Home Spa Maintenance

Answers to More of Your Hot Tub and Spa Questions

Asking questions about your home spa can save you a great deal of time and money in the years to come. There are a number of issues which need to be addressed in order to help you fully understand the requirements and expectations of you as a spa owner. In order to expand your knowledge on these important topics, we have done our best to answer some of the questions and concerns expressed by today's spa owners.

There are a number of hygiene problems identified by spa owners. Many individuals are concerned with the types of particles found in hot tubs and the steps to take to eliminate unwanted particles. In addition, there are also growing concerns related to problem pests which are often found in hot tub and spa water. These are issues that while not fun, need to be addressed in order to ensure you are maintaining your hot tub as best as you possibly can.

In relation to the pest issues, there are many factors which contribute to the longevity of your hot tub. Estimating your spa's lifespan is one of these factors which can help to ensure your tub lasts as long as possible. It is important to take any and all measures needed to ensure the quality and longevity of your hot tub.

Some of the minor issues associated with spas and hot tubs are the types of accessories used in these units. A number of hot tub owners are concerned with the effects some accessories may have on your spa and the potential damage some products may cause. Many spa owners have expressed concerns related to bubble bath for whirlpools . Information on whether or not this type of product is suitable for your whirlpool is discussed in this section.

For those of you who are considering purchasing a used spa, there are a number of things you should know before making your decision. Disadvantages of used spas are also discussed in this section in order to help you make the right decision.

For those of you looking for answers related to installing and removing a hot tub, you can find everything you need to know about these issues on our installation and removal questions page.

Particles in My Hot Tub

Question:

I have a hot tub that I only use about twice a year. When I do start it up, black particles come out of the jets. What is this and how can I fix it? -Stuart

Answer:

Since your hot tub is rarely used, these particles may be residual material that could have entered your spa in the filling process or may even be left over from the installation. Try adding a clarifier to the water which will help eliminate any cloudiness. Also, make sure to regularly check your chemical levels to keep the water balanced.

Problem Pests

Question:

I really love my hot tub, but I have trouble with frogs jumping in. Do you have any suggestions to help me with my frog problem? -Annonymous

Answer:

Purchasing a custom-fitted spa cover from your local hot tub manufacturer should solve your frog problem easily enough. Spa covers are designed to conserve the energy needed to heat your tub by providing a snug, heat retaining seal around the edge of the hot tub. One custom fit for your system should provide the protection you need from unwanted pests such as frogs or mice.

While experimenting for a solution, be sure to carefully monitor the problem and be meticulous with removal as to not damage your tub or its components, such as the filter. Consult with your local hot tub dealer and discuss possibilities for what may be attracting the frogs in the first place. For other useful information, click on the Hot Tubs page, where you'll find lots of helpful hints.

Estimating Your Spa's Lifespan

Question:

We have a spa that is 10 years old. In the past 6 months it has needed minor, but frequent repairs. What is the estimated lifespan for a spa and when should I stop pumping more money into maintenance? -Nancy

Answer:

Like anything else your spa's lifespan will depend on the brand and how well it's cared for. Even with regular maintenance (which includes: chemical testing, shocking, cleaning your filter, washing the shell and keeping an eye out for cracks or leaks in the plumbing) 10 years could be pushing it. To estimate whether or not your spa has had its day refer to the warranty; which should cover 3 areas: the structure, the finish and the equipment.

Bubble Bath for Whirlpools

Question:

I am looking for bubble bath and soap products that can be used in Jacuzzi® tubs. Any suggestions? -Amy

Answer:

Bubble baths are generally not suitable for whirlpools. They compromise the water chemistry, the water clarity and can also clog a filter. If you absolutely need your suds one option is to get a speciality hot air tub. These units have to be filled and drained with each use and have a built-in blow-drying system to remove any excess moisture. Check out our Luxury Options page and Spa Fragrances page for more information about spa accessories.

Used Spas

Question:

I am in the market for a used spa and looking at one that is 8 years old. How much longer can I expect it to last? Am I just asking for trouble? -Stuart

Answer:

If the spa has been well maintained it should have some longevity left after 8 years. Like buying used furniture, or a car, make sure you've done your research and know what you're getting. Check for damage to the shell and make sure all the accessories that should be included are, in fact, part of the deal. Check out our Used Hot Tubs page for more valuable information on buying used hot tubs or spas.

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