Do You Need to Replace Your Hot Tub’s Ozonator?

If you use ozone for maintaining your hot tub, it is important to monitor the ozone production of your ozonator. Eventually, ozonators need to be replaced, usually every few years, but it is not always apparent when the time has come to start shopping for a new one. Here are some signs you may no longer be getting the ozone production you need to maintain a safe hot tub from your ozonator.

  • Tiny bubbles. Ozone creates tiny bubbles, much smaller than the air bubbles that are common in your hot tub. These tiny bubbles can be an indicator that you are still getting ozone, but do not rely on champagne bubbles alone to ensure you have enough ozone to protect your water.
  • Smell. Do you know the smell of ozone? If you have had a ozonator for awhile you have smelled ozone, a distinct odor when you take off your hot tub lid. If you have noticed that smell has diminished, it may be time to test your ozonator.
  • Test for ozone. There are tests you can use to check the ozone level in your hot tub, available through your pool service or pool supplier.
  • Water quality. If you are noticing your water quality is dwindling with cloudiness or algae, the ozonator may be failing.

If you have signs of your ozonator needing replacement, call your local pool and spa service to have it tested. You will want to proactively repair or replace your ozonator to keep your water safe for use. Your pool service can check your system and give you options for replacing your ozonator with a newer model.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

Is it Time to Give Your Spa a Facelift?

If you have a spa on your back patio that looks like it a time-traveling hot tub from the 1980’s, it may be time for a spa facelift. There are many new innovations that can transform your spa into a spectacular focal point in your outdoor area instead of being an embarrassing relic. Here are a few ideas on how to bring that old spa back to life with a new, modern style.

Floating Spa

One of the truly magnificent spa designs that is available are clear, enclosed spas. Those that are placed above ground resemble a floating block of ice. Add in spectacular lighting and your spa is now a stunning focal point of your outdoor area.

Garden Oasis

If you want a more natural look for your spa, consider creating a garden tub. Move away from a perfectly round or square shaped spa into a more natural shape that gives the impression of a natural spring pool. Add foliage and maybe a small waterfall and your old spa will be your new garden oasis.

Infinity Spas

Pools are not the only places where an infinity edge can be used. Your spa can be renovated to have an infinity edge that drops off into your pool or beyond the edge of your deck into the horizon. With this new design, no one will ever mistake your spa for an antique again.

If you’re ready to bring your spa design into the present, call your local spa and pool renovation contractors. They can give you more ideas on how to give your spa the facelift it needs to make it the centerpiece of your outdoor living area.

Posted on behalf of Somar Pool Service & Repairs
401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Does Your Hot Tub Or Spa Need An Update?

A quality spa can last for decades, providing you with enjoyment year round in the relaxing heated water. However, if you have a hot tub or spa which has been around for many years, it may be time to give it a facelift. There are many options available in spa remodels, which can transform your old spa into a beautiful new water feature that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is enjoyable.

Ideas For A Spa Renovation

Many of the older spas were designed with only function in mind. However, newer spas are built for both function and beauty, offering the best of both worlds to enhance your home. It is never too late to make your hot tub or spa into a showpiece! Here are some spa renovations that can change your tired spa into a work-of-art:

  • Water features. A hot trend in spas and pools is adding water features above and beyond the spa itself. A trickling waterfall or upward shooting water spouts can add to the appeal of your spa area.
  • Resurface. All spas can be resurfaced, giving them a beautiful, sparkling look even after many years of use. For in-ground spas, consider spectacular tile or quartz to bring a brilliance to your backyard.
  • Full renovation. Maybe it’s just time to go bigger and better with your spa. Talk to your local pool and spa renovation company about creating a new spa that will better fit your current lifestyle.

Whether you use your spa several times a week or only occasionally, it is worth the investment to update it with a new style. It can add to the value and beauty of your home, creating a soothing little oasis right in your backyard.

Posted on behalf of Pool Renovation Specialists

Weekly Spa Maintenance Tips

Whether you are a new or seasoned spa owner, it is important to keep up the maintenance on it so that it can be enjoyed at any time and so that it is always working properly. Not everyone knows the best way to maintain their spa, though, leading to a number of problems. Here are two weekly spa maintenance tips that you can carry out on your own.

  • Shock the Spa with Lithium Chlorine – About once a week, you want to shock your spa with Lithium Chlorine even if it was not used in the past week. While you don’t want to put too much shock in the spa, you want to ensure that your spa has reached the proper shock level about 10 minutes after the shock has been added. You can determine this with the chlorine reading on your spa test strips. Shock in the evening before bed since no one can enter for at least eight hours.
  • Check pH Levels – Around 24 hours after you have shocked your spa, check the pH and adjust if necessary. Ultimately, the reading should be around 7.5 or 7.6. If you need to readjust, check back every 10 minutes or so until the right reading has been achieved.

The above-mentioned steps are to be done on a weekly basis or maybe even twice per week if your spa is used heavily. If you aren’t sure how to shock your spa or check pH levels, call a pool service out to do so for you. They can even show you how! It’s always nice to have a pool service handy in case you run into any problems with your spa that you can’t figure out on your own.

Hot Tub Heating Problems

Spas, Jacuzzis and hot tubs all have intricate heating systems. Most use an electric heating element or heating system. Over time, parts of the spa’s heating element can break or wear out.

There are three basic things that can happen with a heating element. One is that the spa simply will not heat up, ever, or at all. The second is that the hot tub will start to warm up, but never reaches the desired temperature. Finally, it is possible that the hot tub will heat up, but takes an extraordinarily long time to do so.

If your hot tub will not ever heat up, no matter what you do, it is possible that the pump is bad or that the pump is not receiving electricity. Do not attempt to trouble shoot these problems on your own. Remember, water and electricity do NOT mix!

If your hot tub begins to heat up, but only gets a little warm, this can also be a pump problem. It is possible that the pump is not circulating water efficiently or continuously. The filters or cartridges may need cleaning or replacing. All spa systems require routine maintenance, including annual replacement of cartridges and filters.

Spas that eventually heat up, but require a much longer time to do so, may have a few different problems going on. The cartridges and filters need to be replaced or repaired. The filter housing may be cracked or leaking. This will prevent the heating pump from actually working. The thermostat may be broken or in needs repair. If you are having problems maintaining your spas water temperature, contact your local pool and spa repair professionals for service.