Benefits Of A Swim Spa

Swim Spa in DeckAll the comforts of a spa. You get the massaging hot water jets and all the enjoyment that a spa can offer in a unit that also includes a swimming area. The only difference is that this is much more compact than a traditional in-ground pool with a separate area for a hot tub or spa.
‘Traditional’ pool benefits included. Although the swim spa is designed differently than a traditional swimming pool, it is still large enough to fit a number of people and to allow the same kind of fun enjoyed in traditional swimming pools. Again, the main difference is the depth of the water and a smaller pool area.
Compact design. Pools are out of the question for some people because they don’t have sufficient space in their backyards. Swim spas may be the answer because they don’t take up nearly the size of a traditional swimming pool.
Easy installation. Swim spas are more like spas or fiberglass swimming pools, so if they are going in-ground, the installation is fairly quick and easy. However, they also come in above ground models that make the installation even simpler.
Exercise. Perhaps the most popular reason to get a swim spa is to enjoy the ability to swim laps without worrying about turns or paying for big pools. Water jets that can be adjusted for various speeds push out against the swimming, keeping them in place, as they swim against the current. With the jets off, the swim spa can also be used for other water-based exercises.
Easier maintenance. Compared to a traditional swimming pool, the maintenance for a swim spa is much easier because it is smaller and uses fewer chemicals. Also, the fiberglass or acrylic construction produces a smooth surface that minimizes the production of algae.
Convenience. Spas are great for relaxing and easing muscle tensions and aches, particularly after exercise. With the swim spa, you can go almost immediately from your water workout into the massaging waters of the spa.
Portable. Swim spas that are not in-ground units have the advantage of being mobile, meaning they can move when you move. While there’s a certain benefit to adding a little to the price of your home because of the swimming pool, it’s also nice to start with a swim spa in your new home.
Use year-round. Because the swim spas are portable, they can be located indoors or outdoors. If your home has an indoor location for a swim spa, you can enjoy the unit even on stormy or snowy days.
Encourage exercise. A swim spa that may have been meant for the swimmer in the family is likely to encourage others to try out the benefits of easy, lap swimming. The jets that provide resistance can be set for beginner swimmers or for much more capable swimmers.

Consider the space around your swim spa. In order for it to be easy to remove and replace your swim spa cover you need to allow adequate room around the spa. For swim spa covers that are as easy to use as taking a comforter off your bed check out SpaCap.com.

Choosing a Swimming Pool Builder

Pool InstallationBuilding a swimming pool is no small undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. By choosing the right building team, you can make the process streamlined and carefree. However, choosing the right team does not mean simply choosing the most or least expensive. The following are a few tips for picking the best builder for your swimming pool:

  • Talk with previous customers. This is the best way to find out what a pool builder is like. Look at not just the quality of the work, but the builder’s personality and work ethic, as well. If possible, talk with a previous customer whose opinion you trust. This will give you a better idea of the pool builder’s quality.
  • Compare different pool builders. Talk with different companies, compare prices, and if possible, compare finished pools. Do thorough research – or you may end up being overcharged for mediocre work.
  • Do a background check. Before signing any contracts, learn what you can about the company you want to hire. Go to the Better Business Bureau and find out if the company is accredited by any other professional industry group. Also check to make sure the builder is properly certified and able to work according to the regulations in your city or state.
  • Make sure you get all of the builder’s references. If you ask a builder for his or her references, they will make sure that you see all of their good references while sometimes hiding the less satisfied customers. Find out how many customers your builder has had in a specific time period, and ask to see reviews from all of those clients.
  • Read carefully. Don’t sign any contracts without knowing specifically what is on that contract, and make an effort to read all legal documents presented to you. This will protect you in the event of construction problems.

Here at SpaCap.com, we have been building custom hot tub covers for years and in doing so we have had dealings with quite a few pool builders. Unfortunately, we can’t know all of them in every state. Hopefully the list above will help you make the right choice.

It is easy to get excited about the beautiful design choices and features available today, but the swimming pool is going to be part of your property for years so it pays to be thoughtful now before the build. For instance, an infinity edge design on a pool or spa is spectacular but how will it be covered when not in use?

One of the things we have run into is a spa that spills into the pool. These look great but if no consideration for how it will be covered is included during the design process it may be that no cover can be designed to cover it later. It may not be such a big deal for the pool but keeping the spa water heated and insulated, will be later.

More information about pools and how to take care of them can be found online. Contact SpaCap to learn more.

Reasons to Buy a Hot Tub This Holiday Season

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Merry Christmas

A Hot tub can be used virtually all year, yet some times are better to buy than others. While many people enjoy relaxing in the hot tub on a cool fall or spring night, enjoying the hot water in the middle of winter also catches the imagination of many. Below are a few reasons you should consider buying a hot tub this holiday season:

  1. Less expensive. Outdoor hot tubs are most commonly purchased during summer, and for most spa companies, summer is the height of the selling season. The pleasant outdoor weather makes people want to spend more time outside, and the hot tub is the perfect diversion for a beautiful summer evening. However, hot tubs might be purchased for a much lower price during winter, when sellers have to try harder to move their products. If you are thinking about getting a hot tub or buying hot tub accessories, consider shopping for one this holiday season.
  2. Can be used immediately. If you buy a hot tub in winter, waste no time enjoying the warm water. There is something magical about enjoying a snowy vista from the comfort of a hot tub on a clear winter day, and you can take advantage of that opportunity this holiday season.
  3. Can help clear symptoms of colds. Hot tubs produce a great deal of steam, especially in the winter when the water vapor clashes with the cold outdoor temperatures. This steam is good for easing sore throats and clearing out sinuses. Considering that colds appear to be more common in winter, hot tubs might be a good remedy for easing the symptoms.
  4. Relaxes muscles and joints. Hot water is known for relaxing muscles and joints and easing pain. As many people’s joint pain is worse in cold weather, a spa could be the perfect holiday gift.

Naturally, we think everybody should have and use a hot tub every day. Here at SpaCap.com we have been working in the industry for over thirty years. We know a little bit about the health benefits of using a hot tub. In fact the covers we build today are a direct result of the need to get into the hot tub for back therapy and being told by the doctor not to lift more than ten pounds.

If you’ve owned your present hot tub cover for more than six months (and it isn’t one of ours) there’s a very high probability that you have to lift more than tens pounds to get into your spa. The reason is simple. No rigid foam filled cover, no matter what it’s wrapped in, can avoid becoming heavy, saturated with water. No amount of taper will stop it either since outside moisture is not the culprit.

But enough about Hot Tub Covers, you need to buy a hot tub first!

Contact SpaCap for more information on the benefits of spas and hot tubs.

Can Hot Tub Covers Be “Green”?

All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Hot Tub 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.

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 cover?. 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

Why Do Hot Tub Covers Get Heavy?

Heavy Hot Tub CoverEvery traditional foam filled hot tub cover gets heavy. But the how and why may come as a surprise. It has nothing to do with rain so it doesn’t matter how steep the taper is, that cover will still get heavy. If it was rain that was making hot tub covers heavy then putting a roof over the spa would stop the cover from getting heavy.

Moisture getting trapped in the foam is what eventually makes a cover too heavy to lift. But if it’s not the rain, how does the water get in there? The answer is steam from the warm spa water. When water becomes steam it is a much smaller molecule than a drop of water.

Steam can get into a much smaller area, like say the spaces in the foam. Once it cools back down and turns into water again, it’s trapped inside the foam. Once trapped in the foam the water won’t drain out so a fancy drain hole won’t help. The only way the water can get back out of the foam would be to evaporate. In order to evaporate, the hot tub cover would have to be removed from the source of steam (the hot tub) and placed in a dry, well ventilated area.

The problem has nothing to do with how well the cover is cared for or how much vinyl protector is rubbed on it. The problem is the foam. The type of foam used in hot tub covers is designed to be used as insulation in DRY conditions. For instance it works well in floors, walls and ceilings (provided it is kept dry) and is great for refrigeration applications.

However if the same foam is exposed to steam, the insulation it could offer is quickly reduced to something equivalent to wet plywood.Another Heavy Hot Tub Cover

So why is foam still being used in hot tub covers? It’s cheap and it’s the industry standard. But just because everybody is doing it doesn’t make it the best idea.

A hundred years ago the standard mode of travel was the horse. The horse had been the standard for hundreds of years. Until something better came along.

A better idea as far as hot tub covers go would be one that eliminates the foam, still insulates but stays light weight and easy to use.

Thirty years ago, (yes really, thirty years ago) that is how the SpaCap was developed. A single woman with back trouble, needed to be able to use her hot tub every day for therapy. She had to be able to get her cover off and on by herself without further injuring her back.

The cover she eventually came up with was light weight, easy to use and insulated as well as a foam filled hot tub cover. Although it has gone through many improvements over the years, the concept and principle is still the same. SpaCap.com builds custom hot tub covers for all kinds of spas including swim spas.

Don’t go out and purchase another foam filled hot tub cover just because that’s what the neighbors do. Visit SpaCap.com and get a cover that won’t get heavy or break and will make it easy for you to use your spa for years to come!

SpaCap Hot Tub Cover

Common Water Problems with Swimming Pools

Clean and Clear Pool Water
Clean and Clear Pool Water

Even with careful maintenance there can be unexpected water problems that take place in your pool. Being able to resolve them on your own is very important. It will save you both time and money. You will also get more enjoyment out of your swimming pool because you won’t become stressed out every time something is amiss. It is very important that you strive to resolve issues though right away. They can continue to compound if you don’t.

Many people assume that cloudy water in the swimming pool is a sign that no one has been taking care of it. In many instances it is the sign that your filter isn’t doing its job like it should. Take the time to check it and make sure there isn’t a build up of debris you need to remove. You also need to make sure the filter you are using is right for your size of swimming pool.

You may discover you simply need to have the filtering system on more time each day than you currently do. If your pool is used often by many people then you will definitely want to increase the filtering time to get rid of all the oils and debris that will be in your water.

Some individuals have clear water but they can see black spots in it. This is a sign that a type of algae is starting to form. The sooner you act on this the better as it can spread very quickly. You will want to shock the water as soon as you notice these black spots appearing. You will also want to scrub the locations by hand or with a robotic cleaner daily for about a week to prevent the algae from coming back.

Signs of reddish brown have also been noted in swimming pools. This is an indication that you have too much iron present in the water. There are some good chemicals specifically to remove iron. You want to get rid of it as soon as you can so that it won’t permanently stain your swimming pool. The additional iron may just be something you have to deal with ongoing if the water in your area contains higher than normal amounts of it. You simply don’t have any other choice about the water to use in order to fill up the swimming pool.

You shouldn’t find your eyes or your skin to be irritated by the chlorine in the water. If that is the case there is something out of balance. If you haven’t completed a shock recently then this is the time to do it. The next day you want to test your chlorine level. Too many owners assume that they are adding too much chlorine and that is why they have the irritation. As a result the cut back on the recommended amount to use. Don’t be tempted to do this as it won’t get you the results you are after. But there are many better alternatives to these harsh chemicals. At SpaCap.com where great swim spa covers are made, they use and recommend PristineBlue which is a copper based disinfectant.

When you notice problems with the look or smell of the water in your swimming pool you need to take action. The early warning signs are your chance to get everything back under control right away. If you ignore the problems they will only escalate in nature and they can be expensive to take care of when they do.

Why You Need a Swim Spa

Swim spas have really grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are a number of affordable options in the marketplace. The problem is that many consumers don’t understand why they need a swim spa, and some don’t even know what a swim spa is. Essentially, it is a small pool or large hot tub that produces a current, allowing swimmers to swim and get a workout without having to buy a full-length pool or even turn at the wall. They also don’t take up too much space in your yard. The following are a few reasons why you should consider buying a swim spa.

  1. Best of both worlds. When a hot tub is too small and a pool is too big, you need something that’s in between. Swim spas allow serious swimmers to get their workout and stay in shape while also allowing them to relax afterwards. Swim spas can usually be heated, providing owners with a large hot tub to relax in at the end of a long day. Usually no longer than 12 feet, these pools can also be used for relaxation and exercise simultaneously, as long as the water is at a good temperature for both activities.
  2. Convenience. Because they are so much smaller than a full-size swimming pool, swim spas are much easier to install and leave you with more room on your property for other activities. They can be placed either in the ground or on top of it, making them portable or permanent as the homeowner chooses.
  3. Most benefit for your money. While a hot tub helps to relax muscles and ease aches and pains, and a pool allows you to stretch out your muscles and get a good workout, a swim spa gives you all of these health benefits.

Now that you’re ready to go get a swim spa, you are going to need to get a cover for it too. That’s where we come in. At SpaCap.com we have been building Swim Spa Covers for as long as there have been swim spas. What the spa dealer will want to “throw in” with your swim spa is a rigid foam folding cover. Basically it is two typical foam filled hot tub covers so you end up with four panels instead of two and a cover that will fail twice as fast.

Don’t settle for a big piece of foam filled garbage that is just going to end up in a landfill, order a custom made Swim Spa Cover from SpaCap.com.

Contact SpaCap to find out more about swim spas and protecting your hot tub or pool.

Swim Spa in Deck

Which Brand of Swim Spa?

When 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.

Swim Spa being used by a swimmer as shown from above

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 swim spa to get a good morning’s workout, you won’t have to worry about seating. If you anticipate using the swim 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

One 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 hot tub and poolvalue, 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

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.