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How to Pet and Pest-Proof Your Hot Tub

Sure, you love spending every moment with your pets, from riding in the car to jogging around the neighborhood. However, when it comes to soaking in your hot tub, this is the one activity you may want to do solo. Hot tubs can be harmful to your pet’s health, while your pet’s fur can be harmful to your tub.

To avoid potential problems, designate your hot tub for human use only. Check out a few of our tips for preventing any and all furry ones from soaking in your tub.

Remember to Secure Your Spa Cover

Investing in a strong and sturdy spa cover is one sure way to protect your hot tub from your family pets and unwanted critters. Properly seal your hot tub after every use to keep it from gaining animals’ interest. In addition, to prolong the life of your spa and cover, keep your friends, family, cats, and dogs from sitting on it to prevent premature wear and tear.

However, if your pet is especially keen on joining you in the hot tub, you may want to install a hot tub gate around your spa to further keep out four-legged visitors.

Keep the Area Clear of Food

The more food you leave around your hot tub, the more likely pests will take up residency inside or near your spa. Just like on camping trips, when it comes to your hot tub “leave no trace.” Outdoor critters, from rats to raccoons, love to gobble up the leftover appetizers from your backyard spa party. Not to mention, yummy crumbs may entice your family dog and cat over to the hot tub area, too. If you don’t leave leftovers near your tub, neither will these animals.

Inspect Your Hot Tub Cabinet

Mice and wasps have a reputation for making homes in hot tub cabinets. They like to burrow through holes and wreak havoc beneath your tub. To avoid this problem, seal any cracks and crevices where these unwanted ones could crawl and periodically check under your cabinet for signs of inhabitants.

Indulge with a human-only soak and follow these easy tips for preventing pets and pests from joining you. Learn more about hot tub maintenance today.

How to Get Back on Your Feet: Post-Op Therapy

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic method of pain relief and treatment using hot water. Because hot water can help reduce pain and improve motion, physiotherapists and occupational therapists sometimes encourage post-operative patients to consider hydrotherapy as a form of rehabilitation. With a therapist’s guidance, you can work to repair and regain your pre-surgery body in the comfort of your hot tub.

Rehabilitation

Therapists often recommend hydrotherapy in hot tubs after specific orthopedic surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements, post fractures, and multi-traumas, among others. However, if you’ve recently undergone surgery, first speak with your doctor before turning to hydrotherapy. In some cases, there is a time frame between your surgery and when it is safe to use a hot tub, and hydrotherapy may worsen your conditions if you dip too soon. Once your doctor gives you the okay, meet with a trained therapist to ensure you safely incorporate hydrotherapy into your rehabilitation routine.

Buoyancy Benefits

Buoyancy is one of the major reasons why hydrotherapy is so beneficial. Because the buoyancy of the water causes you to float, it reduces gravity’s pressure on your muscles and joints, which can help to relieve your post-surgery pain.

Warm Water Benefits

Warm water encourages vasodilation, which increases blood flow to muscles and removes cell wastes. This process moves oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and helps reduce pain and tension. Furthermore, your improved circulation may also help with your range of motion.

Additional Benefits

The combination of the buoyancy and warm water allows you to move, stretch, and exercise your muscles and joints with more ease. The water’s resistance also improves your muscle strength and flexibility. To top it all off, the hot tub’s jets target specific muscles and restore and stimulate new tissue growth.

Though hydrotherapy can be extremely beneficial to getting you back to your pre-operative self, it’s important to follow doctor’s orders and speak with professionals regarding hot tub use prior to hopping in the spa.

Water Woes: How to Keep Your Spa Water Clean

Just like any other area of your home, your hot tub needs periodic cleaning to maintain its sparkle. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub, don’t just sweep the dust bunnies under the carpet. Instead, give your spa the TLC it needs to ensure it stays fresh and healthy for you to soak.

Check Your pH Levels

Testing your spa water’s pH levels is one of most important ways to determine its needs. After all, pH imbalances can make your hot tub water too acidic or too basic, both of which can have negative effects. Once you figure out your water’s pH level, you’re better equipped to know how much sanitizer to add.

Add Sanitizers

Without the use of sanitizers, your hot tub will become a cesspool-like environment and may potentially cause health risks. Even if your spa water looks clean and clear, there’s a good chance it’s contaminated. After all, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine, work to kill these bacteria. Refer to your pH test to determine how much sanitizer to use.

Consider Oxidizers

Add shock oxidizers to eliminate residue from soakers, such as dead skin, oils, and cosmetics. These oxidizers rid your spa water of unwanted organic matter and help to keep your water cloud free. Furthermore, oxidizers aid the sanitizers in the fight against bacteria.

Drain and Refill

To prevent the battle of fighting to keep your pH level in balance, drain and refill your hot tub every few months. Doing so will make it easier for you maintain the pH balance, but it will also circulate fresh water into the spa.

Scrub the Tub

Once you’ve drained your spa, give the tub a good scrub to remove any residue and scum before refilling it. If you do this every time you drain your hot tub, it will prevent buildup and that unwanted water ring around the interior.

Your spa won’t magically clean itself, but fortunately, it only takes a few steps to maintain its sparkle and bacteria-free glow.

What You Need to Know about Hot Tub pH Levels

Clear water doesn’t necessarily mean clean water. It’s possible for your spa water to look perfectly fine while it secretly deteriorates your hot tub and health. Instead of relying on guess work, learn the importance of your tub’s pH levels and test them regularly to maintain a clean and healthy spa.

What is pH?

Water pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water solution is according to the concentration of hydrogen ions. Pure water generally has a pH level of seven. Any solution with a pH level above seven is considered basic, while results lower than seven are acidic.

Why is pH Important?

Testing the pH level of your spa water is important because if it isn’t balanced, the water could negatively affect your tub. On the one hand, if your water is too acidic, it may corrode your spa parts. On the other hand, if your water is too basic, it could stain your tub or lead to mineral scaling. Imbalanced pH levels may also cause health problems, such as skin and eye irritations.

What Alters My Hot Tub’s pH Levels?

The kinds of water and sanitizer you use in your spa can change the pH level. Hard water and well water, for example, have different pH levels than fresh water. Because of this, it’s important to determine the pH level of the water coming out of your garden hose, instead of assuming it’s at a perfect seven. Sanitizers also have different pH ranges, such as calcium hypochlorite, which has a high pH level, and bromine, which has a much lower pH level. If you’re not careful when you add these sanitizers, they can further imbalance the pH level of the hot tub water.

How Do I Test the pH levels in my Hot Tub?

Read the instructions on your pH test kit to determine specific steps and how frequently you should check your spa’s levels. In many cases the process simply involves taking a sample of circulated spa water and dipping a test strip into it. Next, shake the strip and hold it horizontally for roughly 15 seconds before comparing its color to the chart. Your kit should provide you with additional instructions on how to balance your hot tub water accordingly.

Don’t put your spa or health at risk. Learn to read and understand pH levels for a happier, healthier tub today. Learn more about hot tub sanitation by reading the Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation.

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4 Tips for Turning Your Hot Tub Backyard Into a Garden Oasis

Designing a backyard to feel more like an inviting retreat that an ordinary patio is a matter of adding charismatic touches. You don’t need to go overboard or deck out your outdoor space in expensive elements to achieve this appealing environment. Enhance your hot tub area with a few of these easy tricks:

1. Create Drama

Something about a shady backyard gives off the feel of a secret garden. If you have an especially large backyard space, plant palms and willow trees for a quaint area to read a book. Meanwhile, if your patio is on the smaller side, choose large-leaved plants and wrap vines around your space for a charming vibe.

2. Add Backyard Seating

Cozy outdoor sofas and bench seats piled with pillows give you the ideal area to kick back when you’re not soaking in your tub. Build a little seating area next to your tub so your guests who aren’t sitting in the spa can still with mingle with those who are in the tub. Top off the oasis with a shady umbrella and your backyard retreat is nearly complete.

3. Attract Whimsical Creatures

Create the ultimate garden space, which even wild animals can appreciate. Visits from butterflies and hummingbirds will make your backyard feel just like a jungle paradise. Plant brightly colored wild flowers, such as Mexican salvia, and set up hummingbird feeders to attract the enchanting winged ones.

4. Light it up

Twinkling lights set the mood for an inviting backyard space. Bring light to your backyard in the evenings with tiki lamps, Christmas lights, or lanterns. Also consider experimenting with large and tiny candles to create an enticing ambience for soaking in your hot tub.

Forking out a fortune on a backyard designer isn’t necessary to create an inviting outdoor space. Simply adding a few touches here and there can turn your hot tub setting into a private oasis.

Find Out How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t something that should be complicated. However, when you throw your hectic work schedule, happy hours, and marathons of “Orange is the New Black”into the mix, your health sometimes takes a back seat. Fortunately, when you’re looking for a little motivation, the apps on your smartphone can help. Instead of browsing Facebook and challenging your high score on Angry Birds, download some of the following apps to improve your quality of life:

Recipe Apps

Need a quick recipe to whip up dinner in less than 20 minutes? There’s an app for that. Want to know what you can make with the ingredients in your refrigerator? There’s an app for that, too. Thanks to current technology out there, from Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals to Fridge Pal, you can quickly cook up healthy cuisine without attending culinary school. Skip the drive-thru on the way home from work and go the healthier route with a recipe app on your smartphone.

Pocket Trainer Apps

If you lack the drive to hit up the gym every day, check out the pocket trainer apps for at-home workouts and motivation. Some of these apps even provide routines you can do in the middle of your living room, as they demonstrate the exercises and time your workout. Choose a program targeting your desired area, whether it’s your core or your upper body.

Meanwhile, there are other programs, such as MapMyFitness, which track your bike rides and jogs. These kind of apps plot your workout on an interactive map and provide you with your distance, time, pace, and even the number of calories you burned. Such programs are especially useful if you like to challenge yourself to beat your previous records.

Water-Testing Apps

After all that exercising and healthy eating, you deserve to relax your muscles and rejuvenate your body in your hot tub. However, if fiddling with spa chemicals is enough to make you skip out on your soak, download a water-testing app. Insta-Link Water Testing, for example, lets you know exactly what chemicals your tub needs when you take a photo of the specially designed spa-testing strip. Apps like this make it simple to determine your spa needs, so there’s no excuse not to rest and soak.

Though you have a hectic lifestyle, downloading a few of these apps may help you better your quality of life, from kick-starting your day with a run to winding down with a soak in your hot tub.

Turn up the Heat in Your Relationship with a Hot Tub

The couple that soaks together stays together. When you’re feeling like you’ve fallen into a rut with your loved one, take your romance up a notch and retreat to your backyard hot tub. Relaxing in a spa together provides you with the perfect opportunity to catch up and spend some one-on-one time without the distractions of text messages or the score of the game. Follow some of our tips on how to use a spa to turn up the heat in your relationship:

Timing

While a late night soak under the stars is nothing short of romantic, there’s something about a sunset that just may make you fall in love all over again. Plan to hop in the tub just before twilight to marvel at the cotton-candy-colored skyline. If you have a backyard with a view, this time of day is especially enticing.

Lighting

Use lighting to create an inviting oasis. Light some tea candles around your spa, string some twinkling bulbs, or turn on the LED lamps in your tub to illuminate your backyard date. This low lighting gives off a soft and warm ambience, which is ideal for getting lost in deep conversation with your loved one.

Music

Whether turning up the heat on your relationship means singing along to your favorite oldies jams or cranking up some R&B to set the mood, a sound system is a must for your backyard retreat. Stream your music through an iPod dock or use your built-in tub stereo to set the soundtrack to your evening for two.

Massage

The beauty of a hot tub is you don’t have to beg your partner for a back massage. And better yet, you can both simultaneously receive the stress-melting pampering you desire. Take advantage of this time and let the jets target your tense muscles, from your neck to bottom of your feet. Just because you’re looking to bond, doesn’t mean you have to talk the entire time. Simply sitting back and relaxing as a couple can do wonders for your relationship.

Extras

Having some terry cloth robes and a bottle of champagne waiting when you climb out of the tub will keep the romance going. Cuddle up in your cozy robes and toast your relationship.

You don’t need some elaborate date night to rekindle your flame. Sometimes, it’s the simplicity of relaxing and spending time together in your hot tub that can give your relationship just the boost you had in mind. If you don’t have a hot tub to rekindle the fire of your relationship, view our selection of hot tubs today.

Must-have Backyard Gadgets

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.

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Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub

When it comes to planning any hot tub party, it helps to think of your think of your new hot tub as the ultimate party guest, the center of attention that everyone simply can’t get enough of. During your first 100 days as a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, show off all your new hot tub has to offer with these easy ideas for hot tub party themes.

HOT TUB OPEN HOUSEOpenHouse Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub Just the fact that you purchased a hot tub is a good enough reason to throw a party, so host an “Open House”-themed party that showcases your hot tub for family and friends. Grab these essentials:

• Welcome your guests with that new set of towels.
• Place a basket of flip-flops for guests so they can kick off their shoes and socks and relax.
• Put the “hot” in hot tub party with hot-themed appetizers like spicy Thai chicken skewers or jalapeño poppers. If spicy isn’t your thing, consider serving mini hot dogs.
• Provide refreshments that pack a kick of their own like habanero-infused margaritas or spiced coffee in the evening.

 

SPORTS NIGHTGameNight Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub What better way to watch a game with friends than in a hot tub? Gather your favorite team’s fanbase together for “Sports Night”-themed hot tub party that cheers your team to victory. Grab these essentials:

• Bring the game to you by setting up the TV outside or within range of the hot tub.
• Serve hot tub-friendly appetizers or desserts featuring the colors of your favorite team. Anything served on a stick is always a safe bet to help prevent soggy crumbs.
• For whatever sport you’re watching, get some waterproof balls to toss around during commercial breaks.

 

BOOK CLUBBookClub Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub The intimate setting of a hot tub is the perfect gathering space for your book club to discuss the book of the month. When it’s your turn to host, invite the whole group over for an evening of good friends, good conversation and lots of laughs. Grab these essentials:

• If it’s your turn to pick the book, suggest a book that’s ocean or water-themed, or maybe even something that’s on the “steamier” side.
• Try serving hot-tub friendly appetizers that match the theme of the book. If that’s too hard, serve nautical-themed snacks like grilled fish skewers or shrimp cocktails instead.
• Come up with a simple trivia game based on the book that everyone can play for prizes while in the hot tub.

 

A DAY AT “THE BEACH”AtTheBeach Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub If you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to you with a hot tub party that captures the spirit of a summer day at the beach. Grab these essentials:

• Provide your guests with colorful beach towels, sunblock and flip flops when they arrive.
• Grab beach balls for guests to toss to each other. They’re also great for decoration!
• Surround the hot tub area with sea shells and beach chairs to help set the mood.
• If you’re going for a more tropical beach theme, serve island-themed drinks like Mai Tais and Mojitos.

 

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First 100 Days

What you get out of your new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub is what you put into it. Ask any long-term hot tub owner and they’ll attest to the fact that there are certain things they’d wish they’d known during their first 100 days of ownership. With that in mind, make sure that you aren’t missing out on any of the opportunities your new hot tub provides with this list of 5 mistakes to avoid.

mistake1 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First 100 DaysMISTAKE #1: I can’t find the time to take a dip.
Whether it’s a quick dip in the early hours of the morning, a post-work moment to decompress or a Sunday night ritual to prepare for the week ahead, all it takes is 15 minutes here and there to reap the benefits of your new hot tub. However, it’s equally important that the hot tub time you set aside is pressure-free. If it’s your usual hot tub night and you prefer to unwind on the couch with some TV instead, it’s no big deal. Your hot tub is a source of enjoyment and pleasure, not an obligation.
 

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MISTAKE #2: I haven’t customized my hot tub to meet my needs.
You wouldn’t drive a new car without first adjusting your seats, mirror, radio and climate settings. Likewise, as a new hot tub owner, it’s important to find out what feels right for you when it comes to temperature, seating, jets and pressure. Use your first 100 days as a hot tub owner to familiarize yourself with each configuration and watch as, in no time, you become a certified hot tub expert!

 
mistake3 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First 100 DaysMISTAKE #3: I haven’t created a family hot tub ritual.
Hot tubs are the ultimate gathering place for the entire family, which is why making hot tub time a family ritual is so effective for quality bonding time. It helps to think of it as an extension of your living room with the added bonus of heated water and massaging jets, where everyone can get together after their day to chat, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Activities like game night or star gazing help to keep all ages entertained and coming back for more.

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MISTAKE #4: I haven’t hosted a hot tub party.

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new hot tub owner is watching others enjoy the pleasure it provides. Don’t miss out on the satisfaction of showcasing your new back yard investment by hosting at least one hot tub party during your first 100 days of ownership. To help the party run as smoothly as possible, take the time to do some simple preparations in the way of refreshments, spare towels and party playlists. Hot tub theme parties are also a great way to turn it up a notch and keep your guests coming back for more.

mistake5 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First 100 DaysMISTAKE #5: I haven’t used my hot tub for romance.
The hot tub is most enjoyable when in the company of at least one other person, especially when that person is your significant other. Alone time in the hot tub with that special someone allows for relaxed communication that’s free of distractions and interruptions. It’s also the ideal place for sparking romance, so the next time it’s date night, head for the back yard. Turn up the heat with some candles, romantic music and the built-in loveseat that’s ideal for couples.
 
 
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5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Hot Tub Family-Friendly

During your first 100 days as Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, you’ll quickly discover why it’s the ultimate gathering place for the entire family. It helps to think of your hot tub as a living room with jets, where every family member can gather together after a long day apart to chat, relax and enjoy each other’s company. As a new owner, you may be wondering how to maximize family time in the hot tub. To get the ball rolling, here are five simple ways to make your hot tub as family-friendly as possible.

Game Night 5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Hot Tub Family FriendlyINTRODUCE GAME NIGHT
Whether your family holds game night on a regular basis or you’ve tried it before without much success, moving game night to your hot tub both puts a unique spin on a classic family activity and provides yet another reason to suit up. Adding water to game night is relatively easy and requires only a few adjustments. Look for waterproof versions of playing cards, checkers and floating board games. Games like charades don’t involve any special equipment, but keep in mind it’s not as easy to move around when sitting in your hot tub.

 

KEEP THEM FED WITHOUT THE MESS
You already know the way to your family’s heart is often through their stomachs, but certain foods are better suited than others for munching on in the hot tub. Snacks like popcorn and chips aren’t the best foods for hot tubs, as they’re easily dropped into the water. Pick foods that keep little (and big) hands clean to keep the water clear and avoid soggy crumbs. Cheese and veggie trays are safe bets, as are popsicles and other foods that come on sticks.

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HAVE EXTRA BATHING SUITS ON HAND
As kids get older, they sometimes become more reluctant to join in on family time. That’s where your hot tub comes in. Don’t let their budding social life get in the way of family time by extending an invite to take a dip to their schoolmates, boyfriends and girlfriends. Keeping extra bathing suits and towels on hand will ensure that any last-minute guests can comfortably join in on the fun.

 

 

FIND A CROWD-PLEASING TEMPERATURE
The best way to ensure your family enjoys their time in the hot tub is to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Keep in mind that the temperature you prefer may not be ideal for everyone else. While the majority of hot tub users enjoy a water temperature in the range of 100°F – 102°F, some prefer turning it up to the maximum of 104°F. As a new owner, it’s important to experiment with the temperature while everyone’s present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, try to stick to it, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can bump up operational costs and add wear. It’s also important to keep in mind that children under 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time, regardless of temperature.

Make it Safe 5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Hot Tub Family FriendlyMAKE IT SAFE
Most important, make sure that safety’s always top of mind when your family uses the hot tub. We recommend keeping a first aid kit nearby at all times. For younger children especially, keeping the area around your hot tub secure is a must, so you may want to consider installing slip-resistant mats. Make sure younger children know not to go near the hot tub without an adult present. Likewise, talk to teenagers about appropriate hot tub behavior. It should be made clear that the water temperature should not exceed 104° F and that plastic cups are a good rule of thumb when bringing a drink in the hot tub.
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From Bubbles to a Promotion: How Relaxation Improves Concentration

Hard work has long been heralded as the quickest — if not the only — path to success, but what happens when those long hours threaten your performance? Studies show that an overloaded mind can often contribute to depleted energy, decreased concentration, and a general sense of unease. What’s more, many doctors are increasingly looking at prolonged stress as the starting point for a variety of medical conditions. In other words, that hard work could actually be hurting just as much as it’s helping.

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