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been offered a really good second hand hot tub, could either go in my conservatory or on my patio area outside, anyone ever had one of these and know what the running costs are? I would use it every n… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
been offered a really good second hand hot tub, could either go in my conservatory or on my patio area outside, anyone ever had one of these and know what the running costs are? I would use it every nite, does that mean i have to keep it on all the time?
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#1
Oh i would love a hot tub :oops:
#2
depends, the one i have used take a couple of hours to heat up, and the fella who used it most nights said it cost about £30 a month.
1 Like #3
Definitely woulnd't put it in the conservatory as it would be much too humid.

Will cost at least £30 per month for electricity and chemicals.
Does need to be on all the time.
You cannot switch it off otherwise water will go stagnant (it will be on a filter cycle where it starts up and filters every so often).
Another reason to not have it indoors is that it will be a bit noisy.

If you are using it every day then expect to need to check it every day, add chemicals.
Filters need rinsing weekly.
Needs emptying, cleaning and refilling every 2 months.

Also you will need a concrete base.
Flat paving slabs might be ok, but MUST be totally flat and therefore concrete is recommend.
You will need piping from your outside tap (ours is reinforced and goes underground).
It also will be expensive to transport.

We like ours, but they are more expensive and more work than you would imagine.
#4
lisyloo
Definitely woulnd't put it in the conservatory as it would be much too humid.

Will cost at least £30 per month for electricity and chemicals.
Does need to be on all the time.
You cannot switch it off otherwise water will go stagnant (it will be on a filter cycle where it starts up and filters every so often).
Another reason to not have it indoors is that it will be a bit noisy.

If you are using it every day then expect to need to check it every day, add chemicals.
Filters need rinsing weekly.
Needs emptying, cleaning and refilling every 2 months.

Also you will need a concrete base.
Flat paving slabs might be ok, but MUST be totally flat and therefore concrete is recommend.
You will need piping from your outside tap (ours is reinforced and goes underground).
It also will be expensive to transport.

We like ours, but they are more expensive and more work than you would imagine.


Wow, i don't think i want one now.
#5
lisyloo
Definitely woulnd't put it in the conservatory as it would be much too humid.

Will cost at least £30 per month for electricity and chemicals.
Does need to be on all the time.
You cannot switch it off otherwise water will go stagnant (it will be on a filter cycle where it starts up and filters every so often).
Another reason to not have it indoors is that it will be a bit noisy.

If you are using it every day then expect to need to check it every day, add chemicals.
Filters need rinsing weekly.
Needs emptying, cleaning and refilling every 2 months.

Also you will need a concrete base.
Flat paving slabs might be ok, but MUST be totally flat and therefore concrete is recommend.
You will need piping from your outside tap (ours is reinforced and goes underground).
It also will be expensive to transport.

We like ours, but they are more expensive and more work than you would imagine.


cheers, im in two minds, i have a large van, pipe work is allready there, just needs extending, my patio is solid and flat so i have all those covered, are there any large costs involved with maintenence? do you have to buy specialist products ect?
1 Like #6
We have a hot springs spa and I don't think it costs that much to run, I cancelled Sky Movies to compensate and we reckon it's the same sort of cost £2.00 per week or so. The costs involved are a big tub of chlorine granuals @ about £30 and lasts six or so months plus, filters (I dish wash mine every eight weeks and are still the originals from 3 years ago) and once a week we test ph and chlorine with testing strips and add extra chlorine if needed or ph balancer (we don't have to because we are in a hard water area and apparently it's good for ph). It was delivered onto an established paved area which my children used to use for basketball by hot springs spa with a lorry with lifting gear on over our back fence, they installed it and set it up.
We empty it probably once each school term, certainly not every two months, I'd go mad, then its a swoosh round with a hose and a j-cloth with kitchen cleaner type product and refill. Yes, you do need to leave it on, but I assume you are having a thermal lid . I've got to say it's pretty maintenance free for us, maybe different brands? The only problem we have ever had is when the electricity supply got cut off and it went cold and then milky. We don't use spa fragrance. It hasn't been checked for a week now except for having a handful of chlorine thrown in after it was last used. Infact I think I may go in it now ... :-D
#7
Re: Piping, we haven't got any at all, it fills from a hose pipe from an outside tap and empties into a drain thing by the tap from a valve at the bottom. May be worth looking at the hot springs web site, and no I don't work for the company, they're just good.
banned#8
Just been in mine!

Fantastic in there when it's cold outside! We built a large open decking area for ours but soon found that when it's raining it can be pretty annoying in there, so we built a roof over the whole decked area. Now it's brilliant in winter or summer.

We reckon ours costs about 20 - 30 quid a month but as pointed out by others you do need to change the water every six to eight weeks say. When it's not in use we knock it down to economy mode which keeps it at a reasonable temperature and still goes through it's twice daily filtering cycle.

If it's been offered at a good price to you, go for it. We only paid 500 quid for ours as it was brand new and unwanted by it's previous owners.
#9
Go for it. Lifes too short. We also have a hot springs tub. Its great. Realistically about £2 per day running costs at current rip off electrical charges
#10
i onyl dispense advice if i get and invite to try it out :w00t:
#11
if you don't want i'd love one, it's defo on my wish list...maybe next year.
Take it and enjoy, p.s. ebay is really good for chemicals for it. Enjoy:thumbsup:
#12
just been to view the tub, its a beauty, going to pick it up one nite this week, comes with loads of chemicals and its an energy saving one so doesnt cost that much to run, has a lighting system, waterfall and loads of other gadgets. cant wait....
banned#13
rockerfella20
just been to view the tub, its a beauty, going to pick it up one nite this week, comes with loads of chemicals and its an energy saving one so doesnt cost that much to run, has a lighting system, waterfall and loads of other gadgets. cant wait....


Have fun with it, it's fantastic sitting in it whilst it's snowing outside. :thumbsup:

Also, get some plastic glasses for your drinks so that real glass never gets smashed into the tub.

Finally put a good sound system near it and maybe a telly. You'll love it!
#14
churchy2704
Have fun with it, it's fantastic sitting in it whilst it's snowing outside. :thumbsup:

Also, get some plastic glasses for your drinks so that real glass never gets smashed into the tub.

Finally put a good sound system near it and maybe a telly. You'll love it!


its got a built in music system and i just bought a tv to go with it! cheers for the advice on the glasses! good thinking!
#15
Hot tub arrived two days ago, cleaned it, fitted it and filled it today, just waiting for it to heat up and to get the chemicals right then im going in!!!!!! but its taking ages so looks like its going to be tomorow.

some good advice, most of it right, quite a bit of work involved and quite a bit of setting up, decided to put it in my conservatory and theres a bit of condensation already but if it was outside I wouldnt be able to use it half as much as i want to, so going to get a dehumidifyer and leave the windows slightly open to try to combat the problem.

roll on tomorow!!!!
banned#16
rockerfella20
Hot tub arrived two days ago, cleaned it, fitted it and filled it today, just waiting for it to heat up and to get the chemicals right then im going in!!!!!! but its taking ages so looks like its going to be tomorow.

some good advice, most of it right, quite a bit of work involved and quite a bit of setting up, decided to put it in my conservatory and theres a bit of condensation already but if it was outside I wouldnt be able to use it half as much as i want to, so going to get a dehumidifyer and leave the windows slightly open to try to combat the problem.

roll on tomorow!!!!


Congrats on your new arrival! :-D

Yeah, it will take until tomorrow to heat up but at least you got something to look forward to now! Don't forget to post a pic of the tub!

Hope it brings you many hours of enjoyment.... buy some rubber ducks. :thumbsup:
#17
Had my hot tub going for a week now, my girlfriend and daughter have both come out in big red spots and I have a couple myself, gutted, turns out were ellergic to the bromine chemicals added to the water, anyone else had any problems with this? The doc said theres an alternative chemical you can put in so looks like im going to have to drain it down and start again.
banned#18
rockerfella20
Had my hot tub going for a week now, my girlfriend and daughter have both come out in big red spots and I have a couple myself, gutted, turns out were ellergic to the bromine chemicals added to the water, anyone else had any problems with this? The doc said theres an alternative chemical you can put in so looks like im going to have to drain it down and start again.


Sorry to hear that! Must be gutting to look forward to something so much and then find out you gotta start all over! :x

Try this link to see if there's an alternative to what you need, e-mail the site owner and ask his advice.

http://www.stuff4hottubs.co.uk/?page=2&type=1

Only once did this burning happen to me and that was because too much chemical was added. But it sure as hell hurt and yeah I had to go back to square one also.

Hope you get it sorted soon. :thumbsup:
#19
Hi, this is a list of chemicals we use HotSpring stabilised chlorine granules, ph increaser (never have to use as always stable) ph reducer (ditto)alkalinity increaser (ditto) Spa foam reducer (ditto) scale inhibitor (ditto) waterline clearner (forgot I had it and use fairy liquid). As I mentioned before all we do is throw a handful of chlorine in weekly and that's enough. However, we also have a Fresh Water continuous silver ion purifier which says on the box "The natural alternative to chlorine and bromine maintenance programs" it fits into a filter thing at the bottom of the spa by the steps and little bubbles come up continuously. "Part of the EverFresh water care system". It says to change it every 4 months (but we never have and it still bubbles). I got a letter from HotSprings last week saying they had changed their name to Watkins Distribution UK Ltd (trading as HotSpring Spas) 11 Bilton Road, Chelmsford 01245 265036 (sales,service etc.) [email protected]">[email protected]. I also have a voucher for 10% off all chemicals, accessories and filters valid til 31.03.09 from Ashford or Chelmsford if it's of any use to you let me know. As it happens I am a swimming teacher and I test chemicals at work, I would guess your chlorine is wrong, probably too low as it happens, have you got testing strips? Ring the hottub people and they will give you good advice. It may just be a case of sensitive skin, it happens to me when the pool at work isn't balanced properly but you shouldn't have to drain it. Don't panic!
#20
ps If it was a chlorine "burn" it would be more like *****ly heat, your costumes (assuming you wear any!) would have discoloured significantly and your hair would feel brittle. At an extreme (and yes it has happened to me at a school swimming pool, and yes the County Council did pay compensation) your body hair will change colour and fall out (really spooky!), you would notice the fumes and the water would have a silky feel to it. Apparently, according to our school pool maintenance people you only get red eye from low chlorine and adults wee more in a pool than children causing the levels of chlorine to drop as it works harder, nice thought for the morning.
#21
So what's wrong with the word *****ly, as in spiky then swear filter? OTT or what?
#22
thanks for the replies, my girlfriend went to the quacks this morning and its definatly the bromine shes allergic to, the doc showed her a pic of a spotty woman who was the same, the doc said there was something else you could use in the water instead of chlorine and brimine but cant remember what it was. have contacted my local supplyer but he said change brands, im sure if thes allergic to bromine then changing brands wont help?
#23
So this will be just the job then : Fresh Water continuous silver ion purifier which says on the box "The natural alternative to chlorine and bromine maintenance programs" it fits into a filter thing at the bottom of the spa by the steps and little bubbles come up continuously. "Part of the EverFresh water care system" Hope the allergy gets sorted and you can enjoy the hot tub :thumbsup:
#24
I use a chemical called Aquasafe90.
It's uses seaweed enzymes rather than chemicals and it's safe to put the water on your garden afterwards.
You don't need a shower after either.

I had problems with both chlorine and Bomine but then I'm allergic to grass pollen, paint, nickel, anything less than 24 carat gold, penecillin etc.

It's much better for the skin and you put it in for 90 days and that's it (apart from no scale).
The only problem we are having is soft scale forming which needs several hours of scrubbing when we change the water.
Have increased the "no scale" but to no avail so far.

BTW - I'm not sure whether the person talking about £2 per week was just talking about chemicals.
But we have found our electricity bill was much higher and so did our friends who have the same tub.
Maybe it's different tubs but I stand by my £30 per month figure.

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