Locksmith North Brisbane

Spas A Adelaide - Locksmith North Brisbane BannerEntirely not Spas or Hot Tubs or Swimming Pools or any type of leisure activity related, but shouts are due where shout outs are due.

My friend recently took a trip to Brisbane, I won’t mention his name so I don’t embarrass him but he’ll know who he is when he reads this post, and he side in the beautiful seaside suburb of Sandgate.

Being a bit of a traveller, my mate decided to drive the fair distance, and he also organised accomodation in a holiday home in Sandgate for himself and his lovely family. This trip was designated to be a bit of a break for the family and a chance to spend some quality time together, especially the road trip would ensure that.

Anyway, I’m getting to the point, so they arrive at their holiday home which he tells me was stunning and more than comfortable. Himself, wife and kids quickly settle in a begin to relax. A few outings here and there were had but mostly it was just relax time for these guys.

All was fine and dandy, up until one said outing. A wonderful day had been spent visiting Brisbane city (well, not so wonderful for my mate as we all know how much as guys love shopping) wondering around browsing and shopping.

Upon arrival back home at the holiday house in Sandgate, after a big day out and everyone feeling tired, husband and wife stood at the front door looking at each other expectantly. One was waiting for the other to produce the house keys and unlock the front door. A little communication soon revealed both were without keys.

A quick patrol of the entire house and it’s entry ways by one of the kids quickly revealed the solemn news that they were indeed locked out of the holiday home.

Now, neither my mate nor my mate’s wife were experienced in emergency gain entry, so their only option was to seek help. First course of action was to get in contact with the agent they booked the accomodation through – being after hours there was a slim chance of success – and no answer was the response.

A quick search on the internet for locksmith north brisbane presented my friend with a range of options, the first one being the choice of business to call. A quick call to the locksmith resulted in a gentleman by the name if Stephen turning up within 20 minutes and within 3 minutes the front door was unlocked.

Wow, what a service! This guy had a solution to my friend’s problem and solved it without fuss and for a reasonable price. My friend tells me the service and friendliness and understanding that Stephen showed was impeccable. Well done Stephen!

Needless to say, the keys were sitting on the kitchen counter.

Shout out to locksmith north brisbane for providing good old fashioned service and “delivering the goods” when needed.

Salt Water Chlorinators

Spas A Adelaide - Salt Water ChlorinatorMy previous post was on spa maintenance, so I thought it fitting that we take that one step further and discuss salt water chlorinators.

A salt water chlorinator (also known as a chlorine generator) produces chlorine from salty water. This is done through a chemical process known as electrolysis. Salt water chlorinators have what is known as a chlorinator cell which is a unit consisting of parallel titanium plates coated with ruthenium. The unit will produce hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite from dissolved salt in the water. These two chemicals are the cleaning agents used in most swimming pools and spas.

The salt that is dissolved in the water is very similar to ordinary table salt. Chlorine generators require that a certain level of salt in the water be maintained (please refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for salt levels required). Most chlorine generators these days have an indicator to let you know if low salt levels are present. If the salt levels are low, simply add more salt which can be easily purchased from your local pool or hardware shop.

A salt water system is a self-sustaining system which is one big advantage. The salt in the water is not actually consumed by the electrolysis process, it is split and then reformed. So under normal conditions, you should not have to add more salt to the water; only if you add large quantities of water or you replace the water in your spa should you need to add more salt.

There are many different types of salt water chlorinators on the market and for spas and hot tubs most people elect for the portable type as it can simply be draped over the side of the spa. The portable chlorinator can then be disconnected and removed when you’re using the spa.

In addition, installation of portable chlorinators is very easy. Simply find somewhere close by to mount the control unit, and then drape the cell over the side of the spa, making sure it is fully submerged.

Other types of units include units that are permanently fitted; installation involves fitting the cell unit to the existing pump pipework. The advantage of these types of units is that even though installation is a little bit harder, they are typically installed somewhere out of site and don’t need to be removed when using the spa.

The upfront cost of a chlorinator can be high, however, you save money in the long term by not having to continually buy and add chlorine to the water. You will no longer have the chlorine smell, the water will be crystal clear and clean all the time. Most importantly, no more red eyes!

Beginners Guide to Simple Spa Maintenance

Spas A Adelaide Spa MaintenanceRelaxing in a spa (also known as a hot tub) can be a highly enjoyable activity; however, there are additional factors that one needs to be aware of when making that purchase. Before buying a spa, it is important to remember that regular maintenance needs to be completed to ensure effective long-term functioning. Spas need daily, weekly and annual maintenance to remain safe and clean; furthermore, certain hot tubs may need more maintenance than others. This article will provide some information on how to manage these items and enjoy the spa for a long time to come.

1. Daily Tasks

Daily tasks must be carried out to ensure the water remains safe for you and guests. Each day the pH and chlorine levels in the water need to be tested using specific testing kits. This only takes a minute or two making it a simple activity to complete; however, the significance cannot be stressed enough. If the levels are not aligned, the water may be unsafe for use and cause negative reactions to individuals using the spa. To align levels, should they be out, simply add more pH or chlorine to the water; both are available as part of a starter kit.

Another daily task to complete is the cleaning of the waterline. This involves wiping the waterline clear of any dirt. The obvious reason for clearing the dirt is to prevent a ring from developing; however, neglecting this duty can also lead to bacteria growth which can begin to damage the spa wall. It is recommended that you clean the areas being used as well to avoid any additional dirt or debris entering the water.

2. Weekly Tasks

Each week there are specific tasks that need to be completed as part of spa maintenance. Depending on your property location and the type of water used in the spa, you may need to alter the type of maintenance carried out. The task at hand is to clear water of contaminants and if one uses soft water only a small amount of clearing chemical will need to be used, such as a non-chlorine spa shock. This water clearing solution is used to remove organic contaminants. If, however, hard water is used stain and scale treatments may be needed to eliminate staining and scaling development; as well as removing cloudy water.

It is also recommended that one refills the spa with water each week. Typically, water evaporates or is spilt out during the week, and refilling will replace the lost liquid.

3. Monthly And Annual Tasks

At least twice a month, it is necessary for the filter of the spa to be removed and cleaned. A filter can collect large amounts of debris and if not cleared will cause the spa to stop functioning effectively. The cover of the pump should also be viewed monthly to check if all parts are operating correctly. Each three months, the spa should be drained and refilled after a cleaning of the walls. By ignoring this task you are opening the spa to chances of bacteria growth, staining, and scaling on the walls.

Check out this entertaining video on YouTube that is straight to the point on spa maintenance tips;

Guide To Different Types Of Spas

HSpas A Adelaide - Types of Spasot tubs or spas are typically considered as a luxury for high-profile individuals or a special activity when visiting holiday resorts. Well, contrary to this belief, the spa is a common item in modern society and is available to the general public. Choosing the correct type of spa can be complicated as there are various considerations to make to ensure it suits your needs. This article will act as a guide providing information on the different types of spas on offer. Hopefully, by using the information, you will be able to choose the most suitable option.

1. The Acrylic Spa

The most popular type of spa is the acrylic option. This item is an above ground spa and can seat approximately six to ten people depending on the size chosen. Despite being a permanent fixture, the acrylic spa does not require a fully built enclosure and is available as a pre-assembled item. It does require a larger area space in the property as the pre-assembled fixtures must be placed together and connected to the external permanent electric motor. Due to the popularity of this acrylic spa, the item has become quite affordable and can meet most budgets. If you have a large property space and are willing to utilise an electric motor (which means jet sprays), then this is the spa for you.

2. The Inflatable Spa

Despite the acrylic hot tub being an affordable option, there is one alternative that is even more cost-effective. If you are eager to purchase a spa without overspending, it is recommended that you consider the inflatable spa. This type of spa is typically created using either vinyl, nylon, and in some cases plastic. As an above ground spa the inflatable spa will require a surface area to place the item; however, its inflatable feature means it is a temporary alternative and can be removed if necessary. This type of hot tub can seat between two and four people and does not weigh a great amount making it mobile – a great advantage. Unfortunately, unlike the acrylic alternative, this item does not come with jet sprays.

3. The Wooden Spa

Wooden spas are popular alternatives among individuals who are willing to spend greater amounts on the luxury. A higher quality purchase, wooden spas are typically made using oak or redwood but if you are looking for cheaper wood option cedar is available. Due to the wooden exterior, the spa needs to be placed on an enclosure or platform to be installed making it a permanent above ground hot tub. The wooden hot tub may be more costly; however, it is more aesthetically appealing and can offer aromatherapy benefits in addition to the regular functions. This item can seat between two and eight people dependent on the size.

4. The In-Ground Spa

The final type of spa discussed is the in-ground spa. In-ground spas tend to be found in hotel resorts or large, high-profile estates and can seat as many as fifteen people. This type of spa is the most costly alternative due to the complicated installation process. While it is a tempting alternative, this type of spa can be tedious to obtain and will require special permits from local authorities including several inspections after installation. The tub operates using gas or electricity, and annual maintenance can be costly. However they are gaining in popularity and can be found in a lot of households these days.

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The Health Benefits Of Spas

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Installing a spa (also known as a hot tub or jacuzzi) in your backyard maybe a great way to enter the lifestyles of the rich and famous (without spending too much money); however, did you know that this brief retreat from reality can have numerous health benefits? It is common knowledge that soaking in a spa can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, but studies have shown that time in the spa can help individuals with specific health conditions. This article will provide information on the associated health benefits of hot tubs and discuss why you should spend more time in your spa.

1. Arthritis

Individuals suffering from arthritis or arthritic pains will find the soothing heat provided by spas highly beneficial. As the heat of the water helps to raise body temperature and increase the size of blood vessels, the warm water will act as a natural pain relief method. The opening of blood vessels will also contribute to increased blood flow; thus, improving movement in areas affected by arthritis with a particular focus on arthritic joints. Research by The Arthritis Foundation indicated that soaking in a hot tub for ten minutes each morning can loosen joints, increase movement, and reduce stress on the joints resulting in pain relief.

2. Diabetes

Believe it or not, soaking in a spa can be highly advantageous for individuals with diabetes. A study published by the American Diabetes Association found that soaking in hot water for one half hour each day for three weeks can have a positive effect on diabetic patients. The heat from the water assisted in reducing blood pressure and blood sugar levels; therefore providing positive effects on the patient’s blood sugar readings. In addition, improved sleep patterns and increased overall well-being was noted in the study participants.

3. Heart Disease

Due to its ability to lower blood pressure, soaking in a spa can be beneficial for individuals with or susceptible to heart disease. While the common argument to lower blood pressure is exercise and a well-balanced diet, there are those suffering from heart disease who cannot engage in this routine. The Mayo Clinic agrees that an individual with any cardiac condition can benefit from at least fifteen minutes in the hot tub as it will have the same impact as any workout.

4. Weight Loss

The heat from the hot tub and buoyancy of water typically simulates the same effect as an aerobics workout – think about water aerobics. One benefit of this is that it encourages weight loss with studies showing an average loss of three pounds for thirty minutes per day for one week. The thing is the weight loss aspect can be more beneficial as it will reduce the chance of severe conditions triggered by weight gain; for example, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In fact, weight loss can also reduce depression, anxiety and increased levels of stress.

Final Words On The Matter

As can be seen, the hot tub is a useful item to retreat from the stressors of the day; however, it can also have many health benefits. By using the information above you can easily see how important it is to enjoy your hot tub on a regular basis.

For your reference, here is a link to the article written by the Arthritis Foundation, http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php.