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Basic Hot Tub Maintenance Knowledge For Beginners

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Hot Tub Maintenance Checklist

Hot tubs are the greatest way to relax and unwind, but they require a certain amount of maintenance. This blog post will discuss some of the basics of hot tub care. Specifically, we’ll cover topics like hot tub filters and hot tub chemicals. We want you that by the end of this post, you should better understand how to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape. So let’s get started!

Does a Hot Tub Require High Maintenance?

Many people often wonder if hot tubs require high maintenance. The answer to this question varies based on the hot tub and the user. Some hot tubs may require higher maintenance levels than others, and some users may be more diligent about upkeep than others. 

However, hot tubs generally require maintenance to keep them running properly. It may include cleaning the filter, checking pH levels, and adding necessary chemicals. By staying on top of these things, users can help ensure that their hot tub stays in good working condition for many years.

Know Hot Tub Maintenance Basics.

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When you own a hot tub, it’s crucial to know hot tub maintenance basics. This way, you can keep your investment in good shape and avoid any costly repairs down the line. Plus, regular maintenance will ensure that your hot tub is always ready for use when you enjoy some time and want to relax in the bubbling waters.

So, what are some of the hot tub maintenance basics that you should know about? 

  • First, it’s important to regularly test the pH levels of your hot tub water. It will ensure that the water is neither too acidic nor too alkaline, which can both be damaging to your hot tub. 
  • Second, you should clean your hot tub filters regularly. It will help remove any dirt or debris from the water and keep your hot tub pumps and other components running smoothly. 
  • Finally, you should regularly check the levels of your hot tub’s chemicals. It will ensure that the water is safe and remains at the correct pH level.

These three simple tips can help keep your hot tub in good shape for many years. So, ensure to add them to your regular maintenance routine. Your hot tub will thank you for it!

How to Clean a Hot Tub Filter

A hot tub is one great way to relax, but it requires regular maintenance to keep running smoothly. One important task is cleaning the hot tub filter. The filter helps remove impurities from the water and should be cleaned monthly. 

There are a few different ways to clean a hot tub filter, but the most effective one is to soak it in a solution of white vinegar and water. The vinegar will help to break down any buildup on the filter, making it easier to rinse away. Once the filter has been soaked, rinse it with water and reattach it to the hot tub. Following these simple steps, you can smoothly keep your hot tub running all year.

Quarterly Chemical Soak

One important hot tub maintenance task is to sweep the hot tub quarterly. It helps to remove buildup from the hot tub walls and surfaces and keeps the water clean. 

To properly quarterly chemical soak your hot tub, you will need to add a quart of hot tub cleaner to the hot tub water. Run the hot tub for 15 minutes, then let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the hot tub and refill it with fresh water. Quarterly hot tub chemical soaks are an important part of hot tub maintenance and help keep your hot tub clean and running smoothly.

Adjust The Hot Tub pH and Alkalinity

When you own a hot tub, knowing the importance of keeping the water clean and balanced is a must. You can do this by regularly adjusting the pH and alkalinity levels. The ideal pH level for hot tub water is between 7.2 and 7.6, while the ideal alkalinity level is between 80 and 120 ppm. In case the pH level is too low, it can create an acidic environment that can damage the hot tub and cause skin irritation. 

Conversely, the water can feel oily and slippery when the pH level is too high. As for alkalinity, too much can make the water feel harsh, while too little can make it susceptible to pH fluctuations. Maintaining the proper pH and alkalinity levels can help keep your hot tub water clean and enjoyable for everyone.

What a Beginner Must Know About Hot Tub

There are many things to consider when it comes to hot tubs. For instance, how much do you want to spend? What size should you get? How many people do you want to be able to accommodate? But once you have all of that figured out, the next question will probably be, “Where should I put my hot tub?”

Three things to keep in mind when deciding where to put your hot tub:

It would be best if you ensure that the location is level. If it’s not level, you’ll end up with an uneven surface, which will be uncomfortable for everyone involved.

You must ensure that the location is close to an electrical outlet. You’ll need to plug in your hot tub and don’t want to use extension cords.

It would help if you thought about privacy.

If you’re putting your hot tub in your backyard, you might not want your neighbors to be able to see you.

Now that you know a few things to remember, you’re ready to start shopping for your hot tub. But where should you look? You can always find hot tubs at your local home improvement store or online. But the best place to find a hot tub is probably going to be at a specialty store. They’ll have a better selection, and they’ll be able to help you figure out which one is right for you.

So what are you waiting for? Start shopping for your hot tub today!

Final Thoughts

If you have questions about hot tub maintenance or need help troubleshooting a problem, our experts are always here to help. Give us a call or email us today, and we’ll be happy to assist you. Happy soaking!

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Not Taking a Look Outside

In addition to the interior plumbing systems of a home, is equally important outdoor plumbing systems! This is all the pipes, connections & appliances located around garden and outdoor areas of your property.

When you hire professional plumbers in your area, they will inspect the outdoor plumbing system to make sure that the pipes are healthy, clear and water is able to move quickly and efficiently away from your home. Your gutters and downpipes as well as your stormwater drain play an important role in your home’s outdoor plumbing system.

By checking your outdoor plumbing you can also take a close look at your garden, and if you know the path of your sewer line under the garden, take a look at any unexpectedly lush and fertile areas, alternatively any sunken, wet or mushy areas; both could indicate there is a fault in the sewer line and waste and wastewater are seeping out into your garden. You could potentially have a tree root infestation.

We know the fear of the unknown can be overwhelming, but our pro team at Jensen Beach Plumbing are passionate about helping homeowners properly maintain and service their home’s plumbing system so to avoid nasty emergencies.

By regularly maintaining your plumbing system, you’ll be able to be aware of any potential issues, plan for the fix, budget for the repairs and know what you’re up against.

Our plumbing experts have the skills necessary for fixing easy or complex plumbing issues on short notice. If you have any questions, please contact our team on 772-225-6600 and we’ll happily answer your queries.

Water Lines

If you are thinking about updating your commercial building’s pipes and drains, consider copper piping, always recommended for potable water. Copper piping is the most durable pipe material and is generally guaranteed from the manufacturer for fifty years. When combining that with our work guarantee, you can install copper piping and likely never have to worry about your pipes again. Copper piping does not corrode and can add value to your building. Call us for an estimate.

Leak Detection

A Leaks around sinks and faucets are common problems encountered both at home and in the workplace. It is often tough to handle complex plumbing leak issues caused by faulty water supply systems pipelines. However, professional leak detection services from Jensen Beach Plumbing specialize in identifying and repairing such problems. Leak detection service providers often use advanced technologies to detect the location and the cause of pipeline leaks with precision.

Your home is probably the largest investment, and a mysterious leak can create unnecessary stress and expense. Water leak damage can destroy ceilings, walls, floor coverings and furnishings. Microbial growth and building material deterioration is devastating. Finding the source of the leak and finding it quickly is of utmost importance.

Our leak detection professionals will find the source of the problem and provide a complete leak detection report. Having to repair damaged walls, ceilings, carpets, or other flooring due to leaks are never ideal and the leak report will give you a place to start. It is highly recommended that you consult the professional leak detection service from us.

Pumps

Pipes give water a path to travel, it’s the pumps that power the journey. If there is too much or not enough water or just an awkwardly located destination, a properly installed and maintained pump can mean the difference between comfortable and condemned. From booster to sump to fire pumps, we can help keep your building running smoothly.

Water Heater Repair

When your water heater is leaking or won’t stay lit? Call us for a fast service.

Whether you need boiler maintenance or you want to install a new one, we are here to offer the heating services and products you need for a competitive price.

Water heater repair and installation are often put off as long as possible, that is because water heaters last for such an extended period of time without issues they are easily taken for granted. But, calling Jensen Beach plumbing for service sooner rather than later can save you money on water heater services. We have honest, up front pricing and many years of expert knowledge of water heater installation, maintenance, and repair. we can provide fast service for all major brands of water heaters.

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Water Heater Experts

We repair or install your tankless, gas, or electric water heater. Trust our experienced team. With over 40 years of experience and in business since 2006.

Common water heater problems include the following:

A water heater system

Faucets

Watching home improvement shows give the impression that faucet repair and replacement are do-it-yourself jobs, but since they are sponsored by home improvement stores, they are geared as a sales ploy. When you attempt to repair your faucet, you could find a difficult project on your hands because there is more than one type of faucet, and some are quite complex. At Jensen Beach plumbing we can help you with all types of faucets, making repairs or installations quick and easy.

Bathtubs

If you have you been wanting to replace your old tub with a sleek new shower? we’ve got the experience and craftsmanship to turn it all into reality.

Our bathroom renovation services don’t stop at fixture replacements. We can also reroute your plumbing lines if you would like to move your fixtures to different areas of the room. This will involve repiping and may require us to obtain permits before starting any work. But you won’t have to worry about any of that—we will take care of all preparations for you, including securing permits, so all you have to do is choose which new products you’d like to install!

Toilets

A constantly running toilet, a broken toilet handle, overflowing toilet bowl, or uneven toilet flange or a leaking toilet tank are common toilet problems found in many homes. These can become an inconvenience when you have guests over and can potentially cause water damage to your walls and floors. If you are experiencing issues with your toilet let our licensed technicians take care of your toilet problems and rest assured that the job will be done right the first time.

Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal works hard every day shredding leftover food waste. It is easy to take its convenience for granted. So when it stops working properly, the change in your kitchen is quickly apparent, the pipe under your sink may become blocked and your trash can fills up faster.

While it’s possible to fix your garbage disposal, it’s often safer to have a professional plumber carry out the job. Jensen Beach Plumbing provides fast garbage disposal repair and installation for homeowners throughout Martin country. We’ll discuss cost effective options for repair or replacement and make sure you receive the best service possible.

Shower

Bathroom Renovations: Whether you are completing a simple fixture replacement or a complete multi-bathroom and kitchen renovation, Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Corp. can work with you or your General Contractor to complete your project.
sewer repair is needed for older sewer lines because, unless there is some sort of accident, sewer line damage occurs over time as the result of aging. Roots can grow through cracked lines, blocking and destroying pipes. Sewer line cleaning for root removal is often only a temporary solution, and with older pipes, may actually destroy the corroded pipe. Because sewer repair may not be an option for these older pipes, sewer installation is the next step. At Jensen Beach Plumbing, we offer complete solutions for sewer needs, including entire sewer installation. We aim to offer fast, dependable service with minimal disruption to your residence or commercial business.

Sinks

You need a new sink installed in your home? our plumbers will arrive promptly, examine your space, and help you pick the best sink for your needs and budget. Replacing or installing a sink can be complicated. Local codes must be respected, specialty tools are needed and electrical knowledge is needed when working with garbage disposals and instant water heaters.
Important things to know when selecting a new sink:

    Faucet and fixture selection
    What type of pipe your new sink will use?
    Whether the new sink will cover your existing hole?
    The presence of water stains and condition of the surrounding countertop
    Proper sealing methods and products

The depth of your current sink It’s not always time to completely replace your sink. So, if your sink has anything wrong with it, our plumbers are ready to diagnose the problem and provide a reliable solution. Our plumbers are ready to help you with your Sink repair needs!

Piping & Repiping

The older homes that still have their original piping in place from over half a century ago are likely candidates for plumbing issues such as frequently clogged drains, low water pressure, and leaking pipes. If you are constantly experiencing problems with your plumbing, it may be time to look into repiping solutions.

Jensen Beach Plumbing offers whole home repiping services throughout Martin country. We pride ourselves in delivering fast and cost-efficient solutions that leave you with total peace of mind.

Commercial Plumbing

You can call Jensen Beach plumbing for commercial plumbing needs on any kind of renovation, code violation, or plumbing emergency your business may experience. Commercial service is a big part of our plumbing business. When you have a commercial plumbing emergency affecting your business or property, we do know it is essential to get there as fast as possible and solve the problem in a prompt, efficient manner so you can get your business back on track.

We have provided service to commercial customers in the Martin county for over 40 years. Our equipment, manpower, and expertise are the tools we use to get your commercial plumbing problems remedied with the least interruption to you and your customers’ day.

We guarantee all our work and offer up front pricing on all commercial plumbing jobs.

Pushing Older Appliances Past Their ‘Retirement Age’

While all your appliances might work OK (not amazingly, but OK) they could be past their retirement age! Yes, even appliances need a retirement.

Appliances start losing their overall efficiency and performance as they start aging. Therefore, if you continue using appliances beyond the retirement age – especially hot water heaters and washing machines, the chances are they might break down soon.

With time, they lose the overall efficiency and might lead to faulty operations like water leaks or burst pipes. Therefore, you can ask an emergency plumber to inspect the appliances in your home and recommend repairs or replacements if required.

With the advancements in water efficiency and electricity efficiency for newer appliances, you may find your water bill significantly less when you upgrade your appliances – bonus!

Outdoor Plumbing

If you want to keep your outdoor plumbing systems running smoothly, or you need to have one installed. We provide reliable, and efficient services to ensure your plumbing issue is resolved as promptly as possible. Our experienced team has the knowledge and skills to help inspect your issue and provide you with solutions that are done right the first time.

Emergency Plumbing

Sometimes emergencies happen, and you need help fast. That’s why Jensen Beach Plumbing has friendly customer service at the ready to take your call and dispatch an emergency plumber 24/7. We won’t leave you wondering what to do or who to turn to. Instead, we’ll guide you through the process and quickly arrive to alleviate your concern.

If you are turning on tap after tap and finding no water running anywhere, this can certainly be considered as a plumbing emergency. You should take the extra steps to call your neighbors and see if they are having the same issue, which would indicate a municipal water supply problem. Otherwise, we will send out an expert plumber to assess where this problem is stemming from. Potential reasons include clogs in the tap connection, old or poorly set up water lines, or corroded pipes.

Backflow Prevention

Backflow preventer Is a device that prevents the undesirable reversal of flow of water, caused by the sudden or unexpected change in water pressure from your building into the City’s potable drinking water supply.
Without such a device installed, contaminated water, chemicals or disease could potentially enter the City’s domestic water supply from your building!

What should I do now?

As the letter states, you have thirty days to initiate the process Call Jensen Beach Plumbing. We will have our Licensed Engineer draw up a set of approved plans for the installation of the necessary RPZ device(s). We will then work with you through the installation, testing and sign off.

If you just completed a new installation, or you already have a device previously installed? the City requires annual testing of the RPZ device(s).

Video Inspection

Jensen Beach plumbing also provides a video inspection service complete with camera to inspect vent lines, drain lines.

Our plumbing technicians will insert a camera into the interior of the sewer pipe and receive a live video feed of the condition and the blockage of your sewer line. This video inspection equipment also has a locator to determine the exact source and depth of the sewer line damage from above ground. This allows for spot repairs if possible.

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Ignoring Blocked Drains

A fault in your sewer line or sewage backup

If your main drain or toilet drain is blocked? then wastewater and waste cannot smoothly move through the pipes! Instead, it could start to back up through your sewer line and back out through your toilet. This is a major health and hygiene hazard. One that needs to be handled by a professional licensed plumber.

If the sewage comes back up into your bathroom? or even worse seeps into the walls or floors! the affected area will have to be gutted. So if you have a known toilet that gets easily clogged or blocked we could suggest calling our team at Proximity Plumbing sooner rather than later to investigate. There are some known ‘offenders’ or blocked toilets; tree roots, foreign objects and fatbergs being the most seen reasons for blocked toilets in the eastern suburbs and our team at Proximity Plumbing is well equipped to fix these issues for you, and provide you with long-term solutions.

A Burst Pipe

A clogged bathtub, laundry, or sink drain could create ample pressure on the entire plumbing system. If you continue using a fixture, the pressure build-up can get quite high and the pipe could burst. A burst pipe in your property is a serious concern. So if you have known blockages please reach out to a professional plumber today and have the blockage cleared.

Flooding

Worst case scenario. A blocked drain (that is allowed to remain blocked for some time) can also lead to flooding within your property. If the drain becomes so blocked that water, waste or debris backs up or bursts when you are not at home, you could return to flooding with damage to your belongings.

Not Scheduling Plumbing Maintenance

Sticking to a dedicated plumbing maintenance schedule for your property can ensure your plumbing team is identifying potential issues before they become serious. A regular plumbing maintenance program will also help you to come across smaller problems that pop up quickly after major weather events or unusual seasonal downfalls.

If you have a known tree root infestation that requires regular clearing and maintenance than a scheduled visit by your professional plumbers will ensure this does not get out of hand. A pro team (like ours at Jensen Beach plumbing) will also help to provide you with solutions that are more long-term and will benefit the health of your home’s plumbing system. Talk to us today about Pipe Relining if your property is beset by tree roots!

Regular plumbing maintenance also ensures your wet appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine get checked, all your fixtures are inspected and your gutters are cleared and cleaned; which is extremely important you really want your gutters to be clear as possible at all times to allow water to flow around and out of your property.

Ignoring Little Leaks

The sound of water dripping in a kitchen or bathroom after a night of heavy rainfall is never a good sign. However, a lot of homeowners will ignore these little leaks because it appears insignificant and disappears after a few hours. However! you should never overlook a water leak as it is mostly a sign of potential damage or more significant dangers ahead.

A water leak can originate from damaged pipes or holes in the roof, gutters, sinks and showers. A homeowner should not ignore these signs as they can pose a major danger. When there is a pressure build-up due to significant volumes of water drips through a minor water leak in the plumbing system, a burst pipe might occur. A burst pipe can be expensive leading to a larger gap in the plumbing system.

A property can also experience a silent leak, where the only sign is when your walls or interior areas start showing signs of internal water damage, mould or damp.

Having a plumber look over your property and check for signs of leak and water damage on a seasonal basis will hopefully ensure these leaks are picked up early, traced back to the root cause, and dealt with quickly.

Pushing The Incorrect Material Down A Drain

This is something that every homeowner must know! There are only three things that should ever go down a toilet and only one thing that can go down every other drain.

Your toilet should only ever see: Pee, Poo and Paper (toilet paper) being flushed. Everything else will be considered ‘undesirable’ to a plumber, yes, even the ‘flushable’ wipes that are not-so-flushable and have become the bane of plumbers the world over.

For every other drain in your home; bath, laundry, kitchen – the only thing that should be passed through your drain is WATER. No food scraps, no ground coffee, no tea leaves, no grease or fat, no egg shells, no bread, left overs, No hair, no q-tips, nothing should be pushed through your drains. In fact, you can ensure your drains are kept clear with a protective sink strainer to collect any material before it goes down the drain.

Every time an item other than water gets pushed through the drain there is the possibility of a blockage. Having an accumulation of debris, fats, oils and food scraps in your plumbing system is the fastest way to calling out an emergency plumber when that pipe/drain becomes chronically blocked.

Not Calling a Licensed Plumber Early

A number of plumbing repairs can be completed on a DIY basis. Hey, you may even enjoy it! However, when you are facing a plumbing emergency – like a burst pipe, the best decision is to reach out to an emergency plumber near you.

As soon as you encounter a concerning plumbing issue, you should reach out to a licensed, professional plumber. A professional plumber can identify the potential issue and come up with relevant solutions for the same. If you fail to do so, it could lead to expensive repairs or damaging results over time.

Drain Cleaning

If you have a seriously clogged drain, you should call for drain cleaning services.

At Jensen Beach Plumbing we not only remove nasty clogs but also install new drains when necessary, as part of the solution to the problem of a clogged drain. With our drain cleaning services, we can prevent problems recurring in the future.

Grease almost always builds up in the kitchen, hair clogs in the shower, even toy trucks flushed down the toilet…Trust us when we say there’s no shortage of drain clogs in Martin County, and that none of them happen at a convenient time. No matter the issue, our courteous, professional plumbers are dispatched day or night and arrive equipped with the latest electric drain cleaning machines.