Can Swim Spa Covers Be “Green”?

All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Swim Spa Covers, the most important thing we can do is to not create more waste that will just end up clogging our land fills. Consider this for a minute… There are 10 million spa owners in the USA, and each one of them uses a typical rigid foam spa cover on their hot tub. For the sake of this demonstration each foam cover is only two inches thick and every spa is eight feet by eight feet. That would mean each spa cover contained about 10.666 cubic feet of foam per spa cover. For the rest of this example we will use 10.5 cubic feet per cover however keep in mind that the average swim spa cover contains twice as much.

If each cover on every spa becomes saturated within two years and needs to be replaced that would mean that we would be adding 52.5 million cubic feet of waste to our landfills in just hot tub covers every year.
If it takes two and a half covers worth of foam to make up one cubic yard that translates to 4 million cubic yards of waste added to our land fills every two years just in spa covers.
Used hot tub covers waste enough foam to build the Giza Pyramid every six years
There are 11 million Cubic yards of stone in the Great Pyramid at Giza, we are adding enough foam to build a duplicate in our landfills just from used hot tub covers every six years conservatively. There are four and a half million cubic yards of concrete in Hoover Dam. So we could clog a river with our discarded foam filled spa covers every two years. Or we could build a two lane highway of discarded foam filled spa covers from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida every two years.

Remember, for this example we were using a two inch thick foam spa cover. Most foam filled spa covers are not two inches thick anymore. If all those old foam covers were four inches thick all these calculations would be double. If they were tapered spa covers, say from six inches down to two, it still doubles the amount, so the highway or dam could be built every year instead of every two years.
But we are just being conservative so we want to stick with two inches thick. If we ripped the covers in half and laid those pieces end to end we could circle the earth at the equator on used spa covers every two years.

Heck with parking lots, in a few years we could pave the entire planet with foam just from saturated foam spa covers from the USA alone.

So what is the solution? Well, how about a better spa cove?. What if there were a spa cover that did a better job insulating, did not get saturated, heavy, break or blow away in the wind? Good news, you do not have to quit using your spa to save the earth. You just need to get a SpaCap Hot Tub Cover that does not use foam to insulate. There would be two major advantages to doing so. First the spa cover that did not use rigid foam to insulate would last longer. Since what always fails in the typical spa cover is the foam, either breaking or getting so saturated that you cannot lift it, a spa cover that did not use foam would tend to last longer.

Second, if the new type of spa cover does not use rigid foam it will also be a lot more friendly to the environment when it does come time to discard it. Less trash, less waste, less land fill, not that is what going green is all about.

SpaCap uses a patented design to solve all of the following:

  • As easy to use
  • Light Weight
  • Sheds Moisture
  • Won’t fly away
  • Won’t break under a snowload
  • Won’t be damaged by hail
  • Insulates Better
  • Sunbrella fabric rated by years not hours

Finding Your Swim Spa’s Maintenance Balance

Keeping your swim spa in tip-top shape requires occasional maintenance and care. One of the most important things to do is to drain and refill your hot tub regularly. However, there is a fine line between not draining enough and draining too often. Let’s take a look at how to tell when the time is right.

Avoid Draining Too Often

While draining and refilling your tub frequently (think once every couple days or so) isn’t going to harm the hot tub, it’s a huge waste of your time; not to mention a waste of water. Figure in current problems like drought in certain parts of the country to remember the importance of conscientiousness water usage.

Drain Often Enough

On the other hand, not draining your hot tub often enough can cause unsanitary problems and severely hinder your ability to take advantage of your investment. It’s important to drain on an appropriate schedule to avoid bacterial growth, potential infections on the skin and in the ears, mold, films on the water, and other unpleasant issues.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to drain and refill:

  • Foamy, filmy, or discolored hot tub water.
  • Water that smells “off” or unusual in any way.
  • Mold buildup from lack of hot tub use.

Proper Maintenance requires considering how many bathers tend to use the hot tub at once, as well as how often they use it. To figure out how these factors fit in, consider not only how often you use your tub but also how you use it.

More people using your spa means you will have to add more chemicals to the water. You will also need additional chemicals if your spa is used often. This adds more substance to the spa, requiring it to be drained more frequently. Estimate based on your spa’s capacity in gallons, how many people use the spa at once, and how often they use it.

 

Help maintain your spa when not in use by protecting it with a durable, light weight spa cover from SpaCap.com!

Solutions For Cloudy Spa Water

Is your hot tub water looking a little off? If you’re noticing cloudy spa water, there are a number of potential causes, and each requires a different solution. Read on to learn more about what makes spa water look cloudy and how to fix it.Clear Spa Water

 

While the effect of many problems is the same, it’s important to identify and treat the source issue to avoid a recurrence. The first step is to check your water for a variety of causes, such as:

  • A dirty filter. The first test for any hot tub water problem is to examine its filters. The fix may be as simple as cleaning your filter in cleaning solution, washing it, and returning it to its original setting. If you use disposable filters, replace the existing one. A clean water filter will ideally clear away the cloudiness within the next few hours.
  • An unbalanced pH. If your water is too alkaline or too acidic, it may develop a cloudy appearance. Calcium hardness also contributes to this problem. Test your water for alkalinity, pH, and calcium levels, and use balancing products to adjust.
  • Chlorine or Bromine. Many hot tub owners prefer bromine or chlorine for killing off microorganisms and algae, but these solutions can cause damage to skin, hair hot tub parts and hot tub covers. We recommend switching to PristineBlue  and pay closer attention to your water’s pH level.
  • Dissolved contaminants. If you enter your hot tub wearing skin lotion, body butter, or other outside products, you’re actively contributing to cloudy water. To prevent this problem, rinse yourself off before entering the tub and tie up any long hair. If the water is already contaminated, use a shock or clarifier to rid the tub of buildup.
  • Water circulation. If you have switched from traditional rigid foam spa covers, to a custom made hot tub cover from SpaCap.com, you’ll need to change your hot tub to run on the timer rather than the thermostat. Under a foam cover, the water would cool down faster and the thermostat would kick the pump on to re-heat the spa water. The spa water would circulate while it was being heated. Under a SpaCap hot tub cover, the water won’t cool down enough to have the pump run long enough to circulate the water to keep it clear. Switching the spa to run on the timer will allow the water to circulate for two to three hours at a time for two to three times per day and only heat the water as it needs to during that time. You’ll still save money because you’ll be heating the water less often but circulate it enough to keep clear.

If all else fails, it may be time to empty the tub and refill it. Before refilling, ensure the tub itself is clean and free of mineral deposits. Start again with fresh water.

More Reasons to get a Swim Spa

Swim Spa What if you could swim any time you wanted and take a dip in the hot tub without giving up a section of your property? A hybrid of swimming pools and hot tubs, a swim spa provides an innovative alternative to traditional home leisure options. Large enough to hold multiple people and long enough to practice swimming, the design and engineering of a swim spa offers owners the best of both worlds.

Exercise

Water exercises help many individuals relieve joint and muscle pain while burning calories and promoting weight loss. While a hot tub is comfortable and relaxing, the average tub isn’t large enough to perform exercises or practice swimming. In contrast, swimming pools provide an optimal environment for exercising, but require more space. A perfect compromise, swim spas feature the same soothing jets and warmth as a hot tub while allowing room to swim, exercise, and play games.

Convenient

Not all homeowners are comfortable dedicating a plot of land to an in-ground pool while others would prefer a simpler solution. Swim spas, being compact and portable, can be placed outdoors or indoors in a location most convenient for the owner. For property owners facing cold winters, the option of swimming indoors is enticing. Because swim spas are smaller than traditional pools and portable, they appeal to homeowners who seek luxury without compromising comfort.

You Can Take It With You

Unlike an in-ground pool, most swim spas can be taken with you when you move. In addition to enjoying the ability to swim in all seasons, you never have to say goodbye to this investment. Requiring less overall maintenance than a traditional swimming pool, swim spas quickly pay for themselves by providing ongoing functionality.

Compared to a swimming pool, swim spas are smaller in size and require fewer chemicals and less time to maintain. For budget conscious homeowners, swim spas are an ideal alternative to hot tubs and in-ground swimming pools.

Which benefit do you value most? Why?

When it comes to Swim Spa Covers, nobody makes a better cover than SpaCap.com. If you own a swim spa, check out the custom made covers today.

Beware the Man-eating Swim Spa Cover

How dangerous is an overweight foam swim spa cover? Recently a man was checking the chemicals in his spa. Rather than attempting removing the entire hot tub cover, he decided to just lift one side enough to get at the water long enough to get a sample. He bent over and supporting the heavy cover with his left arm while attempting to fill a sampling bottle with water from the spa to check the chemical content, and total alkalinity.

As he leaned over further, the weight of the water logged spa cover dislocated his left shoulder and allowed the cover to hit him on the back knocking him into the spa. He was now face down in the spa with his legs pinned to spa by the weight of the hot tub cover. His shoulder was dislocated and he was in agony because of a the pain. He tried to move but could not budge the weight of the waterlogged cover.

He began to choke as he swallowed spa water and tried to rise up but could barely get his head out of the water. With what could have been his last breath, he screamed for help. Fortunately he had left the door from the house to the deck open. His daughter and her boy friend heard the commotion and looked out to see his legs sticking out of the spa cover.

His daughter and her boy friend were able to lift the hot tub cover off of his legs. His daughters boy friend jumped into the hot tub and pulled him up from the water. They took him to the emergency room where they put his shoulder back in place and treated him for shock.

Women who have experienced both child birth and a dislocated shoulder report dislocating a shoulder as more intense than childbirth. But either way we can agree the pain must be excruciating.

This man had owned a hot tub for 12 years and had replaced 3 conventional rigid foam core spa covers. While the life on the foam covers had averaged from 2 to 4 years, regardless of manufactures claims, all of these traditional foam filled covers became waterlogged. He has since bought a swim spa cover that uses air chambers to insulate rather than rigid foam. He is certain that the air filled swim spa cover will not try to kill him as the other foam cover did.

Another lady reported that while she and her husband were in the hot tub with their rigid foam spa lid propped up against the wall. A gust of wind hit the spa cover and it suddenly fell hitting her husband on the head. The blow was hard enough to push them both under the water. Fortunately they were not trapped and they both recovered quickly, or so they thought.

A couple of days later the left side of her husbands face suddenly went DEAD. He had no feeling, sensation or movement. Naturally they both were quite frightened and thought he had suffered a stroke. They did exactly what any of us would do and rushed immediately to the hospital. The doctor diagnosed him with Bells Palsy which can be caused by stress and or trauma like a heavy spa cover hitting him on the head. He later made a full recovery. He was extremely lucky.

Here is something you will never hear from a foam spa cover dealer. Every year people are injured by foam hot tub covers. Most of the injuries have come from a gust of wind blowing the heavy foam cover onto people as they use their spa. Sometimes people attempting to carefully maneuver a saturated foam cover off their spa, have lost their grip and had the hard foam cover slam down breaking the arch of their foot.

This is even more likely and dangerous with swim spas because of the added height above the ground. It’s bad enough to try to lift a saturated cover back onto the spa when it is waist high, but many swim spas are 50 to 60 inches high. Don’t let yourself or a loved one become one of these statistics.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission people have even been drowned when they have become trapped under heavy foam covers. Maybe now is a good time to search for a better spa cover. With the World Wide Web, you can literally have the world to shop from. Do you really want to risk injury or death trying to use your spa?

Although the video above may look humorous it is not funny when it happens. In thirty years of building lightweight swim spa covers, no one has ever been injured by a SpaCap swim spa cover.

The Many Benefits of Swim Spas

Do you want all the relaxing benefits of a hot tub? What about the exercise benefits of a swimming pool? With a swim spa, you don’t have to choose. There are a number of high quality swim spas on the market offering the best of both worlds. Read on to learn more about the benefits of these extraordinary units.

 

What’s a Swim Spa?

 

A swim spa is a machine with continuous water currents, allowing users to swim continuously without hitting a wall or having to turn around as in a lap pool. There are numerous options for swim spas in varying categories and sizes. Many swim spas also offer a hot tub spa on one end with a swimming area on the other.

 

Benefits of Swim Spas

 

  • Exercise. The most common reason for purchasing a swim spa is to enjoy the ability to swim laps without having to invest in a large pool. A swim spa’s water current is adjustable, allowing swimmers to customize their experiences based upon their personal speeds. It’s also possible to turn the jets off, which allows users to enjoy other water-based fitness activities, like aqua aerobics.
  • Relaxation. The best swim spa units have a hot tub area and a swimming area. You’ll enjoy massaging hot water jets, heat to relax sore muscles, and the relief offered by buoyancy in a hot tub.
  • Portability. Most swim spas are above-ground units. As such, swim spa owners can move them if they change locations at any point.
  • Compactness. A swim spa is smaller than a swimming pool, which means those with smaller backyard or deck spaces can install a unit without worrying about taking up too much space.
  • Year-round use. Swim spas can be placed indoors or outdoors due to their portability. Those who have an indoor space to accommodate a spa will enjoy the full benefits of their investment in the coldest months of the year.

 

Contact SpaCap.com today to learn more about the benefits of the world’s best swim spa covers!

Swim Spa Accessories for Safety and Fun

Swim Spa AccessoriesFrom the fun to the functional, what’s a swim spa without accessories? Whether it’s aromatherapy to enhance your hot tub experience or hammocks to encourage relaxation, the options are limitless. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the top swim spa accessories you never knew you needed.

Accessories You Need

Make your swim spa a more enjoyable investment by adding the following accessories to your collection:

 

  • Pillows and cushions

    After your workout, your swim spa is supposed to be comfortable and relaxing, right? Well, that isn’t always the case after soaking for a few minutes. The hard seats and backing can be uncomfortable and often forces you to cut your time short. Thanks to spa pillows and cushions, you can sit comfortably for as long as you like.

 

  • Floating speakers

    Who doesn’t love to listen to a little music while they relax in the spa? Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to operate an iPod or sound system near water. The solution? Floating speakers that are safe, waterproof, and sound great.

 

  • Spa fragrances

    Love your swim spa but not a big fan of the chlorine smell? Spa fragrances are becoming quite popular and can be added to the water for a soothing, relaxing, and invigorating experience. Some fragrances are great for moisturizing the skin.

 

  • Spa steps

    Safety should always be a consideration with your swim spa. One of the most important swim spa accessories has to be steps. For elderly adults and people with mobility issues, climbing up into the swim spa can be dangerous and precarious. Thankfully, there are products that make it easier and safer. Consider purchasing spa steps to reduce the likelihood of falls and other related injuries.

 

In addition to these four accessories, consider a replacement swim spa cover that will make owning your spa even better, the Next Generation of Swim Spa Cover: SpaCap. This revolutionary cover is easy to remove, doesn’t break or saturate, never flies away, and stands up against the elements – including snow. For more information, visit SpaCap.com.

Swim Spa Maintenance 101

Swim Spa MaintenanceOwning a swim spa is one of life’s greatest exclusive pleasures – but the enjoyment will totally tank if your spa is full of bugs, mildew, or poor quality water. All hot tub owners should properly engage in swim spa maintenance to ensure sanitary use and reduce the risk of unsafe bathing. Swim Spa maintenance is easy – especially when you use items you already have in your home.

 

  • Sanitize the water

    Ensure your water is sanitized to prevent algae growth and to kill any bacteria your tub may be harboring. The best sanitizers for spa water are minerals like salt or copper which are much safer to use than chlorine or bromine which are caustic that can damage your skin or equipment; which one you use depends on your local water chemistry. We recommend Pristine Blue (copper) to all of our customers. Check up on your water sanitation every so often with a test strip, and oxidize every week or so to remove oils, hairsprays, and other chemicals that may have gotten in. To keep water cleaner longer, place a tennis ball in the skimmer or right into the water to attract oils and lotions and prevent them from entering the filters.

  • Clean the filters

    By cleaning out your hot tub’s filters monthly, you’ll ensure your spa stays safe and hygienic. Take out the filters and spray with a high pressure water stream. If the filters show buildup of oils, soak them first in filter cleaner (or simple dish detergent) and warm water, and then spray and reattach.

  • Drain on schedule

    Pool and hot tub cleaning experts assert the importance of draining the tub every three months. When the water is drained, cover the lower return inlets (we recommend regular household wares like panty hose) to prevent debris from recirculating. Do a thorough clean of the sides and bottom of the tub before refilling.

 

  • Cover it up

    A swim spa cover will safeguard your tub from dirt, particles, and other debris. It will also help ensure safety, preventing young ones from falling in, as well as keeping heat from escaping. A spa cover is anything but optional, and a quality cover will last with regular cleaning. Naturally we would encourage you to use a SpaCap custom hot tub cover on your spa. Every one we make is built to last, will insulate better than a typical rigid foam cover plus it won’t break or get heavy.

 

With proper maintenance, your swim spa can provide enjoyment for years to come!

Swim Spa Placement

Swim Spa PlacementIf you’ve decided to get a swim spa, congratulations! You’re well on your way to many hours of long relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t forget to consider placement, however; where you put your swim spa will dictate your level of enjoyment for years to come. There are several factors to take into account when making this crucial decision.

  • Access. It may seem obvious but the long term enjoyment of your swim spa will be largely determined by how easy it is to get into and out of. Make sure you leave enough room around the spa to remove and replace the cover. Don’t shove the spa into a nook where you can only approach it from one side.

 

  • Indoors or outdoors? When choosing whether to place your spa inside the home or outside, consider the pros and cons of both options. If space isn’t a problem, an indoor spa benefits from minimized exposure to the elements, convenience, and privacy. Cons include tracking water outside the tub as well as potential draining or leakage problems damaging your home.When placing a hot tub outside, it will be exposed to outdoor debris, such as foliage, dirt, and insects. When not in use, it’s important to protect your tub with a quality cover. Leakage or drainage issues on the outside are usually less problematic than with an indoor tub, and there are many more placement options available if you decide to place it outdoors.
  • To Sink or Not To Sink. Many spa owners want to put the spa sunken into a deck. The idea being the spa will be easy to use. More accidental drownings involving small children occur in flush deck mounted spas. This goes down greatly if the spa is only partially sunken, bench high. It still makes it easy to get in and out and can make getting the cover off and on easy too.

 

  • Surface. A spa full of water will be heavy, so it needs to be placed on a structurally sound surface. This will support the weight of the tub, the water, and human occupants. Placing your hot tub on an uneven surface sets it up for damage and may void your warranty.

 

  • Drainage. Ensure your outdoor spa has proper drainage so any spillage or rainwater will not pool around it, causing potential damage.
  • Access to power. Ahead of time, plan for proper access to your circuit panels and power source to ensure adequate heating. A quality hot tub cover will keep heat inside.
  • Proximity to home. If it’s outdoors, your swim spa should be near your backdoor for convenience’s sake; no one wants to traipse across the yard in heavy rain or snow to access a spa. It should be close to a bathroom for changing and drying off, as well as to water spigots for filling. Close proximity to your home will also give you a better view of the yard.

Spa Covers vs Hail

We get a lot of inquiries from spa owners that are replacing their Spa Covers due to hail damage. Traditional rigid foam covers get hammered by hail because they don’t absorb impact very well. As people who live in areas of heavy hail storms know, anything rigid is going to take a pounding.

The solution to this would be something that is able to give or absorb impacts. In Hollywood when a stunt man falls from a great height, he wants to land on something that will absorb his impact like an air bag. The air bags the stunt man lands on are designed made from the same materials as the SpaCap.

Now the stunt air bag is designed to open and release air when it “catches” the stunt person so please don’t use your SpaCap this way. However if your house is on fire and you have to jump out of the window to save your life aiming for the SpaCap would probably save your life.

However you are a little bigger than the typical hail stone and the damage from you jumping on Spa Covers would not be covered by the warranty. But no matter how fierce the storm or the hail stone the SpaCap will give or catch it without damage. We have tested it by driving golf balls into it, dropping bowling balls on them and just having them in use around the country in areas that get severe hail storms.

We do a brisk business replacing foam filled spa covers crushed after a storm but so far not even one of the SpaCap hot tub covers have ever been damaged by hail.