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Addressing More Issues Associated with Home Spas

There are so many questions associated with hot tubs and home spas that it would take millions of pages and billions of hours to address every single issue. Fortunately, we have done our best to address the main topics and concerns expressed by hot tub owners and users in order to enhance your knowledge on the subject. If you have any questions related to spas, chances are the answers can be found in this section. Hopefully, the information provided will help you better understand the wonderful world of hot tubs. Please email editor@hottubsandhomespas.com if you still have questions.

Looking through a number of questions submitted by hot tub owners, there seems to be a common interest associated with cleaning Jacuzzi® tubs . Information on the best ways to do so can be found in this section. In addition, a number of hot tub and spa owners are concerned with indoor hot tub use and certain guidelines which need to be followed with this type of hot tub.

For those of you who are looking to create a romantic setting, whether it is in your home or in a hotel, information on heart-shaped hot tubs can also be found in this section. If you are interested in installing a hot tub in your home, yard or business, but cannot afford a full sized model, there are also a number of small whirlpools available to choose from. Another alternative for those who want, but cannot afford a hot tub is long-term renting . The benefits and downfalls of renting a hot tub are discussed in order to help you make your decision.

Questions associated with children and spas are discussed, plus issues relating to deep spas . Another topic which has recently become a common concern for potential hot tub owners is overseas delivery . Everything you need to know about overseas delivery can also be found in this section.

For those of you who are interested in finding out further information regarding hot tubs and home spas, check out our even more general hot tub questions page to find answers to more commonly asked hot tub questions.

Cleaning Jacuzzi® Tubs

Question:

I was wondering if you know how best to clean the surface of my Jacuzzi® jetted bath without damaging the tub? Also how often does the filter need to be cleaned and how do I do it? -Annonymous

Answer:

Scrubbing the surface of your Jacuzzi® tub may lead to a damaged tub. Purchase a proper whirlpool tub cleaner to do a proper clean job. These cleaners are designed to soak on the surface and the scum and residue can be wiped away. Your local spa store will be able to provide you with the cleaner best suited for your tub. Check out our Hot Tub Sanitizers page by clicking on Hot Tub Accessories .

The catch is that whirlpool and hot tub cleaners can get expensive. For this reason, sometimes people try to use household cleaners instead. Try to steer clear of products not specifically designed for your hot tub. Household products may appear to do the job in the short term, but they can ultimately damage the tub's surface and jet systems. Your warranty could also be void is you use non-spa chemicals to clean.

As for your filter, it is important component to care for. A dirty filter will strain your pump and it will increase the amount of dirt circulating throughout the tub. You should rinse your filter every month to ensure its effectiveness. To clean it, allow it to soak in a specialized cleaning solution or you can even try soaking in regular soap and water. You should avoid bleach, as it will disintegrate the filter fibers and decrease its life span. I recommend replacing your filter at least once a year. For more valuable info on filters, take a peek at the Hot Tub Filters section.

Indoor Hot Tub Use

Question:

I heard that hot tubs are not recommended for indoor use because they may cause mildew and mold. Is this true? If so, how can this problem be solved? -Annonymous

Answer:

The great thing about hot tubs is that they can be used almost anywhere. They are completely fine for indoor use, especially when incorporating a good spa cover. The cover, when in place, will keep all of the moisture in. Moisture build up in a room during hot tub use is generally no more than what is created by a shower.

There are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure the room is properly ventilated with good air circulation. If installing a hot tub in a damp area of a basement, consider putting in an exhaust fan nearby to help prevent excess moisture in the air. This extra precaution is not always necessary, but good for just-in-cases. Second, use your common sense. For example, a tub in a tiled room will be less probable to prompt bacterial problems than a carpeted area. If you have doubts, and to make sure you acquire the appropriate tub for indoor use, consult with your local hot tub dealer. For lots more handy tips on hot tubs check out our Hot Tubs section.

Heart-shaped Hot Tubs

Question:

Is there such a thing as a heart-shaped hot tub?

Answer:

You see them in the movies, but it seems never in real life. Heart-shaped whirlpools do exist and are quite popular in honeymooner resorts and chalets. Now to find one at a regular manufacturer is quite a different story. I suggest you find a company that makes custom tubs and hopefully they can help you create your romantic retreat. Check out our Luxury Options page for more ways to spice up your spa.

Children and Spas

Question:

Is it true that there are health risks for small children if they use a spa? Is there a recommended age and weight restriction? -Trish

Answer:

It is always a good idea to check with your family doctor before children use a hot tub. Specific health risks may apply to children on an individual basis. If all is well, here are some safety tips to consider.

First, make sure that the temperature is turned down from the usual 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Dehydration and drowsiness can be the results of overexposure to high temperatures. Children should not stay in a hot tub for longer than five minutes at a time.

Make sure all drains are appropriately covered to prevent a child's hair or clothing from getting trapped. Have a professional inspect your hot tub on a regular basis to make sure everything is in good working condition and that you are using safety features properly. Know where the power-off switch is for your pump so you can turn it off in an emergency.

Also, keep in mind that water in hot tubs can have a high level of bacteria. Children pick up germs more easily than adults and have a greater chance of getting sick from the hot tub water. Click on Hot Tub Accessories and look for our Hot Tub Sanitizers section for more.

Finally, when you are not using your hot tub keep a locked cover on it at all times and make sure your children do not use the hot tub without adult supervision. As a general rule, children under the age of five should not ever use hot tubs- even with adult supervision.

For additional safety tips you can check out our Hot Tub Safety section.

Deep Spas

Question:

I am looking for a spa that is at least 5 ft. deep. What would you recommend? -Annonymous

Answer:

Deep spas are not overly common, but they do exist. When people are looking for a deep spa it is for usually for the purposes of hydrotherapy or aquatic exercising, and therefore they are not your typical molded, lounge seat-type spa. If you are looking simply to relax, check out our Hot Tub Manufacturers link for a place to start your search.

One option to seriously consider is a system called a 'Swim Spa'. These tubs come in all different sizes from 9-14' long x 6-7' wide x 3-6ft deep. They are usually designed with a system that creates current at one end to allow for swimming-on-the-spot exercising. However, it is also possible to purchase a unit with seating, to convert it into a traditional hot-water spa. To get the dish on swim spas, check out our Swim Spas web page.

Small Whirlpools

Question:

I am looking for a whirlpool tub to fit into a small space of only 58" wide and 32" deep. Does such a thing exist? -Lynne

Answer:

Whirlpools are available in a variety of sizes. Widths can be as short as 30", but you still have to consider the length. With a depth as shallow as 32" you want to be sure to choose at least a 5 ft. length to be comfortable. Check out our Whirlpool Tubs page for great links to help you in your research.

Overseas Delivery

Question:

I am in Melbourne, Australia, and would like to buy a barrel-style Jacuzzi® hot tub. I can't find a supplier here. Can you recommend a North American manufacturer I could contact? -Annonymous

Answer:

There are manufacturers of barrel-style hot tubs in North America that will provide shipment of their product anywhere in the world. These tubs are actually quite easy to ship as they are relatively compact when disassembled, and easy to build upon arrival. To start, check out our list of reputable manufacturers by clicking on Hot Tub Manufacturers. Try giving them a call and see if they have any Australian affiliates who might be able to help you out. Another thing I can suggest is to directly contact the folks at Jacuzzi Inc. to see what they have to say. It is possible that they have a specific distributor that deals exclusively with international orders and shipments. Click on Jacuzzi® Tubs for more information of their line of products and exactly what it is you may be looking for.

Long-Term Renting

Question:

I would like to rent a hot tub for the summer. How should I go about doing this and how much will it cost? -Annonymous

Answer:

There are many companies throughout North America that provide hot tub rental services, complete with delivery and set-up. Plan for where you want to put it, outside is often the best place so your floors do not get wet. Make sure you can easy access the area and that there are nearby water and electrical sources.

The prices for renting a hot tub can vary widely from company to company and are dependant on things such as the delivery distance and length of the rental contract. For a 6-person tub, for example, you can expect to pay around $150 to $250 per day. Multi-day discounts are often available for periods of three or more days, with weeklong rentals typically ranging from $450 to $550. Certain companies also offer longer-term hot tub rentals. Generally, the longer the rental period, the lower the price on a per day basis. Also, be prepared for a delivery fee, usually of around $40.

If you have any more questions or concerns, or just want to learn more, check out our Hot Tub Rentals section by clicking on Hot Tubs .

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