Have you ever gone to enjoy a relaxing dip in your home spa only to find an undesirable scent from your hot tub cover was ruining the experience? This can be a nuisance; however, it’s fairly straightforward to deal with if you implement the correct steps.
What’s Causing the Issue?
Strong smelling spa covers normally result from your cover becoming waterlogged or even rotting. Hot tub covers have a waterproof outer layer to prevent moisture damage, so if your cover has developed a smell, examine it for tears or holes.
If a tear or hole is the culprit, your cover can potentially be patched and brought back to working condition. However, if the damage to the outer layer is too significant to be patched or if the inner foam layer is saturated with water, your cover will likely need replacing.
How to Prevent This from Happening
Be Aware of Debris: Low-hanging branches have the potential to break off and puncture the outer lining of your hot tub. Also, if debris collects on your spa cover, it can cause the cover to cave in and lose its shape, which compromises the effectiveness of the cover as well.
Air out the Cover: Every few months, place the cover in a dry location to remove moisture and allow the cover to air out. Regular maintenance is important for preventing issues with your hot tub cover and your hot tub as well.
Take Advantage of Protective Treatments: Applying protective treatments for your hot tub’s outer layer prevents it from cracking, which creates openings for moisture to enter.
Balance Your Spa Water: Unbalanced spa water creates an environment for bacteria development in your spa. Not only can these bacteria make your water unsafe for use, it can also create an odour in the water.
Incorporate a Floating Spa Blanket: Floating spa blankets are useful for reducing the amount of chemicals and water the spa cover is exposed to. These blankets help protect your spa cover from sustaining from evaporation.
A hot tub is a great addition to any home; however, without the proper research your new investment can add stress instead of taking it away. So, here’s what to consider before purchasing a spa for your home.
When finding the right spa for your home, first determine where it will be located on your property. You will need a stable surface with access to electrical outlets. It’s also important to purchase a hot tub that complements your outdoor space. The amount of available backyard space can limit how large your spa can be.
What’s Its Purpose?
Prior to purchasing a home spa, decide what its main use will be. Will the hot tub be for individual or group use? The number of users you plan on having in your spa at once is a key factor in deciding how large it will need to be.
Hot tubs are also a great investment for those looking to treat physical ailments. The warm temperatures and motion provided by the jets can help sports related injuries to arthritis.
Now, before you get too excited about this addition to your outdoor space, create a realistic budget for how much you can spend on the hot tub. Make sure to consider both short and long-term costs. Short-term costs obviously include the cost of purchasing the spa itself and any work required to prepare the chosen space for its arrival (this can include installation of electrical outlets or proper flooring for the spa to sit on). The costs associated with regularly maintaining your hot tub are examples of the long-term expenses that you should expect to incur as a spa owner.
What Is Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy uses a body of water to treat a variety of physical ailments. Hydrotherapy can address the whole body or target illnesses such as:
- Anxiety and stress,
- Poor circulation,
- Muscle pain and inflammation.
Use of Hot Tubs in Hydrotherapy
Backyard hot tubs enable you to reap the benefits of hydrotherapy without the money or inconvenience required to visit a day spa. Backyard spas combine heat, massaging (from the jets) and buoyancy to provide the spa user with an awesome hydrotherapeutic experience.
The heat a hot tub produces expands your blood vessels, which improves blood flow in the body. Better blood flow helps repair damaged tissue in the body. So, whether you have sustained a physical injury in an accident or have been feeling the physical effects of intense workouts, hydrotherapy can help your body to recover.
In addition to the physical benefits warm temperatures provide, spa jets reduce body pain and repair injured muscle. The jets work to massage and increase blood flow to problem areas on the body. This not only alleviates pain in the short-term but also shortens the overall recovery time of physical injuries.
For those suffering from joint pain—like what someone with rheumatoid arthritis experiences—submersing your body in water relieves the pressure placed on the joints. This lessens the impact that joint pain has on a person’s life and allows them to exercise free of discomfort.
All in all, your hot tub is more than a place to unwind after a long day at work or relax with friends and family over the weekend. Your spa is a great tool to experience the healing effects of hydrotherapy in your life. This treatment will help improve your overall physical shape and help you feel more rejuvenated and refreshed.
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