Keep pests out of your hot tub

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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.

Guidelines for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

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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.



Pool Closing Tips

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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.

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.

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.