Taking proper care of your spa can be quite tricky if you’re not sure where to start. Though it can be a little similar to the maintenance of a pool, there are differences that you should know about, especially if you are new to the game. That’s why we took the initiative to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have some questions about your spa or are on the fence about getting one, keep reading!
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A SPA?
The budget should be the first thing you consider when getting a spa. Knowing your buying limit can go a long way when you’re taking other things into consideration aside from the spa itself. Here is a list of some of things you need to account for when buying a spa.
- Type of spa
Depending on the type of spa you purchase, you may need to build pool fencing/safety barriers which may also require a permit. The permit would need a written approval showing that the plans comply with the building regulations.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF A SPA?
Just as mentioned before, the price can vary depending on the type you get, size, additional features, quality, and equipment needed to maintain it.
Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere between:
- From $5,500.00 – $22,000.00 for an Outdoor Spa
- From $15,000,00 – $35,000.00 for Swim Spas/Plunge Pools
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE THE SPA ARRIVES?
Location is key when it comes to your spa. It should be in an area that is free from overhead obstructions and trip hazards, but also has enough privacy. Depending on where you place your spa, you may have to deal with extra hassle in maintenance or further research. If you place it on top of grass or gravel, the dirt from those surfaces can be easily carried over into the spa. If it’s located on concrete, the concrete itself will need a minimum thickness of 4 ins and if it’s on a deck, you will need to take into account the combined weight of the spa and people so that a suitable foundation can be built.
WHAT ELECTRICAL SERVICES ARE REQUIRED?
You must hire a qualified electrician to do the electrical work in which he or she will issue a certificate to show conformity. The spa will require a suitable fused spur with an isolator and an R.C.C.D of maximum 30 milliamp trip rating. The spa also must be either hard wired back to the breaker or wired via a suitable waterproof outdoor connector, providing it conforms to regulations.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT SORT OF WATER I USE TO FILL UP THE SPA?
The water used for filling and cleaning the spa should be clear in appearance and be in the pH range of 7.2 – 7.8. It must also have a total hardness of 50 – 400ppm calcium carbonate and a Total Dissolved Solids level of less than 1000p.p.m. Whether your water comes from a hose, well, or borehole, the water must meet these parameters. You should also run your water for a couple of minutes before using a hose to prevent any residual water or bacteria from entering the spa.
DOES THE SPA WATER NEED CHEMICAL TREATMENT?
Just like a pool, spa water also needs to be treated and balanced properly to ensure that the water is safe to be in. You can do this by purchasing water testing strips to test the pH levels of your water and then add chemicals according to the results given by the strips. For more information on spa care and maintenance, click here.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SPAS?
Here are a few more reasons why you should consider buying a spa.
- Find relief from stress
- Sleep better at night
- Relieve arthritic pain
- Is a way to spend quality time with friends and family
- Is a place to retreat to one’s own home or backyard, instead of travelling to a holiday destination
- Helps to lower blood sugar levels
- Helps to improve their skin conditions
Aside from all the fun and games a spa can provide for the family, you can see real results in the way you live your everyday life.
Here at Aqua Leisure, we want to make sure that all of our clients are readily equipped to properly maintain the outdoor equipment so that they can make the most of their outdoor oasis. If you still have questions regarding your spa or finally want to get one, contact Aqua Leisure today!