Cleveland Area Hot Tub News & Spa Owner Tips

Stay Cool in Summer with a Cool Hot Tub

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Attractive-young-woamn-cooling-down-in-a-hot-tubDuring the warm and muggy days of Summer, you can stay cool with your hot tub.

With the hot tub's water at 75-80, you'll stay relaxed and the water's temperature will cool you down.

Make your spa refreshing by:
  • Turn off or Turn Down the tub's heater
  • For more rapid cooling, take the cover off
  • Keep the same pump filtration cycle schedule
  • Put the cover back on during the day and if your tub gets full sunlight
  • You will save money on your electric bill
  • You may even save a few dollars by needing less chemicals (but keep up the water quality testing timetable).

How to repair your hot tub.

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Hot-Tub-Repair-ProfessionalsIf your hot tub is not running quite right, the first step is to isolate the problem general.

Your Hot Tub has 4 basic components:

1. Mechanical and Electrical Systems
Is your tub cold?  Is your pump not running?   The problem is in your mechanical and/or your electrical systems. The major components are the spa controller, hot tub motor, blower, spa pump, and heater.  These items make up the hot tub / spa pack,  Secondary components are the ozonator, filter system, and the GFCI.

Northcoast specializes in replacement parts and complete service.

Glossy-metal-buttons2. Frame and Cabinet
Normally the frame is made of wood.  Damage to the frame or cabinet is a big problem.  If the frame is damaged, the shell may be or may become damaged.  Sometimes a replacement part is available.  We strongly recommend having a service person come out and inspect the damage.

3. The Hot Tub Shell
Hot Tub shells should last about 30-40 years.  Minor damage to a hot tub shell may result in small cracks that leak water.  Major damage or wear and tear from the sun may cause spider cracks cannot be easily repaired.  Contact us to determine the extent of the damage.

How to get my Hot Tub ready for Spring?

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Welcoming-the-springtime-in-ClevelandPreparing Your Spa for Spring

Our Ohio Springs are a welcome change and it is the best time of the year for hot tubbing. Soaking in your tub relaxes and promotes a restful night's sleep.

Start your hot tub care into a routine in Springtime, and it will keep you soaking for months with clear water. 

  Our On Call Services:
  1.      Spa plumbing repairs
2.      Heater repair and replacement
3.      Pump repair and replacement
4.      Spa control repair and replacement
5.      Filer replacement
6.      Monthly spa cleaning contracts
7.      Springtime inspections
8.      Spa start ups
9.      Drain, Clean and fill service
10.  Spa and Hot tub moving

Drain & Refill

These simple steps will keep your Cleveland tub clear and clean for months. The first step is to flush the system and remove unwanted scaling in your plumbing.  It is important to be sure the hot tup is clean before you refill; including the inside of the plumbing. Small amounts of residual water may remain and become stagnant. Flushing the tub befor you fill it with fresh water is critical. Fill your spa, fush, then drain, then fill again while Inspecting the spa filter. If any of the filter material comes apart or frays, replace it.

How do you clear cloudy water in your hot tub?

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frothy-waterThere are many factors that cause cloudy water.

Here are som tips that may help clear the water.

First things first:

Do you know when the last time you drained your hot tub?
Your hot tub water must be drained every 3 to 4 months.  Sometimes you'll need to be drained more often. One of the most important factor is your usage if you use your hot tub with 2 or more people, more than 3 times per week - you are a high usage soaker!  2 people X 3 times per week X 4 week a month is 24 people per month.

On average each person sweats 1 pint of sweat per hour - do the math; thats a lot of sweat!

So, it's best for water clarity to drain the spa at least every 3-4 months!

Can I claim my hot tub as a tax deduction?

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hot-tub-tax-deductionNobody, even IRS agents enjoy April 15th.

IRS regulations may allow you a deduction for your hot tub if your doctor recommends hot water therapy for a medical condition.

We hear more reports from our customer that the reason for installing one of our Hot Tubs is for a medical condition.  People that suffer from RLS, Fibromyalgia, back pain, Arthritis learn that soaking in Hot Water helps. There are certain medical conditions that can be used to justify a hot tub purchase from Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub.

A doctor's prescription may turn your hot tub into a deductible medical equipment.  But be sure that it satisfies IRS conditions.

Remember the most important condition is a written recommendation from your doctor.

Pick up the IRS Publication 502; it covers medical expenses. From the Publication 502, medical expenses are Glossy-metal-buttonsthe costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. However, the medical expenses must be to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental illness, not as a benefit to general health.

The time to start preparing is now - when ever now falls on the calendar.  Keep the receipt we give you after we install your Hot Tub.  If you don't have one, give us a call at 888-772-2273.

What to look for in a Used Spa

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used-hot-tubs-cleveland-northcoastIf you've decided to buy a hot tub, good for you!  You will reap the benefits immediately!

With any big purchases, research is recommended to save time, money and ensure value.  If you decide to buy a pre-owned model over a new spa, be sure to ask what we have in stock.  We are minutes away from Cleveland and service the entire metro area. 

Here are a few tip when purchasing a used hot tub:

See it working.

Before you put cash on the table, make sure you see the hot tub in action. See it at the seller's location. Once it's turned on, take a few minutes to make sure nothing odd happens – for example, weird noises and of course leaking water.

Look at the filter.

Make sure to inspect the cartridge filter thoroughly. If it's torn or worn out, you will need to replace it.  Although a new filter cartridge is not very expensive, it will give you a clue as to the owner's care in the past. When a hot tub filter is neglected, it can lead to expensive equipment replacement.

Glossy-metal-buttonsListen to the hot tub.

When it's turned on, the hot tub makes a low humming sound; anything else is a good indicator the pump is going out.  A new pump may be expensive to replace.

Look at the thermostat.

While it is running, check hot tub's thermostat. If it is not working properly, it will be unsafe to use the hot tub.  Generally, the water temperature should be between 100 and 104 degrees. If the temperature is low, means a problem with the heater.

No Puddles

A leaking tub reduces your enjoyment - duh!  While looking at the thermostat, make sure to check out all the spa's seals. If any are leaking, they'll need to be replaced.  Also check under the cabinet for dripping water or puddles. Calcium stains are evidence of previous leaks.

If you notice any of these problems, you'll need a repair estimate before buying. 

Don't forget to factor in the cost and hassle of moving a hot tub into your buying equation.

Of course you will eliminate all these issues, problems and unknowns if you purchase a pre-owned hot tub from Northcoast.

We guarantee your purchase.

Hot Tub Safety for Toddlers

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Toddler-In-Tub-2Hot tubs, are great additions to the home that gives you stress reduction after a long. Educating yourself on the potential dangers, and with  adult supervision, you can relax and not worry with children around.  In general, adult Supervision is imperative Hot Tub safety. There should always be an adult designated to maintain constant visual contact with children whenever they are near any body of water.

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the main hazard associated with hot tubs.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded more than 800 deaths in spas since 1990.  About four in twenty were children under the age of five.  Hot tubs should be covered with a locked safety cover when not in use and children should be kept away unless there is constant adult supervision.

Infants and toddlers should never be in a hot tub.  Their thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating.  And of course their control over their bodily functions is nil - say no more.

Tips on Buying a Used Hot Tub

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A-Father-And-Kids-In-Hot-TubHow to buy a used hot tub.

#1 Know your dealer

2 out of 3 people would buy a used tub, especially if they knew the person. You'll find used spas and hot tubs on craigslist and local papers by dealers and home owners. 

Buying from a Hot Tub Dealer like Cleveland's Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub.

Cleveland OH residents must know that Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub has been around for over 15 years.  Why? The customer comes first.

Many spa dealers take trade-ins, refurbish them and resell them.  Also, they may have older or demo units they want to move. Even if you decide to invest in a new spa cover or cartridge filter element, the cost savings can be quite large.

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Finding a leak in your swimming pool

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happy-family-in-swimming-pool-houston-txWe recommend the first thing to do to take care of a leak in your Cleveland area swimming pool is to contact us.

Here's a list of typical problems that indicate a leak:
  1. Look closely at the filter, pump, heater and the pipe valves.
  2. Are there any wet areas around the pool? Check the ground for moisture. Walk around the pool, and by the pool and the equipment. Check for wet soil and sunken or eroding areas.
  3. Do you have a vinyl liner pool? Look for tears or separations around all the fittings, skimmers, returns, cleaner line, lights, steps and the corners.

Proper Chemical Ranges for Your Hot Tub

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These are the guidelines from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  When testing your Cleveland area hot tub, used these.  If you have a question, contact Northcoast Spa and Hot Tub.





Free Chlorine, ppm




Combined Chlorine, ppm




Total Bromine, ppm








Total Alkalinity, ppm


80-100* 100-120**


Total Dissolved Solids, ppm



1,500 over start-up

Calcium Hardness, ppm as CaCO3




Heavy Metals




Visible Algae







Local code

Cyanuric Acid, ppm (if used)




Temperature, °F

Personal preference


Ozone, ppm

0.1 over 8-hr.
time wtd. avg.

* For spas sanitized with calcium hypochlorite, lithium hypochlorite, or sodium hypochlorite
** For spas sanitized with sodium dichlor, trichlor, BCDMH, or chlorine gas
*** Dictated by state or local codes. Typically 100 ppm. (Some codes higher, others lower.)

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Easy Hot Tub Water Treatment

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learning cleveland hot tub water maintenanceHot Tub professionals here at Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub covering all of Cleveland understand that hot water and a small volume of water brings unique challenges to maintaining water quality. The two main goals of water treatment professionals involve testing and treating hot tub water:
  1. Health of the bather
  2. Preventing equipment and surface damage
Below are a few of the issues with water sanitation and balancing in your Cleveland area hot tub.

Ensuring bather health

Glossy-metal-buttonsThe temperature in a Hot Tub range between 96 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  This can become a breeding ground for disease and infection causing microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans and fungi.

Hot Tub Cover Maintenance

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Category Hot Tub Covers-NorthCoast-SpaHow to maintain your Hot Tub cover.

Sunshine and our harsh winters can cause wear on your hot tub cover.  The staff at Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub are dedicated to service your Cleveland Spa and Hot tub needs.  Below are some tips on how to maintain your hot tub cover.

Cleaning of your hot tub cover must be a part of monthly maintenance. Dirt will scuff the top coating of the cover and will cause wear on the material, the folds and seams; a worn cover will fall apart.

Myth about Salt Water for Pools & Hot Tubs

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The Salt Water Pool Myth for your Cleveland OH Pool or Spa.
The salt water pool may be the most misunderstood concept in the swimming pool industry.

The Myth: Chlorine-Free

Who wouldn’t want a soft, silky, chemical-free, maintenance-free pool? A pool or spa in your Cleveland home that uses natural salt instead of chlorine…a pool that’s good for your skin and hair and with the healing power of the ocean. The buzz over salt water pools spread like wildfire between 2005 and 2008. Sales of salt water pools skyrocketed. By 2008, over 60% of new pools constructed were built with salt water systems.

Cleveland Hot Tub Buying Tips

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Family-in-Hot-TubHow to Buy a Spa

Buying an Hot Tub is a big decision. Like shopping for anything else, the more you know the better.  So you don't get soaked (pun intended) do a little research, ask the staff at Northcoast Spa and ask questions.

Here is a list of issues to consider when buying an hot tub:
  • Learn about the hot tub's features, quality of components, maintenance and use features.
  • When the spa is not in use, does the water always remain hot and clean?
  • How is the seating configured; are you able to move about easily?
  • Does the dealer's service include your area?
  • Take a tub test soak to get the full effect.
  • Can the jets move to customize your massage experience?
  • Is the water filtered 24 hours a day?
  • Can you adjust the filtration cycles?
  • What features are automatic?
  • Are the hot tub controls easy to use and understand?
  • What energy efficiency components are added?
  • What is the manufacturers warranty?
  • Stability - How long does the manufacturer been in business?
  • How long has the dealer been in business?  Compare it to our longevity - 25 years.


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