BACKYARD LIFE

Adding a hot tub may by one of the best ideas you ever have.


 

FAQs

Whether you already have a hot tub on your deck or patio, or you are considering purchasing a new model, you may have questions. This list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, is meant to assist you. We believe that well-informed buyers will choose a hot tub. Feel better, spend more time together, and relax. Visit our store to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.

SHOULD I INSTALL MY POOL ABOVE OR BELOW GROUND?

Installing your pool above ground or below ground will depend on several factors, including your budget, lifestyle and backyard layout. Both installations have their own set of positives, but it will come down to your lifestyle on which you move forward with.

In-ground swimming pools
• More functional
• Better aesthetic
• Longer installation
• More expensive
• Lasts longer


Above-ground swimming pools
• Reduced risk of injury from slips and falls
• Reduced costs
• Easier to move locations
• Less invasive installation

Which pool chemicals are best?

Pool chemicals are used in above-ground pools to sanitize, clean, and maintain a healthy pH balance in the pool.

Chlorine is one of the most well-known and widely used water sanitizers in residential pools. They can be purchased as chlorinating tablets or in liquid form in a preferred size according to the size of the pool and the frequency of use. The best kinds of chlorinating tablets are completely soluble in water with no mineral scale buildups, slow dissolving and stabilized. There are also oxidizers, which work as a secondary sanitizer that mostly target destroying algae and bacteria.

Keeping the pH balance of the water is extremely important. There are pH Increasers, pH Reducers, Alkalinity Increasers, and Chlorine Neutralizers in the market that you can go for according to the test results of the water. Alkalinity Increase by Gary’s is a quality and affordable product to help with this. There are also chemicals used in deep cleaning filter cartridges, such as Cartridge-Renu by Gary’s that can help remove body oil, grease, soap film, and more.

Which pool accessories do I need?

Choosing the right pool accessories can help you to properly maintain your above-ground pool, while also getting the best use out of the pool by enhancing its capabilities. To start off with the basics, water testing strips and thermometers are two of the most useful accessories to keep with you. Conducting regular tests of your pool help prevent any algae or bacterial build up, and keep your pool safe and clean at all times.

Algae brushes with nylon bristles can help you to scrape off algae from the surfaces of the pool can make a great addition to any collection of useful pool accessories. They also come in brush and vacuum combos for a more thorough cleaning. Investing in a high-quality pool cover can also help to increase the longevity of your pool by keeping all kinds of debris out of the water, while enhancing the safety and functionality of the backyard while the pool isn’t in use. When you cover your pool during the winter, having a cover that attaches securely to your pool can help prevent the growth of bacteria and also any potential contamination of water.

How long does it take to install a pool?

Depending on the size of your pool, it can take 24 to 72 hours to fully install an above-ground pool. The main steps of installing a pool include:

1. Preparing the ground that you chose to install it
2. Assembling the frame
3. Installing the liner
4. Filling your pool

Based on the location that you selected, leveling the soil and setting up the foundation for your pool can take from a few hours to a day.

A strong foundation of pavers/patio stones embedded well into the ground is the key to a durable pool. Properly assembling the frame can take a few hours, however, if you have at least four people to help you on this project, preparing the ground and assembling the frame can be done simultaneously, saving you some time. The final part of the installation – setting up the liner – is the most delicate step since a careless mistake can cause the liner to rip or tear, making the entire setup useless. Therefore, make sure you take your time to do it with care.

SHOULD I BUY A POOL OR HOT TUB?

Deciding on a pool or hot tub will decide on your lifestyle, budget and personal preferences. If you are looking for a new approach to recreation, exercise or entertainment and have a larger backyard, a swimming pool might be right for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to reduce stress, ease aches and pains, and find a new way to relax, a hot tub might be the solution you’re looking for.

WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY?

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic technique that harnesses the combined effect of heat, massage, and buoyancy. It’s gaining popularity all around the world can be traced back to the many benefits it offers, including:

• Eased muscle tension
• Soothed joint pain
• Better sleep
• Reduced stress
• Improved injury recovery
• Better skin
• Improved circulation

Before using hydrotherapy to treat an existing condition, such as arthritis, speak with your physician to ensure your best health.

HOW DO I CLEAN A HOT TUB?

The brand and model of your hot tub will depict the cleaning guidelines. When you purchased your hot tub, cleaning instructions should have been provided to you. If you do not have access to these, you can reach out to the manufacturer or the dealership where you purchased your hot tub.

Although the cleaning guidelines will differ from spa to spa, most need to have their water tested and balanced on a weekly basis. If the test reveals that the water is not balanced, use the proper chemicals to clean the water. During this time, you should also rinse the filter and inspect the spa system for any issues, including the cover and steps. Finally, the water should be changed once every three to four months.

DO HOT TUBS COST A LOT OF MONEY TO RUN?

Most modern hot tubs that are equipped with energy-efficient technology do not cost a lot of money to operate. In fact, depending on the hot tub and your location, some can cost as low as $15 a month to operate.

Some of the energy-efficient features that may contribute to lower costs can include:
• Energy-efficient operating systems
• Full-foam insulation
• High-quality hot tub covers
• Titanium coil heaters
• LED lighting

To keep costs even lower, operate your hot tub on the every-saving mode or economy setting.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN AND TREAT MY SPA WATER?

Most hot tubs and swim spas should have their water tested, treated and balanced on a weekly basis.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY SPA?

You should drain, clean and refill your hot tub once every three to four months. This number can fluctuate based on how well the spa is cared for, how frequently it is used, and the quality of chemicals used to treat the water.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY GRILL?

1. Thoroughly clean it at the beginning and end of each grilling season, unless you use it year-round, then you should aim to give it a deeper cleaning about three times a year.
2. Pre-heat the grill for 15 minutes on high heat.
3. Turn off the gas using the valve on the propane tank or gas line.
4. Clean the grates using a wet brush.
5. Using dish soap and water will create the added benefit of creating steam during the cleaning process.
6. Alternatively, you can also use a grill cleaning solution.
7. Once you’ve finished and the grate has cooled, use a damp cloth to wipe down the grate and remove any residue or bristles.
8. Once clean, coat the grates lightly with oil, either sprayed or on a paper towel.
9. Remove the grates and heat deflectors.
10. Clean the deflectors with dish soap and dry with a towel.
11. Remove the burners and remove any blockages with a brush.
12. Rinse the burner valve inside and out with soapy water to remove any debris.
13. Clean the empty cook box and lid with a brush and warm, soapy water.
14. Rinse with a hose and be sure to remove the propane tank and place a bucket underneath to catch the dirty water.
15. Use a stainless steel cleaner and microfiber cloth for the exterior of the grill if it is stainless steel.
16. Cover it with a high-quality cover when not in use.

 


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