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Can I Add Essential Oils to My Hot Tub?

Lavender essential oils.

There’s nothing quite like a tranquil soak in the hot tub. Ideal for melting away the tensions and problems of the day, the heated water and jet massage are both relaxing and rejuvenating. An easy way to increase your pleasure is with scent, also known as aromatherapy. Let’s examine the right way for you to reap the benefits of aromatherapy without harming your hot tub.

Ways to Improve Your Sleep Patterns in 2020

Woman waking up feeling rested.

Do you find it difficult to keep your energy levels up? Does your concentration wane as the day unfolds? If you can relate, perhaps it’s time to make a new resolution for 2020: to get more sleep. Catching seven to nine hours of sleep each night has numerous health benefits, from fortifying your immune system to stabilizing your emotions. It also increases focus and productivity making you more effective and efficient as you go about your day.

So, if you’ve resolved to get more sleep in 2020, these are the things you should incorporate into your daily routine.

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Reduce Your Stress

J-475 Jacuzzi Hot Tub installed on a backyard deck.

As the New Year rapidly approaches, it’s time to take stock of our stress levels. Was 2019 a little bit too demanding? Did you have trouble managing your stress this year? If you answered yes, it may be time to make some changes. Read on for some of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make to keep stress under control in the New Year.

Holiday Drinks You Can Enjoy in the Hot Tub

Glass of eggnog with a cinnamon stick surrounded by plaid and greenery.

If you want to bring some holiday cheer to your hot tub, why not try some festive drink recipes? From traditional flavors such as cranberries and cider to less expected concoctions, these drinks are sure to refresh you while soaking in your spa.

How to Plan the Perfect At-Home Spa Day

Girl using face mask and smiling in the mirror.

Are you looking for a way to take relaxation to the next level? Forget spending hundreds of dollars on a day at the spa. If you own a hot tub, you can have a relaxing spa day at home for a fraction of the cost. As with anything, to ensure your day is as amazing as possible, planning ahead is vital. Read on for some great tips on how to have a fantastic spa day without ever leaving your home.

How to Clean Your Pool Before Closing it for Winter

Person holding up water chemistry test kit above a pool.

Closing a pool for the winter is an important task to undertake every year as a pool owner. While closing a pool for the winter will make it safer, closing a pool also ensures the longevity of the pool by keeping it protected from the elements and clean throughout the winter. It’s a common misconception that pools can’t grow algae during the winter, however, this is quite the contrary. Pools do still have the ability to grow algae during winter and cleaning your pool properly before closing it is key.

Swimming Pool Games Your Kids Will Love

Swimming Pool Games Your Kids Will Love

One of the best reasons for purchasing a swimming pool is because it is an excellent form of exercise. With a technology-focused culture that introduces a new app or game every week, it can be difficult for many busy parents to guide their children away from a more sedentary lifestyle. Fortunately, by nature, kids love to play, so all it really takes is a little redirection and an above-ground pool when it comes to helping them stay active.

5 Small Changes That Can Transform Your Pool Installation

5 Small Changes That Can Transform Your Pool Installation

Do you own a swimming pool? Whether your Maryland pool installation is above or below ground, there are a few small changes that you can make to completely transform the installation as a whole. In this article, we’re going to dive in and discuss them in full.

Ways to Safely Store Your Pool and Spa Chemicals

Shed at the side of the house for storing pool and spa chemicals.

Your swimming pool and spa are an inviting escape from the daily grind. Nothing is more enjoyable than coming home from work and enjoying a soak in your hot tub or cooling off on a hot day in your swimming pool. Of course, to be able to properly enjoy your pool and spa, you do need to make sure you keep it clean and fresh. Swimming pool maintenance starts with special chemicals that are required to keep your spa and pool free from buildup and debris. However, these chemicals can be quite hazardous if not stored properly. By knowing how to store them correctly, you can help protect yourself, your family, pets, and wildlife from accidental exposure or encounters with these powerful chemicals.

Prepare Your Backyard for Summer in 7 Simple Steps

Backyard lights installed into the ground.

When the weather starts to warm up, there’s nothing quite like escaping to the retreat known as your backyard. However, if your yard is a jungle of weeds and clutter, it may not be the ideal place to frolic this summer. To help make your backyard the type of place that you feel the most comfortable and relaxed in, these seven steps can put you on the path toward having a yard that feels like a slice of paradise - even on the hottest of days.

8 Signs Your Hot Tub Needs Service or Repair

Bubbling water in a Jacuzzi hot tub.

What should you do if your hot tub isn’t running as it should? It could simply need a little bit of attention, be it replacing the water or cleaning your spa’s filter. If you always follow a set routine for chemical treatments and other hot tub maintenance, however, it’s likely the problem will require professional service. Once you’ve ruled out minor issues that you can handle yourself, it’s time to call a reputable company offering hot tub repairs. It’s vital that you not try to fix serious problems yourself. Doing so could not only damage your spa, but also risk voiding your warranty. If you’re wondering the best ways to determine if your spa needs professional service or repair, our comprehensive list below will walk you through the most common warning signs.

Signs Your Swimming Pool Needs Service

Pool ladder in the water.

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. Making sure your pool is ready to be enjoyed when the hot weather hits is all about proper and regular maintenance. But, sometimes, a pool needs some a little bit of TLC over and above your usual maintenance schedule.

Keep your eyes peeled for these following warning signs.

Top 5 Backyard Trends for 2019

Backyard deck with furniture and accessories.

If you are looking for some new ideas to boost your property value while also increasing your pleasure in your home, the backyard is where it’s at. Turning your backyard into your own personal oasis starts with choosing what is most important to you. Is it relaxation? Is it fun? Is it entertainment?

No matter what your goals are, we can help you make your backyard the ideal place to relax after a hard day’s work. Read on to discover the top five ways to give your backyard a facelift while adding value to your property in 2019.

Should I Buy a New or Used Hot Tub?

Outdoor hot tub in the winter time.

Buying a hot tub might be at the top of your wish list, but the reality is all about budget and how much you can spend. You might want one for the whole family to use and enjoy together, but can only afford a two-person hot tub. A great way to surpass a bigger budget, while still finding a high-quality hot tub, is to buy used! While there are many wonderful benefits to purchasing a used hot tub, such as cost and environmental impact to name a few, there can be some cons if you aren’t careful with the purchase. Although some used hot tubs for sale might look like a bargain, you should still do your homework first before spending money on something that could put a hole in your bank account.

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