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Your hot tub cover can look way past its best very quickly if it is not maintained and cleaned regularly!
Don't let this happen to your investment!
WHAT CAUSES A COVER TO DISINTEGRATE?
1. Too much chemical in the water
Chemical in the water vapour that comes into contact with the cover eventually causes the plastic wrapping around the inserts to become brittle and crack. Once that happens the foam inserts will quickly absorb moisture, become heavy and stop insulating properly. Poor water chemistry can also cause bleaching, puffiness within the vinyl and disintegration of the stitching.
If you use too much chemical this process can occur very quickly.
Biofilm - And Why You Really Want To Get Rid Of It!
What Is Biofilm?
Biofilm is a colony of bacteria and other micro-organisms that stick themselves to a surface. Biofilm loves virtually any surface, but especially dark, warm, wet surfaces - that's the seats, walls, skimmer baskets, filter cartridges, cover, pump, jets, handles, lights, air holes, heater and especially the pipework in your hot tub.
These micro-organisms multiply rapidly and will cover themselves in a protective layer of slime that is very resistant to disinfectants like chlorine or bromine. Biofilm can harbour harmful bacteria like Legionella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosas, Mycobacterium Fortuitum and E-Coli.
The biggest enemies of hot tub water quality come from our bodies. Oils and grease from our bodies get introduced into the water when we enjoy a nice soak and, over time, they accumulate in the water, in the filters and even coat the hot tub shell.
In the past, the only way to remove these contaminants was by draining and cleaning the hot tub and then refilling it, using a hearty dose of chlorine or bromine to sanitise the water. All very time-consuming, hard-work and not in the least bit environmentally friendly.
Now, more and more consumers are looking to reduce their exposure to chlorine or bromine and, at the same time, make looking after their hot tub easier and more environmentally friendly.
Tip 1 : Check your cover
- Is your hot tub cover too heavy? If so, it is probably water logged and will no longer be insulating your tub properly.
- Look at your cover on a frosty morning. Is there a line of no frost spreading along the hinge? If so, when it's time to purchase a new cover, invest a little more in one with a continuous heat seal along the hinge to stop this heat loss happening.
- If the frost is melting off your hot tub cover before it is melting from the surrounding areas in the garden then it needs more insulation!
Tip 2 : Add a thermal blanket
- Adding a thermal blanket will add another layer of heat protection to your hot tub and will be less expensive than buying a thicker thermal cover if your hot tub cover is still in good condition.
- Water evaporation accounts for 70% of heat loss in hot tubs and a 12mm Thermalux cover reduces water evaporation and heat loss by up to 90%.
Tip 3 : Shelter from the wind
- If your hot tub is outside, then you must deal with the wind! Not only can it blow off your hot tub cover or cover your hot tub with leaves, it will also quickly cool your whole tub and cause the heater to work much harder,
We all feel aches and sprains more when the weather is cold, plus we might even be more likely to pull a muscle or strain a joint. A good long soak in your hot tub will ease away stiffness and pain, but how do we stop the electricity bills becoming scary? Running costs of today's hot tubs are generally reduced as a result of improved thermal insulation and heat retention features, but that obviously depends on which tub you have and there are still extra things that you can do to save more money and be kind to the planet:
If we never sell another bottle of hot tub anti-foam it will be a great achievement!
Foaming water is almost always caused by dissolved stuff in your water and to cure the foaming you need to remove the cause!
The detrimental effect that chemicals can have on a hot tub cover cannot be overstated. Over-chlorination, excessive ozone contact, or imbalanced water chemistry are all factors that will contribute to swift disintegration of the plastic wrapping around the foam inserts inside your cover. Over time the chemicals in the water vapour make the plastic brittle and it simply disintegrates. Once that has happened it's the end of the road of the poor old cover. The foam becomes water-logged and extremely heavy and the cover no-longer provides adequate insulation so up go your electricity bills.
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Mildew, moss, cracked surfaces or a general look of age and disrepair – an uncared-for hot tub cover can look way past its best very quickly if it is not maintained and cleaned regularly. You will have made a big investment into your hot tub cover, particularly if you have opted for a top quality cover with a high R-value, so it is in your best interests to also invest time and effort into keeping your investment in tip-top condition.
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