The Complete Spa Manual for Homeowners: A Step-by-Step Maintenance and Therapy Guide

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Hot tubs and spas are a multimillion dollar business in the United States. As these amenities increase their appeal, they are becoming more and more common in health spas, locker rooms, hotels, cruise ships, and especially in the home. The Complete Spa Manual for Homeowners will provide you with all the information you need to know about hot tubs and spas, whether you are looking to buy one or already own one.

In this book, you will learn how to determine what you want and what ...

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Overview

Hot tubs and spas are a multimillion dollar business in the United States. As these amenities increase their appeal, they are becoming more and more common in health spas, locker rooms, hotels, cruise ships, and especially in the home. The Complete Spa Manual for Homeowners will provide you with all the information you need to know about hot tubs and spas, whether you are looking to buy one or already own one.

In this book, you will learn how to determine what you want and what you need, how to clean your spa, how to install your spa, and how to control the settings on your spa. You will learn about the health benefits of hot water, including hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chromotherapy, and Watsu. You will also learn about soft sided spas, acrylic spas, cabinets, pumps, flow rate, skimmers, suction ports and drains, jets, special waters, covers, ozonators, heaters, permanent spas, blowers, spa packs, plumbing issues, alkalinity, water hardness, temperature, sanitizers, oxidizers, water analysis, the PH scale, and test kits. Also included is a discussion of cartridges, including sand and diatomaceous earth (DE), and water chemistry.

Additionally, The Complete Spa Manual for Homeowners will provide you with tips for buying, realistic cost estimates, winterizing, and upgrade options. You will also find countless tricks and tools of the trade, as well as a directory of Web sites and manufacturers that sell low-cost replacement parts. This book is a source for easy-to-understand instructions for installation and repair and much, much more. 

Whether you have a spa or hot tub for personal use or you are a business in the health care industry, this book will be your ultimate resource for buying, installing, and caring for your spa. The author’s vast knowledge on the topic makes this book an engaging read that will simultaneously teach you everything you need to know.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382634
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,425,013
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction and History 21

Chapter 1 What Are You Looking For? 27

Health Benefits 31

Patio Design 35

Making the Decision 39

Chapter 2 The Spa and Equipment 43

Soft-Sided Spas 44

Acrylic Spas 45

Cleaning 47

Cabinets 48

Pumps 54

Skimmers 59

Filters 61

Suction Ports or Drains 68

Jets and Special Water Features 68

Covers 71

Ozonators 73

Heaters 76

Permanent Spas 79

Blowers 81

Spa Packs 83

Steps 88

Chapter 3 Spa Plumbing 91

Types of Products Used 98

Chapter 4 Water Chemistry 101

What Water Wants, It Usually Gets 103

Basic Water Analysis 110

Total Alkalinity 114

Hydrogen Power (pH) 115

Repeat 118

Calcium Hardness 118

Temperature 120

Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer) 121

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 121

Recommended Guidelines for Water Quality 124

Problems with Spa Water 125

Chapter 5 Chemicals and Cures 127

Sanitizers 129

Chlorine 132

Cyanurates: Trichlor and Dichlor 133

Dichlor 134

Bromine 135

Potassium Monopersulfate (PM) 139

Biguanicides 140

Additional Chemicals 141

Alternative Treatments 145

Saltwater Spas 148

Chapter 6 Therapy from Your Spa 151

How Water Aids in Repairing Your Body 154

Helping You Sleep 158

Safety and Health Issues 159

The Dangers of Hot Water Treatments 161

Hydrotherapy 163

Reflexology 168

Aromatherapy 170

Watsu 178

Therapy Options Overview 178

Chapter 7 Other Equipment and Controls 181

Air Buttons and Switches 181

Air Controls 183

Control Panels 184

Lights 185

Stereos and Televisions 186

Chapter 8 Cleaning and Maintenance 189

Test Kit 190

Telescoping Pole 191

Leaf Rake 191

Corner Brush 192

Spa Brush 192

Sponge 192

Spa Vacuum 193

Spa Leaf Vacuum 193

Cleaning Products 194

Chapter 9 Purchasing a Used Spa 203

Before You Buy a Used Spa 203

Location: Indoors or Outdoors 207

Getting Your Spa in Working Condition 211

Chapter 10 Chemical Treatment Charts 215

To Raise pH Using Soda Ash 220

Super-Chlorination (Shocking) 221

Algae Removal 223

Chapter 11 Specialty Tubs and Spas 225

Wooden Hot Tubs 229

Interior Whirlpool Tubs 231

Chapter 12 Step-by-Step Maintenance 235

Conclusion 241

Glossary of Terms 243

References: Important Contacts 275

Bibliography 277

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Good concise information

    I was specifically interested in the "therapy" part of the book and it didn't disappoint. However, I learned much more about the care of the spa than I had expected to. Aside from health benefits and patio design Dan Hardy provides information on how to make a decision on what type of spa would work best for you.

    I found the section on equipment very interesting. I hadn't thought about how the spa actually works or what it entails before. I also found of much interest the sections on water chemistry and chemicals/cures. It has given me a better understanding for maintaining our spa and the importance of keeping balance in check. Although we've had our spa for seven years there was much I didn't know.
    This is a book that should be read before purchasing a spa so that you are aware of everything before talking to a sales person. Your knowledge will prevent you from being sold a spa that isn't conducive to your needs or elements. Highly recommended.

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