Quick Spa Parts wants to make sure you keep your spa in top working condition. Now that the weather is getting colder you need to keep an eye on your spa to ensure that there aren’t any unforeseen problems.
Regularly running your spa allows you to avoid most problems relating to the cold but sometimes spas can freeze over. Often times this happens when a spa owner forgets to cover their spa or run it for a while. Frozen water can sometimes damage the acrylic, jets, and other parts of a spa. This is why it is so important to follow proper spa maintenance and keep your spa properly warmed at regular heat levels.
In the event that you’ll be traveling or simply wish to not have to worry about the spa in very cold weather, then it’s best to simply drain the spa. This avoids water from freezing, expanding inside the spa, and damaging the acrylic, jets, controls, and anywhere else water can enter, remain, and expand such as in the pipes or pumps.
By taking care of your spa during colder months, you’ll still be able to enjoy it even when it is snowing so it can keep you warm no matter how long the Winter weather lasts.
Now that Summer has come to an end and the kids are back in school, you will spend more time at home and in your hot tub. The cooler weather during the Fall makes soaking in a warm hot tub that much more enjoyable this season.
Getting Ready for More Soaks:
Ensure your spa cover is in good condition to not only keep your spa water clean and ready to enjoy, but to ensure energy efficiency in between use. If your spa cover is deteriorated you can find a diligent spa cover here.
Another way to ensure clean spa water is by replacing or cleaning off spa filters before the beginning of any season.
If you reside in areas of the country that experience severe winter weather, you may want to prepare to drain your hot tub. Draining your spa will prevent any water from freezing inside the pipes which can expand and ruin the internal system of your spa.
The Benefits of Hot Tub Soaks This Autumn:
Choosing to relax in a warm spa before bed time can improve sleep quality at night. The heat will soothe tense muscles, improve blood circulation and relax your mind, body and soul.
Colder weather means tighter muscles and joints – reduce pain and potential serious injury with a soak before and after a workout.
Improve your attitude – with the holidays approaching and the busy schedule that comes with Fall, it can be easy to get stressed – take 10 minutes a day to enjoy your spa.
Now through February 29, 2016, all purchases of $200 or more will qualify to receive 20% off! Now is the perfect time to stock up on hot tub parts and accessories to enjoy your hot tub for the rest of the year. Quick Spa Parts offers authentic OEM parts for any hot tub.
From filters, to LEDs, to waterfalls and spa covers, Quick Spa Parts has got you covered. Looking to get more out of hot tub time? Shop our extensive accessory selection for spa steps to make accessing your spa easier. Bars and tables to extend your outdoor patio living space, and even spa cover lifts to neatly store your spa cover out of the way while you enjoy a nice long soak.
Hot tub maintenance can be made simple by cutting it down to a 3-step system:
Balancing spa water means that the water is neither too alkaline (high pH) which causes destructive scale buildup on equipment, nor too acidic (low pH) which may erode plumbing and cause costly damage to spa pumps, seals and heaters. Balanced water has a more pleasant feel to the skin, and allows your sanitizer to work more effectively. Spa water can be tested by using test strips to check alkalinity on a weekly, or bi-weekly basis.
Water sanitation is arguably the most important out of the 3-step system. Preventing additive chemicals can be made easy by implementing an ozone or salt water system to your hot tub. Not only will a sanitation system ensure that your spa water is always ready to be enjoyed, but it can also reduce the amount of chemicals used to balance or shock spa water. If you do not have a sanitation system, it’s not too late!
The most important thing to do in preparation for shocking the spa water is to first test the spa, and adjust the pH to the range of 7.2-7.6. Oxidizers work best in a low pH environment, and the efficacy of your spa shock is twice as great at a pH of 7.6, than it is at a pH of 8.0. When shocking the spa, be cautious when using spa shock, oxidizers can be dangerous when misused or mishandled. Different oxidizers have varying strengths – be careful not to overdose your spa shock treatment. High winds can blow spa shock right in your face. Gently pour it over the surface, and clean up any spills right away.
Another way to effectively maintain your hot tub clear of the elements is by implementing a diligent and form fitting spa cover. Find the perfect fitting spa cover for any hot tub brand at www.QuickSpaParts.com and limit the amount of hot tub maintenance you need to perform on your hot tub.
Quick Spa Parts is the easiest way to renovate your hot tub. Showing your hot tub a little tender love and care at least once a year is a simple way to maintain a hot tub in the perfect condition to be enjoyed year-round. First thing’s first, assessing your hot tub to find out what parts to play close attention to will allow you to budget yourself for a renovation.
1. Assessing You Hot Tub
There are two types of refurbishments for a hot tub. Is your hot tub in decent working order and simply in need of a face lift, or are there mechanical problems or risks that are going to need to be sorted out before you can begin the aesthetics part of the refurbishment? Determining where you stand with your spa is the first step to determining what materials will be needed for the rest of the refurbishment and repair job.
If your spa is not working as it should, there are a couple of different things that you are going to want to check and subsequently repair. You should check the power and the circuit breaker. Flip each of the breakers off one at a time if there is an electrical issue. If the hot tub is not powering up as it is supposed to, a fuse problem may be the culprit.
We strongly encourage you to contact a local certified service dealer to ensure your hot tub remains in warranty and to properly take care of any issues.
3. Face Lift
Now you can work on the face lift for your spa. This may involve replacing boards, revitalizing the hot tub cover, repairing leaks, sanding out scuffs and numerous other cosmetic repairs. You can bring a worn hot tub cover back to live with some Armor All. A belt sander and some basic sand paper will smooth out wooden elements, and you may consider staining the wood to bring out its color and grain. Take your time improving the aesthetic value of the hot tub to restore it to its former beauty.
More and more people are using their hot tubs outside throughout the winter months. Although the wintertime is the most pleasurable season to use an outdoor hot tub, there are certain precautions you must take to ensure the proper operation and energy efficiency of your unit.
Setting your controls: If your spa has an Auto Heat or Freeze Protect system, make sure that it is activated as soon as the temperatures start to drop at night. Many spas have a Timer – Auto Heat button on their control boxes. Flip the button to the Auto Heat mode. This will ensure that the water in the spa and the jet piping doesn’t freeze.
If your spa has a Topside Thermostat Control, make sure that it is set past the Freeze section, well into the Heat or High portion of the dial.
If your spa does not have an Auto Heat or Freeze Protect mode, but it does have a timer system, you’ll want to reset the time to give you the best possible protection against freezing. If you have an Infinite Cycle Timer, it is a good idea to set it to come on for 15 minutes every hour.
This will ensure good hot water circulation through the pipes as well as keep the water nice and hot. If you have a timer that is set with brass and silver colored pins, it is a good idea to purchase additional pins so that you can set it to go on 15 – 30 minutes every two hours.
Quick Spa Parts has all the replacement parts and accessories you need to continue to enjoy your hot tub through winter. Enjoy your spa year-round and upgrade your patio with accessories to transform your backyard into a home resort.
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Enjoy a high-quality spa step for easier access into your hot tub, or add a privacy screen to your patio to add a touch of elegance and convenience at your fingertips. A corner bench will expand you living space and conveniently add a place to sit while changing into your swim wear. Available in a variety is heights and lengths, Cal Metro offers patio furniture accessories that will let you get the most from your hot tub experience.
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There’s no single rule for calculating how much installing a hot tub will increase the value of a given home – if it does at all. Some hot tubs may, depending on various factors.
Is it a portable hot tub? So-called “portable” hot tubs are, as a rule, considered personal property and as such offer no added value to the house and land. And what is a portable hot tub? Any hot tub displayed on a showroom floor is a portable hot tub. It can be moved and relocated even if it is heavy and requires special equipment to deliver it to your home. Contrast portable hot tubs with permanent hot tubs: A permanent hot tub sits in the ground, much like an in-ground swimming pool. The plumbing is typically built-in as well. An in-ground hot tub may increase your home value, although generally not as much as you invested in the tub.
Is the hot tub built-in? Even a “portable” hot tub may add real value to your home if it’s built-in. If removing the tub will cause extra construction to close or cover the hole in the deck, patio, wall or such, then it is considered built-in and may increase the home appraisal. Even then, the exact amount may vary.
Where do you live? The climate you live in also influences the affect a hot tub may have on property value. In northern climates, for instance, outdoor swimming pools don’t always get much use. It’s simply too cold most of the year. A hot tub, on the other hand, is a pleasant retreat in the coldest of winters – even if it is outdoors.
Residents of hot, southern climates probably won’t appreciate a hot tub in the same way. In such markets swimming pools will likely raise your home value more than a hot tub.
How to Increase the Value of Your Hot Tub
When it’s time to sell your home, of course you want it to look as nice as possible. Spruce up your hot tub to make it more appealing to potential homebuyers:
Replace old or damaged hot tub covers. Simply changing the cover can make a hot tub look more inviting.
Clean the tub thoroughly. Depending on the material, wash and shine the exterior. Wipe down the interior to remove algae, stains or other problems, and chemically treat the water or even change the water if necessary. Remove any debris in and on the hot tub before any home viewings.
Landscape around outdoor hot tubs. Present your spa area as a tempting retreat from the surrounding world. Build a fence to shelter it from neighbors, install mood lighting, plant greenery, make a brick or concrete path leading to the tub – anything that will help blend the tub into the home environment and increase appeal.
If you’re struggling with the thought of spending the money on a hot tub, ask yourself how long you plan to remain in your home. If you can’t foresee selling and moving for a number of years, the actual financial return may be secondary to your enjoyment in the meantime.
Besides being a source for relaxation and leisure, hot tubs provide health benefits that optimize health in the long run and help reduce joint and muscle pain. Hot tubs are really an anti-aging machine, reducing stress (the silent killer) will allow you to live a fruitful life. Combining a healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet and soaks in a hot tub several times a week can assure healthy aging.
September is Healthy Aging Month, encouraging adults over the age of 50 to think positively about moving forward and taking up activities that will help them age in a healthy way. It’s never too late to improve one’s physical, mental and social well-being through new ways of exercise and relaxation. A hot tub will benefit adults over the age of 50 by providing the following specific benefits from hot tubbing:
Improved Sleep – It is recommended that the average healthy adult get about 8 hours of sleep every night. Deep-sleep is needed for your body to repair itself from a busy day. The warm massaging jets can help relax your body before a goodnight’s sleep.
Improved Circulation – While in a hot tub, your blood vessels will widen and blood circulation will improve promoting the delivery of nutrients throughout your body. The increased circulation, referred to as vasodilation, leaves skin looking new and refreshed, and will appear younger.
Reduced Stress – Soaking in a hot tub 3-4 times a week is an efficient way to reduce stress which we all know can be detrimental to your health. The intense hydrotherapy a hot tub provides will 1.) massage muscles, soothing away aches 2.) warm water will increase circulation and increase flexibility in your joints 3.) buoyancy helps the mind relax.
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