How to Buy a Swim Spa

Swim SpaWhen you’ve decided you want to buy a swim spa, how do you possibly choose which brand or model to buy? There are dozens of different features, options, and accessories, and the combinations seem endless. Fortunately, there are a few features you can use to help judge a swim spa and figure out whether it’s the right one for you.

Before going to a store, be prepared with a list of features you find more desirable to make your swim spa experience as fulfilling as possible. Consider how you plan on using the swim spa and how much time you will spend exercising or relaxing. A few of the common features to look for are listed below.

  • Seats. If you only plan on using your spa to get a good morning’s workout, you won’t have to worry about seating. If you anticipate using the spa primarily as a hot tub for relaxation, however, comfortable seating is very important. The location of the seating in the swim spa will need to be considered, as well
  • Massage jets. Like the seating, these will be less important for working out but are vital for full relaxation and enjoyment. However, jets can be very useful for serious swimmers to loosen their muscles before or after exercising.
  • Built in radios. Some people find they get a better exercise experience if they can hear music while they swim, so a built-in radio or underwater speakers is a great investment. They are also very popular for relaxation; few things are more comforting than listening to classical instrumental music while relaxing in a hot tub.

If you’re looking to buy a swim spa today, contact a dealer near you. If you want to find out more about Swim Spa Covers and how to take care of them, contact SpaCap.com today.

Inground vs. Above Ground Hot Tub

in ground hot tubOne of the biggest decisions consumers are faced with when purchasing and installing a hot tub is whether to go with an in-ground or above-ground, free standing solution. Price alone often dictates the decision, but other factors come into play. You don’t want to install a permanent hot tub only to find you aren’t using it a year later. The following are a few factors to consider when looking into buying a hot tub.

 

  • Permanence and portability. If you know you want a hot tub on your property for as long as you live there and you want to build a hot tub to add to your home’s property value, choose an in-ground tub. However, if you are unsure of where you want your hot tub to go or of how long you plan on keeping it, opt for an above-ground tub. They are portable and can be sold whenever the owner wishes without any major changes having to be made to the yard or patio.

 

  • Cost. In-ground hot tubs cost more to install, but may add value to your home’s property value if or when you choose to move. They are also more expensive to maintain. However, if you are installing an in-ground pool, adding on a hot tub will be much more economical and easier.

 

  • Aesthetics. A major benefit of in-ground pools and hot tubs is that they are low profile and blend into the ground. Above ground hot tubs, on the other hand, are large and bulky and stand out in the yard, patio, or porch. In-ground hot tubs also give the illusion of taking up less space.

 

  • Safety. From a purely analytical view point, free standing above ground spas have fewer accidental drownings. If you want to go with an in-ground installation, leaving the edge of the spa bench high, (sixteen to eighteen inches above the deck surface) greatly reduces the risk. Plus it makes it convenient for users to approach, sit down and enter the spa.

 

If you are considering installing a hot tub in your yard or on your porch, talk with a contractor and discuss all of your options, taking into account the features listed here. No matter how you install your new hot tub you’ll need a great cover to go with it. At SpaCap.com we have been custom building great Hot Tub Covers for years. We would love to build one for you.

Relief from Restless Leg Syndrome by Hot Tub

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is an uncomfortable condition that plagues an estimated 10 percent of the American population. Restless Leg Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that causes strange sensations in the legs, ranging from itchy to “pins and needles.” These feelings are typically relieved by moving the legs, and as such, sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome often feel the need to move their legs even while trying to sleep. This usually affects an RLS sufferer’s sleep patterns, leading to the classification as a sleep disorder. While it’s difficult to reverse the disease, there are ways to cope with the symptoms. One effective method that many people have discovered is using hot tubs and saunas. Below are a few of the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome and ways to treat them.

 

  • Pain and discomfort increase in the legs while you are resting. By soaking in the hot tub, you are relaxing your lower body while at the same time using the massage jets to relieve the discomfort. The constant movement of the water over the legs can bring immediate relieve, even when the legs are held still.

 

  • Pain goes away when the legs are moved. This is one of the surest signs of Restless Leg Syndrome, and by stretching your calves and thighs in the hot tub you can relieve the symptoms. Jogging and other moderate exercise can also help.

 

  • Inability to rest or get sleep due to Restless Leg Syndrome discomfort. Moderate exercising of the legs combined with cutting down on caffeine and smoking can help sufferers get better sleep, and soaking in a hot tub before bed may relax the muscles and soothe the nerves while also preparing the body for rest.

 

If you suspect you have Restless Leg Syndrome, contact your physician to get a proper diagnosis. If he or she recommends soaking in hot tub to relieve symptoms, contact SpaCap.com to find out more about hot tub care and maintenance.

If you choose to use a hot tub for therapy before bed, one thing you want to avoid after getting all nice and relaxed is straining yourself replacing a heavy cover back on the spa. The good news is at SpaCap.com we have been building lightweight Hot Tub Covers for nearly thirty years. Visit our website and get one for yourself. Your back will thank you.

Troubleshooting Common Hot Tub Problems

While a spa or hot tub is designed for relaxation, there is nothing more stressful than having a problem or issue you don’t know how to solve. Thankfully, the majority of spa and hot tub problems can be easily fixed or alleviated. The following are a few of the most common hot tub issues and how to fix them:

1. Cloudy water. Hot water is by nature slightly cloudy, but if the water is cloudier than usual, you may have a dirty or broken filter. If the filter has a small clog, it may be easy to fix. Completely clogged or broken filters have to be replaced.

2. Not heating. Problems with heating are usually due to a faulty heater, which will usually require professional services to address. However, the problem could be due to a dirty filter, which can be cleaned easily.

3. Jets aren’t working. This could be due to a clog in the water pipes, but is most likely due to a pump problem. Another possibility could be that the jets were simply turned off without anyone’s knowledge. Twist the face of the jets and see if water begins flowing. A final possibility is an air block in the pump, which can be easily handled by loosening the fittings on the pipes. Incidentally, the hot tub will not heat if the pump is not working properly, so a heating problem could also be attributed to a broken pump.

4. Excessive foaming. This is probably due to soap or hair products that are unwittingly brought into the hot tub by users. Fortunately, the foaming is not dangerous and can easily be treated with a foam reducer. Add the reducer to the water on a regular basis or until the hot tub no longer foams.

5. Heavy Cover. This happens when the foam in the hot tub cover becomes saturated with moisture. It happens slowly so you may not notice it right away. What happens is the warm water in the hot tub creates steam and the steam gets up into the foam where it condenses back into water. The water once trapped in the foam will make the cover too heavy to get off and on the hot tub. The best solution is to replace the rigid, heavy foam filled cover with one that does not use foam. Visit SpaCap.com and find out why we use air chambers instead of foam. Our Hot Tub Covers don’t get saturated so they stay light weight and easy to use.

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Hot Tubs Used to Quell Rioting

Over the weekend a new tactic was introduced in areas hardest hit by recent rioting. In the pre-dawn hours Saturday, hundreds of National Guard troops moved hot tubs and portable grills into strategic locations throughout the city.

 

As the first light of day came, the troops were preparing hot dogs and hamburger patties for the long day ahead. Residents and protestors were greeted with the smell of cooking with just a hint of chlorine from the frothy hot tubs encouraging them to come partake.

 

Where the city streets had been a chaotic often frightening scene just hours before, the stage was now set for peaceful relaxation.

 

Through out the day, guard troops fed the public and provided towels for the bathers. Politicians began lining up to take credit for restoring order and insurance company’s brought in more food to supplement the event.

 

Overall peace spread throughout the city. A stage was set up in the business district and entertainment brought in as day turned to night. Jazz musicians played, and people danced in the streets. Later as the evening went on, the National Guard turned on the lights in the hot tubs and stood by with more towels to accommodate the exhausted revelers.

 

One city official commented that such treatment of the rioters was unprecedented but all things considered less expensive then just allowing the heated emotions to run their course.

 

Incidentally, it should be noted that the covers employed by the National Guard were all Hot Tub Covers made by SpaCap.com so no injuries from heavy covers were recorded.

Things to Consider Before Installing a Swimming Pool

Prior to building or installing a swimming pool, there are a number of factors to consider. Not only do you have to decide on the shape and size of the pool, but you must also address any regulations made by your city or neighborhood. The following are a few of the most important aspects of pool building to consider before beginning construction:

 

  • Safety. While they are usually viewed as great environments for exercising and having fun, a pool can be dangerous. If you have small children who can’t swim, or if you plan on having children in the near future, think carefully about your pool decision. As long as you take proper precautions, your backyard could be a fun place to grow up for your kids, but make sure everyone is aware of the potential hazards. Don’t allow dangerous activities around the pool.

 

  • Location. How big will your pool be? Will it fit in a corner of your yard? Will you make it the centerpiece? Deciding where you will put your pool isn’t just a matter of personal opinion and aesthetics. You need to consider the location of the trees, the slope of your yard, and the difficulty of digging in specific locations.

 

  • Cost. Building a pool is never a cheap undertaking, but there are ways to save money on your pool construction while still making a fun and safe swimming environment. Choose a more regular shape if it is less expensive, or consider leaving out the diving board when you first build the pool.

 

  • Insurance. Your home insurance will probably change with the addition of a pool, and you need to be sure you can afford any price increases before making your final decision.

 

SpaCap.com is a great source for pool and hot tub information, especially in regards to maintenance and making installation decisions. Plus, when you need a new Hot Tub Cover, we make the best in the world. Explore the website to learn more.

Using a Hot Tub to Treat Freckles

According to the definition found on WebMD, Freckles are small brown spots usually found on the face and arms. Freckles are extremely common and are not a health threat. They are more often seen in the summer, especially among lighter-skinned people and people with light or red hair.

Freckles are for the most part harmless and effect a large percentage of the North American population.

Though many with the condition do not feel the need to treat it, others may let it negatively effect their self esteem and lose sleep over it.

For the latter, there is hope in the experimental use of hot tubs to treat the symptoms.

Although no specific reduction of freckles has as yet been recorded, a significant improvement of mood and sense of wellbeing is not uncommon. A few of the benefits are listed below and we will update this material once the final results of the study are published:

  • Since the pain and discomfort that can accompany Freckles is usually limited to the self-esteem, it is best overcome in a safe and comfortable environment. The Hot Tub is a great place to begin. To start the subject should be accompanied by one or more support personnel with whom they are comfortable. Once the subject feels the acceptance of the support person, they can begin to relax in the soothing warm water of the spa.

 

  • Increased blood flow to the skin tissues may diminish the contrast of freckles. Although temporary, the visual effect may lessen self-consciousness and increase relaxation and will generally lead to a better nights sleep.

 

  • Smiles have long been known to be contagious. The peace, satisfaction and comfort the subject feels in the Hot Tub invariably lead to a satisfied smile on their face. No matter how many Freckles a person may have, a smile will improve their self worth.

 

If you suspect you have Freckles, you may feel the need to contact your physician to get a proper diagnosis. Ask the doctor if you are healthy enough for soaking in hot tub to relieve symptoms.

 

Authors note: Should any Freckles fade while using the hot tub, please check the spa water chemicals. We recommend switching to a non-chlorine water treatment for the health of your skin. Bleaching the freckles off by exposure to high doses of chlorine is not safe. Also, this article is meant to be for fun and should be regarded in anyway medically proven.

It should also be noted that although the author does have freckles he is not an expert on them. He does however have extensive knowledge and expertise regarding Hot Tub Covers. Should you or someone you know suffer from “Heavy Hot Tub Cover Syndrome” please do not hesitate to visit SpaCap.com.

Home-Based Luxury: Bringing the Spa Home

Spa therapyA trip to the spa reduces stress and increases endorphins, especially during the holiday season. However, not everyone can afford frequent trips to the spa. Although some people have spa elements such as hot tubs in their home, they often get stumped as to how they can replicate a professional spa experience without sacrificing too much time or money.

There are plenty of inexpensive and fun ways to have a luxurious spa experience at home. Today, We’ll will explore some of the most common of these and give tips on how to make each experience your own.

Tub Yoga

Yoga is often used to help relax the body and center the mind and spirit. When combined with the hot tub, a safe and easy yoga routine becomes twice as beneficial. Several hot tub yoga DVDs and other guides are available to teach you some of the easiest and most effective yoga poses. These techniques can be done alone or with a partner. They include the boat pose, the warrior one pose, and more. Hot tub yoga also employs massage techniques. If you’re massaging solo, try an exfoliating massage with a gentle brush. With a partner, you can each massage pressure points in the other’s neck, shoulders, feet, and back.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a more active form of traditional massage focused on stretching tense muscles and increasing pressure points’ endurance. Thai massage can use either elevated or flat surfaces, so you can do routines modified for water no matter the size and elevation of your tub. You may want to visit a Thai massage therapist first so he or she can teach you the basic stretches used. These are best done with a partner since stretching with someone and pushing against them increases resistance and endurance. For optimum results, you should use feet, elbows, and hands to stretch and relax pressure points.

Tub Facials

For a quick and inexpensive facial, skip the spa and go straight to your hot tub. Wash your face with cold water to remove any makeup, oils, or dirt. Then soak for several minutes so the heat and steam can open your pores. When your face feels relaxed, you can apply a homemade spa mask. Experts recommend papaya, green or chamomile tea, and lemon with Greek yogurt.

With all these great ideas to promote your relaxation its easy to forget some of the details that might take away from that ultimate goal. Like forgetting to bring out a towel for when you get out of the hot tub. Here at SpaCap our goal is to not let a heavy hot tub cover be one of those irritations. Because all traditional foam filled covers will eventually end up saturated and heavy we designed a totally different easy to use hot tub cover. Visit SpaCap.com and see why we think every spa owner needs a SpaCap.

Hot Tub Safety

Hot Tub LifeA hot tub or spa is a great way to relax, allowing the jets to soothe sore muscles and the warmth to envelop you. In particular, spa use during the winter months is one of the most enjoyable seasons for submerging the body in warm water. Read on for more information about Hot Tub Safety for all hot tub users.

 

The most common hazard of hot tubs, according to the CPSC, is drowning. Around 20% of drownings occur with children under five years old.

 

  • What to do: Hot tub owners should always keep the hot tub covered with a lockable cover when it’s not being used. Always keep kids away from the hot tub when an adult is not available to supervise.

 

  • Use a light weight cover: As odd as it sounds many Hot tub owners are injured or drowned under a heavy cover. When a typical foam cover becomes too much of a hassle to remove all the way off the spa, many owners just lean it back against a nearby wall. Unfortunately when the cover falls back onto the spa unexpectedly an injury to the head or neck can occur and in some instances cause drowning. This has never occurred even once in the last thirty years with a SpaCap air filled Hot Tub Cover.

Hair entanglement is another safety hazard. This happens when a hot tub user’s hair is sucked into the spa’s suction fitting, or is entrapped by the drain cover while water is drawn in. As a result, the CSPC has developed a standard for drain covers to reduce this risk; still, hot tub users should ensure safety.

 

  • What to do: Make sure your spa has proper drains and drain covers approved by updated security standards. Bathers with longer locks should always tie their hair up to further reduce the risk.

 

Many deaths have occurred as a result of water that is too hot. A high temperature can make you drowsy, which can result in falling asleep or passing out.

 

  • What to do: Keep the temperature of your hot tub at 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or less. If you are a pregnant woman, stay out of the heat, and be sure to keep kids under five away from hot water as well.

 

Finally, adults who drink alcohol while using a hot tub put themselves at major risk. Alcohol causes dehydration, which combined with the tub’s heat can lead to light-headedness, nausea, confusion, dizziness, and in the worst cases, coma or death.

 

  • What to do: Don’t drink before or during use of your spa.

 

By following the above tips when using your hot tub, you’ll ensure a safer, more relaxing time for all participants.

Let the Hot Tub Games Begin

With America’s increasing awareness of physical health has come an increasing desire to stay active and make exercise fun. Most people don’t associate the hot tub with exercise – in fact, they associate it with passive relaxation. Yet a hot tub can be the ideal place for physical activity, especially family games. If you seek to stay active and lose or maintain weight during the holidays, hot tub games are an easy, painless way to do so. SpaCap has found some of the most popular family hot tub games for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Hot Tub Hockey

You’ll need: A Ping-Pong ball or rubber ducky.

Object of the game: To get the floating object to the other team’s side of the tub using water or air.

How to play: Form teams of 2-4 people each. Each team sits on its own side of the hot tub. On a signal, each team tries to get their object to touch the opposite side of the tub to earn one point. The object cannot be touched, but blowing, splashing, and making waves are allowed. The first team to earn three points wins.

Ping-Pong Panic

You’ll need: Several Ping-Pong balls.

Object of the game: To stay in the tub without letting balls touch you.

How to play: On a signal, someone drops five Ping-Pong balls into the hot tub. Everyone must then scramble away from the balls. The balls cannot touch you, nor can you touch a ball with any part of your body. You must keep feet inside the tub at all times. If a ball touches you, you must sit outside the tub until there is one player left. Every fifteen seconds, two balls must be added to the tub. The last person inside is the winner.

Pass the Bottle

You’ll need: A durable plastic bottle filled with water, tightly capped.

Object of the game: To pass the bottle completely around the hot tub without using your hands.

How to Play: Players may sit in different places around the hot tub. Players can pass the bottle using any body part, including backsides, except their hands. Players may not use the same body parts twice in a row (e.g.: don’t pass the bottle from your neck to another’s neck; pass from neck to knee, neck to arm, etc.) If the bottle is dropped, the player who drops it must perform a penalty task and the game starts again. If you get good at passing a sealed bottle, try passing an opened one without spilling anything. You can also use open or closed bottles that have been in the freezer for extra fun.

Any time you plan on having fun playing games or just relaxing in the hot tub, the last thing you want between you and your goal is a heavy hot tub cover. That’s where we come in. Here at SpaCap.com, we have been building Custom Hot Tub Covers designed to stay light and easy to use for thirty years. Why not order one for yourself today?