• Best Practices for Winterizing Your Hot Tub

    Best Practices for Winterizing Your Hot Tub

    Think ahead to winter. Is your hot tub featuring prominently in your plans? While some hot tub owners put their tub to sleep over the winter, these are usually the best months for soaking in it. And if you do a drain and fill in the fall, you’ll have your tub in top shape when winter rolls around. So unless you’re leaving home for a warmer destination, or your hot tub is at a cabin/cottage where you don’t live permanently, read on for steps for winterizing your hot tub to use it year round.

     

    How to Winterize Your Hot Tub

    To continue using your hot tub in the winter:

    1. Stock up on sanitizer for the winter and continue to add chemicals as you did in the summer.
    2. Keep an eye on your tub water level, as your water can freeze and cause problems with the heater and pumps.
    3. Assure the tub maintains its temperature so that the piping doesn’t freeze.
    4. Secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub

     

    Alternately, if you want to hibernate your hot tub for the winter:

    1. Make sure all electrical components are turned off, including the breaker.
    2. Open all jets and control valves before draining the tub.
    3. Drain the tub as per normal and remove the plumbing assembly from the jet pump return line and heater inlet. Please consult your Owner’s Guide for details.
    4. Blow air into these lines with a Shop Vac, then suck the water out of the tub and from the pumps.
    5. Clean and dry the shell.
    6. Pour RV anti-freeze into the floor drain and secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub.

     

  • CARE FREE WATER CARE

    CARE FREE WATER CARE

    Keeping your hot tub water clean, balanced, and safe for everyone to enjoy is the biggest part of owning a Beachcomber.

    The reality today is that hot tub water care has never been easier or less time consuming — just taking a few minutes per week – as long as you subscribe to a treatment program that meets the needs of you and your family.

    Choosing the right water program comes down to asking yourself a few key questions:

    • How important is having an easy to follow program?
    • Is lessening the amount of ‘chemicals’ required for safe, clear, clean water, a priority?
    • Are you planning to use your hot tub frequently?
    • Is dry skin a concern?

    If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, Beachcomber Hot Tubs has the perfect system for you: CARE FREE.

    This easy to use 4-in-1 water care system does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, metal sequestering agents, and multi-oxidizing components into a single two product system: CARE FREE + CARE FREE BOOST™.

    With 4 conditioning products, all available within a single bottle of CARE FREE, you cut down on cost and the number of products you need to achieve the best results.

    What about sensitive skin?

    Beachcomber’s SOFT™ is a natural  boron salt that moisturizes your skin and makes the water silky and just pleasant to be in. SOFT™ is optimized for the CARE FREE water care system and is universally compatible with all water care systems. Add a little in, and you’ll be able to feel the effects as you soak!

    So remember, CARE FREE is the perfect solution for avid hot tub use!

    And you only need to add CARE FREE once a week and a little CARE FREE BOOST™ after each hot tub use.

     

    Beachcomber’s Water Care products include everything you need to maintain your hot tub water! 

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs Care Free Products

  • Hot Tub Accessories for Safety

    Hot Tub Accessories for Safety

    Fun, laughs, and fond memories aside, enjoying a hot tub also includes the responsibility of keeping safety front of mind. Especially if any of your frequent bathers are small children or older adults, you’ll need to ensure that your tub is set up to ensure their comfort and safety. Proving once again that it can be customized as you see fit, our October Employee Pricing Promo includes accessories that will maximize your safety when soaking. Available now until the end of November, choose these 3 add ons from 12 of our top selling options, and rest easy:

     

    Care Free Water Care System

    Firstly, and foundationally, your hot tub water needs to be well maintained, to provide a safe and comfortable experience for bathers. The CARE FREE™ water care system is an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, and multi-oxidizing components. This combination lessens the amount of traditional chlorine required, which makes your hot tub water easier on skin. As a beneficial supplement, adding the CLEARTECH™ UVC system will take your water to unparalleled levels of sanitization.

     

    LEEP Step

    Allowing for easy and safe access to your hot tub, the LEEP step is made of durable and element resistant material, allowing guests of all heights and ages to feel welcomed and safe and when you’re hosting.

     

    The Safety Rail

    Our expertly designed safety rail is built to seamlessly attach to your Beachcomber Hot Tub and provide extra safety and security as bathers enter and exit the hot tub. With a swivel and lock feature, as well as a soft blue LED light, this aluminum railing gives short and tall bathers alike a hand to ensure comfortable hot tubbing.

     

  • Hot Tub Accessories for Entertaining

    Hot Tub Accessories for Entertaining

    As any avid host knows, there is no off season for entertaining. And as the owner of a Beachcomber Hot Tub, your backyard oasis is likely a constant draw for your friends and family, and the cooler weather of Fall is no deterrent. Luckily, our Employee Pricing Promotion (available now until the end of November), includes among our 12 best selling add on options, a few that are necessary for keeping your hot tub in top shape and on standby for backyard parties.

     

    Check out our three top hot tub accessory recommendations for backyard entertaining!

     

    Care Free Water Care System

     Firstly, and foundationally, your hot tub water needs to be well maintained, to provide a safe and comfortable experience for bathers. The CARE FREE™ water care system is an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, and multi-oxidizing components. This combination lessens the amount of traditional chlorine required, which makes your hot tub water easier on skin. As a beneficial supplement, adding the CLEARTECH™ UVC system will take your water to unparalleled levels of sanitization.

     

    Airlift Cover Lifter

    Engineered with aircraft grade metals, the AIRLIFT cover lifter incorporates hydraulic assistance for easy cover lifting and closing. It also boasts a flexible install and mounting options for hot tubs of all sizes, making it very easy to use. And given how critical a high performing cover is to conserve heat, save electrical costs and keep dirt and debris out of your hot tub, we cannot overemphasize the importance of its regular use, which the AIRLIFT cover lifter will facilitate.

     

    LEEP Step

    Allowing for easy and safe access to your hot tub, the LEEP step is made of durable and element resistant material, allowing guests of all heights and ages to feel welcomed and safe and when you’re hosting.

     

  • How to Drain & Fill Your Beachcomber Hot Tub

    How to Drain & Fill Your Beachcomber Hot Tub

    Fall is in the air, and now is the perfect opportunity to give your hot tub a deep clean before the inevitable winter chill! Doing this now will help you get through the next 3-4 months without having to drain and fill your hot tub when you and your family want to hop in and enjoy the perfect winter refuge. It’s also a great time to inspect your Beachcomber Hot Tub and its components for any signs of damage and wear. Making any necessary repairs and doing preventative maintenance will save you from having to do an emergency repair later.

    We’ve created a step-by-step approach to help you get your hot tub ready for the busy season.

    The Let Go – Easy as A, B, C

    STEP A: Remove & Soak

    To remove the MICROFILTER™, twist the trim ring counter clockwise to unlock it and remove along with the floating weir ass mbly. Lift out the basket, and pull out the MICROFILTER™. Remove debris from the basket and rinse. Soak the MICROFILTER™ in Beachcomber’s FILTER SOAK™ cleaner and when finished, rinse thoroughly with a spray nozzle to remove residue.FILTER SOAK™ is an environmentally friendly Ecologo® certified, one-shot, fast acting, alkaline detergent cleaner, which removes organic contaminants and improves the performance of your MICROFILTER™. For best results use in conjunction with a BEACHCOMBER™ Cleaning Canister.

    STEP B: Cleanse & Neutralize

    Before draining your hot tub, simply add Beachcomber’s PIPE CLEANSE to your hot tub water and let the product circulate for at least 12 hours. This product flushes out an amazing amount of biofilm and bather waste from pipes, leaving a cleaner hot tub for a better experience. Test water for any sanitizer level and if present add NEUTRALIZER as directed to allow for environmentally safe dumping of water.

    Product Overview

    PIPE CLEANSE is a very effective pipe cleaner that is formulated to loosen and dislodge biofilm deposits deep in the internal water lines of your hot tub just before draining. For best results, follow directions on the label.

    NEUTRALIZER completely neutralizes active chlorine or bromine in hot tub water, making it safe and environmentally friendly to drain. It is concentrated and will instantly neutralize, or reduce your sanitizer level. Always, follow the directions on the label.

    STEP C: Drain & Clean

    Turn power off at the breaker or power disconnect switch. Locate the black DRAIN & FILL valve, found inside behind the door on a portable LEEP™ model or under the step on the Hybrid3™ Edition. Remove the safety cap from the fitting threaded into the valve.

    Attach the female end of your garden hose and place the other end at a level lower than the DRAIN & FILL valve to

    ensure complete draining.To open, turn the outer part of the DRAIN & FILL valve counterclockwise to open and start the draining. Draining time will vary from model to model. Once the hot tub is drained and empty, disconnect the garden hose and close the valve.

    While the water is draining is the perfect opportunity to protect your Beachcomber HEATSHIELD™ with COVER CARE. Prepare exterior cover surface by cleaning dirt and grime off with a mixture of warm water and a very mild detergent, using a soft cloth. Thoroughly rinse and allow to dry. Spray COVER CARE generously over entire exterior cover surface until wet. Wait 30 seconds, then wipe dry and buff with a clean absorbent cloth, removing any excess. R-eapply COVER CARE at least once a month to ensure optimal protection.

    HOT TUB CHAMOIS™. Rinse well with fresh water making sure the DRAIN & FILL valve of the hot tub is still open so that residue drains out. This helps to rid the hot tub of any contaminants that have ended up in the low lying plumbing lines.

    Product Overview

    COVER CARE is a concentrated, EcoLogo® certified, liquid revitalizer and UV protectant that is ideal for all types of hot tub covers, as well as vinyl products around the home, including patio furniture and vinyl on vehicles.

    TUB CLEAN is a fast acting, EcoLogo® certified, non-abrasive biodegradable surface cleaner for the removal of scum lines and grease build-up on hot tub surfaces as well as many other sensitive home and auto applications.

    HOT TUB CHAMOIS™ is the fastest, safest way to a streak free clean hot tub. This super absorbent, non-abrasive, ultra soft cleaning tool will make your hot tub shine like new.

    THE GET GO – Easy as 1, 2, 3

    STEP 1: Fill & Eliminate

    Close the DRAIN & FILL valve. Using the FRESH FILL™ pre-filter attached to your garden hose start filling up the hot tub. Once hot tub water is up past the skimmer, you are now safe to turn on the power.

    After the hot tub is circulating with all bubbles out of the lines, add ELIMINATE™ to protect your hot tub from corrosion.

    Product Overview

    FRESH FILL™ hot tub pre-filter easily connects to your garden hose and works with all hot tubs. It utilizes food grade activated carbon and proprietary filtration media for the removal of metals, volatile organic compounds and suspended solids before they reach your hot tub.

    ELIMINATE™ is a liquid concentrate formulated to prevent and inhibit corrosion on hot tub surfaces, fixtures, and equipment. Add an entire 500 mL bottle at every hot tub start-up.

    STEP 2: Accessorize & Heat

    This is the perfect time to replace your hot tub accessories such as FILTER SAVERS and HYDRO MOP and turn up the heat so you and your family can be soaking away blissfully in a few short hours.

    Product Overview

    HYDROMOP™ absorbs unwanted oils and residue from your hot tub water to ensure the optimal water clarity and keep water lines clean.

    FILTER SAVERS™ are made from a fine nylon material which traps leaves and debris which reduces maintenance and extends the life of your MICROFILTER™.

    STEP 3: Test & Balance

    Nothing is more important than testing your hot tub water and ensuring everything is perfectly balanced for bather comfort and water care product efficiency.

    Product Overview

    TEST STRIPS  are the fastest and easiest way to test your hot tub. You should test at least 2 times per week and after each use.

    RESIST™ helps water to resist changes in pH, and increases the total alkalinity of hot tub water to prevent pH fluctuations. Maintain a proper Total Alkalinity (TA) level of 100 – 120 ppm.

    PROTECT™ helps protect hot tub equipment and parts from etching by increasing the calcium level of hot tub water. Maintain a proper calcium hardness (CH) level of 150 – 200 ppm.

    pH PLUS effective for minor pH increases of hot tub water to prevent corrosion and eye/skin irritation and increase sanitizer efficiency. Before adjusting pH, ensure your Total Alkalinity is balanced. Maintain a proper (pH) level of 7.2 – 7.8.

    pH MINUS effective for minor pH decreases of hot tub water to prevent scaling, cloudy water and eye/skin irritation and increases sanitizer efficiency. Before adjusting pH, ensure your Total Alkalinity is balanced. Maintain a proper (pH) level of 7.2 – 7.8.

    Where to get everything you need? Beachcomber’s DRAIN & FILL TOTE has absolutely everything for just $129!

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs Drain & Fill Tote

     

     

  • Tips for Entertaining Outside

    Tips for Entertaining Outside

    Finish off the last month and a half of summer with a bang! If you’re expecting guests this weekend, follow these tips to ensure that your backyard gathering is a smash hit.

    Don’t forget these important elements of backyard entertaining…

    Fire Up the Grill

    Summer is officially the season of grilling. And dining al fresco is the perfect opportunity to get creative with what you barbeque, ditching the traditional burgers and hot dogs. If you have a fire pit, you can rip open a bag of marshmallows when the sun sets to delight kids and adults alike with s’mores. Don’t have a proper bbq set? The Beachcomber August Sale Event is on soon (August 24th to the 26th), so if you check it out at an outlet location close to you, make sure you enter the giveaway draw for a Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet, valued at $542.99.

     

    Plan Seating

    If you don’t have a designated outdoor patio set, consider re-purposing lighter pieces of indoor furniture, and dress everything up with summery accessories (think colourful pillows, small potted plants, glass vases). Incorporate shading into your plan as well, and strategically place a cantilever umbrella close to your seating to keep guests cool and happy.

     

    Snacks and Drinks

    Keep these well stocked and flowing freely! Gather things like extra utensils, serving utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments and keep them on a table or tea cart nearby, so you’re not rushing in and out of the house to serve refreshments during the party.

     

    Prep Your Hot Tub

    As a key component of your backyard oasis, your Beachcomber needs to be in top shape for your guests to enjoy. Test the hot tub levels at least a few days in advance, to ensure your water is balanced and healthy with the proper Water Care products. Also remember that right before a high usage period of your hot tub is a good time for a drain and re-fill.

    August 8, 2018 By Monica M Entertainment Hot Tub Care Tips Water Care
  • Spending Too Much Time Balancing Your Hot Tub Water?

    Spending Too Much Time Balancing Your Hot Tub Water?

    A common misconception about hot tub ownership is the amount of time required for maintenance. By identifying the right water care solution for you, and planning accordingly, keeping your water healthy and balanced can be incredibly easy and only take a few minutes a week!

    You’ll need to weigh three main factors when choosing the right water care program for you: quality of water, ease of use, and cost.

    While there are a few different combinations of products you could go with, the one that effectively balances these three tenets is the CARE FREE™ water care system.

    It ensures that quality of water is prioritized by combining water conditioners, clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, metal sequestering agents and multi-oxidizing components. But it is also an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products, by consolidating multiple products into a single two product system, CARE FREE™ and CARE FREE BOOST™. This also means that it’s affordable as a replacement for multiple stand-alone products.

    With CARE FREE™ as the foundation of your water care program, you can also add a couple enhancing products for complete peace of mind. If you’re using your hot tub infrequently, consider adding CHLOR DISCS™ to your CARE FREE™ program. This will ensure that a sanitizer is maintained when your hot tub is not in use and prevents having to recover from cloudy water when you’ve been away. If there aren’t long breaks between your hot tub soaks, you only need to add CARE FREE™ to your water once a week and a little CARE FREE BOOST™ after each hot tub use.

    And are you thinking about everyone who uses your hot tub? Consider trying SOFT™, for the pleasure of your friends and family, who will find their skin moisturized and the water silky. As a dry skin solution, SOFT™ is a natural boron salt that moisturizes your skin and makes the water silky. SOFT™ is optimized for the CARE FREE™ water care system and universally compatible with all water care systems.

     

    Top Q & A: Balancing Your Water and Thinking Ahead to Winterizing Maintenance

    How often should I drain my hot tub?

    With an average use of 2 people, soaking 3 to 4 times a week, we recommend draining your hot tub every 4 months. Decrease the interval with more bathers or more frequent use.

    How often do I need to add products to my hot tub water?

    Depending on the water care system you are running, follow the directions on the labels. Participating Beachcomber Hot Tub stores also offer computer water analysis, totally free. They can test a sample of your water and provide you with a simple ‘recipe’ sheet of products to add to ensure clear, clean water.

    How do I properly winterize my hot tub?

    Drain your hot tub as per normal and remove the plumbing assembly from the jet pump return line and heater inlet. Please consult your Owner’s Guide for details. Blow air into these lines with a Shop Vac, then suck the water out of the tub and from the pumps. Pour RV anti-freeze into the floor drain and secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub.

     

     

    Save 66% on the CARE FREE™ water care system, as part of July’s monthly flex bundle!

    Beachcomber’s water care products include everything you need to maintain your hot tub water! 

    Drain & Fill

  • Ways to Lower your Chlorine Levels

    Ways to Lower your Chlorine Levels

    Maintaining the proper chemical balance inside your hot tub is vital. Most hot tub owners subscribe to a chlorine-based sanitizing program to keep their hot tub water safe and clear for bather use. It’s a necessary part of proper hot tub water care because they destroy dangerous contaminants that can build up in your hot tub.

    But what do you do if you start noticing a strong chemical smell in your hot tub? Or worse, yourself and other bathers start experiencing troubling symptoms like stinging eyes and irritation on your skin?

    These are a few of the telltale signs of high chloramine levels in your hot tub. If your sanitizer is continually too high over a longer period of time, your hot tub surfaces may also start to degrade, damaging the acrylic and underside of your spa cover.

    Sometimes, owners assume their chlorine of bromine levels are too high without checking, which is why we recommend always using 6 Way Water Test Strips to confirm whether you have a sanitizer problem, before you start sourcing solutions.

     

    How To Reduce Chlorine Levels In Your Hot Tub

    Solution 1: Wait It Out

    The first thing you can do is nothing. Don’t add any more doses of chlorine or bromine to your hot tub and allow it to sit for a day or two. The sanitizer levels will naturally decrease over time, just know that you want to avoid using your hot tub during this period.

    Solution 2: Add Fresh Water

    If you don’t want to wait to use your hot tub, another solution is adding in fresh water and allowing it to circulate before testing your sanitizer levels once again. If your hot tub water is over three months old, it might be time to drain and refill the water anyway.

    Solution 3: Add Neutralizer

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ Neutralizer is a highly effective product for lowering your sanitizer levels. This can be used prior to a draining the tub to ensure the drained water doesn’t damage or erode the hot tub surroundings, or in extremely low doses to lower the sanitizer levels inside the hot tub. Make sure to follow the instructions closely prior to use.

    Solution 4: ClearTech UVC System

    A retrofit component that is compatible with a number of our hot tub models, ClearTech UVC offers a highly-advanced water treatment technology that neutralizes waterborne pathogens and reduces the sanitizer required to maintain clear, clean water by up to 50%. Harnessing the sun’s natural UV light, ClearTech UVC works 24/7 without producing any chemical by-products or emissions.

    Solution 5: Switch To The CARE FREE Water Care System

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ CARE FREE is a water conditioning system exclusive to the Beachcomber line of products. CARE FREE removes organic material in your hot tub water. Almost odourless, it helps maintain a more stable water balance, leaves the water cleaner, and maximizes your filter’s performance.

     

    Where to get everything you need? Beachcomber’s Water Care products include everything you need to maintain your water! 

  • How to Keep Your Hot Tub Water Clean

    How to Keep Your Hot Tub Water Clean

    Okay, but how hard is it really to keep a hot tub clean? It’s a question we often here from prospective owners who are weighing whether or not an investment into a hot tub is right for them and their lifestyle. After all, who wants to spend all their time trying to keep their hot tub water clean instead of enjoying it?

    The reality today is simple. Hot tub water care has never been simpler or less time consuming – just taking a few minutes per week – as long as you choose a water treatment program that meets the needs of you and your family.

    Selecting the best water treatment program for your hot tub

    You can do this by asking yourself a few easy questions:

    1. Are you planning to use your hot tub frequently?
    2. Is lessening the amount of ‘chemicals’ required for safe, clear, clean water, a priority?
    3. How important is the simplicity of the program?
    4. Is dry skin a concern in your household?

    If the answer to any or all of the above is yes, Beachcomber has the perfect solution: CARE FREE Water Care.

    This easy to use 4-in-1 water care system does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, metal sequestering agents, and multi-oxidizing components into a single two product system: CARE FREE + CARE FREE BOOST™.

    With 4 conditioning products, all available within a single bottle of CARE FREE, you cut down on cost and the number of products you need to achieve the best results.

    If you’re heading away for a few days:

    Adding CHLOR DISCS™ to your CARE FREE program will ensure a sanitizer residual is maintained when your hot tub is not in use and prevents you from having to recover from a cloudy hot tub when you’ve been away. So take your holiday, without having to worry about a drain & fill when you return!

    What about sensitive skin?

    Beachcomber’s SOFT™ is a natural boron salt that moisturizes your skin and makes the water silky and just very pleasant to be in.  SOFT™ is optimized for the CARE FREE water care system and universally compatible with all water care systems. Add a little in, and you’ll be able to feel the effects as you soak!

    So remember, CARE FREE is perfect for avid hot tub users as you need only add CARE FREE once a week and a little CARE FREE BOOST™ after each hot tub use.

     

     

    Check out Beachcomber’s Water Care products for absolutely everything you need to achieve and maintain clean water! 

     

     

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