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Hot Tub Pre-Installation Checklist

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are easily installed, but there are a number of things that you should expect prior to the arrival of your new relaxation station. Here are some things a reputable hot tub dealer will help you figure out before your spa arrives:

Does your city or county have any requirements, like a gate, fence, or steps that you need when you have a hot tub on your property?

Some cities have municipal codes in place to protect children, such as obligating owners to install gates, fencing, or other such barriers to deny access to unsupervised children. Your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub dealer will have that information ready for you and help guide you through the installation process.

How much room do installers need to get your hot tub into your yard?

Installation of your new hot tub requires a completely unobstructed route to ensure that the unit does not incur any damage along the way. Double check all gates and entranceways to ensure sufficient clearance. Determine ahead of time the route that the installer should take when your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub arrives. Keep an eye out for objects that might hinder the delivery team in any way, and remove those obstacles in advance of the installer’s arrival. Also inspect your yard for any overhanging branches, rain gutters, or protruding electrical meters that might impede the installation process. Are there more than 6 consecutive stairs without a landing in your delivery route? If so, you must consult your Jacuzzi dealer prior to delivery to make adequate preparations.

Indoor or outdoor? On a deck or on the ground?  Grass or gravel underneath? Does the location you’ve chosen make sense?

Due to the heft of the hot tub, water, and happy bathers inside, it’s of the utmost import that the foundation upon which your unit sits is completely level and capable of equally distributing the weight that rests upon it. Your hot tub dealer will help you decide which type of foundation is best for you.

What are the electrical requirements?

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs that are installed in the United States must meet the wiring specifications established by the National Electric Code (NEC) as well as any other state or local codes. Any circuitry must be installed by a professional electrician and receive approval an appropriate inspection official.

Owning a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can instantly increase your quality of life by providing a relaxing hydromassage and a variety of other health benefits. Before your hot tub arrives, check out this video to see how you’re the installation may go. And if you’re interested in learning even more, take a look at this detailed Pre-Delivery Guide to get you ready for the big day.

The Seven Ailments that Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs Can Alleviate

Hydrotherapy and hydromassage can be used to relieve the symptoms of a multitude of maladies including stress, arthritis, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia, lower-back pain, post-exercise soreness, and leg cramps/restless legs syndrome.

Here’s a closer look at these afflictions and how Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs can alleviate their harmful effects.

  • STRESS

Stress can originate from any number of life’s facets, including money, work, family, and health. And according to a report by the Mayo Clinic, the long-term activation of the stress-response system can disrupt almost all of your body’s natural processes and put you at increased risk for numerous health problems.1 But just 10 minutes in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub each day can dissolve stress and relieve headaches by increasing blood flow and soothing muscles.

  • ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is a condition that stiffens joints and causes pain for roughly 350 million people on the planet. Heated hydrotherapy, however—such as is offered in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub—has been proven to reduce pain levels in those with arthritis by opening blood vessels, increasing range of movement, and promoting muscle growth.2

  • SLEEPLESSNESS

If you suffer from bouts of sleeplessness, some time in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can send you to snoozeville in no time at all. According to the Better Sleep Council, immersing your body in warm water helps create healthy sleep habits by relieving tension and stimulating circulation.3 Plus, when your body is cooling down after a hot tub session, your brain receives subconscious messages suggesting that you sleep.

  • FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the entire body in myriad ways. The disorder is often associated with sweeping musculoskeletal discomfort, but can also negatively impact the mood, energy level, and sleep habits of those coping with it. The Mayo Clinic notes that warm water is effective in treating fibromyalgia, due to its ability to foster relaxation and mitigate muscle tension.4

  • LOWER-BACK PAIN

In a 2012 survey conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association, nearly two out of every three Americans admitted to dealing with discomfort in their lower backs at one point or another. With so many individuals afflicted by this pain, it’s no wonder that the “Journal of Musculoskeletal Research” stated that hydrotherapy offers more potential benefits for those with lower-back pain, in comparison to land-based forms of exercise.5 

  • POST-EXERCISE SORENESS

Spending time in the gym can work wonders for your body, but sore muscles the day following an intense session can make movement difficult. That’s why Dr. James Andrews, former president of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, recommends hydrotherapy for every athlete based on its ability to increase blood flow, improve sensory impulses, and assuage stiff joints.6

  • LEG CRAMPS/RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME

Though there remains uncertainty as to the cause behind the unpleasant sensation that millions of people experience in their thighs, calves, and feet, one likely factor is that brain misfires signals to sensory nerves in the lower extremities. Relaxing in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub prior to sleeping can diminish those feelings and while putting your muscles at ease.7

Spending time in your hot tub or bathtub to enjoy hydrotherapy can help ameliorate suffering from these ailments. Consult your physician for the best course of action for your medical condition.

1Source: The Mayo Clinic – Chronic Pain or Illness: Relaxation Skills

2Source: Arthritis Research UK – How does hydrotherapy help?

3 Source: Better Sleep Council Canada – A Guide to Better Sleep

4 Source: The Mayo Clinic – Fibromyalgia: Self-care Tips
5 Source: Journal of Musculoskeletal Research – Hydrotherapy Versus Land-Based Exercises in the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Comparative Study
6 Source: Jacuzzi® Blog – Hydrotherapy Spas Provide More Than Just Physical Therapy

7 Source: Jacuzzi® Blog – See Why The Doctors™ Recommend Soaking in a Hot Tub

Jacuzzi Expert Q&A: Larry Ovalle

In this new blog series, we’ll be featuring regular interviews with Jacuzzi employees. Get to know the people behind the hot tubs and baths, more about the company values, and details about the products you might not have known about. In this installment, we’ll be speaking with Larry Ovalle, Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs:

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Q: How long have you worked at Jacuzzi?

 Larry Ovalle (LO): I’ve been with Jacuzzi for more than four years as both a Senior Product Manager and Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs.

 

Q: Can you give us a quick explanation of what you do on a day-to-day basis?

(LO): I lead the marketing aspect of product development, which involves collaboration with the engineering and commercial teams to bring Jacuzzi innovation to market. In addition, I manage the existing product portfolio of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs.

 

Q: What is the process for developing new products?

(LO): We engineer our hot tubs with the user in mind, so our product development begins with a lot of investigation. Our Research and Development team has spent years understanding body types, muscles, massage types, jet placement, and benefits so we can perfect our products to best suit health and wellness. The original J-300™ hydrotherapy pump was designed to ease a child’s rheumatism and we have continued to evolve with wellness in mind.

 

Q: How do you collect customer feedback on products?

(LO): Our product development always starts with customer input, allowing us to focus on what will foster use of a hot tub for years to come. We concentrate on benefits that are meaningful to the user like the hydromassage experience, quality, durability, comfortable seating, and energy efficiency.

 

Q: What are the most unique aspects of the new J-500™ Collection?

(LO): You’ve never seen a hot tub like this before. Bringing all of the experience and design quality from the inside of the tub to the outside, the J-500™ Hot Tub Collection is the first to introduce the Curvalux™ Skirt and architectural corner lighting, ProEdge™ interior lighting that changes color and a glass touchscreen control panels.

 

Q: Are there any new product developments in store for 2015?

(LO):  In spring of this year we’re launching the ProLink™ app that allows owners to remotely monitor and control their J-500™ Collection hot tubs from anywhere. With this Jacuzzi® Remote Monitoring App, users can schedule and receive maintenance reminders, adjust the water temperature, activate features from jets to lights, and even set hot tub mode (for example, to vacation mode) from anywhere in the world.

 

Q: What is the one thing you think is most important for customers to know?

(LO): We are always raising the bar when it comes to performance while striving to make our products easy to use, enjoyable, and more energy efficient. We also want to promote hot tub usage, so as people’s needs change, we continue to evolve to meet those needs without compromising our brand values.

 

About Larry Ovalle:

As the Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs for Jacuzzi, Larry Ovalle leads the marketing aspect of product development which involves collaboration with the engineering and commercial teams to bring Jacuzzi innovation to market. In addition, he manages the existing product portfolio of Jacuzzi hot tubs. Prior to joining Jacuzzi Larry spent several years at B/S/H/Home Appliances, including a year at their Munich headquarters.  He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in International Management and minor in German.

 

Check back soon for more Q&A with Jacuzzi experts!

What is the Hydromassage Like in the New J-500™ Collection?

Aside from its stunning appearance, the J-500™ Collection offers the most technologically advanced feature set available on any Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Chief among these highlights are a PowerPro® FX Directional Jet and an upgraded Therapy Seat, which work to deliver a neck-to-toe hydromassage experience that’s far superior to any other hot tub on the market.

Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from a hydromassage session in the new J-500™ Collection:

Introducing the PowerPro® FX Directional Jet

New to the Jacuzzi® Brand family of jets is the PowerPro® FX Directional Jet. Designed to simultaneously soothe stress while improving blood flow around the hips, this jet emits a focused stream that can be directionally adjusted to hit the right spot regardless of your body type.

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The J-500™ Collection features a wider variety of open-seating elevations, enabling it to more comfortably accommodate individuals of any height. The array of available seats provides the utmost level of comfort for hot tub users and extends an enhanced degree of hydrotherapeutic benefits.

Upgraded Therapy Seat

A pair of PowerPro® PX wrist jets are infused into the upright FX-12 Therapy seat in the J-585™ model. These jets provide a concentrated massage to the often-overlooked area of minor muscles in the wrists and hands, ideal for combatting carpal tunnel syndrome and other modern-day maladies. The strength of the pulsation can be adjusted as well, allowing for different rates of water flow.

Perfectly Timed Hydromassage

Have your hydromassage ready for you the moment you get home, thanks to the new ProLink™ smartphone app (available Spring 2015) that pairs exclusively with J-500™ models. Save time and start your sessions earlier by powering up your jets before leaving work. Your hot tub will be primed up as soon as you step inside your home. Better yet, the app serves to directly connect you with your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub dealer, ensuring incredible service with just a few taps on your touch screen.

Hot Tubs in the J-500™ Collection deliver a precision hydromassage experience that‘s in a class all its own. Schedule a wet test with your local dealer and find out firsthand.

How Hot Tubs Can Help Aging Skiers and Athletes

Skiing is a sport that is particularly rough on the knees; despite modern equipment and advancing medicinal practices, skiing on aging joints can be a hazardous practice. So how can skiers, and athletes in general, continue to enjoy the sports they love, while minimizing the stress on their bodies? A recent article in “The San Francisco Examiner” called “Skiing on an Aging Knee[1],” addresses this exact issues:

Skiing into Your 80s

In the article, Dr. Kevin R. Stone, an orthopedic surgeon in San Francisco, took a look at methods to keep skiers moving well into their 80s, and one of his suggestions was soaking in a hot tub.

“To ski, we must bend the knees,” Dr. Stone notes. Bending the knee affects where you go while you ski, as well as how the rest of your body moves with the motion. The article focuses on the effect skiing has on older knees, but in reality the knee is just the lynchpin to the rest of the body. Hips, ankles, elbows, and wrists are all affected by skiing, and keeping them all healthy and functioning is critical to enjoying a good run down the slope.

 

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Maintaining Flexibility with Hot Tubs

To help you attain maximum flexibility while skiing, Dr. Stone recommends sitting in a hot tub before hitting the hills. “Stretching in a warm bath, hot tub, or shower improves flexibility,” he writes, pointing out that such exercise helps loosen up the tissue.

In addition, the hot tub is naturally a place for you to sit quietly and clear your mind, allowing you to focus more on your upcoming ski run. You’ll have a much easier time coming down the mountain if you aren’t thinking about your upcoming work projects or other stressors in your life.

Stretching to Stay on the Slopes

Spend some time soaking in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Bathtub to maximize the benefits Dr. Stone describes in his article. While you’re in your spa, perform simple stretches, such as leg lifts and toe points, to help your body limber up and prep for the skiing ahead.

Read this article for more ideas about simple exercises to do in the hot tub.

[1] http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/skiing-on-an-aging-knee/Content?oid=2915242

Top Questions to Ask a Spa Dealer

You’re ready to visit your local Jacuzzi® dealer to learn more about purchasing the right hot tub or bathtub for your home, but you may not be sure what questions to ask. It’s understandable that you’d like to be a well-informed consumer and make sure you get the important details sorted out. To help get you started, here are some questions to keep in mind when you make the trip to the dealer:

  • How long has Jacuzzi been in business?

               Does Jacuzzi offer a warranty? If so, what does it cover?

  • How long has your dealership been in business?

              Do you have any customer testimonials or videos you can share with me? What customer service offerings do you provide?

  • What jets are right for me?

              What part of your body do you want to focus on? Which jet configurations are available in each model?

  • Can I take a wet test?

              Do I need to make an appointment? What is involved in a wet test? How long can I stay in the hot tub or bathtub? 

  • What colors are available for the shells and cabinetry?

               Do color swatches for the acrylic shell and cabinetry look different online as opposed to in person? Are certain patterns unique to each hot tub? 

  • How much space do I need for delivery?

              Can I arrange for a home inspection from an expert prior to making a decision to help determine if I have the needed space? 

  • How intensive is the maintenance?

               How much time can I expect to spend cleaning? How often do I have to clean? What cleaning products do you recommend to keep my Jacuzzi® Hot Tub                spotless? Do I need to take special steps with the changing seasons?

 

We hope these questions provided you with some idea of what to ask during your visit to your local dealer. Keep these questions, along with any others you might generate, in mind when searching for your perfect Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

Throw a Kid-Friendly Backyard Party with Your Hot Tub

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are known to turn every gathering up a notch or two, and that holds true even for kids’ parties. Plan an enjoyable, family-friendly party in your backyard by inviting your kids’ friends (and their parents) over for a good time and some relaxation in the hot tub. Here are a few ideas to help you get to know everyone:

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Before your guests arrive, hide toys, treats, or household items around your yard, ideally within view of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. When the kids arrive, give them either a written list or a picture list (depending upon their age) of the hidden objects, and send them on a quest to find them all. An added bonus: Parents can keep an eye on their young‘uns from the comfort of your hot tub.

Dunking Duck Hunt

Purchase two dozen small rubber ducks and a few nets the size you’d use in a fish tank. Using a marker, write a number between one and 12 on the bottom of each duck, making sure to use each number twice. Toss the ducks in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and supervise the kids while they take turns using the net to “catch” two ducks. If the ducks they catch both have the same number, the kids gets a point and the ducks stay out of the water. If the numbers are different, no points are awarded and the ducks continue “swimming.” Play continues until all pairs of ducks are “captured” and the winner is whoever has the most ducks at the end.

Football Toss

Using a pair of scissors or shears, cut a variety of different shapes (circles, triangles, stars, etc.) out of a large tarp or old bed sheet. Outline the shapes of the holes using brightly colored duct tape. Then, with a marker, write different point values beneath each hole. (The narrower the hole, the greater the point value.) Hang the tarp between two trees, gazebo posts, or other structures in your backyard, and challenge the kids to toss a football (or other ball) through the holes. Whichever kid racks up the most points in ten throws, wins the game. Bonus: kids can toss the balls from the warmth of your hot tub.

These are just a few simple ideas to get the good times rolling at your next backyard party. And with a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, the parents can enjoy watching all the games from the comfort of the warm water.

The Different Stages of Filtration

Filtration is an essential component in keeping any hot tub clean. And the purification process in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs makes maintenance simple so you can spend more time enjoying your hot tub.

Here’s a look at the five different stages of the purification process in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

The Five Stages of the Jacuzzi® Water Treatment Process

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  1. The whole process starts with the ProClarity™ filtration system (exclusively on J-400™ Collection models). This filter traps tiny particles that slip past the other filters, ensuring only the cleanest, clearest water in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.
  2. Next, to prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating, the ProClear™ Filter (J-300™, J-LX®, and J-400™ Collections) clarifies water even when the jets aren’t powered on, giving you peace of mind when the pumps are off.
  3. The Surface Skimmer (present in the J-200™, J-300™, J-LX® and J-400™ Collections) works in conjunction with the ProCatch™ Filter Bag (J-300™, J-LX® and J-400™ Collections only) to gather oil, grease, and sizable bits of debris before they create a less-than-optimal environment.
  4. Then a pleated cartridge filter works with your hot tub’s hydromassage pump to rid your water of any remaining impurities.
  5.  And the last line of defense when keeping your water safe is the CLEARRAY® Purification System, included standard in every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub model. This system employs pathogen-eliminating ultraviolet light to ensure a constant flow of clean, clear water. CLEARRAY® also reduces the amount of sanitizer required by your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, making maintenance that much more effortless.

To further maintain an ideal experience in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, use testing strips to ensure that chlorine levels are within an acceptable range. If the chemicals drop to a dangerously low level, bacteria and other germs will have the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive. Remember to keep your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub functioning at peak performance with Jacuzzi® Genuine Parts and Accessories, available online or at your local Jacuzzi® dealership.

Hot Tub Romance: Best Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’ve been together for 3 months or 30 years, Valentine’s Day is always a special occasion for a couple, and your hot tub can add to the romance and drama. To help make February 14th memorable, we’ve collected our favorite tips for including your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub in your Valentine’s Day plans:

Create Backyard Ambiance

Wrap strings of lights around your gazebo or nearby trees to create a romantic mood. Play either romantic music or, for extra points, your partner’s favorite musician. Keep large, fluffy towels and slippers nearby so the two of you can quickly warm up after getting out of the hot tub. Consider scattering rose petals around the path to the hot tub, or setting scented candles and a floral arrangement on a table right next to it to tantalize all of the senses.

 Let the Jets Do Their Job

Indulge in the warmth of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub as you enjoy dual hydromassages. Or perhaps treat your sweetie to a hand massage while the jets work on each of your backs and feet. Spend anywhere from 15-30 minutes in your hot tub, savoring each other’s company and the warmth of the water.

Enjoy Romantic Treats

Serve your partner delicious finger foods like shelled oysters, chocolate-covered strawberries, and grapes. These bite-sized treats will be easy to consume while relaxing in the warm water and will add to the romance. We don’t recommend taking alcohol into the hot tub, but you can enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate, or a glass of sparkling juice or ice water to stay hydrated.

Keep a Chilled Bottle for Later

Put a bottle of your favorite bubbly on ice. Place two long-stemmed glasses next to it. After you’ve toweled off and donned your fluffy robes, pop the cork and pour yourselves each a glass and pick out the constellations.

This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to relax and plan a truly romantic retreat for you and your loved one. With these simple ideas and your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, you can have a wonderful night without having to leave the comfort of your home.

Best Ideas Showcase: Fantasy Bathrooms

Your current bathroom may be perfectly serviceable, but does it inspire you? These beautiful bathroom decorating ideas certainly will. Here are some ideas on how to turn your bathroom into a fantasy bathroom:

Soothing Surroundings

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Its flowing shape and timeless appeal ensures our Bravo™ Freestanding Bath will fit into any decorating scheme. With minimal distractions and set in front of floor-to-ceiling windows to display the picturesque scene outside, you’ll have a quiet place to reflect while making a statement that never goes out of style: tranquility.

High-End Details

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When it comes to building your own fantasy bathroom, it’s the details that make all the difference. Consider choosing a bathtub that can feature wood frame decking to your drop-in or undermount tub like the Fuzion™ Bathtub for two. It not only adds a grand element to any space, it also lends a simple, slightly classic feel to an otherwise modern bathroom.

Freestanding Simplicity

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For the ultimate visual impact, try a freestanding bathtub. This simple, yet elegant design brings a luxurious atmosphere to any space. Offset with a bright wall as a background, the smooth, rounded sides and floor-mounted plumbing conveys a minimalist grace and sophisticated style in your bathroom.

 Illuminated Sophistication

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The dark surround of this drop-in bath contrasts perfectly with the glowing interior lights, making almost as much of a statement as the stunning view of the city outside. The soft colors highlight the attractiveness of the warm water, inviting you to relax and soak undisturbed, with minimal distractions.

When it comes to fantasy bathrooms, your bathtub steals the spotlight. We hope you’ve felt inspired while looking over some of these beautiful bathrooms. If you’d like more design ideas, visit your local Jacuzzi Luxury Bath dealer.

You’ll Never Think Hot Tubs are Gross Again

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While your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub will remain clean and sterile with proper cleaning, it can be difficult to shake some of the stories you hear about hot tubs and sanitation. Some of these stories may leave you concerned about the cleanliness of your spa. Rest assured that your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is engineered with easy maintenance and complete safety and sanitation in mind. In short, you’ll never think hot tubs are gross again.

Why Clean Your Hot Tub?

Your hot tub doesn’t just collect the occasional detritus like leaves and insects. Sitting in a cauldron of hot water means things like lotion and oils can collect in the hot tub over time. Without proper sanitation, these items can build up and cause sanitation or health problems.

How to Clean Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub

Maintain clear, clean water and a properly functioning hot tub by using Jacuzzi® Genuine Parts and Accessories. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs also feature up to five stages of water treatment processes. It all starts with the ProClarity™ filtration system, which catches tiny particles to ensure clear, clean water. The ProClear™ filter, available on the J-300™, J-LX®, and J-400™, then clarifies the water even when your jets aren’t on. Next, the ProCatch™ bag cleans the surface. Finally, a pleated cartridge works in conjunction with the hydromassage pump to provide the cleanest water possible. You can also monitor the chlorine levels in your hot tub with testing strips to ensure they remain at proper levels. If the chemicals drop below a certain amount, it becomes easier for bacteria to multiply.

How to Purify Your Water

All new Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models utilize the CLEARRAY® Water Purification System. This top-of-the-line maintenance system uses an exclusive ultraviolet technology in conjunction with the ProClear™ Sanitizer to neutralize waterborne pathogens and reduce the amount of sanitizer you use. This means maintaining fresh, clear water has never been easier. Together, our five-stage filtration system kills off bad bacteria, maintains a consistent pH balance, and gives you soft, clean water.

All hot tubs will develop some grime and bacteria if they are not properly cleaned. Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub comes with built-in maintenance routines to ensure your water and your hot tub are clean and safe to use. For more info on keeping your hot tub from being one of those gross stories, read our winter hot tub prep tips.

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