A hot tub is always an excellent investment for any household and it’s sure to pay for itself in next to no time, serving you well as a place to escape to for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a long hard week.
Interestingly, there are lots of potential health benefits that you could reap if you do decide to have a hot tub installed at home and finding out more about how you could give your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing a boost might actually sway your decision to invest in the first place!
Firstly, soaking in the tub serves as an amazing form of stress relief… something we all need at the moment, with so much going on around us. You can make your tub experience even more relaxing by playing your favourite music, setting the lights down low and lighting some candles for a spot of aromatherapy.
If you’re struggling to sleep at the moment, using a hot tub at the end of the day could actually help you drift off and enjoy deeper and more restful sleep, so if you are experiencing insomnia right now, it could certainly be worth a try to see if it affects your symptoms.
And if you get a lot of exercise, you can help your muscles recover by getting in the water and having a little float about. Taking the weight off your joints can help soothe any aches and pains you may be feeling and potentially reduce the risks of injury, easing any inflammation and stiffness you may have.
Of course, these are just a couple of the potential health benefits and you may find that a hot tub helps you in all sorts of surprising ways. And don’t forget - if you ever need help with hot tub servicing at any time, get in touch with us today to see what we can do!
We all love that fresh chlorine smell when you lift the cover on your hot tub.
Recently we have seen a lot of people struggling to keep on top of their water quality. This can smell bad and look green or cloudy as it starts to turn bad.
We advise every hot tub owner purchase a floating chlorine dispenser!
Many people don't realise that adding chlorine granules to the water every now and then WILL NOT keep the chlorine level stable. Adding 2-3 tablets in a chlorine dispenser slowly releases constant chlorine into the water keeping it sanitised when not being used. The granules should only be used as a booster of chlorine levels if after testing they are low. We all forget about the hot tub now and then after all. If you follow this simple advise and keep PH and ALK at correct levels, there will be no more water problems.
Constant dirty water can lead to health problems or Biofilm bacteria in the system which can be hard to get rid of
Sometimes we really want a hot tub in our garden, but with no access means the only way to get one in is by crane or hiab lift.
Cranes and hiabs can be very dangerous! They are also expensive to hire if done the correct legal way.
Many hot tub moving companies are using 3.5 tonne flatbed vehicles with hiabs mounted at the rear. This is a very dangerous and illegal method of lifting a hot tub! With the vehicle and hiab weighing around 3 tonnes empty, this means with 2 people in the cab and fuel in the tank this only leaves around 200 KGs to carry on the truck before it becomes overweight. Most hot tubs weigh at least 350 KGs. If a vehicle is travelling overweight they are uninsured and operating illegally. With these vehicles being so light they also run risks of falling over with a heavy hot tub lift at full reach.
We recommend only using correct vehicles for lifting hot tubs.
Large Hiab lorries can usually lift over 1 tonne at full reach (normally 20-30 meters). This is due to the weight of the vehicle. These are normally used for lifting hot tubs over garages and fences etc and some high end new hiabs can even lift over a house safely. They are smaller than cranes and not as heavy so can access driveways and roadsides easier.
Cranes come in many sizes. Normally ranging from 20 tonnes up to 220 tonnes, Depending on reach required. These cranes will lift even the largest of hot tubs and swim spas over houses and distances up to 95 meters! They are expensive to hire due to insurance and fuel etc but with a contract lift you are fully insured with the crane company if anything were to happen. Some crane companies will hire a crane and driver for around £350 but this lift is not insured and the hirer takes all risks. A contract lift usually costs from £600 up to £1200 depending on the size of the crane needed. The company will take care of the full operation on a contract lift.
Always be very careful when choosing a hot tub moving company. Make sure you are fully covered if anything were to happen. Its very easy for companies to say they are insured when they are actually not!
We were called by a customer in Manchester who was moving house. The family had a Swim spa and hot tub in the rear garden which both needed moving to the new property on the same day.
We arranged for a local crane company to do a full site survey at both addresses and arranged a contract lift.
We arrived at the collection property just after the crane so they could get the machine in place and set up.
First we did a test run with the hot tub straight onto our spa dolly trailer and strapped it on.
The swim spa had a small wall built around it making it harder to get our spa jacks under it. We got both jack plates under the spa and lifted one end to get our blocks under. We could then put the straps under the tub for lifting.
We craned the swim spa over the customers house and straight onto our long trailer resting on blocks which makes it very easy to get the straps out. We then strapped the swim spa to the trailer, packed up and set off to the new property with the crane following.
We arrived at the new property and set to crane up in place to the drawings. We then lifted the hot tub onto the patio area and the swim spa to its temporary spot in the garden. The customer is planning to sink the swim spa and then deck around it when they settle in.
All in all a very smooth and successful job from start to finish. The customer was extremely happy with our service
With so many hot tub moving companies around, who do you trust?
Are they actually fully insured? Are they Experienced? Do they have the correct equipment? Are they a registered company?
Everyone is looking to save money, especially when purchasing an expensive hot tub. Hot Tub moving is expensive and dangerous and needs to be left to professionals.
Companies providing cheap removal quotes are unlikely to have correct insurance in place if anything were to happen. Goods in transit and Hire and Reward insurance is needed to legally transport customers hot tubs. Without this an insurance company would not pay out in event of an accident.
Many hot tub moving companies are using flatbed vans which risk damaging tubs when loading and unloading due to the height of the vans body, and the weight of some tubs. These vans also have no additional room for any moving equipment or hot tub cover/steps to be stowed. This results in these items having to be strapped down to the van which can cause damage especially to hot tub covers.
Some companies have no website, van signage or uniform and are not registered limited companies. They will turn up in a rusty van with no equipment.
When air lifting a hot tub, only large cranes/hiabs should be used. Hot tubs are extremely heavy so need correct machines to safely lift over fences, walls and houses. These machines are extremely expensive and require special crane insurance so hire from an established crane company is the only safe solution.
When it comes to hot tub movers, cheap is definitely not cheerful. Hot tubs can be worth in excess of £20000 so only book trusted companies to move them. Check the websites and reputation before booking and look out for scammers and fake companies looking for a free hot tub!
If you are lucky enough to own a hot tub, or are thinking of buying one, it’s important to know how to look after it. This will ensure it is safe to use, and remains in good working order during its lifespan. They are not really complicated to take care of, but there are a few basics that every hot tub owner should know.
1. Get the water chemistry right When the hot tub is first filled, you will need to add a high dose of sanitiser, in the form of chlorine or bromine granules. Add them when the pump is running to aid distribution, and follow the guidance about the volume of granules to add per gallons of water.
The water needs testing on a regular basis, to ensure that it is safe and clean. The best way to do this is to use testing strips or a drop test, which indicate the sanitiser, pH and total alkalinity levels of the water. The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you what the optimum levels of these chemicals should be, so that you can make adjustments if needed.
2. Keep the filtration system clear Most types of hot tubs will have a cartridge filter system, which should be cleaned out monthly, or more often if you use the tub frequently. If the filter is left uncleaned, you will risk contaminating the water. There are plenty of video guides on how to clean out a filter properly, if you are unsure how to go about it.
3. Clean the surfaces The surfaces should be cleaned often, with specially formulated sprays that don’t damage the surface. This is to prevent excess dirt and contaminants from being washed into the water.
4. Use the cover It is important to cover the hot tub when not in use. This will help to maintain the water temperature, as well as preserve its cleanliness and chemical balance. Remember to leave it open after adding fresh chemicals however, to allow vapours to disperse.
Having a hot tub at home is one of the best ways to spoil yourself and relax at the end of a long, hard day but it can be quite a costly way to unwind if you’re not careful.
As such, it’s important that you know how best to go about reducing the running costs of your tub, so you can continue to enjoy it without breaking the bank.
It’s not just the energy costs you need to bear in mind. Hot tubs also require investment in cleaning products, water costs, maintenance and so on - although how much you spend will depend on the tub you invest in, the products you choose and your filtration system.
Making sure you choose a quality tub that’s well insulated can also help you keep running costs to a minimum. Poor insulation will mean your tub retains less heat, so will use more energy to maintain the temperatures you want. And an insulated cover can help you keep even more heat in, reducing your costs even further. This should be fitted as tight as possible using the lifter and clips provided to prevent heat escaping.
Regular maintenance can also help you cut the costs, so make sure you clean it out regularly and wash out the filter. A dirty filter will mean your tub will have to work harder in order to keep itself clean, but a bit of elbow grease will keep it in efficient working order.
Do you need help with hot tub relocation at the moment? Get in touch with My Hot Tub Mover to see what we can do.
Hot tubs are a luxury purchase for most households, and it can be daunting to know what to look for when shopping around. Some first-time hot tub owners opt for a second-hand model, but whether used or new, we have a look at some tips for buying your first hot tub.
Maybe you enjoyed a hot tub on your last staycation, and want to bring that experience back home, or maybe it’s been on a wishlist for years, but before you go handing over your hard-earned money, here is our brief guide to buying a hot tub.
Whether used or new, some of the main considerations when buying a hot tub include: •What size hot tub would suit you best? •How many seats? •Which brand? •What are the jet capabilities? •Do you want any additional features?
Hot tubs come in a range of sizes, usually determined by the number of seats, and most models range from two to six seats and fall into one of two seating styles: Lounge seat spas, that contain one or more elongated, moulded seats that allow the user to recline and relax, or all-seater models that do not have lounge seats, instead have upright seating styles.
Many people will want to buy a hot tub for relaxation and recreation, and some will have spa features with health benefits that can help ease back trouble, foot pain, and arthritis. The number of pumps and jets the hot tub has will impact the flow of water and massage action provided by the hot tub
The best way to test a hot tub and find out how it feels out is by taking a dip. If you are buying from a showroom, they will have private facilities to enable you to try out different models.
Buying a Hot Tub is an exciting time but moving and installing one should be left to the experts. Preparation, Equipment and access is absolutely key!
If you require a Hot tub moving, it’s important to make sure that you prioritise the hot tub relocation and enlist the services of a professional and experienced company that can help you get it from A to B safely and fully insured.
Here are our top tips to help you ensure that your tub makes it to its new location safely and in full working order.