Hot Tub Care

  1. 5 Types of Accessories for a Great Hot Tub Experience

    Enhance your Hot Springs Spa® system with our large selection of parts and accessories for cleaning, maintenance, ambience and more.     2017 has arrived, and it’s the perfect time to upgrade your Hot Spring Spa system with new parts and accessories. In case you forgot to treat yourself for the holidays, Hot Tub Spa Supplies has a great selection of new parts so you can enjoy a clean, relaxing and convenient experience all year long.   While you can browse our full selection of hot tub parts and accessories online, here are some key elements in the hot tub experience, and our suggestion for parts to make them even better.   Ambience   From a relaxing solo soak or a romantic dip with your partner to fun with the kids or a lively conversation with friends – it’s up ..
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  2. Hot Spring Chemicals

    Keep Your Water Clean with FreshWater Chemicals   A quick look at the different varieties of fresh water chemicals and how to pick the right ones for your Hot Spring Spa® system   Hot tubs are a significant, long-term investment in your personal health, relaxation and enjoyment – and need to be cared for appropriately. While there are many components to your Hot Spring Spa system, it is essential to maintain the cleanliness of the water.   Keeping water sanitary is not only important to prevent damage to your hot tub, but also for the people that use it, because you want to keep them safe.   The FreshWater line of Hot Spring Spa Care products has been developed exclusively for Hot Spring Spa owners to keep water at its freshest. These products ..
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  3. ACE Saltwater System: How to Adjust When You Take a Vacation

    If you're planning a summer vacation and you use the ACE® Salt Water Sanitizing System in your hot tub, you might wonder if you need to do anything differently than usual. When you go a week or more without using your spa, the needs of your water care routine change. While the Hot Spring® spa water system is designed to make maintenance easier, it still needs a few moments of attention if you're headed out of town or if you won't be hot tubbing for a while. •    Before you go on vacation, it's a good idea to change or confirm the Use Level of your ACE Saltwater System using your control panel. If you'll be gone for more than a week, you should adjust the settings through your console to Level 1. •    If you'll be gone for two weeks or more, it's a good idea to shock your hot tub water, adjust your Spa Size setting and confirm that the Use Level setting ..
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  4. Choosing the Right Hot Spring Hot Tub Chemicals for Your Spa

    Keeping your hot tub cleaned correctly is essential to prevent algae and mold from growing, bugs from spawning, and other problems that could affect your family's health. Hot Spring hot tub chemicals must meet the right standards to clean the hot tubs and prevent bacteria and germs. Choosing the right Hot Spring hot tub chemicals for your spa is essential to its maintenance. Sanitizers Before a hot tub can be used, it must be properly sanitized. The sanitizers will quickly kill bacteria in the water. Chlorine is one of the most important chemicals to use. Use salt water test strips to test the pH level in your hot tub to determine how much chlorine to add. Most people will use what is known as shock treatment—the addition of a large quantity of chlorine at once—as it quickly cleans and sanitizes the hot tub. However, chlorine tablets like Trichlor are not recommended for a hot tub, as that much chlorine ..
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  5. 5 Ways to Prolong Hot Tub Water Changes

    How often you need to drain and change your water depends on a number of factors. A good indicator it's time to do so is when the water gets cloudy. A typical range of water change is about two to four months. There are several things you can do to maximize the amount of time between water changes. Hot tubbing when the water is dirty and cloudy isn't refreshing, and it's not very healthy. Keeping your water clean with regular maintenance will help to prevent cloudiness. 1. Encourage everyone using your spa to rinse off before they get in. This reduces the amount of residue from hair products, antiperspirants, make-up and oils in the water. An outdoor shower near your hot tub is a good way to encourage a quick rinse. 2. Change or clean your spa filter regularly. Spray your filter cartridge with a garden hose to keep water running smoothly. Replace your spa filter about every three years. Consider using higher line hot tub filters, ..
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  6. Spa Maintenance Vacation Tips

    If you've already planned your next vacation, you're probably dreaming of relaxation and comfort. A common question among hot tub owners is what to do with your hot tub while you're on vacation. Temperature Turning down the heat in your hot tub makes sense. You don't need to keep it hot it if you're not going to be in it for a week or two. The challenge comes in deciding how much to turn down the heat. You want to save energy without having to spend time and more energy reheating the spa. On the other hand, you don't want to keep it hot if there's no need. Depending on how warm the weather is, you might not need to do a whole lot during the spring and summer months. You can even turn it off if it's warm outside. Your first order of business should be to make sure that the water is warm and won't freeze. Turn it down if you don't plan to use it for a few days. ..
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  7. How to Care for Hot Spring Hot Tub Pillows

    Spa pillows will last for years if you take a little extra time and effort to care for them properly. Here are some tips to help them stay in good condition and provide extra comfort in your spa. Choose the manufacturer's specific spa pillows for your model and model year when ordering your hot tub replacement parts. They come with a wide range of fastening methods, including pins, retainers with receivers, suction cups and inserts, so they're not a universal fit. Quick Tips •    Replace them about every five years or if they've been damaged. •    Keep them above the waterline to prevent fading and peeling. •    Remove the pillows when you're winterizing or on vacation. •    Clean them when you clean your spa shell...
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  8. How to Choose the Right Hot Tub Cover

    Hot tub covers keep the heat in your spa when it's not in use. There are several choices in features when replacing your hot tub cover. The easiest option may be to decide if you're happy with your present model and just replace it. While that's the easiest, it might not be the best option. Here are 5 things to consider when looking at new hot tub covers. Foam Thickness and Density How well a hot tub cover works often revolves around the materials in it. The interior insulation is typically foam. How dense it is dictates how well it does its job. A density of one pound is typical. The higher the number, the heavier the density. Use a higher density if your hot tub is going to brave below-freezing temperatures with some regularity in wintertime. Denser foam also makes the cover itself heavier. Keep this in mind if you'll be moving the cover manually. Spa cover lifters, like the Covermate II for example, can make ..
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  9. How to Care for Your Spa Cover

    After a winter full of snow, ice and even rain, it's time to check on your spa cover before ramping up for the spring hot tubbing season. Over time, hot tub covers made from fabric can become worn. Sunshine, hot and cold temperatures, snow, wind and rain can cause the fabric and stitching to dry out. It's important to check on your spa cover periodically and give it some TLC before you develop problems. Cleaning You may find algae or water stains on your hot tub cover's exterior, especially if it's made of vinyl. Use a cover cleaner and conditioner to revitalize it. A sponge with a mild cleaning solution will do the job. A soft brush can help to remove any stubborn build-up or stains. Take some time to check and clean the underside of the cover too. First dry it off using old towels, and then spray it with Lysol or disinfectant wipes to kill any mold, mildew or bacteria. Let it dry thoroughly before putting ..
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  10. Hot Tub Heater Troubleshooting Tips

    Relaxing in your hot tub is a great way to relax. When your water temperature is running too hot or too cold, this is usually an indication of a hot tub heater problem. Learning how to spot and troubleshoot the rare problems with the electric heater in your spa can save you time, money and frustration. Here are a few telltale signs and solutions when your hot tub's water temperature issues could be linked to your hot tub heater. A common solution to problems with your spa heater is to turn it off, letting it sit for a while, then restarting the whole system. If the problem doesn't correct itself, try some of the hot tub heater troubleshooting tips below. Water Is Too Hot •    If the water is too hot to the touch, the problem may be as simple as checking the temperature setting and adjusting the thermostat. The standard recommended water temperature is 104 degrees F. ..
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  11. Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Spa Shell

    Keeping your spa clean is kind of like keeping your bathtub clean. You don’t empty it out as often as your bathtub, but it's important to give it a clean and shine whenever you do. A good rule of thumb is to clean your basin every time you drain and refill the water. This prevents staining of the shell and can prolong its useful life. Knowing when and how to clean your spa makes it easier to maintain. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning your shell. Frequency How often you should drain and clean your hot tub depends on what type of hot tub chemicals and which water system you are using. For example, if you use the ACE Saltwater System, you should drain the water from your spa about every six to nine months. A standard hot tub chemical system that uses a chlorine and bromine regimen should be drained and refilled every four to six months, depending on how frequently you use your spa...
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  12. What Are Your Options If You Own a Hot Tub and Lose Power?

    One of the biggest causes of power outages this time of year is the build-up of ice or snow in trees. The branches become heavy and can break, taking out power lines. You should have a plan in place for your hot tub if you lose power for more than a few hours. Weighing Your Options Pay attention to weather forecasts for ice and snow, then make any necessary preparations to lose power. One reason ice can be so detrimental to tree limbs is because, according to research by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Forestry, accumulation can raise the branch's weight by as much as 30 times. Weak limbs and small branches subjected to one-quarter or one-half inch of ice are likely to fall. When ice accumulates up to an inch, larger branches fall under the added weight. Power lines in the path of falling trees and branches snap, leaving areas without ..
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