Category Archives: Support & Maintenance

Which Balboa Topside Control Do I need?

Which Balboa Topside Control

Replacing a topside control, or the buttons that control your jets and adjust your temperature is a task that most of us hot tub owners are going to have to do at some point.

In general, this is not a difficult task. You unplug the old one from the tub, and you plug in the new tub. Yes, this part is easy. However, before you get to that stage, you need to make sure that you are buying the correct topside that is going to work with your spa pack.

It is a bit of a mine field so in this blog post, I hope to clear things up for you. This blog post is only applicable to the Balboa range of topside controls.

A Guide to Removing Hot Tub Cover Stains (without harming the vinyl)

Clean Hot Tub Cover

Picture this: you sink into your steaming hot tub, ready to melt away the day’s stress. But wait! A rusty stain mars the serenity, a grim reminder of the battle your cover wages against the elements.

Fear not, fellow soakers! This guide equips you with the knowledge and tools to banish those rusty invaders, restoring your hot tub cover to its former glory.

How To Fill a Hot Tub – The CORRECT Way

fill a hot tub

Avoid Airlocks and Get Your Hot Tub Up and Running Quickly

Filling your hot tub with water may seem like a simple task, but if you do it wrong, you could end up with frustrating airlocks that prevent your jets from working properly. In this blog post, we’ll share the correct way to fill your hot tub, whether it’s a plastic shell tub or a DIY hot tub you’ve built yourself.

Considering a saltwater hot tub? Pros and cons

salt water in a hot tub

When it comes to hot tubs, the traditional method of keeping the water clean and clear has been through the use of harsh chemicals like chlorine. However, in recent years, an alternative method has gained popularity: saltwater hot tubs.

By using a saltwater system, hot tub owners can enjoy a more natural and gentler approach to water treatment. But is a saltwater hot tub the right choice for you?

In this blog post, I’ll explore the pros and cons of saltwater hot tubs, so you can make an informed decision about whether this innovative system is the best fit for your lifestyle and preferences. So, whether you’re a seasoned hot tub owner or considering your first dip, read on to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of a saltwater hot tub.

Cyanuric Acid: A Hot Topic in Hot Tub Care

cyanuric acid hot tub

If you’re a hot tub enthusiast, you’ve likely come across the term “cyanuric acid.” This chemical, often abbreviated as CYA, is a common additive in hot tub water, but it’s not without its controversies. While CYA can help to protect chlorine from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, it can also build up over time, making it more difficult for chlorine to effectively sanitize the water.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of cyanuric acid and hot tubs, exploring its benefits, drawbacks, and ideal levels. We’ll also provide tips on how to properly manage CYA levels in your hot tub to ensure safe and enjoyable soaking experiences.

Unveiling the Secrets of Hot Tub Heating and Energy Efficiency

Hot Tub Heating and Energy Efficiency

Picture this: a serene evening, stars twinkling overhead, a gentle breeze in the air, and the soothing embrace of warm water enveloping you in your own personal oasis. Hot tubs have a unique way of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, offering relaxation and rejuvenation like no other. But as any hot tub owner knows, this luxury comes with a price – the cost of heating and maintaining that inviting warmth.

In my latest blog post, I’m embarking on a journey into the world of hot tub heating and energy efficiency. Whether you’re a seasoned hot tub enthusiast or considering taking the plunge into ownership, understanding the secrets to efficient heating can help you enjoy your hot tub to the fullest while keeping your energy bills in check.

Join me as I explore a series of practical tips, expert insights, and innovative approaches that not only promise a greener, more eco-conscious hot tub experience but also put more savings back in your pocket. From optimizing heating schedules to harnessing the power of the sun, we’re about to unveil the keys to keeping your hot tub warm and inviting without breaking the bank.

Get ready to dive into a world of warmth, relaxation, and cost-effective hot tub enjoyment. Let’s turn up the heat on hot tub heating and discover how to make every soak a truly energy-efficient experience.

Cloudy water in a hot tub – that is the last thing that you want!

cloudy water in hot tub

Cloudy water in a hot tub – that is the last thing that you want; welcome to the world of hot tub ownership. There’s nothing quite like sinking into the warm, bubbling waters and letting your worries melt away. However, as a hot tub owner, you may occasionally encounter a common issue that can put a damper on your soak time: cloudy water.

Cloudy water in a hot tub is a frustrating and all-too-common problem that many owners face. It not only affects the aesthetic appeal of your hot tub but also raises concerns about water quality and hygiene. But fear not, because in this blog post, we will explore the causes of cloudy water in a hot tub and provide you with practical tips and solutions to restore crystal-clear, pristine water.

As a hot tub design consultant, I’ve encountered my fair share of cloudy water situations, and I’m here to share my expertise with you. Whether you’re a new hot tub owner or a seasoned enthusiast, this article will equip you with the knowledge and tools to tackle cloudy water issues head-on.

So, if you’re ready to dive deep into the world of hot tub water clarity and discover the secrets to achieving sparkling, clear water in your tub, let’s get started. Say goodbye to cloudy water and hello to an exceptional hot tub experience!

Copper-silver ionization for Hot Tubs?

copper-silver ionization

When it comes to maintaining crystal-clear and hygienic water in your hot tub or pool, traditional methods like chlorine treatments may have been your go-to solution. However, advancements in disinfection technology have paved the way for alternative approaches that offer effective sanitization while reducing chemical usage and potential side effects. One such method gaining popularity (but I will be honest, I hadn’t heard of this before I researched for this post) is Copper-silver ionization.

Copper-silver ionization is a remarkable technique that harnesses the natural antimicrobial properties of copper and silver ions to keep hot tubs and pools clean and safe for a swimming or hot tub. By incorporating this innovative system, pool and tub owners can enjoy the benefits of thorough disinfection while minimizing the reliance on harsh chemicals like chlorine.

I’ve Sprung a Leak – “Fix a leak” Review

I’ve Sprung a Leak – “Fix a leak” Review

I’ve had a small leak in my hot tub now for some time. Nothing too drastic, couple of centimetres / an inch of water a week that I have been topping up.

I thought that this would be a good time to review the “Fix a Leak” product from Canadian Manufacturer Marlig Industries. They have specialising in this leak repair industry since 1980. I know that a couple of my customers have used this product before with success so let’s see how I get on.