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The importance of staying hydrated for hot tub owners

The importance of staying hydrated for hot tub owners

Dehydration occurs when an individual loses more fluid from the body than they take in.  When this happens, the body can no longer function normally and the body will begin to show signs and symptoms due to the lack of fluid.  Symptoms of mild dehydration include headaches, light-headedness and fatigue but this can progress to more serious symptoms such as dizziness, low blood pressure and even seizures. 


Hot tub users can become dehydrated much more easily due to the high water temperature which causes the body to sweat more.  Sweating is one of the main ways that fluid is lost from the body. For this reason, it's important to make sure you are hydrated before using a hot tub, during use and afterwards. 


To ensure maximum enjoyment and safety, here are some top tips for keeping hydrated in your hot tub:


Always have water to hand

This might sound obvious but making sure that you have water available while you're in the hot tub is a good idea.  Take an insulated bottle with you so that the water will keep cool.


Install a Spa Caddy

Having a surface to place items on while you're in your hot tub means that you are much more likely to remember to take drinks with you. A Spa Caddy is easily attached to the side of your hot tub and offers an ideal storage place for beverages.


Avoid alcohol

It can be tempting to sit back and relax with a refreshing glass of wine at he end of a long day but you should always exercise caution with alcohol when a hot tub is involved.  Although you may not notice it at the time, alcohol itself causes dehydration, so add that to the hot temperature of the water and you could be looking at a recipe for disaster. If you are wanting to drink alcohol in your hot tub, again make sure you have water available to top up your fluid levels. 


Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables have a very high water content, especially things such as watermelon and cucumber. This is another great way to get some extra fluid into your body whilst consuming your 5 a day!


Don't exceed the recommended time limit

We recommend that you spend around 20-30 minutes at a time in a hot tub.  This will vary from person to person but just as a guide, you should probably think about exiting the hot tub after this time and then returning after a short break.  This break time is a good opportunity to replace some of the lost fluids before re-entering. 


Using a hot tub should be a pleasant experience and by keeping a check on your hydration, there's no reason at all why it shouldn't be. 




There's nothing better than stepping into a crystal clear tub of bubbling water at the end of a busy day to help you unwind.  But when the water turns dull and cloudy, suddenly it doesn't look quite so appealing. Even worse, unsightly foam has appeared on the water surface!  Don't panic, your hot tub isn't faulty, these are common issues that are easy to rectify, you just need the right tools and know-how. 


Firstly, when did you last change the water in your hot tub?  Even properly maintained water will eventually start to look tired.  If it's not been emptied for a while, it may be time for a full drain and re-fill.


But before you reach for the hose, it's worth checking your Chlorine levels.  Incorrect levels of Chlorine can make the water turn cloudy and ultimately, unhealthy.  In addition, make sure that your PH levels are accurate too. These tests are easily and quickly carried out using 3-way test strips.  Make sure you always have some of these to hand.


Finally, particles that are too small for the filtration system can float about in the water, creating a cloudy appearance.  Ensuring that your filters are kept clean so that they work at their optimum best and replacing your cover whenever your hot tub is not in use will help to eliminate debris in your spa.  We also recommend keeping a spare set of filters and cleaning your filters thoroughly with Filter Cleaner.


It's always a good idea to keep a bottle of water clarifier handy too.  A weekly dose of  Water Clarifier will assist in the removal of suspended matter via the filtration system, thus restoring and maintaining the water clarity. 


If you're experiencing foam formation on the surface of your water, this is likely to be caused by body oils, creams and detergents.  You'll never be able to prevent this entirely but we can recommend washing your swimwear in cold water rather than in a washing machine.  It will help to reduce foaming in your hot tub but also prolong the life of your swimwear. 


 Anti-Foam is a fast acting liquid used to prevent and destroy unsightly foam on the surface of the water.  When added directly to the hot tub, this product rapidly breaks foam down. It comes in liquid form that can be added directly to the spa water. 


If you've tried everything to restore your hot tub water to no avail, you can always reach out to our experts who will be happy to advise you. 


How to decide where to position your hot tub

How to decide where to position your hot tub

You've ordered your new hot tub and can't wait to have it delivered but where should you position it when it arrives?

Here are a few things to take into consideration, some which you may not have thought of.

Usage- Are you planning to use your tub for socialising or more for relaxation purposes?  If you're wanting it to be the centrepiece of every social gathering, you may consider a more open space so that people inside the hot tub can still mingle with those outside of it. If however, you're hoping for relaxation or hydrotherapy, choose a more solitary space where you can be away from any noise and distractions.

Weather- One of the great things about a hot tub is that it can be used all year round, so even in the UK where the weather is often less than desirable, you can still make use of your spa.  Whilst the water temperature can be heated to 40 degrees Celcius, the outside temperature will definitely not always be nice and warm. Are you really going to want to head to the far end of your garden in just your swimwear in the Winter?  You may find that a location closer to your house may make the trip to the hot tub slightly more appealing,

Access to sunlight- You may like to use your hot tub in direct sunlight or you may find it more comfortable in the shade.  Think about where the sun is in your garden at different times of the day. Of course, there is always the option to install a gazebo, parasol or other shade source, so consider how much additional room is required for this. 

Privacy- Depending on where you live, you may have areas of your garden that offer more privacy than others.  Are you OK with neighbours or passers by being able to see you in the hot tub or is this something that will bother you? 

Access for maintenance- From time to time, it may be necessary to access the service compartment of your hot tub, either yourself or a professional. To ensure the least amount of disruption, it's ideal that this is easily accessible at all times. Our skilled installation team will be able to advise you on this. 

Ground surface- A filled hot tub is extremely heavy so needs to be placed on a structurally sound, level surface that can support the weight.  If you don't already have an appropriate surface for a hot tub, we can advise the best options for you.


Take some time to consider these things and you are sure to get maximum enjoyment from your hot tub for many years to come. 




Making the decision to purchase a hot tub should be an exciting one, be it to encourage more family time, alone time, couple time or to take advantage of the many health benefits that hot tubbing offers.  Once the decision has been made, it should be a fun and exciting experience getting out there and purchasing one. 

The figures for hot tub ownership have been continually on the increase in recent years as people become more aware of the benefits of hydrotherapy on mental and physical health.  It is now thought that over 100,000 homes in the UK have a hot tub of some description installed. 

A hot tub used to be considered a luxury item that most people could only dream of owning but now with much more affordable options and 0% finance being available, they have become a more realistic ideal more many people. 

So with this in mind, surely finding a hot tub supplier in the UK should be easy, right?  Well sadly, this is not what we discovered several years ago in the days before Dreamspas, when we made the decision to purchase our very own hot tub. 

Safe Operation and Maintenance of Your Hot Tub [PART 1]

Safe Operation and Maintenance of Your Hot Tub [PART 1]

What should i know about hot-tub chemicals? The chemicals needed for your spa or hot tub help make it clean, safe, and more attractive to use. But, remember that these chemicals are potentially dangerous and may present some hazards if not used properly. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the use and storage of chemicals. 

Guidelines for Using Spas and Hot Tubs

Guidelines for Using Spas and Hot Tubs

Take special precautions with young children who use spas or hot tubs. Spas and hot tubs are deep enough for children to drown in a matter of minutes! Such accidents are usually silent and often without any signs of distress at the surface. Bubbles may obscure visibility. Also, children may become ill from overheating. As a spa or hot tub owner, you may be legally liable for the safety of all persons who use your facility. You have the ultimate responsibility. Be sure your insurance policy is updated to include ownership of your spa or hot tub. However, facing ownership responsibilities does not mean taking the fun out of using your spa or hot tub. If you know about proper safety practices and use good judgment, you will find that the benefits of a spa or hot tub can far outweigh the risks. 

Here are some guidelines for using your spa or hot tub.

What goes into an Energy-Efficient Spa or Hot Tub?

What goes into an Energy-Efficient Spa or Hot Tub?

Prospective and current owners of spas or hot tubs need to know  information about energy-efficiency features so they can make informed decisions when they are ready to buy or upgrade. Many people base their purchasing choice on the lowest retail price. Often, this has an immediate—and negative—effect on their monthly electric bill. Fortunately, there are features available that will reduce energy use and lower  operating costs.

Wellis Spa Filters - Dreamspas Bristol and Cardiff

Wellis Spa Filters - Dreamspas Bristol and Cardiff

All Wellis spas use a multi-stage filtration and sanitation system that ensures crystal clear, safe bathing water with the minimum of user input.

The process starts with our special antimicrobial cartridge filters. The low energy eco-circulation pump draws spa water through these filters where any tiny particles are trapped. The antimicrobial coating then helps to destroy any bacteria that may be attached to the filtered particles, preventing growth and smells and ensuring the filters are easily cleaned and returned to service many times over.

Using Your Hot Tub Safely

Using Your Hot Tub Safely

Hot tubs are an oasis of enjoyment and relaxation with many therapeutic benefits which will give owners many years of good service when looked after properly. As with many products potential risks can arise, particularly if a product is misused or neglected, but there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to ensure your hot tub or swim spa is kept safe, both when in use and when it is empty



Hottubs are made for carefree relaxation and offer a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life. They soothe the body, help the mind to unwind, and offer a sanctuary from the busy day. With a Hottub, you add more luxury and enjoyment to your precious leisure time – time which will rejuvenate and re-energise you for the challenges ahead. Spoil your body with a healing and invigorating massage that can be adapted to your specific needs thanks to systematically arranged jets and a range of different settings and programs. Atmospheric underwater LED lighting will also help you to unwind, turning your spa into a pool of beautiful colours. When the experience of massage, light and colour is combined with the sweet aromas of fine fragrances your Hottub will truly offer an oasis of relaxation for all the senses. With a Hottub, you can enjoy relaxing in style – anytime, anywhere you choose.

Hot Tub Maintenance : Keep your hot tub clean and healthy

Hot Tub Maintenance : Keep your hot tub clean and healthy

To keep clean, a hot tub needs quality and the correct amount of chemicals  to protect your hot tub pump and other parts as well as the cleanliness of the water.Every three months it’s recommended to empty the water and fill with fresh water. In addition, the water level and filtering in your spa will also affect the hot tub and must be maintained.

Our tips for spa maintenance will provide you with the information you need to carry out basic hot tub maintenance. In this way, the water will remain cleaner longer and your hot tub pump and parts will last longer. For the most part, only a few minutes investment at a time will be required for your hot tub maintenance, ensuring the luxury of a home spa year round.


Before Your Hot Tub Maintenance

Assuming that your hot tub is going to be cleaned and filled for the first time, there are a few spa maintenance tricks that will make the job easier. To begin with, use the right chemicals provided by Dreamspas Limited for cleaning your hot tub, be sure to wipe off any soap residue with wet paper towels or a wet cloth. This will prevent the water in your hot tub foaming up after it is filled, which is harmful to your hot tub pump and can become a real nuisance when the foam rises too high. In fact, bad cases of foam may require you to empty your hot tub and start your spa maintenance over again or use large amounts of foam reducer on a regular basis. When filling your hot tub, be sure to bring the water level to just above the halfway opening of the skimmer. We do not recommend using softened water of any kind for filling the spa due to the difficulty it causes in balancing your water, and possible corrosion issues to the heater.  If during spa maintenance you fill the tub too low, the hot tub pump will disengage as a safety measure or you will hear air cavitating down through the skimmer throat. The spa will then stop heating and circulating and may appear to be broken. Therefore, make checking the water level in your hot tub a routine part of your spa maintenance.


Initial Hot Tub Maintenance

First time spa maintenance (for fresh water) includes a few additional steps above and beyond routine hot tub maintenance. The hot tub chemicals below can be added into the hot tub water, while the hot tub is circulating (that is, while the hot tub pump is working).


  1. Shock. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of Shock for two reasons. Firstly, shock will oxidize organisms killed by the sanitiser which will eliminate any unpleasant odors in your hot tub. Secondly, shock will activate the hot tub chemicals making them act faster.
  2. Calcium Hardness Increaser. Add 8 oz (8 tablespoons) of Calcium Hardness Increaser. This hot tub chemical will protect your hot tub pump and equipment from corrosion by increasing the hardness of the water.
  3. Granular Bromine. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of granular bromine to the spa water to kick off the sanitation of your hot tub with proper bromine levels. This will allow you to use your hot tub shortly after the spa maintenance, without risk of sitting in unsafe waters.
  4. Bromine. Add bromine tablets to your bromine floater. DO NOT place tablets directly into the skimmer basket. This will keep your hot tub water clean. Tip:It's recommended to use a bromine floater as you can then determine how much bromine to release at a time
  5. Stain & Scale. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of Stain & Scale to your spa water to protect your hot tub pump and equipment by preventing mineral build up.


Tip 01: Keep the hot tub pump working for 30 minutes after your spa maintenance.

Tip 02: Test the quality of the spa waters with hot tub tester strips. The colour patches that appear after dipping in the spa will tell you if you need to add or countermand any of the hot tub chemicals you used.


Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance

This weekly spa maintenance should supplement your bi or tri-weekly spa maintenance discussed below. In this step you will be adding hot tub chemicals to supplement the initial maintenance you performed on the fresh water. These hot tub chemicals should be tossed into the spa while the pump is working and the waters are bubbling.


  1. Shock. Add 1 oz (1 tablespoon) of non chlorine based Shock to keep the oxidation process going. This will eliminate odors by oxidizing dead organisms. This will also help to keep your hot tub chemicals potent. Tip: For large hot tubs increase the dose to 2 oz (2 tablespoons).
  2. Stain & Scale. Add 1 oz (1 tablespoon) of Stain & Scale to keep protecting your hot tub pump and equipment from mineral or metal buildup. Tip: For large hot tubs increase the dose to 2 oz (2 tablespoons).
  3. Bromine/Chlorine. Add Bromine or Chlorine tablets to your floater to keep the spa waters sanitized. (If unit is “Not” ozone equipped). If your spa has an ozonator installed, this step is not necessary.(NEVER MIX Bromine and Chlorine in the same body of water)


Tip 01: Keep the hot tub pump working for 30 minutes after your spa maintenance.

Tip 02: Test the quality of the spa waters with hot tub tester strips. The color patches that appear after dipping in the spa will tell you if you need to add or countermand any of the hot tub chemicals you used.


Bi-Weekly or Tri-Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance

Every two or three days, it is recommended to test the water in your hot tub. Use hot tub strips, the kind you dip in the water. The colour patches will show you exactly which chemicals should be included in your routine spa maintenance.

Based on the results add

  • Bromine/Chlorine: Add bromine/Chlorine* tablets to your bromine floater. If the bromine level is too high, reduce the size of the aperture on the floater. If they are too low, increase the size.
  • PH up. Depending on the strip test, add 1 or 2 oz (tablespoons) of PH Increaser to raise the PH level in the spa water. This will protect your hot tub pump and equipment from corrosion.

We recommend  : Dreamspas Ph Increase – 5Kg

  • PH down. Depending on the strip test, add 1 or 2 oz (tablespoons) of PH Decreaser to return the water PH to where it should be.

We recommend : Dreamspas Ph Minus – 7Kg

If alkalinity is low add TA increaser as required if high if low use PH decreaser




Ex Demo Hot Tubs for Sale, Cardiff, Bristol - Dreamspas Ltd

Ex Demo Hot Tubs for Sale, Cardiff, Bristol - Dreamspas Ltd

Dreamspas are the fastest-growing and experienced spa retail showrooms in the UK providing unparalleled customer care as you shop for purchasing luxury spas and saunas at affordable prices. We pride ourselves on listening to customers, understanding the situation better and supporting them at our best. 

Usually, there are thousands of spas and hot tubs traded every year. We are the best product and service provider in the industry very seriously and we have always been known for our product quality and innovations. Our focus continues to be providing a special offer on Ex-display stock in Dreamspas, we have more than 20 hot tubs for sale to choose from including Rio Grande Swimspa. Limited time offer, Hurry while stock lasts offer ends on 30th November save up to £3,000 on tubs. 

Why do you buy an ex demo hot tub or spa? Anyone would like to buy brand-new hot tubs or spas. However, there may be some reasons why you would buy an ex demo hot tub/spa instead of a new one. But we guarantee that you can receive a lot of benefits by purchasing our hot tubs sale. One of the main reasons why people consider ex demo hot tubs has to do with cost. In Dreamspas, you can save £3,000’s over an equivalent new hot tub. If it is your first hot tub then buying an ex demo hot tub from our sale is a great cost-effective way of becoming a hot tub owner. They’ve been on shop floor for a long time so we are giving away at a discounted price. All of our ex-demo products are entirely cleaned, checked inside and out and then carefully tested by our well-trained technicians. 

Hot Tub Help For Stressed Exam-Exhausted Teens!

Hot Tub Help For Stressed Exam-Exhausted Teens!

Door Slamming.
Emotional Meltdowns.
Mercurial tempers and tears.
Exam preparation paralysis.

It’s the sign of exam season for many teenagers and one that the whole family gets to experience. It’s the most stressful part of a teenagers life as so many dreams and aspirations are at the start of the exam process and during the exams there’s stress and anxiety; wondering whether questions were answered correctly, whilst anticipating the next exam in the next subject. Then post exam stress; whether they’ll get a brown envelope in August holding success or disappointment.

Hot Tub Maintenance Basics

Hot Tub Maintenance Basics

Whether you have a wood fired hot tub or a high end hydrotherapy spa you’ll need to look at basic hot tub maintenance to keep your hot tub working perfectly so that you can enjoy the stress-relieving and wellness benefits. Here are 6 top tips on keeping your tub maintained and saving you hundreds of pounds in the process!

Supporting Your Wellbeing with DreamSpas

Supporting Your Wellbeing with DreamSpas

There are many wellbeing advantages with Spas and saunas such as stress relief, improved blood circulation, hydrotherapy, deep relaxation to name a few, When we discovered for ourselves the positive effects we wanted to promote & offer them to you, our customers, at affordable prices whilst maintaining quality of the product.

Our garden spas enable you to escape the hustle and bustle and create your self-care space where you can immerse yourself in the warm waters and let the hydro-massage lull your tired muscles into deep relaxation. Use the colour changing light to enhance your relaxation with some colour moods. Embrace your senses with aromatic infusions, allowing you to choose your favourite aroma to transport you into your tranquil and serene space. And why not add some restful and inspirational music through to make your sanctuary restful and indulgent?

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