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  1. Too Much Chlorine in Your Hot Tub? Here’s How to Fix It

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    You only need a small amount of chlorine to successfully sanitize your spa, so it’s possible to overdo it if you’re not careful. Too much chlorine can damage your hot tub and irritate your skin, eyes and lungs. Thankfully, reducing the chlorine levels in your hot tub is very easy to do. In fact, you may not even have to do anything at all.

    How to Figure Out If You Have Too Much Chlorine in Your Hot Tub

    Some people assume that their chlorine levels are too high without actually checking. They think they can detect high levels of chlorine by noticing a specific smell, skin irritation, a change in their hair color or eye discomfort. But in reality, these sensations usually aren’t caused by chlorine at all. It’s much more likely that other substances, like chloramines, pH and copper, cause these changes in the water.

    The only way to truly know if you have too much chlorine in your hot tub is to test the water with chlorine test strips. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that chlorine levels be between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm for safe hot tub use. You’ll want to add or reduce chlorine if the tests strips read that your water is above or below this range.

    How to Reduce Chlorine Levels in Your Hot Tub

    Let the Hot Tub Reduce Chlorine Levels on its Own

    If your chlorine levels are higher than 3 ppm and you don’t need to use the hot tub any time soon, you don’t have to do anything to reduce your levels. Just don’t use the hot tub for a day or so and refrain from adding any more chlorine. Eventually, the chlorine will drop to safe levels on its own. To speed up this process, you can run your jets and remove the hot tub cover, as direct sunlight can help to deplete chlorine. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

    Refill Your Spa with Fresh Water

    Another simple way to reduce your chlorine levels is by draining your spa. After you refill it with fresh water, you can add the required chemicals again by carefully testing the water. If you need help figuring out the correct amount to chlorine to add to your ThermoSpas® hot tub water, feel free to give our customer care representatives a call at 1-800-876-0158. We would love to help.

    Use a Chlorine Neutralizer

    If your chlorine levels are very high after a shock or after adding too many chlorinating granules and you need to use your hot tub soon, you can use a chlorine neutralizer. We recommend letting the chlorine levels deplete naturally with the methods above if possible. But if you must deplete levels quickly, you can use sodium thiosulfate. Make sure to add the neutralizer gradually and carefully follow directions and dosages based on your test strip reading.

    We hope these tips help you to get the chlorine in your hot tub water back to safe levels again. After you’ve balanced out your chlorine levels, make sure to check your other chemical levels too. A rise or fall in chlorine levels can affect the other chemical levels. To make your hot tub maintenance even easier, take a look at our Online Parts & Supplies Store for dependable and high-quality sanitizers and water-balancing products.

  2. The Science Behind How a Hot Tub Can Help Relieve Stress

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    In today’s hyper-production and incredibly busy society, it’s easy to become overly stressed. Thankfully, science has proven that a short soak in the steaming and massaging waters of a hot tub at the end of a long day can help you greatly reduce a lot of that stress.

    Why Is Stress Bad for Us?

    Before we get into how exactly hot tubs help to relieve stress, it’s important to look at the negative effects of stress. According to the Mayo Clinic,1 stress can affect your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Stress can wreak havoc on your body and mood, causing chest pain, upset stomachs, headaches, depression, anxiety, angry outbursts and social withdrawal. What’s worse, if your stress is left unchecked, you can develop some serious health problems. Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, depression, problems with your memory and concentration, weight gain, digestive problems and problems sleeping, according to the Mayo Clinic.2

    The Science Behind How a Hot Tub Can Help Relieve Stress

    Warm Water Immersion for Deep Relaxation Immersing yourself in warm waters at 102 degrees F has proven to put your body into a deeply relaxed state. During his research, Dr. Bruce Becker, a physician and research professor at Washington State University, found that the sympathetic nervous system3 (which increases when you’re stressed) and the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps your body to calm down), balance out when you soak in warm water. Your nervous system reacts to warm water in the same way that it reacts to meditation or other relaxed states. During his studies, Becker found that stress levels were decreased in all subjects who immersed their body in warm water. Water Buoyancy Reduces Physical Stress The weightlessness of your body in a hot tub can also help to relieve physical stress. A study by E. J. Sung and Y. Tochihara4 analyzed how soaking in warm water improved sleep. The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF)5 suggests that this sleep improvement may be a result of the water’s buoyancy. The water, supports approximately 90 percent of your normal body weight, relieving stress from your joints and muscles and making you feel weightless. Massages Work The Stress Away Along with the stress relief you receive from water buoyancy and warm water immersion, therapeutic massages from hot tub jets help to relax your body and mind. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center,6 massages reduce stress hormones and promotes the body to release endorphins, which are natural mood elevators and painkillers. The American Cancer Society7 also states that massaging water jets provide relaxation and stress relief. Quiet Relaxation for Stress Management Taking just 15 or 20 minutes every day to sit quietly, relax and breathe deeply can help you cope with stress, according to the American Heart Association8. A hot tub is the perfect place for tranquil solitude, giving you the alone time you need to focus on yourself and relax. Dr. Michael R. Irwin, director of UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Mindful Awareness Research Center, also states9 that taking time to relax everyday significantly improves your life. In an interview with the LA Times, he says that stillness and being present in the moment causes profound relaxation by resetting your physiology, regulating your stress hormones, helping with concentration and reducing tension. As you can see, soaking in a hot tub is an incredible way to help you manage the stress in your life. Not only are hot tubs fun and enjoyable, but they can also help to give you a happier and more pleasant life through relaxation. If you’re interested in learning more about hot tubs, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-876-0158. We would love to be a part of helping you transform your life for the better. Sources:

    1 “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.” Mayo Clinic. July 19, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    2 “Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk.” Mayo Clinic. July 11, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    3 Popke, Michael. “Research Lends Support to Long-Held Notion That Warm-Water Immersion Does a Body Good.” Athletic Business. February 1, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    4 Sung, Eun-Jung, and Yutaka Tochihara. “Effects of Bathing and Hot Footbath on Sleep in Winter.” Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science 19, no. 1 (2000): 21-27. Accessed February 18, 2015.

    5 Batter, Laurie. “The Science Behind the Soak.” National Swimming Pool Foundation. August 1, 2009. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    6 Ehrlich, Steven D. “Massage.” University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    7 “Hydrotherapy.” American Cancer Society. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    8 “How Can I Manage Stress?” American Heart Association. January 1, 2012. Accessed February 13, 2015.

    9 Dawson, Alene. “Soak Your Cares Away – It’s Terrific and Scientific.” Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2015.

  3. Busting 5 Common Hot Tub Myths

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    We’ve heard a lot of incorrect statements about hot tubs; unfortunately, these myths can deter people from transforming their lives for the better in bubbling, warm waters. That’s why we’re here to bust six common hot tub myths so you’ll never be fooled by these faux facts again!

    MYTH: Hot tub maintenance is more trouble than it’s worth

    FACT: Keeping your hot tub clean is important, but it’s also easy to do! You won’t have to take much time out of your day to sufficiently take care of your hot tub. Check out our Hot Tub Cleaning Schedule and Routine guide. With all the hydrotherapy benefits, relaxation time and massages you’ll receive every night, following these simple maintenance steps is definitely worth it.

    MYTH: Buying a cheap or used hot tub will save you money

    FACT: Though buying a cheap hot tub may save you money up front, it’s very likely you’ll be spending much more money than it’s worth in the future. Typically, the cheaper or older the hot tub is, the lower quality the parts are. This means that you’ll have to pay to replace the parts more often, spend more time and money cleaning your hot tub water and pay more to to keep it operating.

    When it comes down to buying a hot tub, a familiar phrase comes to mind: you get what you pay for.

    MYTH: A hot tub will drastically increase my energy bill

    FACT: Today, cutting-edge technology has helped to significantly lower the cost of operating hot tubs and has made them much more environmentally friendly. For example, ThermoSpas® Hot Tubs use multi-layered modular insulation, co-generated heat and super-foam insulated ThermoCovers™ to keep your hot tub water heated without using any extra energy.

    MYTH: Only people with a lot of money can afford a hot tub

    FACT: One of the greatest things about ThermoSpas® hot tubs is that they come in a variety of sizes and with a range of optional features. A knowledgeable ThermoSpas representative can help you choose the best hot tub to fit your needs and budget without giving up quality. Feel free to give them a call at 1-800-876-0158.

    MYTH: You can’t work out in a hot tub

    FACT: Actually, hot tubs are one of the best places in which to work out! When you exercise in water, you lessen the stress on your joints. Water resistance also makes your work out more efficient by giving you a full-body workout with almost every type of exercise. In ThermoSpas® swim spas and exercise spas, you can also work on building muscle with resistance bands and structural bars, as well as adding in intense cardio workouts by swimming against a resistance  jet.

    As you can see, before you listen to negative statements about hot tubs, it’s always better to check the facts. If you’re interested in customizing your own hot tub and receiving a quote, click here! From environmental activists to exercise junkies, ThermoSpas builds hot tubs to meet every customer’s desires and budgets.

  4. What Are the White Flakes in My Hot Tub Water?

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    Regularly cleaning and sanitizing your hot tub helps to keep strange things from happening, like seeing white flakes in your hot tub water. White flakes are usually caused by calcium scale deposits. But they may also be a sign that your hot tub contains white water mold, which is an overgrowth of biofilm. Either way, you’ll want to get rid of them. As long as you consistently maintain your hot tub with a simple and quick cleaning routine, you shouldn’t run into these problems. But if you do, we’re here to help.

    How to Find Out if the White Flakes Are Caused By Calcium or Biofilm

    To determine whether the flakes are a result of calcium scale deposits or biofilm, you need to find out if they are organic or inorganic. All you have to do to figure this out is fill up 8 ounces of spa water with the flakes inside. Then, pour 20 drops of bleach or liquid chlorine in the water you collected. Gently stir the water and sanitizer, and wait for 30 minutes.

    If the flakes remain in the water after 30 minutes, they are most likely caused by calcium scale deposits. If they aren’t there anymore, they are probably a result of biofilm.

    How To Get Rid of White Flakes Caused by Calcium Scale Deposits

    Good news! Getting rid of calcium scale deposits is easy. Just follow the two simple steps below.

    • First, make sure to keep your pH alkalinity properly balanced. Scale begins to form when your pH is too high.

    • Then, use a scale preventer, like ThermoSpas Spa Stain & Scale Preventer, every week. If you have a high mineral content, add 4 ounces per 100 gallons on initial fill and 2 ounces per 100 gallons weekly. For water with a low mineral content, add 2 ounces per 100 gallons on initial fill and 1 ounce per 100 gallons weekly.

    The scale preventer will work to break down the existing particles, peeling the scale away from your spa. Both balancing your spa’s chemicals and using a scale inhibitor should also keep this problem from happening again.

    How to Prevent & Get Rid of White Flakes Cause by White Water Mold & Biofilm

    When compared to calcium scale deposits, biofilm is a tougher and more serious issue. As long as you take proper care of your hot tub, you shouldn’t run into a biofilm problem. Biofilm usually forms as a result of a spa that hasn’t been used for a while or improper cleaning techniques when the spa is being used. If you do get biofilm, take the steps that are detailed in this blog post and make sure to start following a simple and regular cleaning schedule.

    As long as you take care of your hot tub, you shouldn’t have to deal with white flakes of any kind in your water. Maintaining your spa is easy to do and takes very little time out of your day. If you have any more questions about white flakes in your ThermoSpas® hot tub, feel free to contact our customer service representatives today by calling 1-800-876-0158. We would love to help you make your spa water clear again.