It’s always the same story every year, just when you think summer isn’t going to ever end, it does! While summer, for many of us, is the best time of the year, it also presents its challenges for parents to keep kids entertained. With fall around the corner, and kids back in school, you can start getting back into your regular routine, which might come as a bit of a relief!
One of the biggest downsides of back to school time, along with a busier work schedule that normally comes with the change of seasons, is the loss of valuable family time. So, what’s the solution?
Investing in a big hot tub and making it a part of your evening ritual as a family is a great way to stay connected with kids of all ages year-round. It’s the perfect place for everyone to enjoy, relax, and spend quality time with one another.
Staying Connect As A Family In A Hot Tub
Relaxes and Connects You at the Same Time
One of the biggest reasons people invest into a high-quality Beachcomber Hot Tub is the therapeutic benefits that have proven impacts on both your body and mind. Beyond this, however, a large size hot tub also provides an amazing space for creating memories and building relationships with the people who matter most. By making it a priority every single evening, you create a time to do something not only good for yourself, but for your family as well.
Provides a Distraction-Free Environment
Without even realizing it, you and your family are facing a battle each day to really spend some quality time together. In a recent study, 9 in 10 parents admit that the time they are spending daily together as a family is often filled with distractions. Unlike sitting in the living room, a hot tub invites everyone to be totally engaged, facing one another, free of distractions from smart phones, tablets, television and the internet. It’s also an activity that is enjoyed by kids of all ages, whether they are just starting elementary school or almost off to college.
Offers Room for Everyone to Enjoy
With a large size Beachcomber Fall Anniversary Edition Hot Tub, there’s plenty of space for everyone to comfortably lay back and enjoy the enhanced features that come standard, along with an invigorating FlexJet massage, that helps improve muscle pain, relieves stress, and promotes a restful sleep.
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.
PIPE CLEANSEis 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.
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.
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.
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.
TEST STRIPSare 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!
The final few weeks of summer are upon us, which means it’s time to squeeze as much as you can out of the sunny, warm weather, and those last remaining care free afternoons and evenings.
What’s a great way to spend time outside and together? It’s right outside the backdoor: your Beachcomber Hot Tub!
With a Beachcomber Hot Tub, everyone can spend time together and catch up without the distractions of cellphones, TV, tablets, and the internet. An electronic-free zone can keep the whole family engaged in what is going on with everyone else, without getting distracted by the screens in front of them.
Enjoying Family Hot Tub Time
Especially in summer, it’s always important to keep the following in mind when soaking in your Beachcomber Hot Tub.
This is important any time of the year, but in the summer heat, sometimes we can forget how much water we really need. Always encourage everyone to have a big glass of water before stepping into the hot tub, and make sure everyone stays hydrated following a soak. Also, grab some plastic cups and bring them out to enjoy a cold glass of water as you enjoy your hot tub.
Lower The Temperature
If the temperature outside is hot, it’s likely you’ll want a little less heat inside your hot tub. And it’s easy to do! Just turn the set temperature down by 15 degrees, for a cooler, more refreshing summertime experience in your Beachcomber.
Add in Some Shade
If you are doing any big activities in the summer months, it’s always best to find a place with some shade to cool off. Too much time in the sun can lead to heatstroke. If your hot tub is set-up for direct sun, be sure to invest in an umbrella or sun shade that will deflect some of the rays.
As a key component of your backyard oasis, your Beachcomber Hot Tub needs to be in tip top shape to enjoy with the whole family. And maintaining it is simple! Just take a minute every few days to test your water to ensure it’s balanced and follow your water care program to ensure healthy, crystal clear results. Also remember that right before a high usage period of your hot tub is a good time for a drain and re-fill.
Most of the time, potential hot tub buyers find themselves stuck in a debate over the size, jet count, and seating available in different models as they try to narrow down the options. While making the right decisions here is vital to your enjoyment of your purchase, what’s visible and on the surface of the hot tub isn’t the only thing that needs serious attention.
What’s really going to impact the long-term enjoyment you get out of your hot tub is how it’s made, and quite often where.
What to Look for in Hot Tub Construction
Although most potential buyers believe a new hot tub costs between $3,000 – $5,000, the reality today is that a quality model costs between $7,000 – $20,000. While you save in the short-term on a cheaper model, you’ll end up paying far more in electrical bills, replacement parts, water treatments, and maintenance calls. Not to mention, you’ll be looking at a short-term, no frills experience with a much shorter product lifespan.
As you will soon discover, the quality in the construction will not only make a big impact in the enjoyment you get inside of your hot tub, but will also make a world of difference in the reliability, performance, and the return on your long-term investment. Simply put, the cheaper the hot tub is to buy, often the cheaper the components that were used to build it. At Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we are proud to use the exact same materials and construction standards across all of our models, with difference in price reflected in the add-on options, finishes, jetting configurations, and size.
So what to look for? Make note of the materials used as you look around and ask questions in-store.
To the average person, a hot tub shell and outer cabinetry may come in different colours but they all look the same. But assuming that all cabinetry and shells are of the same quality can be a huge mistake. For instance, most high-quality hot tubs are made with acrylic. Acrylic is a hard, durable plastic that is resistant to chemical and UV damage. When you look at hot tubs at a lower price point from unreliable manufacturers, you are likely seeing molding that is made from rotary plastics. This is the same kind of material you will find in a kayak or a portable table.
To choose the best shell, make sure it is durable and comes with an extended or lifetime warranty.
Cabinetry is another important consideration, although earlier generations of hot tubs were made of durable redwood or cedar, most of today’s cabinetry is synthetic. The best hot tubs are made by manufacturers who have specially engineered their hot tubs for superior durability and protection from extreme hear, cold, and UV rays. When choosing a hot tub, look for a model that has built in structural cradle that can support the tub with or without the cabinet – this will ensure the weight stays balanced The Enviroskirt by Beachcomber Hot Tubs, for instance, is designed to capture the look and performance of real wood, without the weathering and maintenance requirements.
These are a few of the reasons why it is so important to pay particular attention and educate yourself on the materials that are used. Ensure you find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant, long-lasting cabinetry, and look for an intuitive control system that is accessible and easy-to-use at nighttime.
Then Be Sure to Pay Attention to Where it’s Made
Some hot tubs are made in countries known for cheap labour and few environmental regulations in order to decrease the production costs. Hot tubs produced in countries with lower labour costs and regulations tend to have more quality (not to mention ethical) control issues, and will most likely result in a smaller up-front cost but higher maintenance and shorter product lifetime.
Every Beachcomber Hot Tub is 100% manufactured in our Surrey, BC factory, with the same materials, and construction standards applied across every model price point. Each stage of the production is checked by hand for absolute quality to ensure we uphold our zero-defects approach to manufacturing.
Say friends are on their way over to your place. Are they coming apprehensively, excited to see you, but knowing that they’ll have to suffer some less than stellar outdoor décor and possibly balance their glasses of sangria in their laps? It doesn’t have to be that way!
Check out these ideas for accessorizing your backyard, before the summer is over.
Stock up on these five items, and an invite to your backyard oasis will be what everyone *hopes for* in this heat.
Install some decorative shade and shelter your guests with an umbrella that provides both relief from the sun’s rays and accentuates the design aesthetic of your space. Cantilever umbrellas are a great versatile option for flexible placement.
While patio furniture options are plentiful, if you invest wisely in your seating, it can last for many summers to come. If your outdoor space is minimal, a patio bar set may be your best choice. Otherwise, check out some conversation sets, which can feel like you’ve brought your living room outside. For pops of colour, versatile ceramic stools are the perfect size to use as small end tables or pull-up seating, and enhance the playful vibe of summer.
Whether your style is rustic, and you have a soft spot for tiki torches, or your aim is elegance and strings of white lights are more your style, outdoor lighting is a non-negotiable when it comes to foundational backyard accessories.
And finally, the grand piece de resistance! A hot tub is the best way to gather loved ones while enjoying soothing hydrotherapy and relaxation. With or without a drink in hand, there is no better place for connection and conversation than in the warmth of your hot tub. And August is the last month to grab an Anniversary Edition Beachcomber, so make the most of the rest of your summer and order yours today!
If you want to extend the relaxation theme of your hot tub, but don’t have an extensive backyard garden, remember that potted plants are an easy — and often inexpensive — way to define your deck. Try a variety of plants and flowers to mimic a lush landscape and use lightweight fiberglass pots to make your garden portable.
If your backyard contains all of the above, pour yourself a refreshing beverage and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
You probably know someone who once owned a hot tub that sat for years in the backyard, eventually becoming overgrown and completely non-operational. Or someone who purchased a hot tub, used it regularly for the first three months, then stopped taking care of it until it eventually fell into totally disrepair. So how can you be sure you’ll avoid a similar outcome?
Will I Use A Hot Tub Enough To Justify The Cost?
Make A Personal Commitment
There’s a few ways to then look at this question, the first being something you really must consider for yourself. A hot tub should be looked at as an investment in a happier, healthier lifestyle, and not just as an entertainment or recreational item. In order to fully realize all the wonderful wellness benefits of hot tubbing, you need to use your hot tub often – make it a part of your daily routine.
Find The Right Model
The second consideration is the hot tub model itself. By choosing a reliable, high-quality brand, you’ll be able to focus on the benefits of the purchase, instead of becoming frustrated by continuously high-maintenance and operational costs. A hot tub is a lifetime investment, so don’t be fooled by a low sticker price, and really research product lifespan, insulation, and materials used in construction as you comparatively shop.
Install It Close To Your Door
Finally, place it somewhere convenient for all-year access. How often you will really use it is directly related to how close your hot tub is to your home. On a dark morning, or when it’s freezing outside, are you really going to trek across the yard to get in the hot tub every day? Position your spa in close proximity to a door. If you are worried about noise, then be sure to choose a model with a dedicated circulation pump that quietly circulates the water 24 hours a day, eliminating the need for loud filtration cycles.
We invite you to make your personal wellness a priority. You will find that when you use your Beachcomber Hot Tub daily, you’ll feel better and get the most out of the benefits it provides.
No matter how big or small, your backyard can be turned into an amazing outdoor oasis with a few simple tricks that are easier than you might think. There are numerous design elements, when combined together, that can create the perfect outdoor space for you to enjoy all year-round.
How To Build Your Backyard Retreat
Investing in a “Wow” Feature
To make any space your favourite, inside or out, sometimes you need to invest in something that you know you are going to love and that will keep you coming back. A hot tub is not only easy to install, and space efficient, it’s something that you can enjoy all year round, every single day. Our current 2018 Anniversary Edition Models even feature a cascading waterfall feature to make your backyard escape even more relaxing.
Creating the perfect atmosphere is essential to any space. Music is one of the best, and easiest, ways to set a mood. There are numerous outdoor speaker options on the market today, so shop around to find the one that best suits your needs and budget. The 2018 Beachcomber Hot Tubs Anniversary Edition Hot Tubs also feature wireless surround sound built right into the hot tubs. That way you can lay back and relax with the perfect soundtrack for every hot tub soak.
Adding luminous lights to your backyard escape creates an unmistakable warmth and accessiblity to the space. Lighting can be added through landscape lights, overheard fixtures, and candles. You can also illuminate your Beachcomber Hot Tub with our exterior Star Trail Lighting Package, that adds a soft glow to your outdoor space, even when the hot tub isn’t in use. Interior lighting features create the perfect ambience for nighttime soaks, with added safety for entering and exiting the hot tub.
Without privacy, it’s hard to really find a space relaxing, but creating a space where you can avoid the prying eyes of neighbours in an urban, or sub-division, setting, can be difficult to come by. Just get creative and layer in different elements depending on your budget. Simple outdoor curtains can offer flexible partitions, while landscaping with hedges and tall, potted plants will fill in the spaces over time. Investing in a privacy screen can provide you with an instant fix, so see what is the best option and start enjoying your backyard, without inviting the neighbours.
Hot tub water care is more advanced today than it’s ever been before. One of the most exciting innovations in hot tub technology is UVC water treatment solutions. Below is a breakdown on the science behind it, and how installing ClearTech UVC in your Beachcomber Hot Tub could save you hundreds per year.
Explaining UV Hot Tub Technology
ClearTech UVC works by harnessing the power of the sun’s UV light. This type of light-based water treatment is actually quite common in other water purification fields, including hospitals and commercial water plants, so it was only a matter of time before our engineers applied it to our own hot tub water care too.
So How Does It Work?
ClearTech UVC destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses, leaving them harmless and unable to spread. As a factory-installed purifier, it works directly through the plumbing and filtration of your Beachcomber Hot Tub. The water is left disinfected without the use of chemicals or other by-products that can be itchy, or strongly-scented.
This system is fully compatible with both chlorine and bromine based water care products, and it can help reduce their consumption by up to 70%, helping you save on monthly maintenance costs.
Quite simply, this is the natural way of cleaning hot tub water, and the perfect addition to your Beachcomber.
For the month of August 2018, ClearTech UVC is available for over 50% off as part of our Pure Bliss Bundle Upgrade. Click here for full details.
When it comes to workouts and soaking in a hot tub, you most often hear about the benefits of using it before or after an exercise session as a way to loosen and soothe tired muscles. But did you know a hot tub or pool itself offers a great space for getting in your daily workout, loaded with benefits not possible outside of it?
Why Work Out In Water
By submerging yourself in water, your body isn’t forced to exert as much energy when exercising. Unlike other environment, a hot tub provides a “soft” environment for workouts. Not only do you not have to worry about falling, as the water supports the body in every position, but the water also helps alleviate the feelings of fatigue because it’s supporting so much of the body’s weight. In addition, flexibility results due to the wider range of motion the body can achieve due to the absence of gravity acting on the joints.
Like any regular exercise, hot tub workouts are great stress relievers. The exercise stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make the body feel good. When performing hot tub exercises in warmer water temperatures, the movement of water against and over the body results in both massage and relaxation. This calming effect can decrease, or eliminate the pain resulting from a workout.
No Other Equipment Necessary
Due to the resistance of water, hot tub workouts in just waist or chest high water is quite effective for weight loss, cardio and strength training.
For over 40 years, Beachcomber Hot Tubs has been the choice for families everywhere looking to relax, re-connect, and escape in the comfort of their own backyards. Discover the latest design and landscaping tips, owner hot tub troubleshooting and maintenance how-to, and get all your questions answered about what life is like when you invest into your health and happiness with a quality outdoor hot tub.