently in Florida a toddler fell from a three story balcony and landed on, you guessed it a hot tub cover.

Here’s a link to the story

Now, as a grandparent the first thing that comes to mind is, “How did this happen?” Not to say we are disappointed to have a happy ending (the little boy was fine and ran back up stairs to tell his grandfather what happened) but how did the little guy fall?

Let’s lock the sliding glass door and prevent this future stuntman from repeating this maneuver. Next time he might miss the hot tub entirely.

A few years ago “Dwarf Tossing” was a thing. Then “Dwarf Bowling” and a few other manifestations along the same lines. Without taking a side as to the rights of little people to be tossed for sport and amusement, let’s just nip “Toddler Tossing” in the bud before it too becomes the new fun activity.

In our personal experience a lot of things seem like a good idea to toddlers. Many of them seem to lack the “fear” gene or chromosome to alert them to potential serious consequences. As entertaining as it may be to watch videos of animals misjudging their leaping abilities, no one wants to see this with toddlers.

If on the other hand you would like to lay your toddler gently on your spa cover for some reason, let’s go over some ground rules first to ensure safety and happy endings.

First rule. The spa or hot tub must be no higher than deck level. If your hot tub is free standing, the distance from the edge of the spa to the ground would be enough to damage your toddler so better to lay the little bugger on the ground than on the spa. If on the other hand your spa is flush with the deck it MAY be okay. Move on to rule two.

Rule Two. The cover must be properly secured in such a way as to insure that the toddler cannot by accident or intent gain access to the spa water below. Neither by a fall from a great height, significant impact or any other instance. Toddler Approved Hot Tub Cover

Rule Three. The hot tub cover must be a comfortable place to lay one’s toddler. If the hot tub cover is a rigid piece of foam it must be considered not suitable for toddler laying. If the spa cover allows a cushion like softness that will comfort and embrace the toddler then proceed to rule three.

Kid Tested Hot Tub Covers
This is only a demonstration of ruggedness. Please do not try this with your own hot tub cover. Damage caused by this would NOT be covered by warranty.

Rule Four. If a toddler is resting comfortably on a soft hot tub cover, there should be jumping on the cover by any other person or animal. This would dislodge the toddler and could potentially cause harm.

If you or someone you know would like to purchase such a hot tub cover, please visit SpaCap.com.

Hot Tubs Help Pain Relief

People are increasingly interested in finding natural treatments and remedies for health problems. Fortunately, hot tubs lend several advantages to health. Individuals experiencing pain related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should consider buying a hot tub to ease their aches and pains.

How Hot Tubs Help

Although the true benefits of natural treatments like moist heat haven’t been thoroughly researched yet, the results patients experience make the endeavors worthwhile. The automatic benefits to the body after soaking in warm water are undeniable – and are quickly becoming more and more popular for patients suffering from RA.

Soaking in a hot tub helps stiff muscles relax and encourages proper blood circulation, which work together to alleviate the pain associated with RA. Talking to your doctor before you start doing this type of at-home treatment is wise and enables you to learn their opinion on hydrotherapy practices for RA.

How to Get the Best Results

Once you get the “thumbs up” from the doctor, several specific techniques should be utilized to make hot tub spa therapy as effective as possible for your RA symptoms. For the best results, try:

  • Setting the temperature between 92-100 degrees. This temperature range is the most comfortable for most people. Don’t mess around with the heat! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns customers never to reach a temperature of 104 or above, which is hazardous for even the healthiest people.

 

  • Incorporating exercises. Having a repertoire of a few low-key exercises will get the blood flowing as the muscles begin to relax. Do some gentle stretches or roll out your back on a tennis ball against the tub wall to release tension areas. Activities like this in warm water are ideal because your muscles are warm and more flexible than other times.

 

  • Adding salt. Magnesium is important for heart and bone health, so add Epsom salts to the hot tub for an extra boost.

 

Don’t wait any longer to start treating your RA with a long soak in the hot tub.

Call SpaCap.com today to learn about the available hot tub cover options that can make it easier for you to get into your spa! One thing you don’t need is a heavy hot tub cover between you and that much needed therapy. At SpaCap.com we have been making the worlds best hot tub covers for people just like you. Check us out today and get back to enjoying your spa time.

How Hot Tubs Help with Type 2 Diabetes

Establishing dependable methods for keeping blood sugar balanced is challenging for people with Type 2 diabetes. Individuals interested in minimizing the use of medications and finding more natural remedies for their condition should consider using hot tubs to lower their blood sugar.

 

How Hot Tubs Help

 

Before using hot tub therapy, make sure your physician approves of this type of treatment for glucose levels and other diabetes-related issues. The next step is learning how hot tubs are beneficial for diabetes patients. It’s frustrating to feel dependent on countless medications to stay healthy, so finding alternative ways to improve your health can be liberating and exciting for many people. The list of benefits includes:

 

  1. Lower blood pressure. Dr. Philip L. Hooper of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, conducted a study where he tested the benefits of hot tub use on a group of diabetic men and women. The results of the study indicated a significant drop in blood glucose levels after subjects committed themselves to 30 minute hot tub soaks 6 days a week for 3 weeks.

 

  1. Weight loss. Dr. Hooper’s study also tracked an average weight loss of 3.75 pounds for those participating in the hot tub study. Diabetic patients always benefits from any type of weight loss, so this benefit of hot tub therapy is exciting for many people.

 

  1. Less stress. Because their blood pressure dropped and they feel healthier, many patients experienced more relaxation and less stress after developing the daily hot tub soaking routine. Warm water immersion is a reliable method for reducing anxiety, which is another health benefit for people with Type 2 diabetes.

 

Once you are ready to test the waters of hot tub therapy, contact SpaCap to learn more about how you can avoid heavy hot tub covers. You don’t want to avoid getting into your spa just because that rigid foam cover got too heavy to lift. Have SpaCap.com build you one of their lightweight hot tub covers so you can get your therapy and enjoy life for years to come.

Winterizing the Hot Tub

winterizing the hot tubAlthough hot tubs are fun to use during cooler weather, most people need to prepare their hot tub for bitter winter temperatures when the spa won’t be used. Most climates don’t pose major risks to hot tubs, but to ensure you will enjoy your spa again in the spring, it’s wise to take necessary precautions to keep it in good condition.

Choose Your Plan for Winter

Depending on where you live, you might want to continue using your hot tub throughout the winter. For this reason, there are two routes for winterizing the tub: flush, refill, and either soak or drain and cover it until spring arrives.

Let the Winterizing Begin!

Regardless of which route you take, the hot tub needs attention before it gets too cold. The proper winterization steps include:

 

  1. Pre-cleaning the tub. Buy a bottle of Whirlpool Rinse and add it to the tub 24 hours before you plan to drain it to remove unwanted residues and prepare for draining.

 

  1. Getting stale water out. Use a submersible pump to remove the old water from the tub.

 

  1. Cleaning vents and filters. Take out the cartridge filter from the skimmer and clean the area. Take your time cleaning the filter to ensure all hair and debris is properly removed before you replace it into the skimmer.

 

  1. Removing excess water. Use a wet/dry vac to remove extra water from the tub before covering or refilling.

 

  1. Polishing all surfaces.

 

People who decide to leave the tub empty and cover it need to make sure all drains are left open to prevent frozen pipes throughout the winter. Cut the power, put something across the spa to support the cover (we typically suggest a heavy duty plastic ice chest), put the cover on and shelter it with a tarp, and head inside. Otherwise, refill the tub, put on your bathing suit, and keep enjoying the warm water through the cold months ahead.

Ready to enjoy the winter in your hot tub? Call SpaCap to learn about the best Spa Covers on the planet and the available options today! At SpaCap.com, we have been building hot tub covers for places that get heavy snow fall and severe weather for years. No other spa cover can stand up to winter like a SpaCap.

Hot Tubs Fall into Autumn

Party Animals love hot tubsThe autumn months are spent drinking hot apple cider, building bonfires, and enjoying the final days of pleasant temperatures and outdoor activities. Don’t forget to enjoy your hot tub during this season! Before you have to start winterizing your tub for the colder months ahead, make sure to enjoy the fall weather out in the spa. The best way to celebrate? Throw a party!

Harvest Party Essentials

Including an abundance of seasonal specialties is a must for harvest parties and hot tubs. From the food to the décor, this party should feature pumpkins, spices, and warmth at every turn. While you’re planning, consider creative ways to represent the season through decorations and snacks. For decorations, try something like:

  • Jack-o-lanterns leading the way. Line the walkway to the hot tub with glowing jack-o-lanterns. Fall is the only season when people practice this tradition, so incorporating it into your hot tub party will be the perfect seasonal flare.
  • Pumpkins for everything! Use hollowed-out pumpkins to hold chips, as flower vases, and whatever else you can think of.

For food, think about the things you only eat during this season, and start shopping! Focus on items like:

  • Seasonal treats. Stock up on caramel apples, pumpkin flavored baked goods, and candy corn to complete the night. Put little bowls around the edges of the hot tub so guests can snack while they relax in the warm water.
  • Hot apple cider. The perfect warm drink for a crisp autumn night. For an adults-only party, try putting a little Fireball Whisky in the cider to add some extra spice to the night.

For games, consider buying a few packs of waterproof cards to take the fun into the hot tub. Games like Spades, Hearts, Mafia, and more will keep you laughing through the night.

Ready to throw the perfect hot tub harvest party? Better replace that old heavy spa cover first. You don’t want any of your guests to injure themselves having that heavy cover fall on them. Contact SpaCap to learn more about the best lightweight hot tub covers in the world. Bonus, since every cover they make is Custom made with Sunbrella outdoor fabric, you can match your patio decor!

Great Exercises for Hot Tubs

Swim spa hot tubs are even better for exerciseHot tubs are generally for relaxing tense muscles. But it is also a great place to do some mild forms of exercise that can help you get in shape. The hot water relaxes your muscles, helping them stretch easier and making your simple workout more effective. Persons suffering from arthritis, pulled muscles or ligaments, or other musculoskeletal issues can all experience relief from exercising their sore joints and muscles without worrying about too much tension or force causing further injury. The following are a few exercises and stretches to try in hot tubs:

Bicycle kicks

Sitting on the edge of the hot tub seat, kick your feet in a pedaling motion, keeping the circular movement going for at least 30 seconds – a minute if possible. This will stretch out the muscles in your leg while providing a mild workout.

Shoulder stretches

Roll your shoulders forward and backwards five times in each direction while keeping them submerged underneath the hot water. This will stretch out your shoulder muscles, loosening up any tightness or soreness. Another stretch is to slowly but firmly pull your arm across your body, keeping it straight as you do so. For example, bring your right arm to the left side of your body so that your bicep is below your chin, or stretch your arm so that your right hand is below your left hip.

Leg extensions

Sitting on the hot tub seat with your back straight, slowly extend your legs until your knees lock; then let them bend back down at the same speed. Do this five to ten times, keeping the pace slow and even. This will stretch out your hamstrings and calves while also giving your legs and abdomen a minor workout.

Gluteal stretches

These are great after a long run or other exercise in which the large muscles of your upper leg and backside are tight or sore. If you have space in the hot tub, sit sideways on the seat and extend both legs in front of you. Bend the leg closest to the wall so that foot is close to the knee of the straightened leg, and cross the foot over the opposite knee. Hold that pose for roughly 3 seconds, and you will feel your gluteal muscles relaxing and loosening.

Arm rotations

Straighten your arms out to either side of your body and slowly rotate them in small circles. Do between five and ten rotations in each direction, and you will begin to feel your arm and shoulder muscles loosening.
In short, hot tubs are great for low impact exercises. One exercise you don’t want to do is wrestle heavy wet hot tub covers. You should check out the custom made replacement hot tub covers from SpaCap.com.

Hot Tubs and High Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure will often avoid lulling in a hot tub because they think it’s not good for them. Even though hot tubs can pose health risks for anyone if misused or overused, they are great for improving overall circulation. Here are some misconceptions about hot tubs and some facts regarding hot tub safety:

  • Hot tubs are dangerous for high blood pressure sufferers. Hot tubs and saunas expose the body to high heat, which widens blood vessels near the surface of the skin. This process is known as vasodilation and can sometimes cause a slight drop in blood pressure, though never enough to cause worry. If users want to avoid the blood pressure drop, they should enter the hot tub slowly to allow their body to become accustomed to the new temperature.
  • You should not go from a hot tub to cold water. One activity that young people sometimes enjoy is soaking in a hot tub and jumping in a cold pool immediately afterwards. This can pose a slight risk to people with blood pressure problems; the rapid change in temperature will cause stress and rapid blood pressure changes in the body. Sufferers of hypertension should be careful to slowly allow their body to adjust to any temperature changes.
  • Hot tubs are bad for heart patients. Hot tubs can pose some risks for heart patients, but nothing so severe that they can’t enjoy a brief dip in a hot tub. The increase in body temperature can lower blood pressure and widen blood vessels, which can have negative effects on the heart if continued for a long time. Heart patients and those taking heart medications should talk with their doctors before relaxing in a hot tub, stay hydrated, and keep their sessions brief.
  • Hot tubs affect pacemakers. No link has been found between hot tubs and pacemaker problems. However, since most people with pacemakers have a history of heart problems, they should be cautious when using a hot tub and give themselves time to adjust to the water temperature.
  • Hot tubs cause dizziness and headaches. If a person is in a hot tub for too long, he or she may suffer dizziness, headaches, or shortness of breath. These symptoms are temporary, but a person experiencing them should take a break until the symptoms abate.

One thing that we should all avoid is overexertion from lifting a heavy hot tub cover. If you want to lift weights, go to the gym. If you want to get into your hot tub to relax you shouldn’t have to strain yourself lifting an obsolete, over weight foam hot tub cover.

At SpaCap.com, they have been building the next generation of Hot Tub Covers for a generation. Check out their custom made, lightweight hot tub covers today and stop killing yourself trying to get your therapy.

Hot Tubs and the Right Size for You

When choosing between hot tubs, there are many options to consider. One important factor to determine is how big of a hot tub you need. The size of your hot tub depends on several aspects, a few of which are examined below.

  • How often will you use it? If you expect to use your hot tub every day, you want to select a size that will provide enough space for comfortable relaxation, but will also be easy to keep hot. Keeping a hot tub warm can be difficult and expensive, and the larger the hot tub, the more energy required to warm it to the desired temperature. By buying a smaller hot tub, you will be able to use it on a regular basis without worrying about your electricity bill going too high.
  • How many people will use it? If you are buying a hot tub for you and your loved one to enjoy on romantic evenings, it can be relatively small. A hot tub you plan to use for entertaining guests needs to be larger. Consider how often you will have groups of people enjoying it as well; buying a hot tub to accommodate a group of people once a year, for example, may not be the best decision.
  • How much space do you have? Where are you planning to put your hot tub? Popular places include the backyard, the porch or patio, and occasionally on a balcony. Measure your designated hot tub space before going shopping, and keep in mind what you’d have to move to place the hot tub where you want it. Remember, you need to have easy access around the spa to take the cover off and replace it. Don’t put plantings or privacy screens too close. The easier access you have, the more years you will be able to enjoy your purchase.
  • How big can you afford? Larger hot tubs are more expensive to buy and heat. Keep in mind how often you will use it and how many people will be using it, and weigh the price of heating a large vs. small hot tub on a regular basis. Also think about alternative ways to keep your hot tub warm, including solar energy and insulated spa covers.

To learn more about hot tub covers and where you can buy the best spa covers, contact SpaCap.com today. We build Custom Hot Tub Covers to fit just about every spa. Plus since we use Sunbrella outdoor fabric, your hot tub cover can compliment your decor.

Keeping Pets Safe Around Hot Tubs

From offering convenient relief from the day’s stresses to creating a fun-filled atmosphere, hot tubs are a fantastic addition to any backyard. As a hot tub owner, it’s your responsibility to guarantee all guests – even furry friends – are safe. Follow these tips to ensure your hot tub remains a safe and fun environment for all.

Cover When Not in Use

A no-nonsense method of guarding access to your hot tub, hot tub covers are a wise investment. Between guarding your hot tub against pests and preventing pets from taking a leisurely dip, hot tub covers serve as the first and most prominent layer of protection. When unoccupied, cover the hot tub with this protective layer to enhance cleanliness and peace of mind. Just a side note, The Custom Made Hot Tub Covers from SpaCap.com are very pet friendly. No pet has ever been injured or trapped by a SpaCap spa cover.

Build a Fence

Endlessly curious, dogs enjoy a good romp in the backyard and may be tempted to take a quick dip in your spa. Though hot tub covers deter entry, they don’t always completely prevent it, leaving dogs are at risk of entering hot tubs unattended. Fencing off your spa area may be the best way to guard access to the hot tub and preserve the safety of pets. Although it doesn’t happen often, puppies have been known to chew on things from time to time. restricting their spa access is not just a good idea for their safety but it may also save on costly repairs.

Make Spa Adventures Brief

Spas don’t have to be a pet-free zone, but owners do need to be aware of the dangers of prolonged hot tub exposure for pets. First, a pet’s internal temperature can rise much quicker than a human’s simply because their bodies are smaller. Taking a long dip in the hot tub with your pet may lead to overheating, which can be life-threatening if not corrected. If you really want to have your pet join you in the spa, consider lowering the water temperature to the lowest setting for their safety.

Protect Your Investment

Though spending time with pets is enjoyable, allowing pets to linger in a hot tub is detrimental to their health and your wallet. Between fur, nails, and debris lodged in a pet’s coat, filters can become clogged and surfaces are easily scratched. Limiting the amount of time spent in the hot tub will help prevent costly damage to your spa and prolong your pets life.

If you have questions about the worlds best hot tub covers, contact SpaCap.com today.