Cleveland Area Hot Tub News & Spa Owner Tips

Safety Tips for Sauna Owners

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sauna-repairThe benefits of the sauna

When you sweat toxins are eliminated  from the body.  Typically when the tissue in your body is warmed, blood flow increases which helps heal your body's tissues.  This is the natural way your body defends itself against a virus - a fever.  A warmer body  can also releive joint and muscle pain.

How long is too long?

In 2010 Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy of Russia died during the World Sauna Championship in Finland.  He was in the sauna for only 6 minutes (the sauna was at 225 degrees farenheight).  They have discontinued the event.

So what safety rules apply to sitting in a sauna?

North Coast Spa's Manufacturer, Nordic is now certified

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Nordic-Certified-Spa-ManufacturerWe chose Nordic Hot Tubs as our top supplier to ensure our customers have the best quality hot tubs available at a great value point.

Recently Nordic Hot Tubs received their Trade Certification.  Here is the announcement:

It is with great pleasure Nordic Hot Tubs announces: We are a TRADE CERTIFIED Manufacturer for 2018!

Being Trade Certified means we are ranked and recommended as a top tier manufacturer within the Pool and Spa Industry. This ranking is based on independent, third-party evaluations of our business. We have been ranked on brand satisfaction, product characteristics and dealer network satisfaction along with numerous sub-categories within those three areas. To achieve our certification we have scored above 88% in all categories!

Our Trade Certification is an added bonus to our Nordic Dealers! When dealers become a member of the Nordic Hot Tubs' Dealer Network, they are partnering with one of the elite spa manufacturers in North America. As a Nordic Dealer Partner, they are now eligible to apply for Dealer Certification and potentially become ranked within an exclusive retail business group that consumers know and trust.

Join us in our excitement and celebration on achieving this milestone!

How to repair your hot tub after a flood.

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flooded-landscapeIf you have a flood and your hot tub has been completely or partially submerged, here are important steps to take.

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Take Pictures

If your home owner insurance should covers flood damage, be sure to take photos of the tub from as many angles as possible.  Email these photos to yourself and your insurance agent.

Turn off the Power

Cut off all power to the unit; this is most important.  Turn off the circuit breaker. If the spa is 120v, unplug it from the outlet.  Contact a professional electrician if you have any doubt.

Assessing Damage

After the powere is turned off open the equipment panel.  Take a look at the electrical connections.  Check for burn marks and places that look corroded.  Replace anything that looks damaged.  Contact us to complete any repair - we have access to all parts no matter the make or model.
Here is a list of parts that can be affected by water damage:
  • Spa Packs
  • Pumps
  • Blowers
  • Ozonators

Dry Out the Entire Tub, and All Equipment

zep-mold-stain-and-mildew-removerBefore you even think about turning on the power, all the equipment must be completely dry.  If some of the electrical equipment is wet, a power surge can damage it further.  Use a shop vac to remove any excess water in any of the compartments.  Immediately spray the insides with a Mold and Mildew remover.

Leave the door to the equipment area open with a fan blowing inside during dry days to allow moisture to evaporate, and prevent mildew.  After it is dry, spray it again with mildew remover - and dry again.

Do You Smell Musty After A Soak

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SmellingArmpits-from-hot-tub-smellEveryone who has ever soaked in a hot tub has experienced the after soak smell that permeates from your hair and skin.

Here are a few tips to help that smell be more pleasant.

  • Keep a close on the PH.  Too high of a PH and too low chemicals could cause an unpleasant odor in your tub. Keep the PH level between 7.4-7.6
  • Keep the cover aired out and dry.  Unzip it and expose the foam to some fresh air and sunshine
  • Keep an eye out for mold around the edges of the cover and the tub. Clean the hot tub tools with a spray bottle of diluted bleach
  • On a regular schedule empty the tub completely and sanitize all of the components

Helpful tips for spa & patio parties

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Hot-tub-and-deckHere are a few tips to help prepare your backyard party.  Time with your friends and family in your backyard, eating wonderful grilled food and soaking in your NCSpa Hot tub is always time well spent.

How can you best prepare your backyard to make the most of your patio party. 

Organize

Your preparation may not be fun, but it will make the most of your time and budget. A well organized party will go more smoothly.  Create a checklist of food, decor, games, invitations, and the like.
  • Clean the clutter.
  • How does the outside look?  Cut the grass, clean the pool or hot tub.
  • Do you have enough seating? Get some inexpensive patio furniture for overflow.
  • Be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Remember to prepare as much as possible before the party it will make a more relaxing event for you.
  • Ask a friend to lend you some small side tables, they always come in handy.

Hot Tub Energy Saving Tips

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Increased energy bills are a given when deciding to add a hot tub to your home, but there are simple ways to keep the costs manageable.

One of the most effective ways to decrease the energy used to heat and reheat hot tub water is to keep a good cover on your tub. Check your hot tub cover for cracks in the insulation.  Also, if the hot tub cover insulation is old and brittle it is not doing it's job 100 percent.  Any tears along the sides where heat can escape is another thing to watch out for.  If your hot tub cover is in questionable shape it may cost less in the long run to just replace the cover.

Another big hot tub energy saver is dialing down that thermostat.  Most people keep the thermostat at the highest temp allowed..usually 104 degrees.  By turning that dial back just a couple of notches you could see savings in the double digits each month.

Slow down the wind traveling across the surface of your hot tub and sneaking into any crack and crevice cooling your water temp.  A winder breaker can really help stop the constant reheating of hot tub water.  Try screens or shrubs to block you hot tub from heat sucking wind.

Possibly the most pracitcal is keeping a close eye on your energy bills each month.  Leaks are not always obvious but they can show up on your monthly bills. Catching a hot tub leak quickly will save a good amount of money by avoiding the cycle of brining new water up to temp.

By putting all of these little fixes together you can save money and enjoy your hot tub quilt free.

Get Out the Musty Hot Tub Smell

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Damour-MS-lifestyleSmelling like a musty moldy hot tub for hours after use is enough to discourage anyone from using their hot tub as the source of relaxation and healing it is meant to be.  Take your hot tub basic with a few simple regular practices

Check the PH Balance regularly to make sure it is not too high. A good PH is 7.4 - 7.6. Also, check the recommende use of sanitizing chemicals. Your levels of these may be too low.

Keep mold at bay by checking often for dark spots on the cover (check edges of lining and corners especially well). Scrub with diluted bleach or spray with disenfectant. Make sure to spray the hot tub surfaces, cleaning tools, and any items used in the tub

Put your tub on a draining/cleaning schedule. When empty clean and sanitize the filter and pipes. Scrub the interior surfaces to disenfect as well.
A smell good additive doesn't kill any bacteria but it can help while trouble shooting bacteria fighting solutions.

Hot Tub Skin Care

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canvas-skin care articleSome basic skin care tips will keep you looking and feeling healthier without compromising that precious hot tub time.

  • Hydrating the skin: It is important hydrate before and after soaking in your hot tub.  Drinking plenty of water is the first line of defense to stay hydrated
  • Restore the Moisture: A couple of commonly used natual products can be the difference between cracking dry skin and a radiant healthly glow. Here are a few ideas
  • Cold pressed coconut oil
  • Unrefined natural shea butter
  • Extra Virgn Olive Oil

  • Stay smooch-able: For smooth plump lips use a good quality lip balm before and after every hot tub use

  • Hair Care: Use a good leave in conditioner before and after your soak. Also, pin those beautiful locks up to minimize exposure to the sanitizing chemicals

Most importantly keep your tub clean with good quality
Hot Tub Sanitizers and Water Conditioners



Planning for a deck and hot tub

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Hot-tub-and-deckIf you have a deck and want to add a hot tub or have a hot tub and want to add a deck, attention to details is imperative.

The project requires planning for:
  • Structural Issues
  • Privacy Issues
  • Electrical Availability
  • Weather
  • Maintenance

Then from those, comes the budget.

The most often missed issue is special framing needed or the impact on the deck's original design.

Structural Support


Be sure the tub is on a flat and level surface.  Also, be sure no shims are used - they will not hold up against the weight of the tub and water.  When you know the tub's dimensions, dry weight, filled weight and estimated capacity, can you figure out how much weight the slab or framing will need to support.

Most cities require an engineered design for an elevated deck—a good idea even if it isn't required.  Click here to see if we have your city's building permits.

What are the benefits from a hot tub?

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110-Stella-lifestyleHot Tubs - Relaxation

Although the don't occur together in the Thesaurus, to many they mean the same.

There many benefits to soaking in an spa. 

You don't need a research study to understand the health benefits to a good soak in a hot tub. 

Muscles and joints

For athletes -  Hydrotherapy is a staple.  One magazine article in Tennis Magazine said it best: “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” adding that, if muscles are injured: "Soaking in a hot tub with a whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage."

Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation "Hydrotherapy is one method of using water to help treat arthritis. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy - massage."

Headaches, Stress, and Sleep


A hot tub can stimulate the release of our stress reducing endorphins. A hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. And when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a deep night's sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly states, "soaking in hot water, such as a hot tub or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep." 

Benefits from Owning a Sauna in the Cleveland Area

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sauna-life-style-2Saunas help induce deeper sleep


In addition to the release of endorphins, body temperatures, which become elevated in the late evening,fall at bedtime. Many sauna goers recall deep sleep after bathing the the calming heat of a sauna.

Saunas relieve stress


Sauna bathers say their stress is reduced even after one sauna visit.  Also medical studies determine that stress in our daily lives can hurt our health.  Bathing in a sauna gives your releive from stress in a number of ways.
  • It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions 
  • The heat from the sauna relaxes the body's muscles
  • It improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins.

Flush toxins


Sweating has multiple benefits. Deep sweating can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemical - which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.

Cleanses the skin


Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality.


Keep your Hot Tub from Freezing

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frozen-manAre you ready for the next Polar Vortex?  Winter can be brutal in the Mid-West.  And the best way to exist in a sub-zero climate is sitting in warm bubbling water.  But remember, your Spa also has to brave the cold.

How to Prevent Your Hot Tub from Freezing

If your spa is running, at least on low speed with all of its valves and lines open, the water won't be stationary long enough to freeze.  Do NOT turn off your hot tub at the breaker unless you are prepared to immediately drain and winterize the system.

Check your hot tub often in bitter cold weather. Expensive damage can occur in less than 24 hours. If you do not used your spa very often in the winter you may consider winterizing it and keep it empty.

Do not turn the temperature down too much. Keeping your water hot during the winter will protect your equipment and be the most energy efficient route. If you lose power or your heater goes out some during the winter, a water temperatures between 100-104° with the cover on will keep your pipes protected.  The water can keep its heat for 2-3 days during an outage. Unheated water during a polar blase can freeze in an hour with no circulation.

Keep a tight well-maintained cover keeps the heat and the water clean. Keep the cover on when you're not using it. If you have clips, make sure they're buckled so the cover stays secure during a blizzard.





Enjoying Your Hot Tub in Winter

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Japanese-Snow-Monkeys-in-a-hot-tubThe pool is closed for the season - that means its prime Hot Tub Season!


With a hot tub in cold weather, you have a relaxation location for family & friends.  Even if you don't get outside during Winter, backyard can remain a warm bubbling oasis.

Below you can read 5 tips to help you enjoy your NorthCoast Spa during winter:

1. Prepare

  • Be sure there is a path shoveled and salted to avoid slipping.
  • Use a robe or a towel to cover your skin from the cold wind as you walk to the spa.
  • Use your sandals or slippers to keep your feet away from the cold and the snow.
  • Submerging into warm water while your skin is still cold is exhilarating and may a few minutes for your body to adjust.

Where to buy a used hot tub.

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bad-used-hot-tubThe number one place to buy a used hot tub is Northcoast Spa!

If you are looking on Craigslist or other websites - Be careful - Here are some tips:
  • The seller should identify problems
  • When you first see it, the hot tub should be filled with water.  The water should be hot, with pumps and blowers running
  • Look for water pooling around the edges of the tub.  If you see some, there may be a leak
  • Do all the buttons work?  Push them and see what they do
  • Look at the filtration system - is it relatively clean?
  • The seller should be open to having a professional look at it (like Northcoast Spas)
If you go ahead and need transportation and installation, give us a call.

Below is a list of web based classified ads where you may find a Spa or Hot Tub.

Hot Tubs Throughout History

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Encore-se-Fun-in-a-hot-tub-from-Nordic-Tubs-2Hot Tubs - History and Origins

  • The word SPA - "medicinal or mineral spring," 1626, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."
  • Verse 2 of Genesis speaks of water - "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt received therapeutic baths and muscle treatments for his debilitating pain of polio during his administration from 1933-1945.
  • According to legend, Iroquois people helped Sir William Johnson recover from illness by recommending the "medicine spring of the Great Spirit" at Saratoga Springs in New York.
  • From about 800 BC, In Bath, England the hot springs were used for healing.
  • Around 1589 according to historians, Queen Elizabeth I insisted on bathing in Bath, England at least once a month, "whether she needed it or not"

Hot Tub Party Ideas

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fairies-in-a-jar1. Fairies in a Jar

This will work for 5-8 hours. Put them in your trees or surround your hot tub.

  • Get a mason jar or another type of jar with a lid
  • Break open a glow stick and empty contents into jar
  • Add glitter
  • Close jar and shake!

2. Hot Tub and a Movie

A pool and a movie night is a great way to spend the evening. Watch the movie from your hot tub, or set up some pillows in the yard and enjoy a movie after a long day!

  • Tie a white sheet to trees or a do it yourself stand
  • Have a Projector - be careful with electrical equipment near the water
  • Have fun decorating your outdoor movie theater

Most Affordable Hot Tubs

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110-DAmour-lifestyleShopping -- and paying for a hot tub should easy and relaxing. North Coast Spa & Hot Tub makes the experience better by explaining the steps and all that you will need to know.  We cover the features and how to care for your purchase.  We install set up and can maintain your tub so it lasts for years and years.

Hot tubs and spas have come a long way in the past 20 years. A modern tub has several parts:

The shell.  It may be constructed from wood, molded acrylic, fiberglass, thermal plastic, poured concrete or air-blown concrete known as gunite.

Should you buy a used hot tub?

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Is buying a used hot tub worth it?

Short Answer: YES

Of course if you purchase a used hot tub from us, you can be confident that it
  • works
  • has been serviced
  • no leaks
  • saves money
View our used tubs available right now - check back often because the go fast.

If you are looking on Craigslist or other websites - Be careful - Here are some tips:
  • The seller should identify problems
  • When you first see it, the hot tub should be filled with water.  The water should be hot, with pumps and blowers running
  • Look for water pooling around the edges of the tub.  If you see some, there may be a leak
  • Do all the buttons work?  Push them and see what they do
  • Look at the filtration system - is it relatively clean?
  • The seller should be open to having a professional look at it (like Northcoast Spas)
If you go ahead and need transportation and installation, give us a call.




New Noridic Hot Tub - The Jubilee

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110-Stella-lifestyleAs the ultimate in affordable luxury the Jubilee LS model is designed with roomy seating for 6 or 7 (including the step-in/cool down seat). This model provides luxurious, DTS™ whirlpool therapy with a 2 pump system. The Jubilee LS provides the superior therapeutic benefits you need at the price point you want with the quality you demand. If you are looking for a large, no-nonsense, therapeutic hot tub for the family, you have found it!

Hot Tub Electrical Problems

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Electric-Shock-in-Hot-TubIf you have an electrical problem with your Hot Tub or Spa, more than likely your GFCI trips when you turn on the power

If you have a new hot tub, it was probably installed incorrectly.  Call your hot tub dealer and have them take a look at it.

Here are some steps to take if you are experiencing electrical problems with your Spa.

Isolate the problem

Turn off the power and unplug the heater from the control box.  You may also need to remove the wires leading to the heating element.

Your Hot Tub in Cool Weather

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Japanese-Snow-Monkeys-in-a-hot-tubPeople enjoy using their hot tub in the cold months. Soaking in a warm spa with a hot toddy can fix up most any stressful day or aching muscles.   Below are a few tips on how to save money and keep the water clean during the upcoming Winter months.

1. Protect the plumbing – if the temperature drops too much, you run the risk of freezing pipes.  Most hot tubs have a freeze protection system - be sure it is on and working.  This system will keep the spa at a constant temperature while not in use.  Set you timer to cycle every half hour to keep your pipes clear.

2. Check your supplies – have an extra filter cartridges, sanitizer, chemicals, and test strips to last until Spring.  If the roads are closed and you are in a blizzard, make sure you can jump right into warm bubbling water and not driving to pick up hot tub supplies.

Glossy-metal-buttons3. Check the water level - At least once per week, check the spa's water level. If the water in your hot tub is too low, the pumps and heater may be damaged - then prepare for broken pipes from frozen water.

4. Turn off Air Jets – Running the air jets in the winter uses a great amount of energy because they inject cold air into the spa water. If you do use your jets, make sure you turn them off after every use.

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