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HotSpring Spas: A Look At Our New Line Of Hot Tubs

One of the best parts about owning a hot tub is the hours of relaxation it provides. After a hard day, you can slide into a swirl of warm bubbles and soak away your cares. That’s why we’re so excited to announce we’ve added a NEW line of hot tubs! We are now an official authorized dealer for Hot Spring Spas. We are carrying three lines: Hot Spot, Limelight, and Highlife. Every model has unique and exciting features that will elevate your hot tub experience. Come take a peek!

Therapeautic Benefits

Hot tubs are great for reducing stress as well as easing tired muscles. Hot Spring Spas delivers hydrotherapy that helps to stimulate circulation and ease pain levels. Every model has directional jets that gently massage your neck, shoulders, back, and even your feet.

Hot Spring also offers its exclusive Moto-Massage®. This feature creates a jet that travels up and down your back like an underwater shiatsu massage.

Thoughtful Features

One of many things we love about Hot Spring is the lighting. They’ve taken color-changing LEDs to another level! Set the mood with one of six rainbow colors or program your spa to cycle between each vibrant shade.

Lights have also been added to the footwells for added visibility, which is perfect for evening use. The Limelight collection even has illuminated corner edges that provide great accent lighting.

HotSpring Spas Limelight Collection - Splash Pool & Spa Cedar Rapids

Hot Spring Spas models come in a range of sizes for couples or small patios up to large families and spa parties. Hot Spot has seating for 6-7 people, Limelight can hold 4-7, and Highlife accommodates 3-7. All lines have options with loungers if you want to recline in style.

Smart Maintenance

The Hot Spot line includes an in-line sanitizing system. The dispenser automatically releases chlorine and minerals to simplify daily dosing. Chlorine cartridges last up to four weeks and minerals are good for up to four months.

There’s even a secret feature – the illuminated Hot Spring logo is actually an indicator light! The blue light shows that the power is on while the green light displays when the water reaches the set temperature. In chilly weather, you can look out your window to see if your spa is ready. The indicator will also turn yellow or red if the spa needs service.

Available on the Highlife and Limelight lines, the FreshWater Salt System is perfect for owners who want to take the guesswork out of water quality. Your water will last longer, require fewer chemicals, and have a more natural feel.

User-Friendly Technology

The Highlife Collection also includes a detachable control panel. This wireless touchscreen is easy to operate and even floats on the water. You can customize everything from lighting and jet settings and save them as presets.

HotSpring Spas detachable control panel - Splash Pool & Spa Cedar Rapids

We would love to share more details about Hot Spring, including features like pumps, heaters, filters, cabinet colors, audio speakers, covers, and warranties. Please stop by our Cedar Rapids showroom location or contact us to schedule a Sip & Soak!

November 1 – 15th only, take advantage of our November Big Spender Rebate promotion on HotSpring Spas.

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8 Steps To Properly Close Your Pool

The weather is growing chilly and the trees are changing colors – it’s officially time to close your pool! Once the temperatures consistently dip below 65 degrees, you can start preparing your pool for the winter months. These eight steps will ensure your pool is protected against freezing weather and ready for fun in the spring.

1) Clear Off Deck

Clear off your pool deck for the same reason you clear off your patio – pool equipment isn’t designed to be exposed to Iowa winters. Remove all skimmers, hoses, diving boards, and ladders.

2) General Cleanup

Do a deep clean on your pool at the end of every season. The cleaner your pool is when you close it, the cleaner it will be when you open it. If you leave any organics or bacteria in the water, they will spawn algae growth and eat up all your chlorine. You don’t want your swimming pool to look like a swamp in the spring!

3) Test Water

Test your water in the fall, even though it won’t be used over the winter. To keep bacteria at bay until the pool reopens, we typically recommend bringing chlorine levels up to 5 ppm. If you have a liner or fiberglass pool, however, you should consult with the manufacturer.

Winter chemicals also have an added bonus – you don’t need to do monthly testing in the off season, especially once ice forms.

4) Partially Drain Water

In Iowa, you only need to do a partial drain at closing. If the pool is completely empty, harsh temperatures can damage exposed elements.

Water in the pool is also necessary for structural integrity. This is because as the ground contracts and expands during freeze-thaw cycles, it can push the pool walls inward if there is no water to resist that pressure.

As a general rule of thumb, drain your pool several inches below the lowest return.

5) Add Winter Chemicals

These winter treatments help chlorine stay active in the water. Remember that bacteria love to thrive in warm water – if you’ve already closed your pool but temperatures are still above 65 degrees, the chlorine is going to dissipate at a faster rate. Winter chemicals means your pool will have a sanitizer to fight off bacteria and algae.

6) Blow Lines

You also need to blow out skimmer lines with an air compressor. This step can be intimidating for homeowners but it gets easier with practice. Blowing out the lines removes any standing water from your pipes. You must also add antifreeze for extra protection.

7) Insert Winterizing Plugs

These plugs are inserted into skimmer returns and sometimes main drains. They are similar to a bathtub stopper, but their purpose is to seal openings and hold antifreeze in the lines. This prevents water from getting into the piping and damaging it during freeze-thaw cycles.

8) Install Pool Cover

The last step is installing your winter cover! If you have a tarp version, you’ll need to routinely clear off any accumulated debris, snow, or ice. Otherwise the weight could break the cover and dump everything into your water. You may want to consider a mesh version, which you can read about in our Quick Guide to Pool Covers.

Because every pool is unique, we recommend that you have a licensed and qualified pool professional help you with proper closing. Call us today to schedule!

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How To Combat Algae In Your Pool

Your pool should be an oasis of sparkling aquamarine water. So what’s happening when it starts to form a green haze? When your water turns murky, algae is the likely culprit. While algae isn’t toxic to humans or pets, it will damage your pool equipment and throw off your pH balance. Learn some simple steps to keep this plant organism in check and combat algae.

Algae 101

We often think of algae in marshes, ponds, or lakes. But this tough little microbe can thrive in any water source. Like most plants, algae gets its energy from the sun. It can form as a cloudy bloom drifting under the water, a film floating on the surface, or a scum that attaches to hard surfaces.

Algae is more than just an eyesore – it’s a maintenance problem. Once it makes a home in your pool, it will:

  • Clog filters
  • Create poor circulation
  • Decrease chlorine effectiveness
  • Increase water lost during backwashing

You’ll also need to take a hard brush to everything that algae has touched! Wouldn’t you rather be swimming in your pool rather than scrubbing it?

Stay Ahead of Algae

Algae spores reproduce quickly, though it takes millions of them to clump together before they are visible to the naked eye. That means algae is growing long before that green “pond” film shows up.

Your first hint of an algae problem is your water will look discolored. It just won’t have that crystal blue look anymore. It could have a faint green tinge, but that’s not always a good indication.

You might also see dirt spots on your pool floor or walls. You might mistake these for grime if they’re black or sand if they’re yellow-brown, but that’s definitely algae.

Algae isn’t impossible to get rid of, but it will take some effort. Thankfully, you can treat algae without draining your pool. These seven steps will have your water clean in no time:

1) Manually vacuum. Be sure to use the vacuum-to-waste option, which bypasses your filter. This sucks the water straight out of your pool rather than recirculating it, which would only put algae right back in.

2) Brush thoroughly. It’s not a fun chore, but don’t skip this step. You need to dislodge the algae from your pool sides, stairs, crevices, openings, and cracks.

3) Balance the water. Pay special attention to pH and alkalinity. If they are off, they’ll lower the effectiveness of this next step.

4) Shock the pool. Use the package instructions and then multiply by two. By doubling the chemicals, you can blast out the algae. You’ll actually start to see white particles as the algae dies. Don’t be alarmed if your pool looks worse before it gets better.

5) Run the filter continuously. Once the algae is dead, turn on the filter to pull everything out of the water. Run for at least 8 hours. You might have to change your filter timer temporarily, especially if you normally turn it on at night or only run it during certain hours.

6) Retest water. Make sure the chlorine is balanced, especially since you just shocked it. Remember we offer free water testing!

7) Clean the filter. Your filter had to work overtime to catch all that dead algae. Soak it in a filter cleaner, which will bind to any leftover algae and prevent it from recirculating.

Want to prevent all this hassle? Keep your water balanced. Chlorine does a great job at killing algae, but sometimes it can get overwhelmed. Always use an algaecide, which will prevent algae from forming in the first place. It’s a simple chemical treatment that saves you time and money.

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3 Reasons To Start Your Pool Project In The Fall

The leaves are starting to change and the football season has begun, but you should be thinking about next summer! Fall is actually the perfect time to plan for your new pool. There’s plenty of work we can complete before the snow hits. Start your pool project in the fall and you’ll be ready for your first swim by Memorial Day.

1) Beat the Crowds

At the end of every summer, we already have projects on the schedule for the following spring. That’s right, we’re booking clients for the next calendar year. One of those should be you!

There are several advantages when you commit to a pool project in advance:

  • We can accomplish about 75% of the work before the ground freezes (more on that in a second). A good start in the fall means less work in the spring and the faster you’ll be enjoying your new finished pool.
  • If you wait until the spring to get your project on the schedule, your pool won’t be done until the end of August or even September. That’s because you’re “in line” behind all the people who booked the previous fall. We typically wrap up those existing projects by June. That means your pool will be under construction during the peak swimming months – you’ll lose an entire season of fun in the sun.
  • Some customers need help selecting a pool design, size, and placement. If you start your project in the fall, our staff has more time to walk you through your options. No need to feel rushed finalizing all the details on your dream pool!
2) Get a Jumpstart

Iowa springs are notoriously unpredictable. There’s no counting on the weather when you need to do outside work. That’s why it’s best to get a jumpstart in the fall – it’s typically less rainy and there’s no chance of a surprise blizzard.

September and October are a great time to blast through these phases of a pool project:

  • Excavate the pool area
  • Pour the concrete shell
  • Add steel rebar
  • Install drains, skimmers, and return eddies
  • Place piping
  • Lay tiles
  • Pour decks

However, starting construction in the spring means you have to be patient with the weather. A really wet spring could cause the ground to get soggy and push back when we can start digging. Or the concrete team has to wait until the site is completely dry to pour the decks. Many of these weather delays can be avoided or easily handled if you start in the fall.

3) Coordinate All Trades

A pool project involves many contractors. There’s the pool retailer, pool designer, excavation team, electricians, plumbers, concrete finishers, carpenters, and landscapers. Add in a pool house and now you need an architect and a construction company.

Keep in mind that building a swimming pool will span several weeks and possibly months. The uncertainty of Iowa weather and schedules of many companies working on multiple projects can create a lot of moving parts.

Check out this cool time-lapse video of an Iowa City pool project we started in 2018 and finished up just in time for summer of 2019.

When you schedule pool construction to start in the fall, you create a nice buffer in the project timeline. Now there’s wiggle room between work that can be completed this year and saved for next spring. Advanced coordination also means it’s less likely there will be a schedule jam between the trades.

Just don’t stress about having an uncompleted pool in your backyard over winter. We will winterize your pool before we wrap up work in the fall. This includes erecting temporary fencing and putting antifreeze in the pipes and skimmer. We’ll also do a half fill, which helps protect the pool during freeze-thaw cycles. We’ve got your swimming pool covered – literally!

We would love to discuss your new pool project! Please contact us today for a free consultation.

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