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  1. 3 Chances to Win a FREE Hot Tub!

    Here at Award Leisure this Summer we are supporting our home country, are you?

     

    Across the three major sporting events we are backing England all the way, so we are offering all new Hot Tub customers 3 CHANCES to win a FREE hot tub!

     

    If England Ladies win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup or England win the 2019 Official Cricket World Cup or England win the 2019 Official Rugby World Cup, Award Leisure will refund up to three selected lucky winners (one per sporting event) for their hot tub purchased from any Award Leisure store. The total purchase price will be refunded once fitted and installed by Award Leisure. You can only win once, if selected to win before other sporting events mentioned in this promotion has been drawn, you are not eligible to win again.

     

    To qualify for these FREE Hot Tubs, you must have bought your spa before each of the three respective sporting event final, officially begins.

     

    If England do win any of the three-sporting events, Award Leisure will be hosting a Pizza and Prosecco party for the live draw! All customers will be entered into a live prize draw and invited to attend the reveal, which is to be held at our flagship store in Warwickshire. The live draw will take place the day after each sporting event final.

    Supporting the England Lionesses is important to Award Leisure because we not only support all female athletes, but as a successful company Award Leisure support female professionals to pursue a career within Leisure Industry. We hope all you all feel the same way!

     

    Here come the Girls! 

    Win your dream hot tub if England win one of 3 major sporting events

     

    A statement from Award Leisure: “If you're feeling confident, it could be a triple whammy for this summer give away. Award Leisure is actually giving away 3 free hot tubs if England win all 3 sporting events!”

    Award Leisure has showrooms in Warwickshire, London, Birmingham, Lincoln, Cheshire and Tamworth. All showrooms are filled with luxurious and dazzling products ranging from Saunas to Swim Spas. Is this something you are interest in winning for FREE?

    Not only are Award Leisure offering 3 chances to win a free hot tub but during this promotion they are also offering deals and free package upgrades with selected spa series!

    These include The Party & Efficiency Package which is available when purchasing a Regency or Classic spa. The Extreme Party & Efficiency Package available when purchasing an Elite or Luxury model. And finally, the Ultimate Party & Wellness Package which is for all wellness models sold!

    Come into store this summer and be a part of this fantastic promotion.

     

    3 Chances to Win a Hot Tub

     

    Terms and conditions apply:

    You can only win one hot tub per purchase, in the event that more than one England team wins their respective competition.

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is 4pm on July 7th

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 2019 Official Cricket World Cup is 10.30am on July 14th.

    The last date for entries to qualify for the 2019 Official Rugby World Cup is 9am on November 2nd.

    Anyone who purchased from 1st June – 7th July will have 1 in 3 chances to win their Dream Hot Tub for FREE.

    Anyone who purchased from 8th July until 2nd November will have 1 in 2 chances to win.

    Anyone who purchased from 10:31am on July 14th until November 2nd will have 1 chance to win.

    This offer is only valid for any hot tub (excluding Swim Spas) purchased from an Award Leisure store from 1st June.

    The Customer has to have purchased (definition of purchase is with a minimum of 10% deposit on a finance deal Interest Bearing Finance or 25% deposit Interest Free Finance which has been approved and 25% deposit on any other hot tub sale). The refund will be paid once the hot tub is fitted by Award Leisure.

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  2. Holiday Let Owners: Is your Hot Tub HSG282 Compliant?

    If you own a Holiday Let, Hot Tubs can be a great way of improving the value of your letting. What are the guidelines you need to follow to be HSG282 Compliant?

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    What is HSG282?

    HSG282 is a set of guidelines for commercial pool and spa owners to assess and control the risk of exposure to Legionella and other infectious agents.

    It’s important to know that HSG282 is not law, it is considered as ‘best practice’. These standards would also be used in a court of law to measure whether you have complied as far as reasonably possible to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

     

    What are the HSG282 Hot Tub Compliance Guidelines

     

    What are the guidelines you need to be aware of?

    Self-cleaning bromine system: Your Hot Tub will have a constant supply of bromine fed directly into the water, keeping the spa water cleaner while your customers are enjoying the Hot Tub.

    Headrests: While headrests are a great feature for your own Hot Tub, they are a breeding ground for bacteria and can be easily broken.

    250 litres of water per bather: This limit is in place to ensure that the Hot Tub doesn’t exceed the maximum number of bathers at any one time. This keeps the water at an acceptable quality for risk assessments.

     

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    24hr filtration system: Coast Spas are renowned for having one of the best filtration systems in the world. By housing the filter away from the bathing area, your water stays cleaner for longer.

    Written record of water testing: Done at least once per day, but up to 3 times depending on usage. You should make sure the pH remains balanced and there is enough sanitiser in the water to keep bathers safe.

    The HSG282 isn’t there to create more work for you or catch you out. They’re designed to keep your holiday tenants safe and give you an acceptable standard to maintain, avoiding liability.

    Where can I find a HSG282-compliant Hot Tub?

    If not specifically advertised, ask your Hot Tub dealer for details on their Hot Tubs that are HSG282-compliant.

    The Regency Spas Baroness Hot Tub comes with 30 hydrotherapy jets that are designed to give your bathers the most effective massage. The Baroness also features hand moulded handrails for easy in and out access plus a waterfall handrail that not only looks fantastic but is practical!

     

    HSG282 compliant Hot Tub

     

    Seating up to 4 adults, each seat offers a unique massage. The Baroness comes complete with a plush headrest, beverage holders and can run off a 13-amp conventional household supply, just like a kettle!

    Loving the look of the Baroness Hot Tub? Learn more below:

     

     

    Having a Hot Tub for your Holiday Let is a great way to boost bookings and tenant experience, but they do require work. You are responsible (and therefore liable) for the safety of your tenant when using the Hot Tub, so it’s important you choose a Hot Tub that will help you comply with all the guidance set out by the HSE.

     

    If you want more information on HSE282 or choosing a compliant Hot Tub, get in touch with our expert sales advisors today!

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  3. Ease the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis with a Hot Tub

    Say the word ‘arthritis’ and your mind probably conjures up images of the elderly, but arthritis can affect younger people too. Joint swelling, pain and even restrictions to your lifestyle are common in sufferers of the condition.

    As with most chronic pain conditions, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be difficult to find effective pain relief. Heat therapy is commonly cited as an effective complementary therapy to easing joint pain, and RA sufferers are no exception. Unlike other pain medication, soaking in warm water has none of the nasty side effects – only leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and more like your old self.

     

    How does a Hot Tub Ease RA Symptoms?

    Before we answer this, it’s important to know that your doctor will most likely recommend weight loss & exercise and encourage a positive mental attitude to help you manage the pain of Arthritis.

    Of course, if you do suffer from Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis, you should speak to your doctor before using Hot Tubs as a pain-relief therapy.

    Arthritis Research Centre of Canada Our Hot Tub Manufacturer, Coast Spas, is a proud sponser of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. All of our Hot Tubs focus on delivering an uncompromising hydrotherapy experience - perfectly suited to people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

     

    Hydrotherapy

    Hot Tubs are renowned for their hydrotherapy massage. Carefully placed massage jets will palpate specific areas on your body, leading to a release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.

     

     Hydrotherapy massage from Hot Tubs is beneficial to Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

     

    Warm Water

    Hot Tubs are exactly that: Hot! Soaking in warm water is a type of heat therapy, which is recommended for people with RA. Warmth helps to alleviate joint stiffness as well as improving circulation.

     

    Water Buoyancy

    If you’ve ever been in a Hot Tub, Swimming pool or even just a bath, you’ll know that being in water gives you the feeling of weightlessness. The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on your joints, which will ultimately reduce pain. You’ll never want to leave your Hot Tub!

     

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    Water Resistance

    Just like the Doctor ordered, you’ll be able to stretch and exercise as comfortably as possible in a Hot Tub. The natural resistance of the water alongside the gentle endurance from the massage jets will improve your circulation, reduce stiffness and help with weight loss.

     

    Hot Tub Therapy

    Okay, we may have just made that one up, but the theory is still true! Regular soaking in a Hot Tub leads to higher endorphin release, better quality sleep, and improved mood. This will lead to a more positive outlook which will help with pain relief – trust us!

     

    Regular Hot Tub use leads to a more positive outlook

     

    The thought of drugs being your only source of pain relief is enough to make anyone despair. People with RA are fully entitled to have the highest quality of life possible despite the pain, and our Hot Tubs from Coast Spas make this possible!


    Speak to one of our expert sales advisors to find the perfect Hot Tub for you, or Download our Free Buyer's Guide for more helpful guidance on finding the right Hot Tub.

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  4. Hot June Offers

    FREE DRINKS COOLER WITH REGENCY SPAS HOT TUBS

    FREE Drinks Cooler with any Regency Spas Hot Tub


    FREE SMALL BBQ EGG OVEN WITH COAST ELITE SERIES HOT TUB

    FREE Small Egg OVen with Any Coast Spas Elite Hot Tub


    FREE MEDIUM BBQ EGG OVEN WITH COAST LUXURY SERIES HOT TUB

    FREE Medium Egg Oven with Any Coast Spas Luxury Hot Tub


    FREE LARGE BBQ EGG OVEN WITH COAST SWIM SPAS

    FREE Large Egg Oven with Any Swim Spa


    FREE UPGRADES - WORTH £695 WITH COAST WELLNESS SERIES HOT TUBS

    FREE Upgrades when you purchase a Coast Spas Curve Series Hot Tub


    FREE GAZEBO WITH COAST SPAS CLASSIC SERIES HOT TUBS

    FREE Gazebo with any Coast Spas Classic Series Hot Tub

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  5. What Happens When You Order a Hot Tub from us?

    Ever wonder how we get our Canadian-made Hot Tubs delivered and installed into your garden? Today we’re looking at the journey a Coast Spas Hot Tub will make to get to you!

     

    Step 1: You order your dream Hot Tub

    You’ve done your research. You’ve compared models, features, seating and running cost. There isn’t a lot you don’t know about Hot Tubs! You’ve been into your local Award Leisure showroom or placed your order online/via the phone. Your job is done!

    And it’s time for us to get to work.

     

    Step 2: We order your Hot Tub with Coast Spas

    With a 75,000 sq ft warehouse based in the Midlands, we have over 50 Hot Tub models in stock at any one time – if your dream Hot Tub is sitting in our warehouse, skip to Step 6  as you can have your Hot Tub delivered and installed in a matter of days.

    If your Hot Tub is custom-built for you with all the features and upgrades that you want, you’ll have to wait just a little longer. We promise it’s worth the wait!

    We send over your exact specifications to our manufacturer, Coast Spas in Canada.

     

    Coast Spas will manufacture the Hot Tub to your specifications

     

    Step 3: Coast Spas starts production

    Once the order is confirmed with Coast Spas, your Hot Tub is put into production. This will take around 5-8 weeks to fully go through the process and pass all the quality checks.

    This will ensure that your Hot Tub is up to the high standards that make Coast Spas the Best Built Spas in the World!

     

    Step 4: Your Hot Tub is shipped to our Warehouse

    Your Hot Tub will see the sights of the Canadian landscape as it spends up to a week travelling by train to the docks.

    Once there, it will be loaded onto a container ship where it will spend between 10 and 14 days travelling over the Atlantic Ocean to the UK.

    Once on British soil, your Hot Tub will travel to our Warehouse in the Midlands.

    Your Hot Tub will travel from Coast Spas Manufacturing to our Warehouse in the Midlands

    Step 5: We carry out our quality checks

    We are confident in the quality of our Coast Spas Hot Tubs, but we still carry out our own quality checks just to make sure nothing got lost or damaged along the way!

     

    Step 6: Home delivery and installation

    We have our own team of Hot Tub experts that will install your Hot Tub for you.

    No access? No problem. If we can’t get your Hot Tub around the side of your house, we can arrange for a crane to lift the spa over your house!

     

    We can crane your Hot Tub over your house to get your spa into position

     

    Step 7: Spa School

    Once your Hot Tub has been installed and checked over by our engineers, it’s time for you to go back to school!

    We go through everything you need to know about running and using your Hot Tub, from common troubleshooting, to chemicals. We want you to enjoy your Hot Tub for years to come, so we equip you with all the knowledge to make your Hot Tub journey as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

     

    Step 8: Enjoy

    Once the water is warm and the chemical levels are optimum, you can enjoy relaxing in your spa whenever you like! Invite friends and family round for a catch up, or just enjoy the therapeutic benefits of your Hot Tub’s hydrotherapy massage.

    With your own private Hot Tub, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits whenever you want!

    Your Hot Tub goes on an impressive journey to get to your home – but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Coast Spas are truly the Best Built Spas in the World, with a build quality and hydrotherapy massage that is second to none. If you want to learn more about the Coast Spas range, Contact Us for a Free Brochure!

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  6. The Hidden Costs of Hot Tubs: Revealed

    Hot Tubs are a significant investment – but most people don’t anticipate the costs afterwards. By knowing what to expect, you can make a more informed choice, so you can live happily ever after with your Hot Tub!

    You’ve heard from us for a long time now, that Hot Tubs are not cheap! To ensure you enjoy your Hot Tub for years to come, you need to invest in a good quality model with a long warranty, so you’re covered.

    But what about afterwards?

    Most people don’t think too far ahead with how much their Hot Tub will cost. Sure, they’ve thought about the running costs, but what does that include?

    The first running cost: electricity.

    Your electricity bill will increase – you need to know by how much.

    How much your electricity bill will increase by is entirely dependent on how well-constructed your Hot Tub is: if you invest in a high-quality, well-insulated model should only cost you around £30-£40 per month, adding up to £420 per year…

    However, the cost of running a cheap, poorly-insulated Hot Tub could cost you upwards of £100 per month – totalling at least an extra £1,200 per year!

    Prepare for your electricity bill to go up and remember: the more you invest in Hot Tub insulation at the start, the less you’ll pay in running costs.

    High-quality Hot Tub insulation will save money in the long run

    What about keeping your Hot Tub clean?

    Hot Tubs keep the water constant at a toasty 37-40°C; the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other nastiness.

    That’s where your chemicals come in!

    There are various chemicals that you need to know about to keep your Hot Tub safe and comfortable – there’s a little more to it than just sprinkling in a bit of chlorine!

    Want to learn more about what chemicals to use? Check out our related content:

    Do I Need Chemicals in my Hot Tub?

     

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    The main chemicals you need to stock up on are:

    • Sanitiser: Either Chlorine or Bromine to kill bacteria.
    • pH plus/minus: Adjust the pH to allow the sanitiser to work properly.

    You’ll also need to make sure you’ve always got test strips to hand so you can test your water!

    While pH and sanitisers are super important, the chemical fun doesn’t stop there. We also recommend adding these chemicals into your maintenance routine to ensure your Hot Tub is as clean and as comfortable as possible:

    • Shock: Also known as oxidising, using a shock will help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you use by destroying odours and other nastiness!
    • Filter Cleaner: A dirty filter won’t clean your Hot Tub as efficiently. Keep your filter clean to prolong its life and keep your water as clean as possible!
    • Water Sparkle: Your filter cannot catch all the tiny particles, eventually leading to cloudy water. Using Spa Sparkle will restore your beautifully clean water.

    If you’re testing and adjusting your water every day, you should budget for around £60 on chemicals per month.

    Of course, the less you test and dose your Hot Tub, the less it will cost you in chemicals. This is not a great way to save money!

    There are so many nasty bugs that thrive in poorly sanitised Hot Tubs, it’s not worth the risk just to save a few quid each month. Need more proof? Read our related content on whether you need to use chemicals in your Hot Tub!

    “My Hot Tub is self-cleaning; I don’t need chemicals!”

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs are amazing for reducing the time it takes to maintain it. HOWEVER, you will still need to test your water to make sure that the inline dosing system is releasing the correct amount of chemicals.

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs use pressurised filtration, which is faster and more efficient than conventional filtration. Having pressurised filtration will help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you need, saving you money in chemical costs!

    Just like with insulation, investing in high-quality pressurised filtration will save you running cost money in the long run.

    Self-cleaning Hot Tubs will keep your water clearer for longer

    Are chemicals the only maintenance I need?

    Chemicals are great for maintaining your Hot Tub water, but what about the Hot Tub itself? Much like other machines, Hot Tubs have lots of moving parts. It is super important to get your Hot Tub regularly serviced.

    You can drain and refill your water yourself, usually about every 3 months or so. However, you should also get your Hot Tub checked out by a professional every 12 months to ensure everything is working as it should.

    Obviously, getting your Hot Tub serviced is going to cost you – our full Hot Tub service costs £399 and includes a full deep clean and a complete engineer checklist, just like a car service. While that may seem expensive to some, our many years of experience have showed us that regularly serviced Hot Tubs are much less likely to run into unexpected breakdowns.

     

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    By joining our Peace of Mind Plan, you can enjoy your Hot Tub knowing that if anything goes wrong, our engineers will come out to fix your Hot Tub without incurring any extra charges – and if you don’t need any repairs, you receive a free Hot Tub service!

    If you decide that regularly servicing your Hot Tub is not worth it, you should prepare for the cost of unexpected repairs – ranging anything from a £50 replacement part to thousands of pounds in major repair work.

    Pro Tip: Always buy your Hot Tub from a well-known supplier that has been around for a long time! They are much more likely to be able to honour the Warranty on your Hot Tub to give you that extra bit of security.

    Buy from an established Hot Tub company that can honour the warranty

    That wasn’t so painful, was it?

    Hot Tubs are an investment, both for your time and money. By cutting corners and saving costs at the initial investment, you’ll end up paying for it later. Essentially, how much your Hot Tub is going to cost is down to you.

    The easiest way to keep the cost of Hot Tub ownership down is by investing in a high-quality model that is fully insulated and self-cleaning. Get your Hot Tub serviced regularly, follow all instructions and you’re on your way to a happily-ever-after with your dream Hot Tub!

    To find out everything you need to know about buying a Hot Tub, Download our Free Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide so you’re armed with the right knowledge to make an informed Hot Tub purchase.

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  7. World Earth Day & Hot Tubs in 2019

    First observed on the 22nd April 1970, World Earth Day is all about raising awareness about our environment. So, can you still enjoy your hot tub without impacting on the environment?

     

    Spurred on by a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, a US Senator lit the fuse for what would become the World Earth Day we know today.

     

    What is World Earth Day?

    The mission for the Earth Day Network is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. It works tirelessly to recruit as many people as possible to committing to making a change for their planet. More than 1 billion people now participate in World Earth Day each year!

     

    World Earth Day 2019 is an important global day for the environment

     

    What are some changes you can make for World Earth Day?

    There are so many little changes you can make to your life. The beauty of little changes is that more people can adopt them and will collectively make more of a difference to our planet. Looking for some inspiration?

    • Have one meat-free meal per week. Meat is extremely resource-intensive to produce, with some estimates claiming that livestock contributed to 14.5% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting back one evening is a small change that can have a big impact!
    • Change your light bulbs. If every person in the UK replaced just three light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones, we could save enough energy to light the UK’s street lamps.
    • Turn electronics off. Standby just isn’t good enough – you’re still powering that little red light! Turn your electronics all the way off to save the most energy.
    • Maintain your car. As well as standard things like keeping your tyres inflated and your car regularly serviced, make sure you regularly clear out the junk from your car! Excess weight means your car must work harder, so clear out anything that you don’t need for your journey.
    • Clean the back of your fridge. Dust at the back of your fridge increases energy consumption by up to 30%! Keeping it clear keeps your fridge working at optimum efficiency.
    • Remember your reusable bags. Plastic bags have 3 times the greenhouse gas impact of reusable bags! Stick a couple in your car so you’ve always got them to hand when you nip into the shops.

     

    Small changes can have a large impact on the environment.

     

    I still want to enjoy my luxuries: How can I do this without feeling guilty?

    Being conscious of the environment doesn’t mean you have to live without a nice tv, or beautiful chandelier lighting, or even your hot tub!

     

    With almost everything nowadays, there are alternatives that are better for the environment. Look for TVs that are A++ energy rated, swap out the chandelier bulbs for energy-efficient ones, and trade in your inflatable hot tub for something that’s designed to be the most energy-efficient it can be.

     

    Being conscious of the environment doesn't mean you have to give up all of your luxuries

     

    How efficient can a hot tub be?

    We know what you’re thinking – how efficient can heating a hot bath outside in all weathers really be? Turns out, that can be very efficient! With advances in insulation, your hot tub will have a lot less impact on the environment than you think. This also means you’ll save money in running costs – everyone will benefit, including the planet!

     

    Running a hot tub doesn't have to cost the Earth.

     

    The Omega Hot Tub is handcrafted by Coast Spas in Canada with only high quality, sustainable and reliable parts. The Omega is built to suit the Canadian climate – cold and snowy! Coast Spas offer 100% Full Foam Insulation: a 2-pound density thick foam sprayed all around the plumbing and pipework. Not only does this maintain low running costs all year round, it also cements the pipework preventing movement and vibrations – which can cause leaks.

     

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    Our Omega is perfect for a larger family where space is a little limited or if you don’t want something too big in the space available. Measuring 167cm x 213cm and 97cm high, there are 2 max therapy seats delivering wrap around water massage and a max lounger offering head to toe hydrotherapy. The clever seating arrangement allows for a cool down seat and a total of 4 individual and uncompromising hydrotherapy experiences.

     

    The Omega Hot Tub is perfect for enjoying your hot tub without destroying the environment

     

    The hot tub also comes with a 3inch thermal lid as standard; this helps to maintain low monthly running costs by trapping the heat in!

     

    Coast Spas Hot Tubs come with a 3KW heater that will heat the spa water efficiently and effectively, making the Omega Hot Tub very eco-friendly. The Omega comes with commercial grade filtration, with this filter system it has been tested and proven that it is 83% faster and 20% more efficient than internal skimmer filtration. This means you will change the water less, saving more water plus as the filtration is so efficient, you will use less chemicals!

     

    If you want to learn more about our Omega Hot Tub, check out our video here:

     

    Wherever you are on the 22nd April, make sure you keep the environment in mind. Starting little changes that become habits is the best way for us all to make a difference to our environment.

     

    If you want to know more about our environmentally-friendly Hot Tubs, drop us a message here, or download your Free Copy of our 2019 Brochure!

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  8. Do I Need Chemicals in my Hot Tub?

    When people go shopping for their dream hot tub, most don’t pause to think about maintenance. While Coast Spas hot tubs are much easier to maintain due to features such as powerful filtration, you need to be clear on how much maintenance your hot tub is going to take. The biggest factor? Chemicals.

     

    Currently, there is no way to avoid using chemicals in your hot tub. I’m sorry to break it to you – you will have to commit to maintaining your hot tub! How important is it to get the chemicals right? We don’t want to scare you, but it can be disastrous if you’re not keeping on top of maintenance.

     

    Who can be affected?

    There have been several outbreaks of disease linked to poor water maintenance, including those in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, cruise ships and showroom displays. Scary right?

    Everyone is susceptible to infection but there is a heightened risk with:

    • People over 45
    • Smokers and heavy drinkers
    • Those with existing respiratory diseases
    • People suffering from conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney disease
    • Those with an impaired immune system.

     

    Improper chemical maintenance can lead to serious illnesses

     

    How bad are the effects?

    We’re not writing this blog post to scare you, we just want to inform you! Properly maintained hot tubs will not give you any problems, and you can enjoy your hot tub any time of the year without fear of any infection. Problems arise when hot tub owners slack off with maintenance, taking the attitude of ‘I haven’t had any problems yet, I must be fine’. Please don’t be one of these people! There are so many nasty things that can contaminate your water and lead to problems:


    Coliforms and E-coli.

    E-coli can contaminate the spa via faecal matter. Coliforms occur in soil as well as faeces, so their presence alone indicates contamination. How many times have you jumped into your hot tub without washing off your feet first? It’s that easy! Proper sanitation will keep these types of bacteria away, so if you have a problem with this, you need to tighten up your water care routine.

     

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    Numerous outbreaks of folliculitis caused by P aeruginosa are associated with spa pools and hot tubs. Hot Tub Folliculitis presents as a red rash caused by infection of the hair follicles, usually about 48 hours (but can be up to 5 days) after immersion in pool water. The degree of rash depends on how long you were in the contaminated water for, and just how contaminated the water is. Children tend to be more susceptible than adults.

    Mycobacterium species

    Respiratory disease has been associated with non-tuberculous mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium avium, in association with spa pools and hot tubs.


    Other potential infections

    Other infections such as amoebal, parasitic and other gastrointestinal infections, furunculosis (caused by Staphylococcus aureus) and Molluscum contagiosum (a viral skin infection producing papillomas) have also been associated with using spa pools.

     

    Wow, that’s a lot of nasty stuff! Thinking you may as well just throw out your hot tub now? Wait! Like we said before, hot tubs are perfectly safe when you follow a proper maintenance regime. But what exactly does that regime look like? We’re here to show you!

     

    What you should do every day

    • Check sanitiser level.
    • Check pH level
    • Clean water line.

     

    What you should do every week

    • Oxidise the hot tub with Non-Chlorine shock.
    • Add spa sparkle to keep water crystal clear.
    • Add No Foam to control foaming.
    • If you live in an area with high calcium hardness, add No Scale to prevent scale deposits.

     

    What you should do every month

    • Clean filter cartridge.
    • Take water sample to check balance.

     

    Cleaning your hot tub filter keeps your filtration working efficiently

     

    What you should do periodically

    • Drain and refill water. While there is no ‘rule’, there is a little formula that you can use as a guide:
      • (Hot Tub litres) ÷ (number of daily bathers) ÷ 12
      • If your hot tub contained 1200 litres and 2 daily bathers, your formula would look like this:
      • 1200 ÷ 2 ÷ 12 = 50 days between draining and refilling.

     

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    So, what chemicals should you use?

    There are a lot of different chemicals mentioned in this blog post already! We’re here to cut through the confusion and tell you what you need to know about them. Starting with the most important: Sanitisation.

     

    Sanitisers are an integral part of your hot tub maintenance regime, as they are responsible for killing all that nasty bacteria we spoke about earlier. They’re also great for helping to kill algae! The two most common sanitisers are Chlorine and Bromine.

     

    Knowing the right chemicals to use makes hot tub maintenance a breeze!

     

    Chlorine vs Bromine

    Is it cheap?

    Chlorine is the cheaper and more common form of sanitation.

    The production costs of Bromine are significantly higher, making it the more expensive choice.

    Does it smell?

    Chlorine has that distinctive ‘clean smell’ that most of us are familiar with. If the hot tub is poorly maintained, this smell will become overpowering.

    Bromine is virtually odourless.

    How quickly does it take effect?

    Chlorine is very fast-dissolving, meaning it takes effect much faster.

    Bromine dissolves relatively slowly, however this is not a bad thing!

    Is it safe for sensitive skin?

    Chlorine can cause dry skin and hair, so is best avoided by people with sensitive skin.

    Bromine is safe for people with sensitive skin.


     

    You should test the levels of either chlorine or bromine regularly. This can be done with test strips that are easy to use and give you readings fast.

     

    Testing your chemical levels means you can add the right amount of chemicals to keep your hot tub clean and safe.

     

    Oxidising your Hot Tub

    Oxidising, also known as shocking, your hot tub regularly will help to destroy odours and other nastiness (such as perspiration, cosmetics and body oils). Oxidising also increases your comfort when in the Hot Tub and restores a bit of sparkle back into your water!

     

    You should shock your Hot Tub every week using a non-chlorine shock. Regular shocking will also help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you use – win!

     

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    What else can Chemicals help with?

    There are so many other products available that can help you keep your water clean and clear, or just make it even better!

    • Foam Control. Foam can sometimes appear on the surface of the water, especially when oils and lotions are in the water. Spamate Antifoam will prevent and control excess foaming to keep your water clear and inviting!

     

    Excess hot tub foam can be controlled with No Foam chemicals

     

    • Preventing Cloudy Water. Tiny particles that are too small for the filter to remove will build up and eventually cause dull, cloudy water. You should already be showering before hot tub use to minimise this, but if it’s still an issue, use Spa Sparkle weekly to remove the little particles.
    • Keeping your Filter Clean. When the filter is dirty, you can’t expect it to clean as efficiently. Use a cartridge cleaner to easily clean the filter and restore your filtration!
    • Make your Hot Tub Smell Beautiful! Aromatherapy has long been known to have amazing psychological benefits. By using specially formulated aromatherapies that are specifically for use in Hot Tubs, you can bathe in a delightful fragrance without upsetting the balance of your Hot Tub water!

     

    Keep your hot tub water smelling beautiful with hot tub-friendly aromatherapy

     

    If you want more information on how to keep your Hot Tub in tip top condition, take a look at our Chemical masterclass, filmed with our Director of Operations, Paul Anthony!


     

    If you’re having an issue with your hot tub water, chances are that you can sort most problems with chemicals. If you’re unsure of what chemical to use, or need advice on your water, our dedicated customer service team are on-hand 7 days a week to answer any question!

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  9. The Best Hot Tub to Buy in 2019 - The Award Suite Spa!

    We are super excited to announce our brand-new Hot Tub being added to the Award Leisure range for 2019 - The Award Suite Spa! Award Suite Spas are made in Florida and deliver a quality health and lifestyle experience and are built to last, manufactured using cutting edge, environmentally-friendly technology. 

     



    The Award Suite Spas are made from a high-density recycled thermal plastic called polyethylene which ensures that the spa is durable to all weathers and guaranteed not to split, peel or rot. The spa is so easy to maintain that it will look like a showroom model, even after many years.

    The Award Suite Spa as seen on ITV

    Many other spas use hundreds of pounds worth of fibre glass, steel, wood and resins which make the spa heavy and more expensive. The Award Suite Spas’ rotational moulded technology requires less work and material, making them a much more affordable and earth-friendly product.

     

    Both Award Suite models feature multi-level seating with corner bucket seats offering a wrap-around massage and a higher cool down seat that acts as a step into the spa. In the lounger version, the head to toe therapy lounge provides total relaxation – so you slide right in for complete comfort without floating out of the seat!

     

    The Award Suite Spas are super easy to install, you’ll be soaking away before you know it! Just like your standard household appliances, the hot tub plugs into a conventional 13 Amp power supply, cutting out the need for expert electrician installation! As they are easy to move around, they are great for those with limited access or minimal garden space. Simply set them where you want on a level surface and fill with a hose!

    The Award Suite Spa is great for family time.

    The insulation within the Award Suite Spa is approved by the Californian Energy Commission, meaning you are guaranteed to have the lowest running costs – no more worrying about the cost of leaving your hot tub heated all year round! Water maintenance is also a breeze, being assisted by the built-in water purification system.

     

    The adjustable stainless-steel jets are recessed into the shell, meaning comfort and relaxation is guaranteed. The smaller jets offer an intense massage flow, which will help to release muscle tension and relieve pain.

     

    So, what do you get with the Award Suite Spa?

    I’m glad you asked! Check out the amazing features that come as standard:

    • Plush cushioned headrests for added comfort
    • Built-in drinks cooler, holding enough drinks for everyone in the spa to have the ultimate party!

    The Award Suite Spa has a handy drinks cooler and table built in.

    • A fold out table which sits neatly above the water to stand your drinks on or play games. The table easily tucks away when not in use to open up the space in the spa.
    • Lit adjustable waterfall.
    • Colour changing lighting in and above the waterline to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.
    • Stylish cabinet corner lighting.
    • Recessed adjustable stainless-steel jetting focusing on tension areas to offer the ultimate in hydrotherapy.
    • A built-in weather, UV and fade-resistant umbrella covering 44sqft, with a 360-degree swivel design. This means you can position the umbrella over or next to the spa, being perfect for creating a social space if there’s too many people to fit into the spa!

    The Award Suite Spa has a built in umbrella for protection and privacy.

    • Large non-slip, curved, solid steps with a handy built-in storage area for your chemicals, towels or slippers. You even get planters for either side of the steps to create a beautifully-designed garden centrepiece!
    • A sturdy handrail for easy access in and out of the spa.
    • A thermal, water resistant cover is also included, locking in the heat for complete energy efficiency. You also get a handy cover lifter that sits nicely behind the spa, supporting the lifting of the cover.

    Keeping your Award Suite Spa is easy with a handy cover lifter.

    Can you believe you get all of this included?! It’s crazy! All these features offer the ultimate destination for relaxation, health and entertainment.

     

    The elegant Award Suite Spas are around 7ft square and available with or without a lounger. The lounger model seats up to 5 people, or the all seated version accommodates up to 6 people.  The spa is also available in 2 beautiful colours – black diamond shell with a black cabinet or a white diamond shell with a grey cabinet and the jets, headrests, steps and foldaway table have all been carefully colour coordinated to match the cabinet and shell.

    The Award Suite Spa looks beautiful as a garden centrepiece.

    The elegant Award Suite Spas are of the highest quality – they are reliable, durable, and quality – perfect for use all year round and the ultimate affordable relaxation destination.

     

    For your chance to win one of our beautiful Award Suite Spas, all you need to do is head over to the ITV competition website and follow the details to be in with a chance!

     

    If you’re desperate to get your hands on one – worry not! Download a Free Brochure and get in touch with us at Award Leisure to start your journey to the ultimate hot tub ownership adventure!

     

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