As a hot tub owner, your backyard is probably already your go-to relaxation spot. But what if you want to take it further than just soaking in your spa? Here are four outdoor additions to complement your hot tub and backyard:
Add More Water
Create your own oasis by installing a waterfall. Used in places known for serenity, like massage therapy rooms, the sound of a waterfall is synonymous with relaxation. Ponds, which can include waterfalls, koi fish, or other additions, can also make your backyard more attractive and inviting.
Similar to a bonfire on the beach, a fire pit can give your backyard a sense of nostalgia that can be very soothing after a long day. Whether you build a permanent outdoor fireplace or purchase a portable version, make sure to check your local ordinances before you invest as some cities limit the size and use of fire pits. Tiki torches are also a nice way to give your backyard that resort feel, as well as helping keep the bugs away.
Create a Yoga or Relaxation Area
Similar to the way your hot tub provides a variety of hydrotherapy benefits for your entire back, yoga is a great way to relax and relieve your spine of the compression it endures each day. Create a dedicated outdoor space for yoga, meditation, and other relaxation methods to give you and your family members a place to unwind each day.
Build an Outdoor Bar
Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine with your partner or entertaining friends, an outdoor bar can make your backyard a more welcoming environment. Rather than disrupting conversation to trek back and forth from the kitchen, this outdoor addition provides that added convenience of having a fully stocked bar and glassware on hand, making entertaining more enjoyable and less stressful.
When it comes to draining and refilling your hot tub, it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation. Draining your spa too often is a waste of valuable water, while not draining it enough could create health problems for you. Therefore, it’s all about finding when is “just right” for your hot tub. Follow our simple guidelines for knowing when it’s a good time to drain and refill your spa.
Do the Math
One way to determine if your hot tub needs a good rinse and drain is to pull out the calculator. Divide the number of gallons of spa water by the number of bathers who usually use the tub. Then divide that number by three to figure out how often you should go through the process.
For example, if your spa holds 200 gallons and you have four bathers each day, that’s 200 divided by four, which equals 50. Divide 50 by three, and you should drain your spa every 16 days or so.
Check for Foam and Funk
If your spa is running especially foamy and the antifoam you add isn’t doing the trick, this a sure sign it’s time to change out the water. The same goes for funky looking or discolored water too.
Take a Whiff
Another easy way of determining when your tub needs to drain is if the water begins to smelly funny. Any out-of-the-ordinary smell is a cry for fresh water.
Check the Calendar
If your tub has been sitting empty for a while, this is another time when it’s a good idea to refill, rinse, and drain. Filling and then draining your tub will help clear the plumbing lines and rid it of buildup.
Make Goldilocks proud and find the spa cleaning routine that is just right for you and your tub. Keeping in mind how often you use your tub and watching out for these warning signs are good indicators as to when your spa needs a refill and rinse.
If you start developing a rash after soaking in your spa, the experience can quickly go from hot tub party to hot mess. A red, itchy, bumpy rash on your skin after a dip is a reaction a small number of people have to hot tubs. In some cases, your rash could be an infection from the germ pseudomonas aeruginosa, but in other cases it could be an allergic reaction to certain chemicals.
While your hot tub requires daily and weekly maintenance, there are also a few simple chores you’ll need to do once a month to keep your spa in tip-top shape. From cleaning the cover to adding scale remover, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to maintain your hot tub.
When you’re looking to make your backyard party more inviting, sometimes it’s simply in the details. Instead of fretting over creating a masterfully designed landscape and installing the swankiest hot tub model on the market, consider some of our suggested gadgets. In fact, you may already have them lying around in your home. Re-purpose these gadgets and transform your BBQ from an ordinary cookout to something the neighbors will talk about for years.
You’ve had your hot tub for a few seasons now, and it’s been a popular spot for friends and family during your backyard parties. From your luaus to your star gazing sessions, your guests are beginning to wonder how you’ll top your last hot tub festivities.
While you still want to keep your hot tub as the center attraction at your backyard bashes this summer, why not update it with the hottest accessories on the market? Shift the focus from your waterproof hors d’oeuvres and beach-y cocktails and let your new hot tub additions be the life of the party instead. To ensure your next get-together is the talk of the town, check out our favorite spa accessories:
How-to’s from the Customer Showcase
Jacuzzi® hot tub owners Barry and Patti Wilson of Newcastle, Ontario didn’t know their backyard was going to be a case study. But we think their Jacuzzi J-400™ Collection hot tub installation provides lots of good summer backyard ideas.
Create a fresh, seasonal environment around your hot tub
For example, note the palms near the hot tub, their green leaves framing the sparkling water of the hot tub. The Wilson’s home is located in Newcastle, Ontario, which is situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario – not a place where palms grow naturally. Bringing in palm plants during the summer can calm the spirit with visions of tropical climates, and it’s an inexpensive way to create a fresh, seasonal environment around your hot tub.
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Time to Put Away the Sandals and Beach Chairs
Now’s the season to unpack the scarves, dust off the rake, and think about cool-weather hot tub accessories.
Getting your hot tub ready for the winter months is easy. No special preparation is required for you to enjoy a warm, hydrotherapeutic massage in your backyard at a moment’s notice. But you can use these weeks before the really cold weather sets in to enhance your hot tub with spa accessories.
Is It Time to Replace Your Hot Tub Cover?
Actually, it’s my co-worker’s dog, Dusty, that likes to hang out on her hot tub cover. Not because the outdoor temperature is cold (this is Southern California, after all), but because Dusty can look into the kitchen window and the neighbor’s backyard from his perch. It’s probably comfortable, too.
Obviously, if you have a big yellow Lab like that resting on your hot tub cover, it’s going to start to sag a lot sooner than in normally would. Here are the typical reasons why hot tub covers need replacing: