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A Simple Guide to Maintaining and Caring for Your Hot Tub

Investing in a hot tub is the first step you can do in order to invest in a better you. It’s the first step to a journey that will be filled with lifelong satisfaction and relaxation. And to get the best out of it, one should take into account some of the most basic tips to make the right choice. Now, regardless of what type, size, and model of a hot tub you choose, in order for it to work properly, one should maintain and care for it regularly. Buyers should take this as a main condition before buying the hot tub, as there will be no use of having one that will fail to work shortly after the purchase.

According to manufacturers, maintaining and caring for a hot tub is easy, it only takes for buyers to create a regular schedule and follow up some of the basic steps. This would be enough to keep any type of hot tub in tip-top condition. Except for reading and following the manufacturer’s instructions, there are three main steps that need to be followed for having a clean and perfectly running hot tub.

Let the Water Circulate

The water in the hot tub must be clean and free of contaminants and the easiest way to achieve this is by letting it circulate and pass through the hot tub’s cartridge filters. The first thing one should know is that there are two types of hot tubs – those that have an automatic circulation schedule and those that doesn’t. Those hot tubs that have an automatic circulation schedule allow the water to circulate for about 15 – 20 minutes so the water could pass through the filters. On the other hand, those hot tubs that don’t have an automatic water circulation, the owner should turn the circulation mode on for about 15 – 20 minutes twice a day to make sure that the water is refreshed and clean.

Rub and Scrub the Hot Tub

This might be one of the most important steps towards having an exceptionally clean hot tub. No matter how regularly the water is set to circulate, if the hot tub itself is not clean, this can pose a danger. Both indoor and outdoor hot tubs are prone to developing scum. According to manufacturers, outdoor hot tubs are more prone to contamination because of outer debris like wind-blown trash, leaves, etc. For this purpose, a regular (weekly) clean with a sponge and a special hot tub cleaning solution will keep it sparkling clean. You should make sure you scrub everywhere inside the hot tub, especially around the shell, jets and seats. If out of cleaning product, white vinegar can be as helpful as well.

Clean the Filters

Since the filters are constantly working, they need a good clean up from time to time to work properly. In order to be cleaned thoroughly, filters need to be rinsed, sprayed with a special filter cleaner and soaked in a chemical cleaner for deeper cleaning. After this procedure, they need to be rinsed thoroughly.

While there are some issues that one can fix it on his/her own, there are some problems that require a professional hot tub service. Spa hot tub professionals are qualified to handle a range of problems that users can’t handle themselves. When using a professional hot tub service, one can be sure that the hot tub will be checked for any leaks, cracks and clogged jets. If not inspected and treated on time, this can lead to hot tub failure. Although regular cleaning is essential, hot tubs do also need professional cleaning for better sanitation, desertification, and polishing. Now, except for this, there are some other issues, that require expert hot tub service.

  • Repeated Power Losses and Shutdowns – If one needs to reset the power quite often so the hot tub could work properly, professional help is more than needed. Although such repeated shutdowns might occur due to GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter), sometimes this can happen because of disconnected safety switches. Whatever the reasons, a professional check-up is essential in such situations.
  • The Hots Tub Stops Heating – The main things that keeps the water safe operating temperature in hot tubs in check are the internal thermostats. However, if they start to shut down repeatedly, this means that the thermostat is not working properly.
  • Problems with the Water – In case the water level drops or if there is a water leak into the cabinet and near the electrical systems and relays, professional services are more than needed in such situations. According to professionals, this is an extremely serious but repairable problem that requires a professional approach.
  • Frequent Controls Shut Downs and Remote Problems – Although this could be related to some kind of a battery problem, sometimes the the solution may require change of components in the remote itself and the control panel. Whatever the problem, these issues require the attention of a professional spa technician.
A Simple Guide to Electric BBQs: Buying & Maintenance Tips

If you like your food grilled but don’t want to go through the hassle of standing there and doing it yourself, an electric barbecue may be the best solution for you. These great appliances don’t pollute the air, they are easy to clean and simple to prepare for cooking. They are ideal if you are a beginner who wants to start cooking and enjoy delicious foods without having to slave in the kitchen for hours. But as is with most things, learning a new skill requires some patience and knowledge. Here are some simple tips to help you kickstart your new grilling journey. Read More →

Coffee Tables: Interior Design Guidelines to Make them Stand Out

Coffee tables have a prominent place in the living room, so both their look and functionality matter a lot. The secret lies in finding the perfect balance between making the table look attractive and stylish without disrupting the flow of the rest of the room. It all needs to fall into place and create one complete image. Here are a few pointers that can get you inspired. Read More →

PV Solar Panels Maintenance Tips – a Short & Simple Guide

Once installed, solar panels work entirely on their own to collect the sun’s rays and put them to good use. And while they’re an ideal addition to your home’s electricity system, what about their maintenance? Although most suppliers offer repair and maintenance services, these are mostly meant for highly technical issues, which we hope you won’t have to deal with. Still, there are some things that you can do on your own to ensure your panels will be able to run at their most efficient level, which can make them last up to 25 years. Read More →

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The Future of Construction: A Simple Guide to Prefab Homes

You’ve always had a clear idea of how you wanted your future home to look like, and now it’s finally time to make it a reality. Unlike buying or renting a property, building a home from scratch is the best way to tailor your living space to your precise needs and wishes. But constructing a house the traditional way is a time-consuming and expensive task, which is why you’re having second thoughts about it. Read More →

A Simple Guide to Choosing the Best Bathtub Water Spout for Your Needs

When it comes to buying a bathtub spout, there’s basically no limit to what you can purchase. There are so many finishes, styles and price points to consider. If you want to replace your old one with a similar model then you probably know what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you’re in the middle of a complete remodeling of your bathroom and want to buy a completely different type and style of bathtub spout then there are some key factors you should consider.

Installation

There are different types of bathtub water spout models all requiring different installation methods. For instance, a bathtub spout that is a combination of a tub and a shower should be installed on the wall (although you can also find some tap-mounted options). Usually, these sets consist of a showerhead, one or two handles (one stationary and one is hand-held) and a tub spout. Another type is wall-mounted spouts – the are usually installed above the bathtub and when installed the proper way they evoke a sense of luxury.

Free-standing tub spouts are available in single and two-handle configurations while some models come with a handheld showerhead for easy rinsing. Deck mounted tub spouts are either mounted right to the tub or on the deck surface. If you enjoy taking a relaxing bath you will love these fixtures as they offer more room to stretch and soak.

Style

Style is also an important factor to consider. Contemporary style spouts feature reflective surfaces, curves, and have a sleek design. Rustic models are warm and clean evoking a feel of a quieter, simpler time. Modern spout options are usually sharp angled along with gleaming surfaces and geometric angles. Transitional models are simple without a lot of details.

Finish

Even though the fixture may be hidden behind the shower curtain, matching the style and finish of it to the bathroom’s existing style and decor is a good idea. Mixing metals is very trendy right now, but if you are not really sure how to do it, consult with a professional. On the other hand, a matte black bathtub water spout and brushed gold hardware work great together because these two finishes complement each other. A mix of brushed nickel faucets and polished chrome creates a very nice profile as they are two sides of the same colour family.

If you are buying a new bathtub spout to replace the old one, make sure you know the brand of your current fixture and buy a new one of the same brand. This way you won’t have to replace the valve that is hidden behind the wall and do extra work.

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A Simple Guide to Buying and Maintaining a Salt Water Chlorinator

Keeping your swimming pool safe from contamination typically involves using chlorine to deal with bacteria and other microorganisms. However, as great as chlorine may be for this purpose, it does have some drawbacks. For that reason, many homeowners are turning to an alternative solution – the swimming pool salt water chlorinator. A salt water chlorinator takes advantage of dissolved salt as a means of cleaning the pool. Although it still contains chlorine, the way in which the chlorine is created is an entirely different process.

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Simple Guide to All the Specifics of Growing a Rubber Tree Plant

You know you’re truly a grown up once you start taking care of other things besides yourself like for instance, houseplants. For years I thought my black thumb was preventing me from enjoying luscious greenery in my home, but it turned out, I was wrong. You see, it’s not that difficult to grow a houseplant once you choose the right one. Plus, I have killed enough plants in the past to know which species are difficult and which ones are super easy to take care of. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the high impact member of my low maintenance green family – the rubber tree plant. Read More →

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Outdoor Furniture: A Simple Guide to Side Tables

Your living space does not have to end at your front door. Everyone should strive to extend their comfort zone far beyond the “Welcome” mat and onto the front porch, deck, or patio because that’s still your space and you should make the most out of it. After all, it’s summer, and what’s the use of it if you’re not able to host garden parties, barbecues, and simply enjoy the fresh air every single chance you get?

However, in order to do so, you’ll need to pick some great outdoor furniture pieces that will bring comfort, style and function to your spot under the stars. A staple piece of any outdoor lounge area are side tables as they help capture that living room ambiance and establish a gathering point. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes which makes it even easier to choose one that will best fit in your space.

Consider the material that you want your outdoor side table to be made from and make a smart choice on this one as the unavoidable rain and piercing UV rays will adversely affect its look and longevity. If you’re looking for quality, teak is the material that tends to wear most gracefully when being left outdoors for long periods of time, even after a couple of years. On the other hand, many pieces made of timber can have the lifespan of a banana. So, why is teak so much different?

The reason teak is considered as the best choice for not only outdoor side tables, but all kinds of outdoor furniture as well, is that it contains high amounts of naturally occurring rubber and oils which can serve as a shield against everything that nature might throw its way. Teak can ensure that your centrepiece side table is protected against water, insects, rot, and chipping paint, allowing you to enjoy an investment that lasts longer.

You’ll be using your outdoor area to relax, so of course you’d want to make it as comfortable and inviting as possible. Even if you have no space for chairs, you can use several bulky cushions and place them around the side table. Not only does this set up look quite interesting and comfortable, it can also contribute to a very intimate feel which is especially welcome during warm summer nights. Add some candles and wine to the mix and you have the perfect romantic atmosphere.

And finally, outdoor side tables need just as much colour and details as living room side tables do. Add playful décor pieces like a tray or a vase full of fresh flowers. You can also add a bold rug underneath the side table or under your whole seating area to give the space a light and colourful touch.

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