Hot Tub Questions

Answers to Common Concerns Addressed by Hot Tub Owners

Most hot tub and home spa issues need to be addressed immediately in order to prevent personal injury or damage to your unit. We receive many questions regarding hot tub troubleshooting and quick fixes. A number of hot tub questions we receive are related to health concerns, while others are directed towards spa design. Regardless of the topic you're looking for, the answers can be found here. If you can't find an answer to your question, please email editor@hottubsandhomespas.com for answers. Chances are, if you have a question, others likely do too.

There are important things every hot tub owner should know. Things like hottubs and Medicare as well as how to keep hot tubs clean are important. General questions such as the differences between hot tubs and the functions of swim spas are also addressed in order to help potential owners choose a spa. In addition, information on hot tub manuals is also discussed in order to help individuals learn how to run a spa and maintain it on a regular basis.

Hot tubs for winter and logbooks for hot tubs are other frequently asked questions by spa owners. These are issues that need to be discussed, but are often overlooked by many hot tub and spa manufacturing companies. It is important to ask any questions you may have regarding your hot tub or spa. Refusing to ask a question because you think it's stupid may result in difficulties maintaining your spa due to lack of knowledge on a certain subject.

For those of you who often ask yourself “ what's my spa worth? ” the answer can be found here. Although it is difficult to determine, we do our best to provide you with the information you need to determine the worth of your spa. It is important to have as much knowledge regarding your hot tub as you can so you can readily fix issues and prevent future problems.

For those of you who wish to expand your hot tub and spa knowledge further, check out our more general hot tubs questions page to find answers to more commonly asked questions and concerns expressed by hot tub and spa owners.

Hot Tubs and Medicare

Question:

I have disabling back pain that is greatly relieved by soaking in a tub. I've heard that Medicare could cover the cost of a hot tub. Is this true? -Lori

Answer:

The treatment you seek is called Hydrotherapy. Your back pain is relieved, from the constant pull of gravity, by the sense of weightlessness achieved by submerging in a hot tub. Medical coverage, as always, is based on individual needs. Consult your doctor or access the Medicare website for more information.

Difference Between Hot Tubs

Question:

I live in a small townhouse with a small backyard and I am looking for an appropriate hot tub. What is the difference between a hot tub, a spa, a whirlpool bath and a Jacuzzi® tub? -Rolando

Answer:

The word Jacuzzi® is actually a brand name and is often used interchangeably with the other terms to describe a heated, water-filled tub with jets. As far as what would be best for your yard there are endless options; just be sure you choose something that comes with a good warranty. Browse our Home Spas page and Hot Tub Shopping page for everything you need to know about buying a tub that's right for you.

Swim Spas

Question:

I am looking to buy a large spa and heard of something called a Swim Spa. How big are they and how much will one cost? -Tony

Answer:

A Swim Spa is a swim-in-place pool that provides great muscular and cardiovascular workout all year-round; right in the comfort of your own home. Sizes vary, but to give you an idea you could be looking at something that's around 17 ft. long and 7 ft. wide (external dimensions). You can expect to pay at least $20,000. Check out our Swim Spas page for more information on Swim Spas.

Hot Tubs for Winter

Question:

I need a hot tub to help my back. I am looking for a deep, outdoor hot tub or spa that I can also use in the winter. Any suggestions? -Joe

Answer:

Any hot tub will help relieve your joint and muscle pain and the selection is vast. In your case, one thing to verify is that you get a tub that is suitable for outdoors and can be used year-round in any climate. Note that winterizing kits are available as well and should include everything you need to protect your spa from freezing. Check out our Hot Tubs and Hot Tub Shopping pages to help you decide on a tub that's right for you.

Logbooks for Hot Tubs

Question:

I am looking for some type of logbook to help me keep track of chemical usage, temperatures and general maintenance of a small spa. Does such a thing exist and where can I find one? -Nita

Answer:

You can get a spa logbook for under $50 from just about any pool and spa store. They vary in design and are great to record info such as your spas maintenance and repair history, water chemistry and adjustments, temperatures, and water pressure. Take a look at our Hot Tub Accessories page for more on chemicals and equipment.

Need a Manual

Question:

I'm trying to track down a manual for my Jacuzzi® jetted bath; specifically for info on the motor. Do you know where I can get one? -Tom

Answer:

There are several downloadable manuals available online on Jacuzzi Inc.'s website. If you still don't find what you need I'd recommend you call the folks there directly.

What's my Spa Worth?

Question:

I need to sell my spa. It is large, with 4 lounge-style seats and 18 jets and in excellent condition. Inside the cabinet it says it's a "Resort Spa." Can you help me determine how old it is and what its worth? -Julie

Answer:

I did quite a thorough search for a "Resort Spa" to no avail. Is there any indication of the manufacturer? I suggest you call the company directly with your question. I estimate that, for a spa of that size and description, your unit was probably originally purchased for at least $2,500. Check out our Home Spas section to learn more about spas.

Keeping Tubs Clean

Question:

When I turn on the jets of my Jacuzzi® tub a backwash of sludge comes out. What's the best way to keep my hot tub clean?

Answer:

The water in your spa should be changed at least every 3 months, or even more frequently if you notice debris or cloudiness. When it's empty, wipe away grime on the inner liner with a non-abrasive, mild soap solution. Also, clean your filters at least once a week. To learn more about Jacuzzi® spas, check out our Jacuzzi® Spas page.

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