Beware the Man-eating Hot Tub Cover

How dangerous are overweight foam filled hot tub covers? Recently a man was checking the chemicals in his spa. Rather than attempting removing the entire hot tub cover, he decided to just lift one side enough to get at the water long enough to get a sample. He bent over and supporting the heavy cover with his left arm while attempting to fill a sampling bottle with water from the spa to check the chemical content, and total alkalinity.

As he leaned over further, the weight of the water logged spa cover dislocated his left shoulder and allowed the cover to hit him on the back knocking him into the spa. He was now face down in the spa with his legs pinned to spa by the weight of the hot tub cover. His shoulder was dislocated and he was in agony because of a the pain. He tried to move but could not budge the weight of the waterlogged cover.

He began to drown as he swallowed spa water and tried to rise up but could barely get his head out of the water. With what could have been his last breath, he screamed for help. Fortunately he had left the door from the house to the deck open. His daughter and her boy friend heard the commotion and looked out to see his legs sticking out of the spa cover.

His daughter and her boy friend were able to lift the hot tub cover off of his legs. His daughters boy friend jumped into the hot tub and pulled him up from the water. They took him to the emergency room where they put his shoulder back in place and treated him for shock.

Women who have experienced both child birth and a dislocated shoulder report dislocating a shoulder as more intense than childbirth. But either way we can agree the pain must be excruciating.

This man had owned a hot tub for 12 years and had replaced 3 conventional rigid foam core spa covers. While the life on the foam covers had averaged from 2 to 4 years, regardless of manufactures claims, all of these traditional foam filled covers became waterlogged. He has since bought a Spa Cover that uses air chambers to insulate rather than rigid foam. He is certain that the air filled spa cover will not try to kill him as the other foam cover did.

Another lady reported that while she and her husband were in the hot tub with their rigid foam spa lid propped up against the wall. A gust of wind hit the spa cover and it suddenly fell hitting her husband on the head. The blow was hard enough to push them both under the water. Fortunately they were not trapped and they both recovered quickly, or so they thought.

A couple of days later the left side of her husbands face suddenly went DEAD. He had no feeling, sensation or movement. Naturally they both were quite frightened and thought he had suffered a stroke. They did exactly what any of us would do and rushed immediately to the hospital. The doctor diagnosed him with Bells Palsy which can be caused by stress and or trauma like a heavy spa cover hitting him on the head. He later made a full recovery. He was extremely lucky.

The danger only gets more serious when you consider swim spa covers. Since a free standing swim spa cabinet is higher, managing a saturated cover from a greater height only increases the potential risk to injury.

Here is something you will never hear from a foam spa cover dealer. Every year people are injured by foam hot tub covers. Most of the injuries have come from a gust of wind blowing the heavy foam cover onto people as they use their spa. Sometimes people attempting to carefully maneuver a saturated foam cover off their spa, have lost their grip and had the hard foam cover slam down breaking the arch of their foot.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission people have even been drowned when they have become trapped under heavy foam spa covers. Maybe now is a good time to search for a better spa cover. With the World Wide Web, you can literally have the world to shop from. Do you really want to risk injury or death trying to use your spa?

Although the video above may look humorous it is not funny when it happens. In thirty years of building air filled hot tub covers, no one has ever been injured by a SpaCap hot tub cover.

Can Hot Tub Covers Be “Green”?

All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Hot Tub Covers, the most important thing we can do is to not create more waste that will just end up clogging our land fills. Consider this for a minute… There are 10 million spa owners in the USA, and each one of them uses a typical rigid foam spa cover on their hot tub. For the sake of this demonstration each foam cover is only two inches thick and every spa is eight feet by eight feet. That would mean each spa cover contained about 10.666 cubic feet of foam per spa cover. For the rest of this example we will use 10.5 cubic feet per cover.

If each cover on every spa becomes saturated within two years and needs to be replaced that would mean that we would be adding 52.5 million cubic feet of waste to our landfills in just hot tub covers every year.
If it takes two and a half covers worth of foam to make up one cubic yard that translates to 4 million cubic yards of waste added to our land fills every two years just in spa covers.
Used hot tub covers waste enough foam to build the Giza Pyramid every six years
There are 11 million Cubic yards of stone in the Great Pyramid at Giza, we are adding enough foam to build a duplicate in our landfills just from used hot tub covers every six years conservatively. There are four and a half million cubic yards of concrete in Hoover Dam. So we could clog a river with our discarded foam filled spa covers every two years. Or we could build a two lane highway of discarded foam filled spa covers from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida every two years.

Remember, for this example we were using a two inch thick foam spa cover. Most foam filled spa covers are not two inches thick anymore. If all those old foam covers were four inches thick all these calculations would be double. If they were tapered spa covers, say from six inches down to two, it still doubles the amount, so the highway or dam could be built every year instead of every two years.
But we are just being conservative so we want to stick with two inches thick. If we ripped the covers in half and laid those pieces end to end we could circle the earth at the equator on used spa covers every two years.

Heck with parking lots, in a few years we could pave the entire planet with foam just from saturated foam spa covers from the USA alone.

So what is the solution? Well, how about a better spa cover?. What if there were a spa cover that did a better job insulating, did not get saturated, heavy, break or blow away in the wind? Good news, you do not have to quit using your spa to save the earth. You just need to get a SpaCap Hot Tub Cover that does not use foam to insulate. There would be two major advantages to doing so. First the spa cover that did not use rigid foam to insulate would last longer. Since what always fails in the typical spa cover is the foam, either breaking or getting so saturated that you cannot lift it, a spa cover that did not use foam would tend to last longer.

Second, if the new type of spa cover does not use rigid foam it will also be a lot more friendly to the environment when it does come time to discard it. Less trash, less waste, less land fill, not that is what going green is all about.

SpaCap uses a patented design to solve all of the following:

  • As easy to use
  • Light Weight
  • Sheds Moisture
  • Won’t fly away
  • Won’t break under a snowload
  • Won’t be damaged by hail
  • Insulates Better
  • Sunbrella fabric rated by years not hours

Why Do Hot Tub Covers Get Heavy?

Heavy Hot Tub CoverEvery traditional foam filled hot tub cover gets heavy. But the how and why may come as a surprise. It has nothing to do with rain so it doesn’t matter how steep the taper is, that cover will still get heavy. If it was rain that was making hot tub covers heavy then putting a roof over the spa would stop the cover from getting heavy.

Moisture getting trapped in the foam is what eventually makes a cover too heavy to lift. But if it’s not the rain, how does the water get in there? The answer is steam from the warm spa water. When water becomes steam it is a much smaller molecule than a drop of water.

Steam can get into a much smaller area, like say the spaces in the foam. Once it cools back down and turns into water again, it’s trapped inside the foam. Once trapped in the foam the water won’t drain out so a fancy drain hole won’t help. The only way the water can get back out of the foam would be to evaporate. In order to evaporate, the hot tub cover would have to be removed from the source of steam (the hot tub) and placed in a dry, well ventilated area.

The problem has nothing to do with how well the cover is cared for or how much vinyl protector is rubbed on it. The problem is the foam. The type of foam used in hot tub covers is designed to be used as insulation in DRY conditions. For instance it works well in floors, walls and ceilings (provided it is kept dry) and is great for refrigeration applications.

However if the same foam is exposed to steam, the insulation it could offer is quickly reduced to something equivalent to wet plywood.Another Heavy Hot Tub Cover

So why is foam still being used in hot tub covers? It’s cheap and it’s the industry standard. But just because everybody is doing it doesn’t make it the best idea.

A hundred years ago the standard mode of travel was the horse. The horse had been the standard for hundreds of years. Until something better came along.

A better idea as far as hot tub covers go would be one that eliminates the foam, still insulates but stays light weight and easy to use.

Thirty years ago, (yes really, thirty years ago) that is how the SpaCap was developed. A single woman with back trouble, needed to be able to use her hot tub every day for therapy. She had to be able to get her cover off and on by herself without further injuring her back.

The cover she eventually came up with was light weight, easy to use and insulated as well as a foam filled hot tub cover. Although it has gone through many improvements over the years, the concept and principle is still the same. SpaCap.com builds custom hot tub covers for all kinds of spas including swim spas.

Don’t go out and purchase another foam filled hot tub cover just because that’s what the neighbors do. Visit SpaCap.com and get a cover that won’t get heavy or break and will make it easy for you to use your spa for years to come!

SpaCap Hot Tub Cover

Common Water Problems with Swimming Pools

Clean and Clear Pool Water
Clean and Clear Pool Water

Even with careful maintenance there can be unexpected water problems that take place in your pool. Being able to resolve them on your own is very important. It will save you both time and money. You will also get more enjoyment out of your swimming pool because you won’t become stressed out every time something is amiss. It is very important that you strive to resolve issues though right away. They can continue to compound if you don’t.

Many people assume that cloudy water in the swimming pool is a sign that no one has been taking care of it. In many instances it is the sign that your filter isn’t doing its job like it should. Take the time to check it and make sure there isn’t a build up of debris you need to remove. You also need to make sure the filter you are using is right for your size of swimming pool.

You may discover you simply need to have the filtering system on more time each day than you currently do. If your pool is used often by many people then you will definitely want to increase the filtering time to get rid of all the oils and debris that will be in your water.

Some individuals have clear water but they can see black spots in it. This is a sign that a type of algae is starting to form. The sooner you act on this the better as it can spread very quickly. You will want to shock the water as soon as you notice these black spots appearing. You will also want to scrub the locations by hand or with a robotic cleaner daily for about a week to prevent the algae from coming back.

Signs of reddish brown have also been noted in swimming pools. This is an indication that you have too much iron present in the water. There are some good chemicals specifically to remove iron. You want to get rid of it as soon as you can so that it won’t permanently stain your swimming pool. The additional iron may just be something you have to deal with ongoing if the water in your area contains higher than normal amounts of it. You simply don’t have any other choice about the water to use in order to fill up the swimming pool.

You shouldn’t find your eyes or your skin to be irritated by the chlorine in the water. If that is the case there is something out of balance. If you haven’t completed a shock recently then this is the time to do it. The next day you want to test your chlorine level. Too many owners assume that they are adding too much chlorine and that is why they have the irritation. As a result the cut back on the recommended amount to use. Don’t be tempted to do this as it won’t get you the results you are after. But there are many better alternatives to these harsh chemicals. At SpaCap.com where great swim spa covers are made, they use and recommend PristineBlue which is a copper based disinfectant.

When you notice problems with the look or smell of the water in your swimming pool you need to take action. The early warning signs are your chance to get everything back under control right away. If you ignore the problems they will only escalate in nature and they can be expensive to take care of when they do.

Why You Need a Swim Spa

Swim spas have really grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are a number of affordable options in the marketplace. The problem is that many consumers don’t understand why they need a swim spa, and some don’t even know what a swim spa is. Essentially, it is a small pool or large hot tub that produces a current, allowing swimmers to swim and get a workout without having to buy a full-length pool or even turn at the wall. They also don’t take up too much space in your yard. The following are a few reasons why you should consider buying a swim spa.

  1. Best of both worlds. When a hot tub is too small and a pool is too big, you need something that’s in between. Swim spas allow serious swimmers to get their workout and stay in shape while also allowing them to relax afterwards. Swim spas can usually be heated, providing owners with a large hot tub to relax in at the end of a long day. Usually no longer than 12 feet, these pools can also be used for relaxation and exercise simultaneously, as long as the water is at a good temperature for both activities.
  2. Convenience. Because they are so much smaller than a full-size swimming pool, swim spas are much easier to install and leave you with more room on your property for other activities. They can be placed either in the ground or on top of it, making them portable or permanent as the homeowner chooses.
  3. Most benefit for your money. While a hot tub helps to relax muscles and ease aches and pains, and a pool allows you to stretch out your muscles and get a good workout, a swim spa gives you all of these health benefits.

Now that you’re ready to go get a swim spa, you are going to need to get a cover for it too. That’s where we come in. At SpaCap.com we have been building Swim Spa Covers for as long as there have been swim spas. What the spa dealer will want to “throw in” with your swim spa is a rigid foam folding cover. Basically it is two typical foam filled hot tub covers so you end up with four panels instead of two and a cover that will fail twice as fast.

Don’t settle for a big piece of foam filled garbage that is just going to end up in a landfill, order a custom made Swim Spa Cover from SpaCap.com.

Contact SpaCap to find out more about swim spas and protecting your hot tub or pool.

Swim Spa in Deck

Which Brand of Swim Spa?

When you’ve decided you want to buy a swim spa, how do you possibly choose which brand or model to buy? There are dozens of different features, options, and accessories, and the combinations seem endless. Fortunately, there are a few features you can use to help judge a swim spa and figure out whether it’s the right one for you.

Swim Spa being used by a swimmer as shown from above

Before going to a store, be prepared with a list of features you find more desirable to make your swim spa experience as fulfilling as possible. Consider how you plan on using the swim spa and how much time you will spend exercising or relaxing. A few of the common features to look for are listed below.

  • Seats. If you only plan on using your swim spa to get a good morning’s workout, you won’t have to worry about seating. If you anticipate using the swim spa primarily as a hot tub for relaxation, however, comfortable seating is very important. The location of the seating in the swim spa will need to be considered, as well
  • Massage jets. Like the seating, these will be less important for working out but are vital for full relaxation and enjoyment. However, jets can be very useful for serious swimmers to loosen their muscles before or after exercising.
  • Built in radios. Some people find they get a better exercise experience if they can hear music while they swim, so a built-in radio or underwater speakers is a great investment. They are also very popular for relaxation; few things are more comforting than listening to classical instrumental music while relaxing in a hot tub.

If you’re looking to buy a swim spa today, contact a dealer near you. If you want to find out more about Swim Spa Covers and how to take care of them, contact SpaCap.com today.

Inground vs. Above Ground Hot Tub

One of the biggest decisions consumers are faced with when purchasing and installing a hot tub is whether to go with an in-ground or above-ground, free standing solution. Price alone often dictates the decision, but other factors come into play. You don’t want to install a permanent hot tub only to find you aren’t using it a year later. The following are a few factors to consider when looking into buying a hot tub.

 

  • Permanence and portability. If you know you want a hot tub on your property for as long as you live there and you want to build a hot tub to add to your home’s property hot tub and poolvalue, choose an in-ground tub. However, if you are unsure of where you want your hot tub to go or of how long you plan on keeping it, opt for an above-ground tub. They are portable and can be sold whenever the owner wishes without any major changes having to be made to the yard or patio.

 

  • Cost. In-ground hot tubs cost more to install, but may add value to your home’s property value if or when you choose to move. They are also more expensive to maintain. However, if you are installing an in-ground pool, adding on a hot tub will be much more economical and easier.

 

  • Aesthetics. A major benefit of in-ground pools and hot tubs is that they are low profile and blend into the ground. Above ground hot tubs, on the other hand, are large and bulky and stand out in the yard, patio, or porch. In-ground hot tubs also give the illusion of taking up less space.

 

  • Safety. From a purely analytical view point, free standing above ground spas have fewer accidental drownings. If you want to go with an in-ground installation, leaving the edge of the spa bench high, (sixteen to eighteen inches above the deck surface) greatly reduces the risk. Plus it makes it convenient for users to approach, sit down and enter the spa.

 

If you are considering installing a hot tub in your yard or on your porch, talk with a contractor and discuss all of your options, taking into account the features listed here. No matter how you install your new hot tub you’ll need a great cover to go with it. At SpaCap.com we have been custom building great Hot Tub Covers for years. We would love to build one for you.

Relief from Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is an uncomfortable condition that plagues an estimated 10 percent of the American population. Restless Leg Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that causes strange sensations in the legs, ranging from itchy to “pins and needles.” These feelings are typically relieved by moving the legs, and as such, sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome often feel the need to move their legs even while trying to sleep. This usually affects an RLS sufferer’s sleep patterns, leading to the classification as a sleep disorder. While it’s difficult to reverse the disease, there are ways to cope with the symptoms. One effective method that many people have discovered is using hot tubs and saunas. Below are a few of the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome and ways to treat them.

 

  • Pain and discomfort increase in the legs while you are resting. By soaking in the hot tub, you are relaxing your lower body while at the same time using the massage jets to relieve the discomfort. The constant movement of the water over the legs can bring immediate relieve, even when the legs are held still.

 

  • Pain goes away when the legs are moved. This is one of the surest signs of Restless Leg Syndrome, and by stretching your calves and thighs in the hot tub you can relieve the symptoms. Jogging and other moderate exercise can also help.

 

  • Inability to rest or get sleep due to Restless Leg Syndrome discomfort. Moderate exercising of the legs combined with cutting down on caffeine and smoking can help sufferers get better sleep, and soaking in a hot tub before bed may relax the muscles and soothe the nerves while also preparing the body for rest.

 

If you suspect you have Restless Leg Syndrome, contact your physician to get a proper diagnosis. If he or she recommends soaking in hot tub to relieve symptoms, contact SpaCap.com to find out more about hot tub care and maintenance.

If you choose to use a hot tub for therapy before bed, one thing you want to avoid after getting all nice and relaxed is straining yourself replacing a heavy cover back on the spa. The good news is at SpaCap.com we have been building lightweight Hot Tub Covers for nearly thirty years. Visit our website and get one for yourself. Your back will thank you.

Water Exercise Benefits in Treating Arthritis

Water Exercise
The majority of us are familiar with that consistent exercise is good for us and, as we get older, exercising to maintain our flexibility and strength is vital, especially when you can find arthritis. Exercising in water a good method for anyone with arthritis in order to keep joints moving, restore and preserve flexibility and protect joints from further damage.
Here’s why water exercise is effective inside the the curing of arthritis.
Water Exercise is good
o Warmth and buoyance of spa water is typically a gentle technique to exercise joints and muscles, permitting more freedom of movement
o Immersing in warm water raises the body temperature, that creates veins and arteries to dilate, increasing blood circulation
o Water can offer some resistance and help build muscle strength
o Spa jets massage tight muscles, helping them to be able to relax
Exercising inside a Spa
When you initially get into a spa, relax and enjoy the soothing water. Begin your routine of exercises slowly, as soon as your muscles and joints feel more relaxed. After exercising, allow enough time for your chosen muscles to unwind again prior to obtaining out of the water.
Jacuzzi Safety
Heat will often be recommended if you have arthritis and related conditions although not always. Your health care provider will show you if it’s right for you. The benefits of heat include:
o Relaxation of this very muscles
o A decrease dealing with and stiffness
o Greater ease in exercising and daily habits
When working out in mildly hot water have the following tips on your mind:
o New hot tub users should vary temperatures and length of stay until they determine what happens to be the most relaxing. They must start slowly and extend their maintain the warm tub simply because they feel comfortable.
o Besides being unsafe, extremely hot water is certainly not needed to see results – mild heat is much easier when it comes to the body to tolerate and just as effective. Water should feel soothing and restful.
o If you are only soaking or doing very gentle exercises relaxing in a spa, a somewhat higher temperature ought to be okay.
o For many, soaking time probably won’t exceed 10-15 minutes at temperatures between 98 and 104 degrees F.
o Children and of course the elderly will probably become overheated and could would need to limit their time in a jacuzzi
o Should you start to feel lightheaded or nauseated, beat the water right away.
o If joint pain, swelling or stiffness increase, discontinue utilization of the new tub and get in touch with your physician
o It is important to think about regardless if you will require help getting in and out of the spa and have someone accessible that will help.
Before ordering a Spa
Before buying a spa, visit your doctor to observe if mildly hot water exercise may benefit your type of arthritis. Besides you may include other medical conditions which could protect you from making use of a spa.
At SpaCap.com, they have just what you need to keep those benefits going. They have been building Custom Swim Spa Covers for thirty years. Imagine a swim spa cover as easy to use as moving a fluffy comforter onto your bed. No exasperation required. SpaCap swim spa covers use air to insulate rather than foam so there is nothing to soak up moisture which is what makes all other covers heavy.
Don’t let all the good your swim spa can do for you be wasted on a heavy, outdated, obsolete cover just because that’s all your local dealer has to offer. Order your own custom made SpaCap, and change your life for the better.

The Perks to Swimming Daily

There are various reasons to swim! Here is a dirty list that ought to get you motivated.
Low impact
There may be no reason to ground impact once you swim, subsequently you protect the joints from stress and strain. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends swimming and water activities for this reason, a case in point that they will sponsor water classes everywhere (check http://www.arthritis.org for further information). Water aerobics lessons are also desirable for that reason, because whether or not do jump and hit the bottom of this very pool, you eat with less force because you’re buoyant within the water. And also, but if you are serious and wear or hold a flotation device within a water aerobics class, the impact is even less.
Can possibly be continued for a lifetime
Because there aren’t any impact with swimming, it could be continued for life. In case you check the States Masters Swimming (http://www.usms.org/) Webpage for age categories of their swim competitions, you will find a 100- to 104-year-old grow older! And of course the master of fitness, Jack La Lanne, who died in 2011, reportedly still swam every day every day at age 93!
Builds cardiorespiratory fitness
Swimming improves endurance. Available as one research study of sedentary middle-aged people that didn’t swim training for 12 weeks, maximal oxygen consumption improved 10% and stroke volume (how much blood pumped with each beat which indicates heart strength) improved as many as 18%.
Builds tissue of the muscle
Inside a research study of men who completed an eight-week swimming program, there is a 23.8% improvement in the triceps muscle (the back of one’s arm). My undertake muscle mass and swimming is the idea that in case you have been doing no resistance exercise at all and you begin to swim, you will definitely certainly obtain more toned and you could even gain mass much like the men within this study. But even with no gain in mass, it’s worth it to the strength and tone that you will definitely definitely gain.
An alternative when injured
When athletes are injured, particularly inside the lower extremities, they are actually frequently told to do so swim to preserve their fitness level. Swimming helps them lie in shape, therefore it is even part of the rehabilitation. The reason being that the resistance of the water makes sure that muscles work flat out without using the strain or impact that’s experienced on land.
It’s actually break beginning with the summer heat
There’s nothing like it while in the hot days of summer, whether it’s along at the beach along with the hot tub. It’s relaxing, the movements are smooth and rhythmic, and its an excellent workout.
This is a family affair
Swimming and other water activities are something the entire family can share. With rising methods of obesity in children and also adults in the United States, family physical activities and good role-modeling may be one way to stem the epidemic of inactivity and obesity facing our nation.
Burns calories
Swimming burns plenty of calories, varying from 500-650 /hour based on how efficiently you swim (you burn more flopping around than swimming cleanly!) and just how buoyant you happen to be (the greater amount of unwanted fat you have got, the more you float and the fewer calories that is required to swim). Very early and original research on swimming and calorie expenditure showed that swimming, no matter what the stroke, burned about 89% of this very calories burned during running and 97% of a given calories expended during cycling for the same plan. Stated another way, swimming burns about 11% fewer calories than running but only 3% fewer calories than biking. One important caveat about this data is that calorie expenditure is dependent on the intensity of exercise, and so it’s entirely a possibility use-up more calories swimming than running within the same period of time provided that you swim hard enough, specifically now if when compared with occurring at a rate of light intensity.
At SpaCap.com, they have just what you need to keep those benefits going. They have been building Custom Swim Spa Covers for thirty years. Imagine a swim spa cover as easy to use as moving a fluffy comforter onto your bed. No exasperation required. SpaCap swim spa covers use air to insulate rather than foam so there is nothing to soak up moisture which is what makes all other covers heavy.
Don’t let all the good your swim spa can do for you be wasted on a heavy, outdated, obsolete cover just because that’s all your local dealer has to offer. Order your own custom made SpaCap, and change your life for the better.