Monthly Archives: November 2014

ACE Users: Don’t Forget Your Gray Cartridge

hotspringsilverWhile the ACE Salt Sanitizing System is very effective and efficient, there is one component that might be overlooked.

If you look closely inside your filter bay, you’ll see a bracket containing a gray cartridge. This is your mineral cartridge which puts a silver ion into your water. This adds additional sanitizer to your water.

The silver ion is important to the success of your ACE system. It needs to be replaced every 4 months. This is simply pop out the old one and pop in the new one. Mark your calendar so you don’t forget.

Click here for more information on silver ions.


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Mineral Ions: What’s in that blue cartridge anyway?




Silver ionizers release small amounts of silver into the hot tub water. The silver ions act as a bacteriastat, killing bacteria in the water. Ionizers require chlorine or bromine sanitizer for daily sanitation and a supplemental Shock oxidizer to “burn” up the organic waste.



The ionizer is usually installed into the hot tub’s shell with a frog system. This frog system is on most HotSpring and Caldera brand hot tubs.

The silver ions kill bacteria more slowly than is needed for complete sanitation and should not be used as a standalone device for sanitation. But used along with a low level of chlorine or bromine, this system can provide adequate sanitation.

Organic waste enters the pool or spa continuously from the environment or bathers. A large amount of the load on a chlorinated system is from organic waste. Since ionizers do not remove this organic material, it is necessary to shock the pool or spa regularly to “burn” the dead bacteria and other organics.

Your blue mineral cartridge will last about 4 months and then should be replaced.

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Water Care: Hardness and Softness

flowing waterHardness and softness have been used to describe water for generations. Up until the last 100 years, well water was the only source around and what you got was what you had to live with. Then water softeners were introduced in the early 1900s. Hard water doesn’t form suds. It leaves bathtub rings. If it contains a lot of iron, it can even stain your clothes.

Hardness is caused by minerals in the water, including calcium, magnesium, iron, aluminum, manganese, strontium, or zinc. Because calcium accounts for 75% of the hardness in water, scientists have set a scale called Calcium Hardness so they can give it a number and provide a recipe to balance it.

Soft water feels better on your skin. However, Continue reading Water Care: Hardness and Softness

I’m Short! What can I do to enjoy my hot tub more?

littlegirlBeing vertically challenged can present a problem for hot tub owners. It seems like most hot tubs are made for people over 5’6”. Fortunately, if you are 5′ tall or less, there are some things you can do to make sure you get to enjoy your hot tub as much as your lanky spouse or kids. Here are a few:

Test soak your hot tub before you buy it, if possible.

Even if you can’t test the exact same model, ask your dealer for a hot tub with a similar layout. That will give you an idea Continue reading I’m Short! What can I do to enjoy my hot tub more?

Hot Tub Disaster #2

In 3 minutes, here’s what happens when your deck isn’t supported properly. Always work with a professional to be sure your deck is properly secured and supported before putting a hot tub on it. The average size hot tub weighs 4,000 lbs without people in it. That’s like parking a car on your deck.

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How to Enjoy Your Sauna


Original Sauna from Finland – The Sauna Country

IF YOU ARE TAKING A SAUNA FOR THE FIRST TIME Don’t think you are in for an ordeal. You will find that the sauna is a wonderful place where you can shed your troubles, aches and pains, just as you shed your clothes.

YOU START IN THE HOT ROOM – sitting up or lying down on a bench which can be sponged down with cold water if you desire more comfort. Then simply RELAX. The true value of SAUNA is its ability to relax both your mind and body.

YOU SHOULD NOT STAY IN THE HOT ROOM TOO LONG THE FIRST TIME Sauna veterans take about fifteen minutes, but newcomers should take a cooling off period after every five minutes or so. Relax in the dressing room for a little while, read, lie down and you will enjoy the effects all the more.

NEVER “SMOKE” IN THE HOT ROOM The main rule is – take a cooling off period whilst you still feel comfortable in the hot room, not when you feel that you NEED to come out.


take a warm shower and you will be surprised how your skin rids itself of all the dirt or make-up that has accumulated in your pores. As a matter of fact, it will take only a few visits to the sauna to get your pores thoroughly clean.

AFTER THE SHOWER, you may want to take another session or two in the hot room. After the last session you will feel like another shower which should be cool enough to close your pores.

THE SAUNA ACTIVATES YOUR CIRCULATION – whilst limbering up your muscles and relieving ache and pains. Lots of people seem to find relief from sinus trouble as well. You do lose weight – but if you want to keep the loss, you should not drink nor eat for a couple of hours after the bath – and then eat normally.

THE SAUNA WILL NOT HARM ANY PERSON WHO IS IN NORMAL HEALTH. However, if you suffer from acute heart trouble or any ailment where exercise might be unwise, take the precaution of consulting your doctor.

THE SAUNA IS A FINE, NATURAL WAY TO KEEP YOUR SYSTEM TONED UP. Many doctors confirm this. It keeps your muscles supple and eliminate body poisons through perspiration.

IN FINLAND WHERE THE SAUNA ORIGINATES, everyone from babies to grandfathers take a sauna at least once a week. Athletes consider it a must while training or competing. There are more than a million saunas in Finland for a population of five million, and five millions Finns can’t be wrong.

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Your Replacement Hot Tub Cover

Caldera-2013-CoverLifter-ProLift II

Here at Clearwater Spas we focus on quality. The same goes for our hot tub replacement covers. Our covers for the HotSpring® and Caldera® brands are made by their own factory, the same as their hot tubs. Here’s their promise:


Hot Spring Spas leads the industry in producing energy-efficient spas and covers. Our rigid, vinyl hot tub covers tightly lock in heat with 1.5 lb. and 2.0 lb. foam cores that increase the R-factor of the cover for additional energy efficiency.


Hot Spring’s heavy-duty marine grade vinyl covers feature a tapered custom-fit core that allows water runoff, while its polyester thread and poly-ply laminate create a vapor barrier to protect the cover from harsh weather, chemicals and intense sunlight. Nylon flaps give the zipper extra strength, preventing breakage or tears.


Hot Spring covers are outfitted with exclusive, sturdy brackets for strong support and easy installation of our exclusive cover lifters. Each cover is made with double-stitched vinyl for a durable hinge and extra strong padded handles for long lasting performance. There are 24 internal stress points reinforced in each spa cover, including aluminum reinforcement for maximum strength and minimum weight.


Reinforced, adjustable straps make it easy to safely secure the spa cover. Each Hot Spring cover is UL-classified in accordance with ASTM safety standards, and includes child safety locks for extra protection.

We can also order covers for other brands such as Nordic and Marquis and we can get you a custom cover for your swim spa. 

If your hot tub cover has seen better days or if it weighs a ton from build up condensation inside the vinyl, give us a call. Have the year and model of your hot tub ready, and you can even order by phone. 

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