Print

What are the health benefits to hot tubs?

Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

bigstockphoto Wellness Girl 3675270Hot Tubs - Relaxation

They could be the same words.  Although the don't occur together in the Thesaurus, there many benefits to sitting in an hot tub.  You don't need a research study to understand the health benefits to a good soak in a spa. 

Muscles and joints

Ask any athlete in training -  Hydrotherapy is a staple in the training room.  One magazine article in Tennis Magazine said it best: “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” adding that, if muscles are injured: "Soaking in a hot tub with a whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage."

Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation "Hydrotherapy is one method of using water to help treat arthritis. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy - massage."

Headaches, Stress, and Sleep

A hot tub can stimulate the release of our stress reducing endorphins. A hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. And when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a deep night's sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly states, "soaking in hot water, such as a hot tub or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep." 
Print

Keep Your Skin and Hair Beautiful when Tubbing

Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

Hair-Care-Products Hot tubbing is so relaxing and has wonderful health benefits but our hair and skin can suffer if we don't implement so me basic skin and hair care steps.

It might not be a good idea to have lotion on before you jump in however a slathering of lotion after will keep your skin cells plumped up minimizing the appearance of dipply skin.  Some products around the house work wonderfully such as olive oil and cold pressed coconut oil.

Using a quality leave in hair conditioner is key to keeping those locks moisturized. Also, make sure to pin up your hair so it isn't soaking up those chemicals.

Alway stay hydrated before and afer your hot tub soaks.  Drink plenty of water. Adding lemon slices makes it tasty and refreshing.

Lip balm is one often forgotton skin care product.  Peeling and dry lips are not so attratctive or comfortable.

Last, you may want to condider purchasing a water conditioning product to help offset the effects of the chemicals.
Print

Keep pests out of your hot tub

Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

raccoon-family-in-a-hot-tubHow to keep unwanted pests out of your hot tub

Soaking in a spa is very relaxing and attract people - your friends and family. Owning a hot tub means that people will always want to come over and enjoy the soothing and healing powers of the heated water.

Like hot tubs attract people, they may also attract unwanted bugs and varmints.  Here are some of the more common tips on preventing them from becoming a drain on time, money, and resources.

Clear the area of food

You are likely to attract pests with food left around your hot tub area.   When you go camping, use the same motto, "Leave no trace."  Rats, raccoons will dine on crumbs and fool left out.
Print

Guidelines for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

Government-red-tape-and-regulationsWhen you put in a swimming pool, spa or hot tub in Connecticut there are certain state codes you must follow.  Hydrocare Pools & Spas know the state-wide regulations and any local requirements.

Below are some useful information from the state's Department of Public Safety - Office of State Building Inspector.

An outdoor swimming pool, including an in-ground,
above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa shall be surrounded by a barrier which shall
comply with the following:

There are ten total and you must be aware of them all.

AG105.3 Indoor swimming pool. Walls surrounding an indoor swimming pool shall comply
with item 9 of Section AG105.2.

AG105.4 Prohibited locations. Barriers shall be located to prohibit permanent structures,
equipment or similar objects from being used to climb them.

AG105.5 Barrier exceptions. Spas or hot tubs with a safety cover which complies with ASTM
F 1346 shall be exempt from the provisions of this appendix.

AG105.6 Temporary enclosure. A temporary enclosure shall be installed prior to the
electrical bonding inspection of any in-ground swimming pool unless the permanent barrier
specified in Section AG105.2 is in place prior to the commencement of the installation. The
temporary enclosure shall be a minimum of 4 feet in height, shall have no openings that
will allow passage of a 4-inch sphere and shall be equipped with a positive latching device on
any openings.

AG105.7 Pool alarm

It goes on and on for 10 pages!

When you buy from us, we go through the regulations and make sure you don't have to.

Please download these, review them, then call us so you can not worry about them - that's our job.

pdfConneticut-swimming-pool-and-hot-tub-state-regulations.pdf

Print

Pool Closing Tips

Posted in Pool & Spa News Blog

swimming-pool-cover-and-closing-in-conneticutWe are ready and able to help you close your pool for the Winter.  Contact us or get a quote.

1. Balance the water chemistry:

About a week prior to closing the pool, adjust your water balance within the ranges below:

Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 180 - 220 ppm
pH: 7.2 - 7.4

Several days before closing, shock the pool with a chlorine shock or non-chlorine shock, at least 2lb per 10,000 gallons (follow package directions). Allow the chlorine level to return to 1.0 - 3.0 ppm before adding any winter algaecide and your pool cover. Very high chlorine tends to break down both algaecides and pool covers. Never add chlorine shock and algaecide at the same time and not right before covering it. At the very least, shock the night before you plan to close the pool, and run the filter all night long.