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3 Important Spa Maintenance Tips to Remember

spa maintenance tipsHomeowners enjoy spending time in their homes so much more if there is a nice spa waiting for them when they get home from work everyday. As of spring 2014, roughly 21 million U.S. households had a spa, pool, or hot tub somewhere on the property. Taking care of these instruments of relaxation, however, can be extremely difficult.

Neglecting your spa or hot tub is the easiest way to ruin them. Just because you purchase a quality spa doesn’t mean it’s going to remain fully functioning if its being constantly used. Make sure that you are using your spa properly as well as taking excellent care of it. Get all the essential repairs done if needed and have a professional take a look at your spa if you’re not sure about whether or not to seek further assistance.

Here are some important spa maintenance tips to consider if you recently bought, or are planning on buying, a spa or hot tub.

Regularly Clean Your Spa

The best way to clean your spa is to soak it with sparkling clean water and use a mild, non-abrasive, non-subduing cleaner to remove any existing dirt. A little baking soda can also help clean all the smaller corners and surface areas in your spa. If you wait too long in between cleans, your spa will need much more than some detergent and water to be effectively cleaned. Make sure you’re cleaning your entire spa at least once every few weeks to keep it looking nice and fresh.

Work With a Spa Maintenance Company

There are professional companies that can provide maintenance for your spa or hot tub as well as general repair and maintenance advice. Clearwater Spa, for example, has a full service department that can help with both repairs and can offer you exceptional hot tub and spa maintenance tips.

Replace Your Filters and Water

You should drain and refill your spa every once in a while, especially once dirt starts accumulating or too much soap and detergent starts to show. You should replace your filters are least once every year to ensure everything is working properly.

If you want to learn more about spa maintenance tips or check out some spas for sale, contact Clearwater Spas today.

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3 Tips for Good Hot Tub Maintenance

Owning a hot tub or spa is one of life’s greatest luxuries. In addition to the relaxing mental benefits of a hot tub, there are physical health benefits of a hot tub as well that can improve your life and longevity. One 20 year study of Finnish men even found that frequent sauna baths can have an impact on how long you ultimately live.

If you already own a hot tub and are enjoying the many benefits that come with it, the next most important thing to consider is hot tub maintenance. Proper hot tub maintenance can significantly affect the lifespan of your unit and its overall quality during that time. No sense in owning a hot tub and not being able to take advantage of the many benefits just because you didn’t perform regular hot tub maintenance.

Here are three tips to keep in mind for successful hot tub maintenance.

  1. Preventative: One of the keys to keeping a hot tub clean and functioning is to eliminate as many potential problems before they even happen. Showering before you get in helps, but you may not want to use soap as this can stay with you and travel into the hot tub’s water. A good rinse to clean off excess dirt and oil should do the trick.

    Also, having a professional look at any issues that come up early is a good way to prevent a bigger, likely more expensive problem from arising.
  2. Regular Upkeep: No matter how hard you try, your hot tub will get dirty and require general hot tub maintenance from time to time. Changing out the water, scrubbing the sides, and replacing any filters should all be things that go without saying, but it’s important to note and ensure that you make this a regular thing even if you’re not using the hot tub very often.
  3. Modern Advances: There are always innovations being made no matter what industry you’re in and hot tubs are no different. One of the more recent trends in hot tub maintenance is the move towards Ozone (O3) instead of chlorine to help keep the water clean. Ozone is 3,000 times more effective than chlorine and doesn’t leave any waste/byproducts afterwards.

Approximately 21 million households owned a hot tub, pool, or spa in the U.S. as of Spring 2014. If you’re one of them, follow these tips to ensure a long and healthy life for your unit.

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3 Features You Don’t Want to Miss Out on When You Choose a Hot Tub for Sale

In the United States, around 21 million households own a pool or hot tub. Hot tubs, especially, are popular among homeowners because they can be used year round, even in some of the coldest areas of the country. Yet these home spas don’t just provide a relaxing soak after a long day — they also have health benefits. According to a number of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people with Type 2 Diabetes were able to better control their plasma sugar levels and weight if they soaked in hot water six times a week for 30 minutes at a time. Whether or not a person has any health issues, though, a hot tub can provide an excellent way to unwind at the end of the day.

No matter what reason you have for wanting to find a great hot tub for sale, there are several factors to consider before you make a purchase. Here are three features you don’t want to miss out on when you choose your hot tub.

  • Powerful jets: It’s not only the relaxation factor that many spa users enjoy. One of the other advantages of using a hot tub is that it has jets that keep the water moving. These jets can provide a massage, which is excellent for those with aching joints or people who just want to relax after a long day at work.
  • Adequate capacity: Do you plan on having friends and family in the hot tub, or do you want it to be your own private oasis? No matter how many people you’d like to fit into your spa, make sure you find the right size hot tub for sale for your needs. Ask about how much water the hot tub holds and the number of people who can sit in it comfortably.
  • Excellent construction: A high quality hot tub is one that can last 18 years or more with proper care. They can range in value from $5,550 to $15,000, but that price range can vary depending upon make and model. Above all else, however, you’ll need to consider things like brand name and model. HotSpring, Caldera, and Nordic Hot Tubs, for instance, are all trusted names in spas and hot tubs, so these may be a good place to start.

Have more questions about choosing the right hot tub for sale? Get in touch with us today!

Hot Tub Sanitizers Compared and Explained

WaterTestSanitizing your hot tub water is the most important maintenance you can do for your health and for the life of your hot tub. Soaking in a hot tub is like taking a bath, except you don’t drain this tub when you are done. In fact, you don’t drain it for months. The warm water provides a perfect breeding ground for organic material and microorganisms. Without an effective sanitizer system, things could get ugly quick. Notice I said “system.” You need more than one method working at once to keep your hot tub clean.

A sanitizer has two jobs: first, to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms and second, to oxidize (burn up or eliminate) the dead organic material left behind in your water, such as dirt, soap, hair spray and perspiration. That is a lot of work for the sanitizer to do.
Here are several sanitizers compared. You should be using at least 3 of these and often more than 3 to keep your water safe and clean.

SpaGuard productsChlorine is the old standard for sanitizing and has a familiar odor. Used as chlorine bleach for household use for centuries, chlorine comes in granular form for hot tub use and is known as di-chlor in the industry. It breaks down contaminants by combining with them, causing combined chlorine or chloramines which can build up and cause a strong odor. Usually adding Shock will “burn up” the chloramines, but sometimes not enough Shock is added to clear the water. When combined chlorine levels overtake active chlorine levels, the water becomes unsanitary and must be heavily treated with more chlorine to break through this effect. Chlorine naturally turns to gas and disappears from the water over time. Despite these drawbacks, chlorine is still the sanitizer of choice for hot tubs.

brominefloaterBromine is an alternative to chlorine. It is convenient because it comes in pellets that can be added in a dispenser that delivers it into the hot tub over time. Bromine gets used up when people get into the hot tub. Left unused, bromine can build up in the water since it turns to gas much slower than chlorine.

Ozone (03) is 3000 times more effective than chlorine in breaking down contaminants, leaving the water clean without waste by products. Ozone is now used as a laundry detergent substitute and also in a medical application to eliminate bacteria, virus, and fungus infections in the blood. Corona Discharge ozonators with a Mozi injector pump ozone into the water line to completely sanitize the hot tub water before being released into the tub. Every hot tub should have an ozonator working constantly to keep the water clean.

ShockBottleShock (Monipersulfate or MSP) oxidizes or “burns up” dead organic material such as sweat, blood, or dirt. It should be added each time you use your hot tub, a parting shot to take care of the germs you’ve left behind when you get out.
Peroxide has been long used in the medical field to kill bacteria by overwhelming the germs with oxygen. In a hot tub, this is in granular or powdered form in some oxidizers.
Active Oxygen (OH) is used in many industries to purify ground water and waste water as well as treating water in food manufacturing and breweries. It’s another oxidizer that “burns up” contaminants completely without leaving behind chloramines or other waste by products. Active oxygen is a key product of salt water sanitizing systems.

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Silver ions are released automatically from a mineral stick. This could be a blue cartridge in a frog system or a green or gray stick that goes into your filter compartment. Silver has long been used to kill germs and is available in health food stores for human consumption as well as topical ointments. Silver threads in certain types of cleaning cloths are ‘self-cleaning’ so the cloth doesn’t need to be washed with soap. Silver is an aid to sanitizing. It helps the other main players such as chlorine, bromine, or salt but doesn’t stand alone.

Water conditioners (Silk Balance) clump bacteria and organics together so your filter will catch them and take them out of the water. Because of this clumping and clearing action, the water feels better and can last longer between changes. Although it looks the same, it actually has fewer microbes floating in it.   LOGO SILK BALANCE

 

 

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Salt systems are computer-driven sanitizers that create up to 5 different sanitizers from simple salt water. First it produces Chlorine gas by breaking up the salt (NaCl). Then it breaks up the water (H20) into Active Oxygen (OH). The Active Oxygen then creates peroxide, ozone, and shock (MSP). These 5 sanitizers eliminate the need for many of the standard chemicals used in water care, giving a more natural and less time-consuming solution for water care. Salt systems still use a silver mineral stick, so with the silver six different sanitizers are at work in a salt system. These salt systems are add-ons in certain hot tubs with salt water capability.

Here is a chart to help you compare these choices:Sanitizer Chart

There are many choices for keeping your hot tub water clean. It important part is steady and constant maintenance. A hot tub needs attention a couple times each week to be safe for use.

Hydrotherapy: Roots in ancient cultures and improved today.

Hydrotherapy is a form of physical therapy also known as aquatic therapy where water revitalizes, maintains, and restores health. These can include hot tubs, saunas, steam baths or foot baths. Warm water makes moving safer with gentle resistance and soft pressure on the body. It also provides safe cushioning for stressed or fragile bones.

Roman Hot TubEgyptian, Roman, Persian, Greek, and Chinese ancient cultures often used warm and cold water for healing. However, as with many healthy practices, hydrotherapy largely disappeared during the Middle Ages, then was revived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Continue reading Hydrotherapy: Roots in ancient cultures and improved today.

How Hot Water helps your Heart Health

The latest research on hydrotherapy and your heart function by Dr. Bruce Becker.

Clearwater Spas wins 2014 National Retail Excellence Award for Customer Satisfaction

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Don Adams owner, Pat Forester marketing director, Steve Hammock president of Watkins Manufacturing

On on January 12, 2015 in Newport Beach, California, Clearwater Spas received the 2014 National Retail Excellence Award for Customer Satisfaction from Caldera Spas.

This award means that our team at Clearwater Spas was selected from among the hundreds of dealers in the nation. The award is based on high volume without a single customer complaint. We take pride in putting our customers into the right hot tub and taking care of them for many years. Our entire team is dedicated to making sure our customers benefit from the many advantages of owning a hot tub.

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For the past 30 years Clearwater Spas, Inc. has specialized in the sales, maintenance and repair of high quality hot tubs and saunas, in order to provide a healthy lifestyle for valued customers.

Clearwater Spas carries the top three hot tub brands—Caldera, Hot Spring and Nordic—as well as Finnleo Saunas, but we do more than sell hot tubs. We bring positive change and help transform people’s lives with hydrotherapy that helps you feel renewed and refreshed, even when you have only a few moments to spare.

 

Cutting Edge research about the body and hot water

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Why do we say “Ahhh…” when sinking deep into warm water? Our entire being feels a wonderful sensation–mind body and soul–from this complete relaxation.

Could it be that soaking in a hot tub is like a mini-vacation in our original womb-immersed state? This break from the harsh outside world is good for us psychologically and physically to relieve stress, improve sleep, and speed healing. It just doesn’t get better.

Click Here to read the full article “The Science Behind the Soak: Your Hydrotherapy Prescription for Healing” by Laurie Batter.

 

Can Enzymes help keep my hot tub clean?

Enzymes work in hot tubs and pools to break down body fluids and oils to keep your waterline clean. Here’s a great video by BioLab on how enzymes work. This video is for pools but the demonstration is very informative for hot tub owners as well.

We have a product called Spa Perfect that adds enzymes to your water just as this product does.