Video: Hot Tubs 101- Turning on your Hot Tub power

This episode of Hot Tubs 101 teaches you how to turn on your Hot Tub Power.

Here we are focusing on the electrical set up for Hot Spring and Caldera spas, but every hot tub brand works similarly!

 

Turn on your Hot Tub Power

Watch our video on How to Fill a Hot Tub!

 

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Video: Hot Tubs 101- How to Fill a Hot Tub

This episode of Hot Tubs 101 teaches you how to Fill a Hot Tub.

Focusing on Hot Spring NXT, Highlife, Limelight and Hot Spot hot tubs, as well as Caldera Hot Tubs, this method will work for all hot tub brands.

We also show you how high to fill your hot tub water.

How to Fill a Hot Tub

Watch the next video to learn How to Turn on Power to your Hot Tub!

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How to Prepare a Hot Tub for a Winter Storm

prepare-hot-tub-for-winter-stormWhen a big winter storm is on its way bringing snow, ice and the potential for loss of power, it’s important to prepare a hot tub for a winter storm with a few simple steps:

Pre-Storm Planning

  • Turn up the Temperature: Most hot tubs go up to 104 degrees. Turn your hot tub to the hottest setting and make sure the “summer” or “economy” mode is off. The higher the temperature, the more time you buy yourself before you have to worry about the hot tub freezing, in case there is a loss of power.

Steps if you lose Power

Do not drain your hot tub!

If you don’t have a generator:

  • Leave the hot tub cover closed. With your spa set to 104 degrees, in the typical Pennsylvania and New Jersey winter storm, you can have up to 3-5 days without power before you need to worry about the hot tub freezing.

If you have a generator: 

  • Plug an extension cord from the generator into a submersible pump, and place the pump in the hot tub. The heat from the pump will add to the water plus keep the water circulating, preventing it from freezing.
  • Another option is to use the generator to run a space heater or 100 watt light bulb. Place the heater or bulb into the equipment area (Inside of the cabinet) of your spa and run for a few hours at a time.

Once power is restored, if you notice an issue with your spa, contact us right away to schedule a service or repair.


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Help! I have Cloudy Hot Tub Water

Cloudy Hot TubIs your hot tub water cloudy? Even after you recently drained & refilled your spa?

Cloudy Hot Tub Water is usually caused by two things:

  1. Water that is out of balance
  2. Bacteria in the water.

Try these steps for cloudy hot tub water:

  • Test your water balance (Test in this order: Total Alkalinity, pH and Calcium Hardness) Adjust as necessary
  • Test the sanitizer level in your hot tub (This may be Chlorine, Bromine or Baqua Sanitizer depending on the system you are using) and make sure it is in the recommended range. If the sanitizer level is low, increase until it is in the recommended range & wait 24 hours to see if the hot tub cloudiness disappears.
  • If your water is still cloudy, add 2 TBSP of oxidizer (Only for Salt/Chlorine/Bromine water care systems) & run the jets with your cover open for 20 minutes. Wait 24 hours to see if the water clears up.
  • If your water is still cloudy it is most likely caused by hair gel, lotion, make-up, sunscreen etc. that is transferred off your body & into the water. Add a few squirts of a Water Clarifying product to the water. Run the tub with all the jets on as often as possible. Wait 24 hours and the water should be clear.

If your hot tub continues to be cloudy, we recommend having your water tested professionally. If you’re in the Philadelphia or South Jersey area, contact one of our 3 hot Tub showrooms for a water test!


Hot Tub Care Instructions

Do you ever feel confused by your Hot Tub Care instructions? There are water care instructions in your hot tub owner’s manual, under your hot tub filter lid and in packets from the hot tub store where you purchased. And often times each instructional sheet is slightly different.

Based on best practices from selling and using hot tubs for years, we’ve created our own downloadable water care instruction sheets for the following hot tub chemical systems. Click on the links below or select an image to download the sheet!

Ace Salt Water System
BaquaSpa System
Bromine System
Silver Ion System
Spa Frog System
Silk Balance System

 

ACE Salt Water System Instructions BAQUA-SPA System Instructions BROMINE SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS

FROG SYSTEM HOT TUB INSTRUCTIONS SILK BALANCE INSTRUCTIONS SILVER ION INSTRUCTIONS

*these hot tub water instructions are recommendations based on our experience with Hot Spring and Caldera spa brands. If you have any specific questions regarding your hot tub brand, consult your owner’s manual. 


How to Clean a hot tub

clean-hot-tub

Nothing feels better than a clean hot tub!

Here are some tips on how to clean a hot tub & get it in TOP SHAPE for the soaking season:

1. Purge your Spa:

Before Draining, put a Spa Purge agent into your hot tub to clean out bacteria from the plumbing lines. We like Clean Start by Silk Balance.

2. Drain your hot tub:

Remember to turn off the power to your hot tub first! Follow our handy guide on How to Drain a Hot Tub

3. Clean & Sanitize the surface of your spa:

A soft rag or a nylon scrubber should easily remove most dirt on your hot tub shell. Pay special attention to the water lines where sticky build-up can occur. We recommend cleaning the inside of your hot tub with a solution that does not create suds and is not abrasive. For hard-to-clean stains, try this Brilliance Surface Cleaner for hard to remove stains or Natural Chemistry’s Clean and Perfect Spray for a more natural clean. After cleaning, rinse the hot tub thoroughly to get rid of any cleaning solution residue.

4. Clean your hot tub Pillows:

Remove your pillows from the spa. (Be careful as your pillows might be fastened with a plastic screw!) Body oils can be removed with a mild soap and water solution. ALWAYS rinse off the spa pillows thoroughly to remove any soap residue.

5. Clean & Protect Your Cover:

  • Remove your hot tub cover from the spa and spray the cover with a hose to loosen any dirt & debris.
  • Use a very mild soap solution (try one teaspoon dish-washing liquid with two gallons of 3. water), or baking soda along with a large sponge or soft bristle brush & scrub the top of the vinyl in a circular motion.
  • Do not let the vinyl dry with a soap film on it before it can be rinsed clean.
  • Scrub the cover’s perimeter and side flaps. Rinse clean with water.
  • Rinse off the underside of the cover with water only (use no soap), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.
  • To condition & protect your cover, apply 303 Vinyl Protectant.

Take note of any rips & tears in the vinyl of your cover as these issues can cause loss of heat to your hot tub. Check out our Cover Check-up List to see if it’s time to replace your cover.

6. Clean the exterior cabinet:

Wipe down your cabinet, spraying it with a mild cleanser made from soap & water to remove any stains & residue. Spray 303 Vinyl Protectant on your cabinet to make it shine like new again! Nothing makes a cabinet look better than 303!

7. Clean your Filters:

Depending on the type of Hot Tub you have, your filter requires different care & cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual for proper care, or read up on the most common filter care for the hot tubs we carry.

Happy Hot-Tubbing!


Did you know: Our Factory-Certified Technicians can take care of your spa for you! Inquire about our Spa Valet services to have your hot tub cared for as often as every week or just one time! Request Hot Tub Valet Service

How to Drain a hot tub

clean-hot-tubWith the change of seasons, it is the perfect time to drain & clean your hot tub. But wait! Do you know How to Drain a Hot Tub?

Your hot tub (most likely) has a built-in drainage feature! This post will cover the brands we carry in our Hot Tub Showrooms, so consult your owner’s manual if you don’t have one of the following models:

 

Hot Spring Highlife & Limelight Series    Caldera Spas
Hot Spot & Caldera Vacanza Series      Sundance Spas

Before draining & cleaning your hot tub,
make sure to turn the power off to your spa!

 

Hot Spring Collection (Highlife and Limelight models)

  • Facing the main controls of your hot tub, you should see a drain cap at the bottom of the spa. Remove the cap & you’ll see a hose nozzle/valve.
  • Screw your garden hose onto the nozzle
  • There is a small knob on the drain valve that you can turn to start the flow of water, which drains by gravity
  • Hot Spring Highlife Spas only: When the water is almost completely drained, unthread the cap on the secondary drain to any remaining water.
  • Once the water is drained, turn the knob off, remove your garden hose & screw the drain cap(s) back on.

Hot Spot and Caldera Vacanza Series

  • Remove the front panel of your hot tub (that’s the panel underneath your main controls)
  • Locate the drain cap. Lift white drain hose above the water level (requires cutting plastic tie the first time).
  • Unscrew and remove the drain cap.
  • Attach drain hose to garden hose and direct to an appropriate draining area. (Maintain hose below water line.)
  • Once the water is drained, remove your garden hose  & put the drain cap back in place.
  • Replace the hot tub cabinet panel.

Caldera Spas

  • Locate the main drain valve for your spa (check the left hand corner of the front of your spa)
  • Pull on the handle until you reach the mid position. Once there rotate the handle slightly to fully extend the drain tube. Then remove the drain cap.
  • Attach a garden hose to the end of the drain
  • Push the garden hose and drain tube half-way back towards the spa. This will start the flow of the water
  • unscrew black cap, screw nozzle, gently pull hose out of the nozzle to open up the flow of water
  • When the water is drained, pull & remove the garden hose, replace the drain cap & push drain tube back into spa!

Sundance Spas 880 & 780 Series

  • Locate the 3″ gray drain valve cap on side of the hot tub cabinet. Unscrew drain valve cap to expose the underlying male garden hose fitting
  • Attach female garden hose end to drain fitting and route opposite end of garden hose away from hot tub
  • Pull outward on garden hose end at drain connection (approx. 3/8″) to open drain valve and release water from hot tub
  • After hot tub has drained, close drain valve by pushing inward on garden hose end at drain connection until you feel it bottom out.
  • Remove garden hose and install gray drain cap before refilling hot tub.

 

Extra Tip: The quickest way to drain a hot tub is with a submersible pump. This small pump is something you can get at any hardware store & will drain your hot tub quickly. Once you get down to the bottom of the spa, there will be water left that you’ll have to remove manually as the pump can’t remove all the water, but it does a great job!


Did you know: Our Factory-Certified Technicians can take care of your spa for you! Inquire about our Spa Valet services to have your hot tub cared for as often as every week or just one time! Request Hot Tub Valet Service

Celebrate Earth Day with our Earth Smart Hot Tubs

Earth Smart Hot TubOn this Earth Day, we’re proud to be able to offer the most environmentally friendly hot tubs from Hot Spring Spas and Caldera Spas!

Here are some of our favorite features of our hot tubs minimizing the environmental footprint:

  • The Hot Spring Highlife™ collection offers 100% No-Bypass filtration (the water is filtered 100% of the time!) plus the advanced 3D filtering technology of the exclusive Tri-X® filters. The water in your Hot Spring spa stays cleaner, longer!  You won’t have to change your water as much,  saving otherwise wasted water!
  • The ACE Salt Water Sanitizing system generates the exact amount of sanitizers your hot tub requires automatically, again helping your water to last longer!
  • All of our covers come with a custom-fit hot tub cover that has a high R-value and a dense foam core. This forms a tight seal with your hot tub, keeping the warmth inside!
  • All of our hot tub models have been certified to the California Energy Commission (CEC) in accordance with California law. California sets the standard for energy-efficiency , so you can have peace of mind knowing that your spa is designed to keep operating costs low no matter where you live!

Now that's a Bright Idea!

  • Our hot tubs have continuous circulation pumps that draw less energy than a 40 watt lightbult! The circ pump helps reduces heater usage, because more than 80% of the energy used by the pump is transferred into the water as “heat!”
  • We ship all of our hot tubs from the factory in California to our warehouse in Pennsylvania by rail, reducing fuel consumption  & burning much cleaning fuel!

Check out a few other of our Green Initiatives >>

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning Tips!

With the change of seasons you’re cleaning your windows, your car & that back closet in the basement you haven’t entered in years, so don’t forget about your hot tub!

Here are a few Spring Cleaning Tips to get your hot tub in TOP Shape for the season:

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning

1. Purge your Spa: Before Draining, put a Spa Purge agent into your hot tub to clean out bacteria from the plumbing lines. We like Clean Start by Silk Balance or Spa Purge by Natural Chemistry

2. Drain your hot tub: Remember to turn off the power to your hot tub first!

3. Clean the surface of your spa: Paying special attention to the water lines where sticky build-up can occur. Don’t forget to wipe down your pillows too! We recommend cleaning the inside of your hot tub with a solution that does not create suds and is not abrasive. Use this solution with a soft rag. For hard-to-clean stains, try a surface cleaner like one made by BaquaSpa or Brilliance for spas. After cleaning, rinse the hot tub thoroughly to get rid of any cleaning solution residue.

4. Clean & Protect Your Cover: Take note of any rips & tears in the vinyl of your cover as these issues can cause loss of heat to your hot tub. Check out our Cover Check-up List to see if it’s time to replace your cover. Protect your cover with 303 Vinyl Protectant.

5. Clean the exterior cabinet: Wipe down your cabinet with a mild cleanser. Hot Tip: Spray 303 Vinyl Protectant on your cabinet to make it look new again! Nothing makes a cabinet look better than 303!

6. Clean your Filters: Depending on the type of Hot Tub you have, your filter requires different care & cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual for proper care, or read up on the most common filter care for the hot tubs we sell at Spring Dance.

Following these 6 tips will ensure your hot tub is ready for use all season! If you don’t have the patience or time to worry about Spring Cleaning your hot tub, contact us to Schedule Hot Tub Maintenance.

 

How to stop Hot Tub Foaming

This is NOT good!

Ever notice you’re sitting in your hot tub and it’s starting to resemble a bubble bath? While kids LOVE hot tub foaming, most people over the age of 10 do not!

Foam is USUALLY caused by the introduction of something “foreign” to the water. That can be many things:

  • Residue from shampoo or hair gel
  • Left-over body products & lotions on your skin
  • Foaming can even be caused from laundry detergent left in your bathing-suit or cotton T-shirt

Your hot tub owner’s manual will probably suggest you get a shower before getting IN your hot tub! No one actually thinks that’s practical so here are a few tips we’ve found that work:

Don’t wash your bathing suit (especially if it’s cotton!)

Or if you do, don’t wash it very often. Rinsing your suit after use should dilute the sanitizer that got on your suit while soaking (Or just hot tub in the nude, whatever works!)

Wear your hair up off your neck

If you have long hair, it’s best to keep it out of the water since your hair is probably full of product that can cause foaming!

Don’t put lotion on your skin right before hot-tubbing

If you put lotion on in the morning & hot-tub at night, most likely the lotion won’t effect the water. If you can, wait until after you use your spa before putting lotions or oil onto your skin!


If you’re pretty careful about what goes onto your body or bathing suit and STILL still have hot tub foaming, check to make sure your pH & calcium hardness are balanced. High pH can cause foaming as well as low calcium hardness! After you balance your water, you might not see a difference in your water for 24-48 hours.

 

Correcting a foamy hot tub

Products like Hot Tub Foam Disperser DO help eliminate some of the foam, but know that if you add too much, the problem will just worsen & you’re best to just dump your water & start fresh!

Happy Hot-Tubbing!


Did you know: Our Factory-Certified Technicians can take care of your spa for you! Inquire about our Spa Valet services to have your hot tub cared for as often as every week or just one time! Request Hot Tub Valet Service