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How to service your Hot Tub after a flood

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flooded-back-yardTake Pictures and Prepare Insurance Information

Email these photos to your insurance agent.  Take photos of the spa from all angles.

Be sure the Power is Off

Turn off the power to the unit. Turn off the circuit breaker. If the spa is 120v, unplug it from the outlet.  Then if you have any questions or concerns, contact a professional electrician.

Assess the Damage

Check for burn marks and places that may show corrision. Replace anything that looks damaged. Contact us to complete any repair - we have access to all parts no matter the make or model.
Here is a list of parts that can be affected by water damage:
  • Spa Packs
  • Pumps
  • Blowers
  • Ozonator

Dry the Hot Tub

zep-mold-stain-and-mildew-removerBefore you even think about turning on the power, all the equipment must be completely dry.

If some of the electrical equipment is wet, a power surge can damage it further. Use a shop vac to remove any excess water in any of the compartments. Immediately spray the insides with a Mold and Mildew remover.

Leave the door to the equipment area open with a fan blowing inside during dry days to allow moisture to evaporate, and prevent mildew. After it is dry, spray it again with mildew remover - and dry again.
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Sauna Maintenance Tips

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hydrocare-sauna-maintenance-tipsThese easy-to-perform maintenance routines will keep your sauna inviting, fresh and enjoyable.


Tip #1:

Keep a brush near the sauna door; a small hand brush works best.  When the last person leaves the sauna, dip the brush in the water bucket, and do a quick scrub of the benches, walls, and backrests.  This quick and simple step keeps the sauna looking great. 
 
If you do not follow this tip regularly consider using a sauna wood cleaning kit with Bacterinol, or paraffin oil.
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Hot Tubs Can Freeze

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If you don't use your hot tub in the winter the best plan is drain and winterize your tub.  However, if you enjoy  soaking on a cold winter night then here are a few things to keep in mind.


  • Temperatures can dip fast and uncirculated water can freeze fast-Keep the water circulating
  • Keep the cover snug
  • Make sure your water stays between 100-104 degrees
  • Hot water can last 2-3 day if covered tightly
  • Check your insulation in the cover and around the tub panels before the first big freeze
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Patio's Make Great Living Spaces

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Extend your home's beauty and functionality by making your patio an additional living space. Below are a few tips that, combined, will be a sure fire way to take your patio from drab to fab.

First ask yourself a few questions:

  • Will your patio be for beautiful summer evening dinner parties with family and friends?
  • Will your dining be followed with relaxing by the fire? Is that fire focal point a fireplace or a group of chairs resting casually around a fire pit?
  • What type of lighting do you envision? Tall freestanding oil torches? Strands of classic party lights? Candle lanterns?

That covers the evening entertainment but what happens during the day?
  • How about a comfy spot to sit in the sun?
  • Do you want a shaded retreat?
  • What about music?


As you can see a lot of thought goes into basic functionality. Once you decide the use of the space its time to carve out those different areas.

Think atmosphere: fun, classic, indoor decor spilling out

Furniture, plants and lighting can all be used to create borders between spaces

Make it comfortable and inviting with rugs, fabrics, and pillows

No matter how you choose to use your outdoor living space Hot Tub will be the perfet completion to the end of the day.  Contact Hydrocare Pools and Spas for a quote.
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Should you tile your pool or spa?

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pool-tile-installation-and-repair-ctWhat are the Benefits of Tiles?


If you are looking for a high end look to your pool, adding tiles is the way to go. Tiles are a premium upgrade becaus of their durability and appearance.  Also, if you compare tiles to vinyl, tiles are more durable and easier to clean and require less maintenance.

There are two types of tiles used as pool tiles.  There are ceramic and glass tiles.  They are usually under 100mm in size. They have a mesh backing forming a sheet around 300 x 300mm in size. Over the past 15 years, glass have gained in popularity.  Because they are made from glass, there are no pores as do ceramic tiles.  This means the manufacturers need to include latex additives so they stick to the pool.  Because of the added manufacturing processes, they are more expensive then ceramic pool tiles.
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When do you need a new pool liner?

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A vinyl pool liner lasts about 9 to 11 years given proper care and maintenance.  Over time, weather and chemicals will cause deterioration.  Pool liners can be expensive to replace.  But with Hydrocare, we minimize your expense.

Repair vs Replace

Often, if caught in time, damage to a pool liner can be repaired.  It does depend on a a few factors.  With liners under 3 years old, repair should be considered.  Consider where the pool liner is damaged.  If there is a leak or damage near cutouts (e.g. around a skimmer or return jet), these are not usually repairable. Damage near the liner's bead or plastic fittings are difficult to repair.
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When to buy a used hot tub.

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If you are looking to purchase a hot tub, should you look at buying a used hot tub?

Know the person or dealer you are buying from...

2 out of 3 people would buy a used tub, especially if they knew the person. You'll find used spas and hot tubs on craigslist and local papers by dealers and home owners.  Of course we are here to help - if you have any question about a tub, Contact Us.

Buy from a Friend you Trust

If you have a friend who is generally "clean" it may be worth while to look into their used spa. Some people suggest never doing business with friends if you want them to stay that way.  But, if you trust them,  you will help them out and get a hot tub at a good price.

Buy from Some Guy Online

This is risky.  CraigsList ads are from dealers and not someone trying to dump their tub.  Check them out.  If you are close, take a look at the spa, and if it looks good call Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub and we'll do a systems check on spa.  We can also schedule a move and set up or any repairs if needed.

How much will a used hot tub cost?

For tubs under 10 years old, you should expect to pay about 50% of the retail cost - maybe more for a newer model.  If any of the systems (i.e. cover, shell, skirt, pumps, blowers) look worn, take another 15% off what they are offering.
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Can a Hot Tub purchase be deducted from my tax bill?

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IRS-buildingIt is never too late or too early to think about taxes.

IRS regulations allow you to deduct your hot tub only if your doctor recommends or prescribes it for a medical condition.

Many customers tell us the reason for installing one of our Hot Tubs is for a medical condition.  People that suffer from RLS, Fibromyalgia, back pain, Arthritis learn that soaking in Hot Water helps. There are certain medical conditions that can be used to justify a hot tub purchase from Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub.

Be sure you have a doctor's prescription to turn your hot tub into a deductible medical equipment.  But be sure that it meets the IRS's conditions.

Be sure you have a written recommendation from your doctor.

Pick up the IRS Publication 502; it covers medical expenses. From the Publication 502, medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. However, the medical expenses must be to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental illness, not as a benefit to general health.

The time to start preparing is now - when ever now falls on the calendar.  Keep the receipt we give you after we install your Hot Tub.
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Sauna Safety Tips

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sauna-couple-relaxingThe benefits of the sauna

Sweating eliminates toxins from the body. Normally heat helps heal your body's tissues.  This is the natural way your body defends itself against a virus - a fever.  A warmer body encourages circulation and can releive joint and muscle pain.

How hot is too hot?

How long is too long?

In 2010 Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy of Russia died during the World Sauna Championship in Finland.  He was in the sauna for only 6 minutes (the sauna was at 225 degrees farenheight).  They have discontinued the event.

So what safety rules apply to sitting in a sauna?

Rules for sauna safety

  1. Time - keep your stay to 15 to 20 minutes at a time.  If you are sensitive to heat, start off with a short stay.
  2. Heart - A warmer body means a faster heart beat.  If you have heart problems, consult your physician
  3. Toasting - Do not drink alcohol in the sauna. Yes, thats a period.
  4. Take a Break - Let your body recuperate for at least 10 minutes between sessions
  5. Drink - not alcohol, but water.  Rehydrate with plenty of water before and after.
  6. Buddy System - Like swimming have a friend or family member either join you or be aware, or around when you sauna.  
  7. Cool down – the nordic way is to jump in the snow after sitting in a sauna.  you can also take a cool shower.
  8. How do you feel - If you begin feel dizzy, a headache, or nauseous, get out. The purpose of a sauna is to feel better not worse.


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Cleaning Your Pool Tile

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00100 1046aThe sping time is the best time to clean your pool tile.  You will need to drain your pool some to remove those seemingly impossible stains.

There are biodegradable cleaners available but they may change your pool chemistry and require costly and time consuming balancing.

It is recommend to wait until pool closing to do a thorough cleaning.  A well balanced pool is the best way to avoid stains or calcium buildup.

1.  Purchase Necessary Cleaning Supplies

2.  Lower Water Line

3.  Pool Tile Cleaner Application

4.  Scrub with Pumice Stone

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What are the proper chemical ranges for a hot tub?

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Chemical Ranges for Your Hot Tub

These are the guidelines from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  When testing your hot tub, used these.  If you have a question, contact HydroCare Pools & Spas.

Parameter

Min.

Ideal

Max.

Free Chlorine, ppm

2.0

3.0-5.0

10.0

Combined Chlorine, ppm

0

0

0.5

Total Bromine, ppm

2.0

4.0-6.0

10.0

pH

7.2

7.4-7.6

7.8

Total Alkalinity, ppm

60

80-100* 100-120**

180

Total Dissolved Solids, ppm

NA

NA

1,500 over start-up

Calcium Hardness, ppm as CaCO3

100

150-250

800

Heavy Metals

None

None

None

Visible Algae

None

None

None

Bacteria

None

None

Local code

Cyanuric Acid, ppm (if used)

0

30-50

***

Temperature, °F



Personal preference

104°F

Ozone, ppm





0.1 over 8-hr.
time wtd. avg.



* For spas sanitized with calcium hypochlorite, lithium hypochlorite, or sodium hypochlorite
** For spas sanitized with sodium dichlor, trichlor, BCDMH, or chlorine gas
*** Dictated by state or local codes. Typically 100 ppm. (Some codes higher, others lower.)
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Electrical Problems with Your Spa

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Short-CircuitIf you have an electrical problem with your Hot Tub or Spa, more than likely your GFCI trips when you turn on the power

If you have a new hot tub, it was probably installed incorrectly. Call your hot tub dealer and have them take a look at it.

Here are some steps to take if you are experiencing electrical problems with your Spa.

Isolate the problem

Turn off the power and unplug the heater from the control box. You may also need to remove the wires leading to the heating element.
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Jetted Tub - Buying Tips

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jetted-tub-modern-bathroomBefore you make the final purchase of your whirlpool tub (jetted tub) be sure you ask (and answer) the following questions. 

And remember, if you already have a whirlpool tub and it needs repair, give us a call.

What are the most important features?

  • Tub Dimensions
  • Adjustable Jet Flow
  • Number of Jets
  • Color Options
  • Control Types (manual, Electrical)
  • Heater
  • Jet Type (air, water, both)
  • Lighting
  • Number of Occupants
  • Material (Fiberglass, acrylic, other)
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Cool Off In Your Hot Tub

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Staying-cool-in-a-hot-tubMost needlessly stop using their Hot Tub when the summer temperatures rise.

Your hot tub can actually be the best place to cool-off during a heat wave.

Put your spa in cool-water mode, or just reduce the temperature setting to 85°F or less.  You can also turn the heater off.  With the cover off and air jets running, the water temperature will drop quickly.

To maintain a reduced water temperature, keep your hot tub covered during sunny days.  Then run the hot tub with the cover off. This will cool the water!  Because water heats slower than the outside air.

A Cool Hot Tub Saves Energy

Without the costs of the heater, your hot tub will only cost pennies a day. 

So when the temperature rises, use your valuable investment and enjoy your spa as a cool-down soak.


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Ideas for your next pool party for the kids.

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bright-beach-accessoriesPlan a Party for the Kids

Let the youngsters make a splash at a backyard bash complete with swimming, games, and delicious finger foods.

Spread the Word - Invite your guests to your watering hole with an aquatic theme.  Here is a simple idea? Write the party details in permanent marker on rubber swim caps.

Set aside small beach pails filled with an inflatable beach ball, a squirt gun, and Swedish Fish for party favors.

No pool? No problem. Set up an inflatable pool or a sprinkler for the kiddies to splash around in. But Hydrocare does not sell inflateable pools - no problem.

No Fuss Food - Make the menu is easy for you and simple for your guests.  Try finger foods:
  • Fish-shaped crackers
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches

And don't forget to plan a Party for the Adults


Call us today and get your pool started for the party to come.
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Frogs in your pool?

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How do you get rid of frogs in your pool?

Answer: Use use the pool skimmer to scoop them out.

Frogs are one of the least offensive amphibian. Kids love 'em, French restaurants love 'em.  But when they find residence in your pool they are not so cute.

Frogs have a permeable skin, and need to keep moist.  As a result they can become a nuisance as they quench their bodily thirst. Most homeowner with a decorative pond or pool can attest to their frog sanctuary.

Because small bodies of water bodies lack the frog's natural predators, they can over populate the watery hang-out.

The easiest way to get rid of frogs is to consider the reasons why the frogs are there in the first place. Lack of predators is the main factor why frogs overpopulate. Some cats will eat frogs.

Don't rely on Paws to control your frog issue.

Also consider the frog's food source - they are amphibians are carnivorous, eating small insects and invertebrates. Be sure your pump is working and may consider aerating it to prevent stagnation.

Add a waterfall or a fountain to keep the water circulating. If the water is moving, insects will not be successful when they attempt to lay eggs. Without an abundance of insects, frogs will be less likely to find residence in your pool.

If all else fails, hire a professional to exterminate the frogs.
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Hot Tub Safety for Children

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The-Hot-Tub-is-too-HotIn general, adult Supervision is imperative Hot Tub safety. There should always be an adult designated to maintain constant visual contact with children whenever they are near any body of water. Educating yourself on the potential dangers, and with adult supervision, you can relax and not worry with children around.

Hot tubs should be covered with a locked safety cover when not in use and children should be kept away unless there is constant adult supervision. From the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the main hazard associated with hot tubs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded more than 800 deaths in spas since 1990. About four in twenty were children under the age of five.

  • Infants and toddlers should never be in a hot tub. Their thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating. And of course their control over their bodily functions is nil - say no more.
  • If a child cannot stand in the tub and have their head entirely above water, they should not be in the hot tub. If they are tall enough, they should not be in the water for more than 5 minutes at a time (with the water temp. at 104).
  • Everyone, including children, should drink water while they're soaking. If any bather feels sick, dizzy and/or sleepy, they should leave the spa immediately.

The CPSC recommends following these safety precautions:

  • Have a professional like Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub check your spa or hot tub and make certain it is in safe operating condition. Use our Request for Service Form to contact us.
  • Keep young children away from hot tubs and spas unless there is constant adult supervision.
  • Make certain the spa has the dual drains and drain covers conforming to and required by current safety standards.
  • Make certain knows the location of the cut-off switch for the pump so that it can be turned off quickly in the event of an emergency.
  • Be aware that consuming alcohol while using a hot tub or spa could lead to drowning.
  • Keep water temperatures at or below 104°F.
  • Always use a locked safety cover when the hot tub is not in use.
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The Rusty Scupper

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skimmer-pvc...sounds like the name of a resturant near Miamonque Yacht Club...

Your Scupper or Pool Skimmer is a great time saver.  It reduces the amount of hand skimming you need during the Pool season.    Be sure it is ready for the Summer - here are some tips:
  • Check for freeze damage - your pool skimmer may be cracked
  • Check the sides - sometimes a pool skimmer may separate from the wall causing leaks
  • Flo or No Flo - if the skimmer is clogged with debris, you may not see any flow
  • The flapper gate (aka the Weir) may not close
Be sure to relace the skimmer if you see any cracks or obvious leaks and operating issues.  Contact Hydrocare to diagnose and visit your home.

Give us a call if you have any questions - one of our experts may have a quick fix idea for you.

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Opening Your Pool - Is It Ready? - Any Leaks?

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Hydrocare-Dripping-In-A-leaking-PoolA pool liner of vinyl has a sheet of vinyl between the water and the structure of the pool.  This layer is cutom made for the shape of the pool.  Generally speaking, the vinyl liner pool is less expensive than the gunite (aka concrete) pool.

Compare this to gunite or shotcrete that uses plaster to keep it waterproof.  By contrast and for a better seal, vinyl liners lock the top edge into a track on the bottom of the coping at deck level.

If you are experiencing a leak - call HydroCare to open your pool and check for any problems in your vinyl liner.

Eventhough vinyl liners are made 20 mil in thickness and are resistant to punctures - they will happen given enough time and usage.  If you are adding more than 1" of water to your pool on a weekly basis - you may have a leak.  There are many DIY aids and videos, but if you read or watch closely, there are many "Watch Outs" in them.  We recommend using a professional team - in the long run it is less expensive

Fortunately HydroCare can, find, and fix your leak.

If you need a new vinyl liner, click here to see all the options, colors and patterns available to you.
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Winter is the best time to buy a hot tub

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winter-Warrior-Hot-TubMost think the best time to purchase an outdoor hot tub is when the weather starts to get warm.

But the best time to take advantage of a "hot" tub's warm water is when it's cold outside.  Because winter is typically the slowest time of the year for some hot tub dealers, the consumer benefits and find good deals on spas and accessories.

According to Hydrocare, many people only begin consider purchasing a hot tub in early spring to be ready by  summer. A Hydrocare hot tub is great for summer parties, but hot tubbing in the cold months offer a  warm-water massage.   The benefits of hydrotherapy may be even more beneficial when the temperature dips below zero.  Most of us are less active and we spend more time indoors when it's cold outside. With a hot tub, you can get outside, stretch, and relax in the comfort of a warm water environment.

Hydrocare hot tubs help save on operating costs in winter.  Our models are equipped with sophisticated control panels that can be programmed for cold-weather energy-efficient settings, and the optional factory-installed insulation holds in heat to reduce energy consumption by as much as 20%.

While the classic hot tub is installed at a ski-in home or cottage in a resort area, Hydrocare hot tub owners who live in Connecticut use their outdoor hot tubs at home all winter. After cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding or any outdoor activities, the hydrotherapy in outdoor hot tubs is great for recovering faster, improving circulation, increasing energy levels, and promoting a good night's sleep.


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How to handle Pool Tile Repair

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fixing-pool-tilesWe recommend a professional to repair your Pool Tile - Like HydroCare.

Tiles from all over give us a wide variety of color, shapes and sizes.  Pool tiles are different from your bathroom tile because they are mede to handle frost.  Tile provides an appealing accent to the pool's edge.  This makes it easy to catch oil and dirt. Without using tiles, you'll have a hard to remove "bathtub ring."

Tile is cracked?

This may be caused by a cracked bond or from freezing surface water pressing against the tile.

Is your tile is falling off?

You could be experiencing bond failure of the "mud" that was used to set the tile in. Look behind the tile for a horizontal crack.  "Popped" tile could be the result of not having caulking in the expansion joint between the coping and the deck, allowing water to run behind the tile and freeze.  The tile may be temporarily regrouted back in place. Use waterproof tile grout or thinset mortar cement.

Do you see white deposits on the tile?

Efflorescence, or mineral salts may come out of the grout or setting mud and deposit on the front of the tile. It may also come from the pool water. The efflorescence can be scraped off, or removed with a tile acid wash.

Contact us at Hydrocare and we can spot the underlying problem and give you options.




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Sauna Maintenance & Repair Costs

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We recommend you have your sauna checked every 2 years.  It is not expensive for us to come out and give you the assurance that all is well.  It is more expensive to wait until there is a problem.

Your Conneticut Sauna does require maintenance on occasion.

Even with the proper maintenance, repairs may be necessary over the years to keep the sauna functioning properly. Because of its primary function, saunas get hot and humid.  With this mix of conditions, keeping up with maintenance avoids the risk of fire or other precarious conditions.

Common Sauna Repairs

The most common type of repair is electrical.  If your sauna does not turn on - its probably an electrical issue. Fortunately, these are the easiest and least expensive fixes.

national-sauna-repair-costsThe other common problem is the thermostat - if your sauna is not keeping or getting to the desired temperature, you may have a thermostat problem

Average Costs of Sauna Repair

The cost of most household sauna repairs ranges from about $96 to $1,850. The factors affecting the cost are:
  • Location of the sauna, the specific repair that needs to be done, and
  • The severity of the damage are all factors that can impact the overall cost
Fortunately we service all of Conneticut and can schedule a time to estimate your repair.



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SwimEx Workout - Core Muscle Burn

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Workout your core muscles with this SwimEx session.

HydroCare Pools & Spas sells and services SwimEx spas in all of Connecticut, surrounding states and as far away as Ohio.

SwimEx offers a series of swim-in-place pools, known as swim spas.  They give you a total body workout. Every SwimEx model features a unique paddlewheel propulsion system, delivering a deep, wide water flow that is perfect for an Hydrotherapy workout.

Hydrotherapy is excellent for rehabilitation. It allows extended range of motion, and easier weight bearing environment.   When you are submerged in water, gravity is greatly reduced and you are able to perform in new ways. Using a SwimEx pool will get you on your feet quicker than most other rehab methods.
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Drain Entrapment Prevention

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If you get limbs, hair or clothing stuck in a pool or hot tub drain serious injury can result.  To help prevent drain entrapment, below are some important tips.  If you need us to inspect or fix your drains, contact us - we service Pools, Hot Tubs and Spa for all of Connecticut.
  • Install a Safety Vacuum Release System — the device automatically shuts off a pump if it detects blockage
  • Plainly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump
  • Know where the pool or spa pump switch is and know how to turn it off
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings - avoiding entrapment and entanglements
  • Make sure long hair, clothing or jewelry are not dangling when swimming in a pool or sitting in a hot tub
  • Be sure you use compliant drain covers - Ask us if you do not know.
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Opening your pool after a long cold winter.

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diving-through-hoopsSomeone said about the Winter of 2014, "Good thing we have global warming.  Can you imagine how cold it would have been otherwise?"

So after this cold Winter, you can expect to spend in the range $175-$300.  You can save money by doing some of the work yourself or by contacting us (use our Get a Quote form). Here are a few things you can do yourself to help lower the cost of opening your pool in the spring.

Remember, call HydroCare Pools and we can help open your pool.

1. Remove the Winter Cover. Make sure there isn't dirt or debris on the pool cover. Drain the water sleeves and remove them. Once the water sleeves are clear, untie and remove the tie-downs, then the cover itself.
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Commercial Pool Maintenance Problems

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commercial-pool-maintenance-connecticutRecreational facilities managers have a lot to worry about. They are responsible for maintenance, safety, supplies, employees, and often they are responsible for managing multiple facilities.

Because the maintenance manager is responsible for multiple activities and venues, the pool may be neglected for a short period of time.  And without a watchful eye on the pool, water quality can degrage quickly.

Hydrocare Pools and Spas provides comercial pool maintenance to help the facility manager manage.

As a quick guide, there are four critical areas that Hydrocare covers. As a result, commercial pool managers can be assured these major maintenance issues will not cost them time or create unhappy visitors and patrons.

Filtration/circulation

Ensuring proper filtration and circulation throughout the whole pool is critical to maintaining water clarity. Without regular maintenance of the filter and filter components, poor filtration will eventually require more chemicals and maintenance time.
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SwimEx Spa Service and Repair

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Swim spa makers have been coming and going for a long time. They have the same issues as regular portable spas. Pumps, seals, jets springing leaks, heater elements, swtiches and electronics, expensive to repair...

A swim spa is a real pool with similar care requirements.  When you make the SwimEx decision, you need to be sure there is a licensed repair company. 

HydroCare provides SwimEx technicians to your home or business as far away Ohio and also around the corner here in Connecticut.

The seasons are changing so you need to be sure your SwimEx spa is ready for action.

Contact us for a SwimEx quote.

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How to eliminate the mildew smell.

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smelling-armpitsKeeping your hot tub covered for long periods of time can produce a musty or mildew smell on your cover after a time.


That’s why it’s important to keep your cover clean and free of these odors.

To help prevent this mildew smell, use a small amount of bleach (10%) added to water (90%) and wipe down the bottom of the hot tub cover every 60-90 days. This will help prevent your cover from getting that musty smell that everyone dislikes.
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How to close your hot tub for winter

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Steps to Prepare and Winterize Your Hot Tub

If you are heading South for the winter or if you want to close your tub, follow these simple steps.  If you take the time now, your hot tub will be ready for the sprintime.

If you do not have time, please call us and we'll stop by and close your tub or pool for you.  We service your areas.  Contact us today.

Pre-Clean the Hot Tub

  1. Be before emptying the hot tub, add a degreaser to remove oils from skin and bath products. These can build up in the pipes and jets.  Do this at least one day before you clost your hot tub.
  2. Insert an underwater pump into the tub to remove old spa water

Clean All the Vents and Filters

  1. Extract the filter cartridge from the hot tub skimmer. Be sure to clean all around the skimmer.
  2. Give us a call HydroCare for the best cleaner and soak the filter in water mixed with a filter cleaner to dissolve oils and built-up sediment. Rinse well and set aside. 
  3. Remove any remaining water with a shop vac.
  4. Replace the cartridge filter into the skimmer.
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Cleaning Tips for Your Hot Tub

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Tips From Hydrocare Pools And Spas To Help Keep Your Hot Tub Clean

The hot tub vinyl cover is best cleaned and conditioned by following this step-by-step method:
  1. remove the cover and spray it lightly with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris that might have accumulated.
  2. using a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion with a large sponge.
  3. Promptly rinse with a garden hose. Rinse the bottom of the cover (do not use soap), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.

HINT: Shower without soap prior to entering the spa, and use only the rinse cycle when laundering your bathing suit, helps avoid detergent and soap residue in the spa water.

To clean the hot tub insert or shell, get a mild non-abrasive, non-foaming cleaner and a very soft rag or nylon scrubber.  Use these to remove dirt build-up.

Use baking soda for minor surface cleaning.

Spa pillows can be removed and cleaned by following the instructions in your Owner's Manual.

Clean Your Hot Tub Filter Cartridges

Your spa filter cartridges can become clogged with mineral particles or calcification from hard water.  This may result in reduced water flow.

We recommend that you clean your filter cartridges every month. Using a garden hose, spray each cartridge and rotate while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats. Contact us for the best Filter Cleaner products that match your filter.

Your filters should be replaced every three years with replacement filters from Hydrocare Pools and Spas.
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Spring is Springing!

Written by Giuseppe on . Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

Spring is almost here! (Even though there is 12" of snow still in my back yard) It is time to think of opening that pool!

Last year I opened my pool on March 16th here in Connecticut. My 12 year old son, who likes to work with me during the summer on pools, decided to have the neighborhood kids over for a swim the next day. He knows how to set a Jandy Aqualink from working with me, so he decided to turn on the pool heat to 88 degrees! I saw the steam floating into the atmosphere from a mile down the road! :)

The point is, THAT IS GREAT! All the kids had a blast and that is why we have a pool, to enjoy it!

Open the pool as early as possible. Who wants to stare at a pool cover? So what you are not going to swim. Go sit by the pool and feel the warm sun, read a book, barbecue, enjoy the outdoors! A pool is for more than swimming.

Also, the water is still cold so algae will not grow as easy. You can cut back on the amount of hours you run the filter and use less chemicals. In fact it costs less to open the pool early since the water quality is much better earlier in the season. It will probably cost you less overall and give you an extra two months to enjoy your backyard, your pool, your quality time, and most importantly, your family.

For more information, or for help opening your pool, visit our website www.hydrocarepoolsandspas.com.
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Selecting patio furniture covers

Written by Pool & Spa Expert on . Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

UmbrellaOutdoor waterproof patio covers are important to help extend the life of your outdoor furniture.

Even though you may be comfortable leaving your patio furniture unprotected during the warmer months, the truth is each season of the year poses different threats to your outdoor furniture. Morning dew and insect pollination during Spring, that un-forcasted shower or intense sun in Summer, the weight of Autum leaves and snow during the Winter months, all leave you outdoor furniture exposed differently.

When choosing a cover for your outdoor patio furniture, it is important to understand the components that make the cover strong enough to withstand the varing elements.

Here’s what to look for when choosing covers for your outdoor furniture: