Common Hot Tub Repairs: It’s All about the Water

If there’s a serious problem with your hot tub’s functionality, it’s always a good idea to get a professional involved to properly diagnose the problem. However, there are also many hot tub repairs you can take care of yourself, especially when it comes to the water.

Lots of different water-related issues can occur in a hot tub, but if you know how to diagnose them, the solution can actually be quite easy.

Some of the major water problems you may encounter include:

  • Cloudy water
  • Foul-smelling water
  • Musty smells
  • Chlorine odor
  • Stains
  • Scale
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation / rashes
  • Organic buildup / scum rings
  • Algae growth

Although that list looks intimidating, the good news is that most of those problems are caused by the same general issues: build-up of dirt, excessive amounts of organic material, unbalanced pH levels, low sanitizer levels, or general overuse / a lack of cleaning.

The equally good news is that the majority of those issues can be taken care of with one of these simple steps (or sometimes, a combination of them):

  1. Wiping off built-up scum / debris
  2. Using your spa chemicals to adjust the pH / alkaline levels
  3. Adding sanitizer and/or shocking the spa with it
  4. Allowing the chlorine level to drop below 5 ppm before you get in the water
  5. Removing and cleaning the filters

In more extreme cases, you’ll need to empty your hot tub water, clean the interior, and refill it, but that’s something you should be doing every few months regardless.

As you can see, most water problems fall into the category of common hot tub repairs, and they are easily solved with just a few simple steps. And by regularly cleaning your spa, you can help prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

How to Prepare Your Hot Tub for Winter

Some people prefer to leave their hot tubs running during winter, but many others decide to shut their spa down for the colder months of the year. Maybe they travel for holidays too much to really enjoy it, or perhaps they just want to cut down on costs.

Maryland winter’s can be unpredictable, so Maryland hot tub owners should take steps to prepare their outdoor hot tubs for winter as part of an overall hot tub maintenance routine.

Step one is to turn off the heater, cut the power to your hot tub, and drain the existing water (if you have an air blower, drain the water from that as well). Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to begin this hot tub winterizing routine:

  1. Remove your filters, and any filter compartments/skimmer baskets/filter canisters and clean them thoroughly. Hose them off to remove major debris, then soak them in a cleaning solution, and rinse to remove all residue.
  2. Loosen fittings in the plumbing system, drain, and inlets/outlets of the pump and heater. This will help prevent water from freezing in them and causing damage.
  3. Drain any remaining water out of the jet plumbing.
  4. If you have an external gas heater, shut it down by carefully following the manufacturers’ instructions, and remove all water from the unit.
  5. Wipe down all surfaces of your spa shell with a non-foaming cleaner, rinse thoroughly, and dry completely.
  6. Clean the cover inside and out and apply a protectant seal.
  7. Completely mop and remove any remaining water from the inside of your spa to prevent unnecessary freezing.
  8. Consider purchasing a hot tub cover to protect your hot tub.

Because of our cold winters, hot tubs in Maryland are often exposed to harsh elements. Properly preparing your hot tub for winter will keep it protected during cold weather, and will also make spring cleaning and reopening much more pleasant.

If you’ve experienced hot tub damage or need to replace hot tub parts, contact us about hot tub repair.

Who’s Buying Pools?

With the housing market back on the rise, homeowners are putting finances back into their homes slowly but surely. Whether it is a kitchen remodel, building a back deck, or adding a swimming pool and hot tub in the backyard, homes are once again becoming a profitable financial asset.

Request an EstimatePeople add swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas to their homes to enjoy time with their family, to have a place to entertain outdoors, and to add financial value to their homes. With so many reasons to build, remodel, or repair swimming pools, we can see why outdoor water entertainment areas have become so popular in the US.

While assume that there are many types of people are investing in pools, hot tubs etc. for their homes, there are certain ‘consumer profiles’ that these buyers can fall into.

According to a swimming pool industry study done by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, we should consider these five main consumer profiles: feature and location, simple life, family life, elite, and active adult elite. Each consumer profile is represented by certain lifestyle, income, age group, and value-based criteria.

The study was conducted in five separate regions of the US: Florida, the Southwest, Texas, California, and finally the Pacific Northwest.

After reading the results, the ‘elite’ consumer profile is considered most likely to undergo new pool construction, and has the highest likelihood of adding a pool to their home.

The elite consumer profile indicates that these people are: between the ages of 35 to 64, own homes worth $500k+, and many of them hold post-graduate degrees. It is also noted that they value: privacy, prestige, customization, and options.

Within the previously mentioned regions of the US, citizens in the ‘elite’ consumer group made 39% of the purchases within the swimming pool industry between 2009 and the first quarter of 2012. This group also has more than 4x times the likelihood of purchasing a new swimming pool compared to the average household in the US.

This consumer group is close to representing half of all new pool projects within this time period.

After sifting through this data, there still lies the question as to whether these conclusions would concur with other regions of the US. Is the same ‘elite’ consumer group still purchasing the majority of swimming pools in Maryland? What about New York? We can assume that this trend is similar across the US, but there is no factual data in this particular study to prove that.