The Ideal Temperature for Your Hot Tub

When people buy a new hot tub, they often wonder what temperature they should keep it at. Ultimately, a hot tub is for your relaxation, so any temperature that you find relaxing is best, although experts recommend that the temperature should go no higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius.

In fact, most spas cap the temperature at 104 degrees because any higher could become unsafe for extended use.

ideal temperature for hot tub

Even though 104 degrees is a commonly set temperature for hot tubs, it comes with an advisory—temperatures over 100 degrees are never recommended for pregnant women, persons with high blood pressure, or persons with heart disease. 

You should also use caution if you have any skin conditions as higher temperatures can irritate them. 

When to Keep the Temperature Lower than 100 Degrees

If you plan on using your hot tub with young children, consider dropping the temperature lower than 100 degrees. Children tend to heat up quicker than adults, so they’re more likely to overheat. No matter what temperature you set your hot tub at, be sure to keep an eye on the youngsters in the water.

If you are exercising in your spa, it’s a good idea to keep the water temperature below 90 degrees. When doing an active workout, it is safer to keep the temperature lower than average as to prevent heat exhaustion.

Ideal Temperature for Warm Water Therapy

Warm water therapy can be an be an excellent treatment for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia or chronic pain issues. This is because warm water increases circulation, making it easier to do therapeutic exercises.

If you are doing warm water therapy with rehabilitative movements, 98.6 degrees is the temperature that most people prefer.

Those who are recovering from an accident or stroke find 88 to 92 degrees to most comfortable.

At the end of the day, whatever feels comfortable for your body is the ideal temperature.  Listen to your body and remember that the hotter the water in your hot tub, the shorter your soak should be. You don’t want to overheat!

If you have any questions about your new Valley Pool and Spa hot tub, feel free to contact us today! We’re always happy to help.

3 Signs Your Swimming Pool Needs Renovations

A swimming pool is one of the best investments—especially in Kelowna. They bring endless fun and relaxation.

But, like most things, they too need upkeep and upgrades.

It’s sometimes hard to tell when your pool needs remodelling, particularly when swimmers are enjoying the water. So, to help you be sure that it does in fact need upgrades, here are three signs your swimming pool needs renovations:

Pool renovations

Your Pool Is Damaged

Swimming pools are subject to chemicals, weather exposure, and UV rays which all cause severe damage over time. 

If you have a vinyl liner or a concrete pool, you might start to see cracks, wrinkles, deterioration, slippage, or stretching. Some of these issues can cause or can be an indication of leakage.

Leaks in a swimming pool need to be repaired and should be evaluated by a swimming pool builder as soon as possible.

Contact one of our professionals at Valley Pool and Spa today if you suspect your pool has a leak.

You Want to Save Money

Renovating your swimming pool can save you money by running more efficiently.

When you trade out old equipment for new, energy efficient equipment, you can start to see energy savings of up to 70%.

Your Pool Is Outdated  

Who doesn’t want to step into their back yard and feel like they are in a resort? By simply changing your swimming pool liner, tile, or pool surface will give will make a world of difference in your outdoor design. 

There are so many swimming pool design features that can be done to your existing pool to turn it into an incredible backyard escape. Some simple changes include installing new water features, lighting, or diving board.

You can even go as far as changing the entire shape and dimension of your pool!

Whether you’re looking to give your pool a facelift or do a major swimming pool renovationValley Pool and Spa Kelowna has over 40 years of experience in the swimming pool industry, so we can give you the help and advice you need.

Contact us today to start planning your swimming pool renovations for next spring.

Pool Maintenance Tips for The Fall

Even though the weather is still hot here in Kelowna, the fall season is fast approaching. Autumn brings so much beauty in itself, with bright maple leaves that fall and cover our yards with blankets of red. 

Though, with the cooler weather comes a slightly altered pool maintenance routine. Here’s how you should adjust your pool maintenance routine this upcoming season:

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Vacuum Your Pool Regularly

When the fall season comes, you can expect more and more debris to end up in your pool. 

Oftentimes, you can find critters, dirt, and leaves piled up at the bottom. 

Because of this, you’ll want to vacuum your pool as regularly as every week. This ensures that your pool is sparkling clean for swimming.

Another reason why you’ll want to vacuum fairly often is because leaves (especially red maples) can stain your liner. 

To prevent as much leaves and debris from falling into your pool during the autumn season, keep your pool covered. 

Adjust the Temperature

This upcoming season brings cooler weather, so if you’re planning to keep swimming, you’ll want to raise the temperature of your pool. 

Many times, though, people choose to stop using their pools as work and school pick up speed. In this case, you can drop the temperature.

Although turning the heat down on your pool is a good way to save energy until you winterize, you don’t want to shut it off altogether. Make sure your pool water never drops below freezing or else you risk breaking the internal pipes. 

Talk to one of our specialists at Valley Pool and Spa to learn more about adjusting the temperature of your pool for the fall.

Keep Up the Chemicals

If you plan on swimming into the fall, make sure you keep adding your regular maintenance chemicals. This means you should be keeping your chlorine up, your pH balanced, and all other chemicals in check. 

But, if you plan on dropping the temperature, you don’t have to add as many chemicals as you’re used to. 

Cold water doesn’t eat up chemicals quite as fast as warm water, so you can lighten up your regular maintenance routine. 

Make sure you always keep your chlorine in check, as well as your pH levels. 

Have questions about closing your swimming pool for the fall? Contact Valley Pool and Spa to learn more! 

Getting Your Hot Tub Up and Running

Now that the summer season is coming to a close, people are winterizing their pools and opening up their hot tubs. 

To make sure you get off on the right foot, here’s a guide to getting your hot tub up and running for the fall:

Getting your hot tub up and running

Clean it Out

The first thing you’ll want to do once you open up your hot tub is clean it out. 

Oftentimes, people find a lot of leaves and debris in their spa that have been collecting over the summer months. 

Before you do anything with your hot tub, you’ll want to clean it out. Scoop out all the debris, then wash off the interior shell with a cleaning solution called “Spa Life Clean.” This will remove any slime and grime.

Replace the Filter

It’s good to start the fall season off with a fresh cartridge filter. 

You don’t want to carry over any bacteria that’s been living in the old cartridge filter, so get a brand new one.

Flush Out the Lines

When cleaning out spas, many people often forget to clean out the lines that are hidden within the tub. 

Clean out the lines by filling the spa with hose water, then add a solution called “Swirl Away.”

After adding the solution, let the jets run for a full cycle, then drain out the water.

This should remove all the grease and debris from the internal lines.

Fill the Tub

After you clean everything up, it’s time to fill your tub with water.

You should put the hose in the filter cannister when you add water as to prevent any air locks in the lines.

Add Chemicals 

Once your spa is full, add either chlorine or bromine to your floater. You should also shock the water using either “Easy Shock” or “Brite Plus.”

To know exactly what to put in next, bring a water sample to Valley Pool and Spa. Our experts will test your water for free. 

To learn more about spa maintenance, contact us at Valley Pool and Spa where we’re always happy to help!

Guide to Closing Your Pool With Valley Pool and Spas This Fall

Kelowna is in the thick of summer—the weather is warm, and the swimming pools are glistening. It’s almost sinful to start thinking about shutting your pool down for the season.

But, now is the best time to book your winterization.

Our schedule at Valley Pool and Spa fills up quickly for the fall. To make sure you get the date you want, call us right away at 250-860-2266!

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Winterizing Services at Valley Pool and Spa

There are several different services we offer here at Valley for pool closings this fall. 

In addition to blowing the lines, adding anti-freeze, and plugging them, we offer the following services:

  • Draining the pool
  • Adding chemicals—Super Shock and Wham-O (algaecide)
  • Cleaning the salt cell
  • Cleaning the cartridge filters
  • Winterizing water features
  • Covering the pool with tarp or safety cover

Contact our service manager at Valley Pool and Spa to learn more about everything we can do for your winterization this fall.

Pricing

This is what everyone wants to know.

The price varies from pool to pool. Depending on whether or not you want to get your hands dirty with a little bit of work will determine how much you ultimately pay for a winterization.

If you’re okay with doing some of the work yourself, you can expect a lower price. 

But you never have to worry about the pricing here at Valley Pools. We always offer our customers fair prices for winterizations and all other pool and spa services. 

When Should I Winterize My Pool?

Many people in Kelowna choose to winterize their pools between the beginning of September and the end of October, but this doesn’t mean you have to close your pool during this time frame.

The weather in Kelowna typically stays warm well into September, so if you like to swim after the summer months are over, keep your pool open until the end of October. 

If you know that you won’t be swimming once September hits, you can certainly winterize your pool early.

We caution people not to leave their closings too late into the fall. When the weather drops below freezing, your lines could potentially break.

If you plan on keeping your pool open until November or later, consider keeping the heater on so the internal plumbing of your pool stays safe from the cold weather.

To schedule a pool closing, contact our service manager today!