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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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 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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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?
“Hot tubs” and “kids” aren’t traditionally considered good combinations. In fact, most of what we hear about hot tubs and children involves danger. However, kids love hot tubs. They simply need quality supervision and their own activities to make them fun. SpaCap researched ways to make hot tubs and spas kid-friendly, and we came up with a few ideas to make sure your children can enjoy these places with you.
Throw a Fabulous Spa Party
Spa parties are popular for birthdays, Christmas and other holidays, or “just because” days. They can be done for children aged six and older, with specific tweaking for each age group. Consider these specifics:
Number of guests: Between 4-6. Spa parties involve plenty of personalized pampering. If there are too many guests, there may not be enough attention to go around. Also, the party may get too loud. Keep the guests’ ages as close as possible.
Invitations: Fold invitations to look like purses and write something like, “You’re invited to a spa day!” Write the who, what, when, and where on the purse, or if desired, cut the purse so that it opens up.
Dress code: Have guests wear their coziest pajamas and bathrobes. If possible, use a towel warmer so no one freezes in between activities, especially in fall and winter. If you’ll use the hot tub, ask guests to wear bathing suits under their robes or bring suits with them.
Food: Think “appetizers.” If your pool or hot tub has a swim-up bar, the guests can eat there. If they would prefer to eat inside the hot tub, try these ideas:
Veggie trays with dip securely anchored in the center.
Securely anchored chip and dip trays.
Fruit kabobs/cheese cubes, sausage balls, and other snacks on toothpicks (clean up toothpicks right away to avoid any toothpick-and-tub mishaps).
“Floating drinks.” Cut a hole into a pool noodle so a cooler or Rubbermaid container can float around the pool or hot tub. Stock the container with cold sodas, water, or juices. You can also try punch or teach guests to make “mocktails.”
Cupcakes or smaller sweets such as fudge squares or miniature cookies. Because of the candles, save the birthday cake for the end of the party.
Games: Guests can play games such as Ping-Pong Panic, Pass the Bottle, Hot Tub Hockey, and more. If desired, guests can also play card games, but make sure cards are waterproof or at least extremely durable.
Musical manicures. Each guest brings a favorite color of nail polish. Guests then sit at a table, each holding their own polish bottle. The music starts, and during the song, guests pass nail polish bottles to the left or right. (To make it more fun, you can tell guests to pass to the left or the right whenever they hear a specific word). When the music stops, each guest paints one finger with the color she’s holding. The game continues this way until everyone’s fingers are painted.
Facials. Have guests relax in lounge chairs or on a deck, covered with blankets or warm towels if the weather is cold. Make masks using lemon, green tea, banana and honey, or papaya. Of course, each guest gets cucumbers on his or her eyelids. Play relaxing instrumental music while the facials set.
Foot soak. Make a special foot soak for each guest using baking soda, salt, citric acid, and your favorite fragrance. Have guests soak their feet for a relaxing start or finish to the party. To stop germs from spreading, everyone gets his or her own bucket.
Favors: These depend entirely on your taste. They can include a gift certificate to a local spa, miniature towels embroidered with guests’ names, or small bottles of favorite lotions or body sprays.
Make throwing your party easier with an attractive, lightweight hot tub cover from SpaCap.com. Kids and heavy Hot Tub Covers don’t mix. Actually, heavy covers and adults don’t mix either for that matter. Visit a custom made spa cover from SpaCap.com before your next party.
As seniors age, the younger population becomes increasingly concerned about their health and any risks they might encounter. Hot tubs and spas are generally cited as dangerous for several reasons, including the hot water, the potential for falls, and hot tub rashes or infections. However, hot tubs carry a plethora of benefits for seniors that SpaCap.com hopes to illuminate today.
First of all, being a senior myself, I don’t want my children worrying about me. So I do what I can to eliminate things that might get me injured. I research things like accidents around the home, specifically the hot tub for this article. What I found is that with a few changes I would be able to make my hot tub a lot safer.
One of the main issues for us seniors is access. Most hot tubs and spas are fairly high at the side so slips and falls getting in and out are a fairly common occurrence. There are a number of options, like stairs and a handrail. But I think a set of stairs up to the side of my spa looks tacky and serves to remind me that I don’t move like I used to. It’s true, but I don’t like to be reminded.
So I considered sinking the spa to deck level. However statistics show that people are just as likely to injure themselves in a flush mounted spa. Again the issue seems to be access. With a flush mounted spa, more people tend to misjudge a step and fall into the spa.
What I found was that a spa that is only partially sunken so that it still sticks up above the deck level at least eighteen inches is the safest. Rather than digging a hole in the yard, I built a deck up around the hot tub cabinet and then a bench all the way around the sides.
This way I can walk easily up to the spa, turn around and sit down while I take off my foot wear and robe, then easily turn toward the spa and get in. The deck looks attractive and the bench makes it safer. No one is going to walk to close to the spa and accidentally fall in. Plus it makes a nice place to sit with just my feet in the spa when the water gets to hot for me.
It was a fairly easy process and didn’t require pouring a cement pad.
First I selected where to place it in the yard. Then I prepared the spot by peeling up the sod and digging out about six inches of the top soil. Next I ran power out to the spot underground. If you don’t know anything about electricity, this is a good place to hire an electrician. But you can dig the trench and lay the conduit yourself and save some money.
Then I filled the hole with crushed gravel, back up about a three inch depth and raked it out level. To check for level I used a laser level. You can rent one and get some simple instruction how to use it but they are cheap and I like having it around when I am doing landscaping so I bought one from Home Depot.
Next I rented a power compactor (kind of looks like a lawn mower but it jumps up and down instead of mowing) to evenly pack the gravel.
Then I topped the gravel off with a layer of pea gravel and repeated the raking level and compacting.
Now your spot is all level and ready to place the hot tub. When it’s empty a hot tub doesn’t weight too much so I was able to get some wooden rollers (round poles about four inches in diameter six to eight feet long) and just roll the spa into position. Going across the lawn, it’s easier to put down some sheets of plywood before the rollers. Once the spa is in place you just pick up the plywood and it saves the grass from getting damaged.
Hook up the electricity. Again, this would be a job for an electrician since you want to make sure everything is properly hooked up and grounded.
Now I placed cement post holders (from Home Depot or the hardware store of your choice) according the where I was going to need to support the deck. I used two by ten dimensional lumber across the length of the intended deck, supported and secured to short four by four posts in the cement blocks. Check for level again with the laser to make sure the finished product will be right.
Then I built a frame on top of the supports of two by six lumber on two foot centers around the spa so that when done the deck would be eighteen inches from the top of the spa.
For the deck itself I used Trex composite decking because I don’t want to be out there treating it every summer when I’m ninety years old. It looks nice and it’s easy to clean. It cuts and fits together like wood but I didn’t get any slivers. Also without a bunch of knots to worry about I had almost no waste.
After the deck top was in place I added the bench around the hot tub to finish it off. I made the area over the hot tub access panel easy to be opened for maintenance. Everything was screwed into place in case I ever needed to disassemble it for some reason. Now I can keep using my spa every day without my kids worrying about me falling in.
Pamper yourself. Do what you can to eliminate the hazards around you home and hot tub so you can enjoy your senior years as much as possible.
Here are some ideas to reward yourself with…
As we seniors age, we get more wrinkles and liver spots, or age spots. These may cause you some concern, but we are also susceptible to a variety of skin diseases because the epidermis weakens with age. You may suffer from eczema, rosacea, or bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin condition in which the layer between the epidermis and dermis breaks down. When that happens, cells can become inflamed and large, painful blisters form all over the skin. Facials help the face’s muscles relax and moisten the skin while drawing toxins away. You may especially enjoy facial masks made with lavender, green or chamomile teas, or lemon. I like them not only because they make my skin feel great, I just enjoy the fragrance. Some of my senses aren’t quite what they used to be (eyesight, hearing ) but my sniffer still works pretty well and I really enjoy a clean pleasant fragrance more than I used to. But maybe that’s just me.
All of us, seniors included experience stress and anxiety. As we watch the world changing around us in ways we never imagined possible, you may find yourself being more anxious than ever. A massage can be a great way to relieve those tense muscles. Either Swedish or Thai massage can do the trick. I suggest trying both and deciding for yourself which one you like best. Swedish massage is the most traditional type and involves lying on a raised, flat surface while pressure points in the back, neck, shoulders, and face are massaged. Thai massage, also called “passive yoga,” may attract seniors who are more active. Thai massage involves stretching muscles and increasing endurance. The therapist uses the back, elbows, and feet as well as the hands to complete the massage. Thai massage can be done through clothing, so it may also benefit those uncomfortable with nudity. Lets face it, I don’t look good naked anymore.
Obviously, I’m a big believer in using a spa everyday. I think using a hot tub on a regular basis can decrease problems from sore or tight muscles, arthritis, and other bone or muscle conditions. Heat naturally relaxes sore muscles, so frequent exposure to a hot tub may help “reteach” them to relax, to a point. Hydrotherapy can also help weak or shaky muscles affected by Parkinson’s and other diseases. The water helps the muscles rest, giving us seniors a break from trying to control them.
Ease of Access
In order to get the maximum benefit from any routine it needs to be convenient and accessible. Having a Hot Tub at home is an important part but not if the cover is too cumbersome for a senior to use by ourselves. SpaCap Hot Tub Covers are designed to be light and easy to use for this very reason. Order one today for yourself or the senior in your life.
As our world becomes increasingly inclusive, people with disabilities get the chance to participate in activities their able-bodied counterparts have always enjoyed, but from which disabled persons have traditionally been excluded. As a result, people with disabilities are more active than ever. However, people with disabilities often have trouble being included at the hot tub or spa. Obstacles like slippery hot tubs and steeply raised massage tables often make people with disabilities think they should just skip those activities. Yet with the right modifications, the hot tub and spa can be fun places for all.
Accessibility is Key
To enjoy an activity, you must first be able to access it. If hot tub and spa guests have disabilities, plan accordingly. Outfit hot tubs and pools with railings and small steps so guests can get in and out independently. Make sure that the hot tub temperature is low enough to allow for your guests to linger longer without becoming over heated.
If this is going to be part of the regular use for your hot tub, consider lowering it or partially sinking it into the deck so that it presents a height of 18″ for easy access, with a bench around it so that users can sit and remove their shoes safely before entering. Also a bench around the outside will allow them to get out and sit comfortably if the temperature becomes too much.
Encourage guests to wear shoes until they enter the tub or pool to prevent slips and falls.
Offer several massage options, including those that can be done through clothing, so a person with a disability doesn’t have to worry about fastening and unfastening clothing before a massage. If the person would prefer a nude or partially nude massage but needs help with removing clothing, offer assistance from a trustworthy attendant of the same gender. Help guests on and off raised tables, or better yet offer massage options that can be done on bench high tables or the floor.
Exercise is Not a Chore
Many people with disabilities are told constantly to exercise, sometimes to the point that it feels like a punishment. Give these guests a break at your spa. Discuss the benefits of hydrotherapy, but make it clear the hot tub and pool are first and foremost for fun and relaxation. Offer easy exercises such as hot tub yoga, and emphasize that the person can modify the stretches however he or she wants. Encourage guests to play hot tub games like Hot Tub Hockey, Submarine, or Ping-Pong Panic.
Offer a Plethora of Pampering
People with disabilities, especially women, often struggle to feel beautiful. Help them out with facials and manicures. Some people with disabilities have skin conditions or are allergic to certain facial ingredients, so always ask before facials or body wraps begin. Some disabilities also involve sensory processing difficulties, so ask if your guest is particularly sensitive to any taste or smell. Offer several fragrance and lotion options, and be sensitive to guests who do not like being touched.
Accommodate don’t Dictate
Do not force participation in any activity. If your guest with a disability just showed up to spend three hours swimming, or to get one facial, respect their wishes.
It wouldn’t be a complete post on SpaCap.com if we didn’t at least mention our Custom Hot Tub Covers. Over the past thirty years we have sold quite a few to people who have limited mobility and need to get into their hot tub for therapy daily. We love to hear how great they find our hot tub cover. Sometimes because of specific needs, we have to allow for lifting or pulling the cover off and on by pulleys. However the light weight design of the SpaCap makes using their hot tub easy.
If you have a hot tub and want to make it easy for someone to use, we would love to talk with you about how to get that done. And Yes, we can even accommodate hand rails that extend down into the water.