Category Archives: Hot Tubs

How to Eliminate Hot Tub Bacteria

how to eliminate hot tub bacteriaNothing helps the day’s accumulated stress melt away quite like a nice long soak in a hot tub.

Unfortunately, the same warm, steamy conditions that make hot tubs so heavenly also make them the perfect breeding ground for nasty microbes that can cause infections.

If you’re irked about enjoying the many benefits of a hot tub due to bacteria, there are many ways to ensure the tub is clean and safe to use. Take the following steps to make sure your hot tub experience remains purely blissful.

1. Regular Inspection

On a regular basis, assess the quality of the water. Look out for slime, a sour smell or unclear water – clear signs of a bacterial infestation.

You can often see/smell the bateria long before it becomes a serious problem.

2. Regular Maintenance

Wipe down the underside of your hot tub cover and filter hole in the tub wall with a hot tub cleaner. If the cover is waterlogged, it is irreparable and must be replaced.

Remember to test the levels of sanitizer before and after using the hot tub.

Have your water tested at Leisure Industries regularly to ensure it is properly balanced.

It’s a great idea to pick up a sanitizer containing chlorine or bromine to prevent re-occurrence of bacteria.

3. Maintain the Hot Tub’s Filter

If your hot tub’s filter is over a year old, it’s time to replace it. Filters should be rinsed weekly and chemically cleaned once a month by soaking in a filter cleaner for 8 hours overnight, rinsed and reinstalled in hot tub.

4. Regular Shock Treatment is Recommended

how to kill hot tub bacteriaWhen you use your hot tub regularly, the disinfectants react with organic material in the water such as dirt, soap, shampoo, body oils, etc. Chlorine that reacts with organic material is known as ‘combined chlorine. It is less effective at disinfecting and produces unpleasant odours and eye irritation.

Chlorine that has not reacted with any organic material is known as ‘free chlorine’, and is an effective disinfectant.

In order to make sure that your hot tub has the right amount of disinfectant, you have to perform a shock treatment. The treatment will get rid of the combined chlorine in a hot tub and can be done by raising the chlorine level to 10x the normal concentration, and then letting it sit until the free chlorine levels drop back down to recommended ranges. Ideally, shock treatments are done before the combined chlorine is more than 0.5ppm.

5. Keep the Pump Going 24 Hours a Day

If you don’t keep your plumbing lines going, the water becomes stagnant – inviting bacteria or fungus into your tub.

  • Run a pump 24 hours a day to circulate water through all the pipes; or
  • Set a timer to turn the pump on for a few hours, at least twice a day, to flush out all the lines; and
  • Make sure all filters and pumps are maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

At Leisure Industries, we take the safety of your hot tub seriously.  Get in touch with a member of our team and we’ll help you find the right products to ensure a stress-free hot tub experience.

The Health Benefits of a Hot Tub are Many

We all love sitting in the hot tub because it helps us relax. But what does that relaxation really do for the human body?

hot tub health benefitsWe know stress can have some incredibly damaging effects, including headaches, chest pain, elevated blood pressure, insomnia and ongoing upset stomach. Stress can also damage relationships.

What else do we know about stress?

  • Almost half of all adults suffer some negative health effects as a result of chronic stress.
  • As much as 90% of all adult visits to the doctor can be traced back to stress.
  • Chronic stress often leads to depression in adults.

But the stress relief we get from a hot tub counteracts all that, and hands out a large number of additional health benefits many hot tub owners benefit from, but rarely think about.

Hot Tubs Give Families Relief

Hot tubs are proven to provide a huge list of benefits with regular use (and sometimes even with irregular use), including:

  1. Muscle tension relief.
  2. Relief from joint discomfort.
  3. Lowered blood pressure.
  4. Overall stress relief.
  5. Relief from headaches.
  6. Natural weight loss.
  7. Improved circulation.
  8. Reduction in symptoms of chronic fatigue.
  9. Balanced blood sugar.
  10. Reduced symptoms of diabetes.
  11. Clear skin.
  12. Reduction in allergies.
  13. Natural asthma relief.
  14. Protection from premature skin aging.
  15. Strengthened immune response.
  16. Relief from hypertension disorder.
  17. More complete and efficient digestion.

VictoriaOther Benefits to Consider

The addition of natural oils for a healthy aromatherapy experience enhances the health benefits received from a soak. Even if you consider yourself a man’s man, or you’re normally sensitive to strong scents, the benefits are there.

The best oils, in our opinion, are:

  • Lavender oil.
  • Peppermint oil.
  • Eucalyptus oil.
  • Lemon oil.
  • Tea Tree oil.
  • Jasmine oil.

Relax and breathe deeply. The memory centres of the brain are highly connected to scent, and breathing a familiar scent deeply can invoke powerful, happy, relaxing memories.

Let’s talk about the jets. Oh the jets. The jets provide a low impact massage to the weariest parts of your body.

Massage helps relax the body and mind by stretching muscles and breaking up knots. It improves the lymphatic system by helping move fluids freely and flushing toxins through your body’s natural filtration systems.

What are You Waiting For?

With all the wonderful benefits you gain from just sitting in a hot tub, why don’t you already have one of your own? Visit our showroom for a massive selection of hot tubs that will help you melt away the stress of work every day.

The Importance of Properly Balanced Pools and Spas

Properly balanced water is one of the keys to healthy swimming and hot tubbing. It is also a critical component in the lifespan of pool surfaces and vinyl liners, pumps, heaters, decks and deck Swimming pool PH levelequipment like ladders and rails.

Some auto sanitizers – salt generators for example – have a tendency to negatively affect water balance, especially the pH. A very high or low pH makes the pool uncomfortable to swim in, creates scale, staining and can drastically reduce the life span of pumps, heaters, pool finishes and vinyl liners. In many instances, wrinkled liners are the direct result of unbalanced water.

The following is the range for safe, healthy swimming:

  • pH 7.2 – 7.6

Check it weekly

pool water The following is best checked professionally at least once a month. Take a sample, about ½ a litre from the pool in front of the skimmer about elbow deep. Rinse the container in the pool’s water first. Bring the container in to us for testing. Don’t leave it in the car all day, as sunlight, heat and plastic or glass containers can alter the chemistry of the water sample. Try to bring it in within 4 hours.

  • Total alkalinity (T.A): 80-120 ppm (parts per million)
  • Calcium hardness (C.A): 200-300 ppm
  • Cyanuric acid (C.Y.A): 30 – 60ppm
  • Chlorine (CL): 1-3 ppm

Happy Swimming!

Myths and Misconceptions about Water Sanitization

Just like the tale that a special dye that will appear in the water if someone pees in the pool, there are many more myths out there that can adversely affect the safety of pool water and the longevity of pool equipment such as pumps, filters and heaters.

Don’t trust platitudes

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There is a saying common to some pool owners, “if it’s clear, have no fear.” This saying could be very costly, even in the short run. The water can develop harmful microbes and if it’s tested infrequently you risk skin rashes and extreme damage to pool surfaces such as:

  • Wrinkling vinyl liners
  • Deterioration of a fiberglass pool’s gelcoat
  • Flaking paint on concrete pool.

Even new pool heaters have been known to rust out within 3-6 months.

Frequent testing is even more critical in hot tubs, mainly because of higher temperatures, smaller volume of water, and higher bather load. Four people in a hot tub is equivalent to 200 people in a pool. A single person will deposit about one billion bacteria into the water, some of which can be detrimental to health if not properly sanitized.

Pool and spa surfaces, along with pumps, heaters and chlorinators (especially salt chlorinators) are at increase risk if the water is unbalanced for an extended period of time.

Mind your test equipment

Although a pool or spa owner should have good test equipment (there are many cheap ones available that are not very accurate), you should also pay attention to the expiry date.

log flume joust setNever store your test kit on a window sill or on any other surface that can get very warm. It is also very important to follow the test instructions to the letter.

When you take a water sample, first rinse out the container in the pool and then take the sample from in front of the skimmer about elbow deep. Bring it in to us within four hours. Do not leave it in a hot car in the summer for any extended period of time.

Properly balancing your pool or hot tub regularly protects your pool, equipment and your family’s health. For best results it is always safest to have your water tested by a professional pool company like Leisure Industries. Our equipment is ultra-accurate and you get the added benefit of our knowledgeable staff.

The Importance of PH in Pool and Spa Water

The following are the correct parameters for a properly balanced pool or spa. These are key to healthy swimming and problem-free surfaces and equipment.

  • Ph:  7.2 – 7.8 is the recommended range and 7.4-7.6 is the ideal range.
  • Totally Alkalinity:  (TA) 80-120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness:  200-300ppm

Of the above, pH is the most critical. It affects all aspects of a pool or spa, swimmer comfort, equipment lifespan, pool finishes , vinyl liners, even the performance of chlorine are all negatively or positively affected by the waters pH level. A pool with a consistently high pH results in cloudy water, staining, scaling and algae because the sanitizer is ineffective at high pH levels.

This is especially true of pools equipped with a salt chlorinator. Salt chlorinators produce liquid chlorine which has a naturally high pH. The correct sequence for balancing is as follows.

  1. Balance the total alkalinity
  2. Balance the pH
  3. Balance the calcium hardness

Another important reason for a proper pH level of 7.2 your sanitizer (chlorine) is at it’s most effective. With a pH level of 8 or higher the sanitizers effectiveness is dramatically reduced even if the chlorine Is at the proper level of 1-3 ppm. At a level of 7 or below your water is acidic. This can result in liners wrinkling and heaters failing within as little as 3 months.

The solution is to get a good test system and to test your water at least weekly. Better yet, bring in a water sample for professional testing and advice.

How to Choose the Best Hot Tub for Your Budget

This generation is truly the “Hot Tub Generation.” Although hot tubs (or Spas) have been around for thousands of years (Roman Baths), it’s the advent of the portable spa that has allowed the industry to blossom. As the baby boomers age and suffer from sore muscles, migraines, arthritis and other age-related problems the portable hot tub have become a godsend -a soothing, private oasis.

hot tubsThe younger generation has also jumped in with both feet. Instead of the old-time pool parties, this generation is into “tubbing” or “tub parties.” The reasons are simple; a hot tub is a lot of fun! Tubs are very affordable and you can place them almost anywhere. If you have a small backyard or even if you live in a townhouse, a hot tub will fit. They’re designed to sit right on top of a patio or deck. The only preparation required is a solid foundation and electrical power.

Why buy a hot tub? A tub is today’s smart stress solution. It’s like having your own private resort – a place to unwind and eliminate the stresses and the tensions of today’s world- an hour in a hot tub before bedtime and you’re guaranteed to sleep like a baby. It’s also an excellent vehicle for conversation with friends and family.

But what goes into a well-made hot tub? Like almost every product on the market today, tubs come in different qualities.

The Shell

Choosing Hot TubsLet’s first start with the structure that holds the water – the hot tub shell. The industry standard is cost acrylic backed with layers of fiberglass. About 90% of the tubs are made with this smooth comfortable finish that looks great and is easy to maintain.

Because the fiberglass is glued on, it’s subject to blistering, cracking and delaminating. A tub shell that blisters or delaminates is very difficult and expensive to repair.

This shell usually comes with the manufacturer’s limited warranty, which means if it ever fails after a set time, you’ll have to pay to have it repaired.

A far superior shell material available on better built spas is trimatrix cast acrylic otherwise known as #180 acrylic.

This shell is the Rolls Royce of spa structures. The shell is fabricated from cast acrylic and high impact thermoplastic. These materials are permanently bonded together (not glued) producing a shell twice as thick and several times stronger than the standard.

This material gives you the best of both worlds – surface beauty and long life with a resilient material that will never crack or delaminate. The spa shell usually comes with a non-prorated lifetime guarantee.

The Plumbing Method

The second item that determines the quality of a hot tub is the plumbing method. A common, inexpensive method is the standard loop. This method, however, produces uneven water flow to the jets. The jet closest to the pump gets the most hydrotherapy action and the furthest gets less.

A superior method is the manifold system. With this method, the hot tub user may sit in front of any seal in the spa and gel the some hydro massage as the seat closest to the pump.

Pumps and Heater

Choosing Hot TubsThe pumps and power equipment con also have a bearing on a hot tub’s performance. Every tub comes with at least one pump, a heater and the touch pod to control it all. Here again, all tubs are not created equal.

A lot of spa manufactures use inexpensive 48 frame motors. This motor is probably the industry standard because of its low cost. A far superior motor is the 56 frame switchless model. This pump is quieter, runs cooler and is much more energy efficient. Its lifespan can be measured in decades rather than hundreds of hours. (Beware of dealers who advertise that their hot tubs stay warm without a heater. They will then try to sell you a hot tub with a heater!)

Every hot tub needs a heater. The average cost to run a well Insulated hot tub, as most are, is about $15 per month, providing you keep it covered when not in use. Most of the heat loss is through the top.

So you can enjoy your hot tub and not have to work maintaining it, look for a tub with a non-wood frame and base that will never rot, get mold or mildew.

Water Purification Systems

Last on the must-have list is the new, automated water purification systems available from the better spa manufacturers. This system uses charged oxygen to kill bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew. It keeps water sparkling clean and fresh and drastically reduces the need for conventional sanitizers such as chlorine or bromine.

There are hot tubs available today to fit almost any budget or lifestyle. Just make sure you get the best deal with the above important features. Don’t just buy a hot tub because it looks slick-like a vehicle, always check under the hood for quality.

If you have any questions about selecting a hot tub for your family, contact us now.