Frequently Asked Questions
We put together some of the most common questions we get when it comes to hot tubs and swim spas. If your question is not listed here, please feel free to reach out to us by phone, email, in person, or using the form below!
What is the average cost of a hot tub?
When discussing the average price of a hot tub, it is important to consider the long-term value in health benefits and overall enjoyment. Not to mention a well-maintained spa system can last many years. That said, $3,000 to $16,000 is the range you can expect for your first hot tub.
What's the monthly cost of running a hot tub?
The cost to run and maintain a hot tub or exercise pool can vary depending on manufacturer and size. When you buy an average-sized hot tub from a reputable manufacturer that uses quality insulation, it will cost you around $30-$40 per month to filter and heat.
Where is the best place to put a hot tub?
The best spot to have your hot tub or swim spa installed is wherever makes the most sense for you! Your new system can be installed indoors just as easily as outdoors if you have the space. While most people install their hot tub in the backyard, nothing is stopping you from putting something like an Eco Spa in your finished basement!
Are hot tubs safe to use every day?
Yes, in fact, most studies show that not only is it safe and beneficial to use a hot tub every day but that most people who own a spa system end up using it much more often than they initially planned.
Is a concrete slab required for installation?
A concrete slab is not required for installing any of our portable spa systems. The only thing necessary for installation is a stable surface. This surface can be a reinforced deck or even firmly compacted gravel and soil. When using a concrete base, you will want it to be at least 4-inch-thick and support 120 pounds per square foot.
How long will my new hot tub last?
The lifespan of your hot tub will vary depending on two main factors: upkeep and durability. A regularly maintained system will always last longer than a neglected one, and a system built with higher-end components will have a longer lifespan than cheaper models.
- Entry-Level: 5-10 Years
- Mid-Tier: 10-15 Years
- Luxury: 15-20 Years
When should I replace the water in my hot tub or swim spa?
While chlorine and proper filtration will do a fantastic job of keeping your system clean, eventually, it will be necessary to fill the tub with new water. It is recommended that this maintenance be performed every 3-4 months.
How often will I need to clean and replace the filter?
The maintenance schedule of your filter will depend on the specific hot tub or swim spa model you choose. However, most filters will require a maintenance schedule similar to the one listed below.
- A quick rinse every 2-3 weeks
- A thorough cleaning every 2-3 months
- Replace once a year
How do I clean my filter?
A typical filter cleaning will require a bucket, a specially formulated filter cleaning solution that will target any bacteria and mineral deposits present, and water. You will soak the filter in the bucket with the solution for 12-24 hours before rinsing it off with a garden hose.
How often should I test the water in my hot tub or swim spa?
When using an ozone system, you can get by checking the water once a week, but if you are using chemicals like chlorine or bromine, which dissolve much faster, you should test the water every two days. In addition, once a month, you should have your water professionally tested to spot any harmful bacteria or imbalances in your system.
Do I have to use chemicals with my hot tub?
The short answer is yes, the chemicals used for treating the water in your tub keep the water safe for you and your family. This is done by keeping it free of harmful bacteria and controlling levels of metals and calcium already present in the water that can also harm your system’s functionality.
What chemicals do you need for water maintenance?
Keeping the water in your hot tub clean and balanced not only keeps it safe for you and your family but also helps the system last longer. To properly treat the water in your system, multiple types of treatment chemicals will be required, such as:
- Products to adjust the pH
- Non-chlorine shock
- Sequestering agents
- Calcium hardness increasers and decreasers
What's the best way to store treatment chemicals?
The chemicals used to treat your system are all water-soluble, meaning they need to be stored in cool, dry places. It is recommended you keep them as close to your unit as possible to make regular maintenance more manageable. However, they are also dangerous for children to interact with, so you should store them all somewhere with a lock.
How much do chemicals cost per year?
This will vary depending on how often you use the tub. For example, a tub you use multiple nights a week will need more maintenance than a tub you only use on the weekend. On average, the cost of chemicals runs around $10-$20 a month.
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Looking For Service or Maintenance?
If you are experiencing issues with your hot tub and need to schedule a service call or get warranty information, then please visit our service page and fill out the spa service request form.