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From simply relieving stress, to helping you sleep and relieving muscle pain, there are so many ways that soaking in your hot tub can be great for your health. We’ve put together a handy infographic to illustrate some of these amazing hot tub health benefits.
The practice of using water, ice or steam to enhance health, prevent and treat disease, release stress and tension, and recover muscles from daily activity.
Between 100°F and 104°F (40°C)
Cold immersion baths helps to stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, while hot baths are ideal to relax the body, relieve stress and insomnia.
You should soak somewhere between 15-30 minutes at a time. Bathing in hot water for a long time can cause nausea, dizziness or fainting.
“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”
– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Cardiac volume increases by nearly one-third with immersion to the neck, meaning your heart gets a cardiovascular workout.
Helps lower back pain. A hot bath is a great way to bring healing warmth to your lower back. Heat stimulates blood flow, which brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back and inhibits the pain messages being sent to the brain.
A hot bath is a great way to bring healing warmth to your lower back. Heat stimulates blood flow, which brings healing nutrients to the affected area of the low back and inhibits the pain messages being sent to the brain.
A hot water bath allows the body to lose toxins through sweating. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhaling the steam will purify your lungs naturally and help sooth sore throat, congestion and sinus problems.
Adding a few tablespoons of sea salt to warm water regenerates damaged cells and stimulates skin functions. The use of sponges helps removing dead skin cells and increases blood circulation.
A hot bath prompts relaxation and an increase in body temperature helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
Ten minutes of immersion in hot water produces increases in pulse and finger temperature with increased feelings of well-being and decreased anxiety.
Immersing in warm water raises your body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate and increasing circulation. This results in less swelling and pain, and increases mobility.
Water buoyancy reduces the weight that joints, bones, and muscles have to bear. Warmth and pressure of water also reduce swelling and reduces load on painful joints
Stimulates the release of endorphins – chemicals that kill pain and improve mood – and improves blood flow meaning that oxygen and nutrients can more quickly and effectively remove pain causing lactic acid that accumulates in muscles during intense workouts.
A study showed that sugar levels of diabetics who immersed themselves in a hot water tub every day for 20–30 minutes a day for three weeks, had reduced by 13%.
Adding some blends can enhance the hot tub experience and provide various benefits.
There are numerous therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy products, including being natural remedies for aches and pains, having anti-inflammatory effects, muscle relaxation for tension and stress, and skin moisturization.
Stimulates the mind, but it also calms the emotions.
Relieves tension, stimulates the senses.
Anti-depressant, mood balancer, relief from nervous tension.
Spazazz and inSPAration both provide aromatherapy products that are safe for all filters, equipment, and will not change water color or affect water chemistry.
Note: Beachcomber Lethbridge does not guarantee any specific results as a result of the hot tub health benefits information mentioned here and the results may vary from person to person. The topics including text and graphics and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.
Thanks for checking out our hot tub health benefits infographic. If you’re interested in a hot tub yourself and you live in Southern Alberta, check out our selection of new hot tubs! And if you already have a hot tub we’ve got a great FAQ on keeping up with your water care.
Cleaning your outdoor cushions is easier than you think! Usually, mild soap and water will do the trick. We do not recommend tossing your cushion covers in the wash. Over time washing your fabric could result in fading. For the tougher stains, refer to Sunbrella’s comprehensive stain chart. Here are solutions for a few of the more common stains.
|Berries||Combine ¼ cup dishwashing liquid and 1 cup white vinegar per gallon of water.|
|Bird Droppings, Cola, Coffee/Tea, Ketchup/Mustard||Combine ¼ cup of dishwashing liquid per gallon of water.|
|Tree Sap||Apply cornstarch as an absorbent, remove excess with a straight edge, and clean up residual with dishwashing liquid and water.|
|Wine||Combine ¼ cup dishwashing liquid, 1/3 cup white vinegar and a ½ cup to a full cup isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide per one gallon water.|
Our wicker patio furniture is made from a high-quality resin material which is guaranteed against cracking, chalking or fading and can be kept outside all year long. To clean your frames, simply use warm soapy water and scrub away with a non-abrasive cloth. We recommend rinsing them off with your garden hose or clean water but please DO NOT use a pressure washer!
We also carry some great patio cleaning products from Treasure Garden. Click for more info.
Cast aluminum is great for outdoor furniture. It’s durable, versatile and almost completely maintenance free. To freshen up your frames, just use a mild soap and water solution and wipe clean with a non-abrasive cloth. Use your garden hose to rinse off the soap. Again, please DO NOT use a pressure washer.
You can also check out our Treasure Garden cleaning products here.
Our manufacturers take extra care in ensuring your patio furniture will not rust. The frames are welded using a 360 degree circumference weld which does not allow water or precipitation to access the frames. To take extra precautions against discolouring, we suggest covering your furniture for the winter with a vinyl patio furniture cover. Some covers have a drawstring elastic bottom which allows extra protection from the elements.
Rain and storms in Southern Alberta are unpredictable and inevitable. Our outdoor cushions have a thick foam core and are wrapped in Dacron as well as a water proof liner. At times when you are not able to rescue your cushions from the rain, turn your cushions on their side and allow the water to drain right through. When the sun is shining again, it will only take 2 or 3 hours to completely dry. We suggest bringing your cushions indoors during the winter or before a predictable storm. Outdoor vinyl covers are also available to keep your cushions looking like new.
Find the perfect patio furniture, designed to fit both your lifestyle and your backyard environment. Check out some of our patio collections we carry here.
This time of year we have a number of people coming in and asking about draining their hot tubs for the summer. Personally, I like to just drop the temperature a bit and use it for the kids and I to cool off in on hot days 🙂 Lately it’s been over 30 C outside quite consistently so we’ve actually turned ours down to 92 F and it’s perfect!
But, if you do choose to drain, make sure to blow the water out of all the plumbing and equipment. This is critical because stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for undesirable algae and bio-films and come time to start it up again you’re going to get a nasty surprise! No one wants that! If you would like our experienced Service Techs take care of that for you, give Richard, our Service Manager, a call at 403-327-7665 to arrange a service call.
When draining your tub, there are a number of ways to proceed. You can open the drain/fill valve that’s located at the bottom of most tubs in the equipment area. If you would like to reduce the process to about 25 minutes, there is a great tool we have available for purchase in the store called a QuickDrain. Or, for even quicker draining, you can purchase a small sump pump available at most home building stores.
If it’s been a while since you cleaned your hot tub plumbing lines, this would be a great time to do that as well. There are a couple of products available in the store that will do an excellent job of stripping all the plumbing lines of any buildup and ensure a clean tub when you start it up again. Mineraluxe Cleanse & Drain works over a 24 hour period. If you would like to get it done quicker, a product called Ahh-Some will take care of things in about 30 minutes.
So, whether you choose to turn the temperature down for the summer or shut down the tub until the fall, keep enjoying your hot tub experience!
For guidelines and tips on what to do if you’re planning to leave for extended periods in the winter or would like to winterize your tub, check out this post, “Leaving on Winter Vacation: Hot Tub Tips Before You Go”.
For more information on a safe and proper hot tub shut down talk to one of our experienced staff at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, Pool & Patio. 1252 3rd Ave S, (403) 327-7665
For answers to other frequently asked questions, check out our great Water Care FAQ page here.
As you might expect us to say, anytime is a good time to buy a hot tub! However, you may be wondering whether it’s better to wait until it’s cooler outside before you purchase. You can certainly wait until the weather turns cooler but believe it or not, summer is a great time to buy. Why? Here’s a few reasons why.
But, purchasing a hot tub is a pretty big investment…and there are so many choices and options….it’s a little overwhelming!
Get informed and shop with confidence with this FREE Hot Tub Buyers Guide!
And if you’d like to know more about how to prepare your yard prior to delivery of your hot tub, get this great guide, How to Prepare For Your New Beachcomber Hot Tub.
Ebel uses only the best resin material on all their hand woven wicker pieces. The wicker won’t discolor, fade or chalk.
This means that it’s tested for the harshest weather conditions. Patio furniture sold at box stores are UV tested for 500 hours…Ebel is tested for 5000 hours. That’s a difference of 4,500 hours!
Ebel offers 15 years warranty on the structure of the frames and 5 years on the finish. Our furniture has no weight restrictions thanks to the extremely thick gauge of metal used on all frames.
Go ahead and leave your aluminum frames out all year round! The frames are made with full circle welding on all the joints. That means there is no way for water or precipitation to make its way into the frames. No holes mean no rust.
The cushions are made with 5 inches of solid foam. The foam core is wrapped in Dacron and a waterproof lining. The cushions are meant to be used and enjoyed, so if you are at work when a rainstorm hits, don’t worry. Tip your cushion on their side and they’ll be ready to use in a few hours. No mildew, no mold, no problem.
Did you know there is a difference between the Sunbrella material we use on our cushions and the cushions they sell at box stores? Our material is carefully solution dyed, not topically dyed so there is no fading in the hot summer sun.
Bird pooped on your furniture? Spilled red wine? Sticky fingers or spilled mustard or ketchup? Don’t panic, just use warm soapy water with a non abrasive brush and scrub away. If that doesn’t work, Sunbrella has an amazing stain chart to help you get your cushions looking brand new again.
Ebel’s design team is always busy coming up with pieces that are stylish and unique but that doesn’t mean they sacrifice comfort. Get the best of both worlds as you put your feet up and melt in to your new patio furniture this summer!
Hot tub covers are one of the most important energy saving aspects of your hot tub. Every Beachcomber cover is a heatshield that virtually locks in heat and energy. These covers are made in Canada for Canadian climates.
A Beachcomber cover will last you at least 5 years and beyond if you look after it well. Every Beachcomber Heatshield Cover is wrapped in a marine grade vinyl outer skin, specially treated to resist moisture, mildew and harmful UV rays from the sun. In order to extend the life of the cover it’s a great idea to use Beachcomber’s liquid Cover Care which is designed to clean and condition the outside of your Heatshield and protect it from the elements.
As for the inside, did you know that your hot tub cover can be a good indicator of water care? If your cover is wearing badly it could be caused by improperly balanced water. Ensure you balance your water regularly to extend the life of your covers. Want a little help figuring it all out? Just bring in approximately 250ml of water and we’ll provide you with a FREE computer analysis and recommendations for treating your water.
Take care of your cover and it will take care of your tub!
For more information on Beachcomber Heatshields, check out this page.
But, please don’t squeeze in a bottle of Coppertone! Bring in a sample of your pool water to our lab at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, Pool & Patio and have the levels tested. Once we have established what the existing level is our water care experts will recommend the appropriate dosage of Pro Balance UV Block. This will prolong the life of your chlorine and prevent it from burning off in the suns hot UV rays thereby saving you money!
For answers to other pool water care questions, check out our Swimming Pool Water Care FAQ page.
Looking after the water in your pool can feel like an intimidating job, but it doesn’t have to be. While there is a bit of a learning curve you’ll find that if you follow certain procedures on a regular basis it will soon become a piece of cake. Check out the instructions in this handy blog post and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your swimming pool experience.
Let’s first walk through the 5 Keys to Great Pool Care:
This post will focus on Key 4 and 5 even though it takes all 5 Keys to make the pool water the dazzling water you love to enjoy so much.
Your pool water should be tested with a test kit or strips for free chlorine, total chlorine, pH, and total alkalinity at least once a week.
Aquachek Pro 5-Way Test Strips is the easiest way to test. There are no liquid drops to add, and the color chart is easy to use. When testing with strips, take one strip out of the bottle, and screw the lid back onto the bottle. (This eliminates the chance of leaning over the pool with the bottle in your hand and dumping all 50 strips in the pool).
Dip the strip a minimum of 12” into the water, away from the jet returns, and immediately bring strip back out of the water and match the colors on the strip to colors on the back of the bottle.
Adjust pH and total alkalinity if necessary, per directions in the chemical section. If chlorine is reading 5ppm or higher no shock treatment needs to be added for that week.
Recommended test levels for pool: (and what they mean):
Free Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
Measures good chlorine in pool water that is available to kill bacteria. This is the kind of chlorine you want to have.
Total Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
Measures all chlorine in the water, whether working or not. Ideally, this will equal free chlorine level so that all chlorine in the pool is free and available.
Combined Chlorine: 0 ppm or as low as possible
Is calculated by subtracting the # of ppm of Free Chlorine from # of ppm of Total Chlorine. If combined chlorine level is high, then shocking the pool water is required. Combined Chlorine or chloramines is what gives the pool the strong chlorine smell.
pH: 7.2 – 7.8
Measures the comfort factor of the pool water for swimmers. Water in this range is comfortable to skin and eyes (eyes have a pH of 7.3). If pH is low, water is acidic and can cause corrosion in pool equipment, as well as red, itchy eyes. If pH is high, water is basic and can cause scale to form and irritation to your skin.
Total Alkalinity: 100 – 150 ppm
Measures pH resistance to change. If TA is low, pH will usually follow. Same with high TA. Always adjust total alkalinity first if necessary, before adjusting pH level.
If testing with a drop kit, make sure you test for free chlorine level. Refer to the instructions on your kit to see whether your test is for free or total chlorine.
Bring in a 500mL water sample for a free computerized analysis at least once a month during the summer season so we can measure Calcium Hardness, Stabilizer, and Phosphate levels.
If you have a solar blanket, make sure you take it off the pool every 2 – 3 days so the pool can breathe.
Basic chemicals you will need to have on hand:
|Chemical||What it does|
|Dazzle Mega Sticks/Tabs or Powerpucks||Chlorinating sticks to control bacteria and algae|
|Dazzle Amaze Plus||Oxidizes organic wastes out of the water, clarifies water and provides a chlorine boost|
|Dazzle Ultra Cleanse||Maintains near zero phosphate level and reduces waterline ring|
|Dazzle Pro Balance TA +||Fast acting mineral that raises total alkalinity|
|Dazzle Pro Balance pH +||High-grade mineral that raises pH quickly and efficiently|
|Dazzle Pro Balance pH –||High-grade mineral that lowers alkalinity and pH safely|
There are many other chemicals that are used in special situations. For example algae killers, clarifiers and stain & scale cleansers. Come see us to check whether they are needed and for the instructions.
Our favorite line of pool care products for a traditional chlorine pool is the Dazzle Healthy, More Natural Line from Backyard Brands. It is a super easy system to use that really enhances your backyard swimming experiences. Here is the 3-step system explained:
Step 1: Add Dazzle Ultra Cleanse weekly to the skimmer while pump is running. It provides protection against the risk of algae by removing phosphates. This is a healthier, more natural way to prevent algae in your pool. Dosage is 40mL per 10,000L of pool water.
Step 2: Add Dazzle Amaze Plus weekly by broadcasting the powder over the water surface. It detoxifies and clarifies your water by removing non-filterable wastes and restores the pool to nice, sparkling water. One pouch (350gr) of Dazzle Amaze Plus can take care of 40,000L of pool water.
Step 3: Add Dazzle Mega Sticks to your skimmer basket. Usually you’ll go through about 2 sticks weekly but that all depends on chlorine demand. These chlorine sticks control bacteria growth in your swimming pool water.
For additional answers to frequently asked questions, check out our Pool Water Care FAQ page.
If you have questions or would like more information, please call our Water Care Technicians at 403-327-7665, or come see us at 1252 – 3 Ave S, Lethbridge.
This winter has felt like an eternity! Take a few minutes on a sunny afternoon to give your deck or patio a facelift. Clear the cobwebs, sweep off the dirt and hose down any debris. Uncover your patio furniture, or wash it down with some warm water and mild soap. Starting with a clean slate is the first step to making your patio dreams come true!
Create the Mood!
Patio lights are all the rage (for good reason!) Stringing some lights across the patio will not only create some light when the sun goes down, they also set the mood for a relaxing evening outside.
Looking for an affordable way to change the look of your outdoor space? Toss cushions can add a pop of color to your patio set and are easy and affordable to change up. Try some classic solid colors, some fun patterns, multi-colored florals or mix and match them all.
Adding some throw blankets to your outdoor living area is a great way to create a cozy atmosphere while layering different textures and giving dimension to your space. Blankets are also super practical for the cool summer nights around your firepit table.
It’s in the Details
Small details like adding flower pots and greenery can help finish off your space. Adding some color and freshness will leave your guests feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Does your patio furniture need upgrading? Come see us at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, Pool & Patio and check out the new arrivals for 2018! We would be happy to design the perfect patio oasis for you.
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From simply relieving stress, to helping you sleep and relieving muscle pain, there are so many ways that…