With the weather getting a little cooler (though still warmer than other parts of the country) you may want to spend more time in your hot tubs—or you’re considering installing a hot tub . Today we’ll talk about the installation and maintenance of hot tubs.
How to Install Hot Tubs
Not all hot tubs require a constant water supply. Many just require the ability to fill it up with a garden hose. This can work with above-ground and in-ground versions. In-ground hot tubs are generally much more expensive because it requires much more work and can include major remodeling of the surrounding area.
Most hot tubs are made from man-made materials. They can be made from plaster, tile, or wood but it’s much harder to maintain. Due to the ease of installation and maintenance, most hot tubs use an acrylic tub with a fiberglass back.
They provide easy cleaning and reliable insulation. Centrex (tough thermal plastic) is sometimes used in tubs, but it has color restrictions—white only. Another popular option is ABS plastic with foam or fiber backing.
Two person hot tubs generally hold around 250 gallons while the larger 6 person tubs hold up to 500 gallons. The heating bill tends to increase by around $12 per month and the water should be replaced at least every 6 months (meaning an increase in the water bill at every refill).
Many hot tub owners opt to have their unit installed outside, but some choose inside installation in the master bedroom/bathroom. The indoor options can also include a number of different shower system, steam options, whirlpools, and more. These installations recommend additional ventilation systems for the room to decrease the chance of damage done by the increased humidity.
Modern hot tubs can include many new and interesting features like stereo/speaker combo, headrests, additional lights, exercise swim jets, and more.
These devices spray ozone gas into the spa water, which kills bacteria better than bromide or chlorine without the chlorine smell. It needs to be used for a short time every day and in conjunction with other chemicals, so it cannot replace chlorine, but it’s a great additive.
Speak with our Pool Daddy technicians when you’re ready to winterize your hot tubs, especially if you plan on shutting it off completely for a few months at a time. Any water left in the tub or piping can cause cracking and other expensive damage.
Anything with a filter needs to be checked regularly to work properly. To avoid hair or bacteria build up you cannot neglect your filter. Speak to technicians for regular maintenance or opt for programmable filtering functions available for newer hot tub models.
No matter who you are or how often you use your hot tubs or how long you’ve had your hot tubs, Pool Daddy is here to help. Schedule regular cleaning, checks, and maintenance and call us whenever you have a hot tub (or pool) related emergency to keep your water-based entertainment safe, clean, and fun year round.