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moving a hot tub

Hot tubs and moving house

Don’t forget about your hot tub during the move!

Moving to a new house and wondering how to shift your tub? Or recently bought a house with a hot tub? Either way, you’ll need the help of the professionals to manage the process. Our hot tub moving service makes it a breeze, allowing you to juggle everything else involved when moving house.

Minimise the stress

When thinking about the top 5 most stressful situations in life, moving to a new house has got to be near the top of the list. Between juggling solicitors, estate agents and organising the packing, thinking about how to move your hot tub will probably be the last thing on your mind.

If you can’t bear to leave your hot tub behind, then you’ll need expert help to safely transfer it to your next abode. This is where the professionals at Yorkshire Hot Tubs come in. With almost 10 years’ experience installing, repairing and moving hot tubs, we have the tools to handle any move with the utmost care and precision. From a penthouse apartment, to a tiny alleyway, we won’t be beaten. We’ve moved hot tubs and swim spas with tractors, cranes and even helicopters!

Prep is essential

If the grounds of your next property need preparing prior to installing your tub or spa, then we can also help with that. You may want to sink your tub into the ground, in which case it’ll require some groundworks in terms of laying a foundation. We can arrange all this for you; all we need is to visit the site to discuss your exact needs and our team can handle the rest.

Looking for an upgrade?

Is your move signalling the need to upgrade your tub? Hydropool should be your first choice for luxury and technology that’s guaranteed for years to come. Hydropool has over 25 years’ experience in the bathing industry, and with that knowledge comes a product that’s built to last. With continuous innovation, you can choose from the very latest gadgets and extras to build a bespoke hot tub to fully enhance your experience.

Inherited a hot tub?

If you’ve recently moved into a property with a hot tub in the garden, then lucky you! We’re confident you’ll enjoy many years of happy bathing. But what if your vision of a spa sanctuary looks more frog pond than bubbling bliss? No need to panic! With the help of some magic chemicals, a shiny new filter and a touch of elbow grease, within just a few hours we transform any neglected algae-filled swamp into a crystal-clear lagoon.

Keeping your tub protected

A quality hot tub cover is essential for keeping heat trapped in. If your cover is sagging or damaged, then we can easily order in a replacement for you. If the outer cabinetry is damaged we can help with restoration. We handle all repairs to the outer cabinet, including re-coating or replacing as necessary.

If you need help moving a hot tub or swim spa, we’d love to help. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Hot Tub Garden

How an outdoor hot tub complements garden living

Hot Tub Garden

The addition of a hot tub needn’t be a manmade eyesore in your beautiful garden.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub but want it to blend in with the flora, then take a look at our suggestions about how to incorporate an outdoor hot tub into your garden with a combination of furniture, decking, gazebos and plants.

As it’s officially Spring now, we can start planning and preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. We’re exhibiting at the Harrogate Flower Show this weekend and have a few favourite ideas to share with you…

A burst of colour

As always, plants and shrubs will complement the natural wood, helping to provide an organic screen. Use climbing perennials and annuals such as fuchsia or clematis will add a burst of colour. If you’re thinking of a pergola then try a winding wisteria, vine or climbing rose to add scents and vibrancy. Keep these plants regularly pruned to help prevent debris entering your hot tub. A balance between a selection of evergreen plants or shrubs will ensure that your garden is green all year round.

hot tub with gazebo

Gazebos and Canopies

Create some cover from that Great British drizzle with a natural cedar gazebo. With designs tailored to your exact hot tub or swim spa, they provide an organic, aesthetically pleasing canopy. Add climbing plants, bunting, fairy lights, hanging baskets or wooden furniture to enhance the look.

hot tub with decking

Natural Decking

If you’re thinking of sinking your outdoor hot tub into the ground, building decking could be the perfect option for you. Building steps up to your tub so you can step in will help to blend your tub with the garden.

hot tub plant pots

Pots

Ideal for the summer, adding pots of pretty and vibrant flowers such as begonias, marigolds or geraniums offer instant and long-lasting colour that last the whole summer season.

Fragrance

As well as choosing plants you like for their beauty, it’s worth considering fragrance when planning your garden. The sweet scents of roses, evening primrose, jasmine or lavender will awaken your senses during immersion.

Use natural screening

Try adding natural screening such as bamboo around your hot tub. It’s great natural alternative to fence panels to provide screening and protection.

The addition of an evergreen shrub will not only give you good green cover but protect against the wind. You’ll also enjoy a more natural type of privacy with a green screen such as Japanese Yew or Emerald Arborvitae which can grow to up to 15 ft. These shrubs need minimal pruning (just once a year) and are fast growing.

Eating & Drinking

You could even add an outdoor bar area in addition to your outdoor furniture to enhance your garden living experience. A good quality gas barbeque or even a wood fired pizza oven provides a welcome addition to your garden that can be used all year round!

hot tub with lighting

Lighting Options

Create a truly atmospheric evening hot tub experience with solar powered lighting. Add small torches either sides of paths, or on longer stems beside your tub to light the way to your tub at night. You could also consider adding some dimmable lighting. See our features and upgrades page for information on packages that can be added to your Self-Cleaning hot tub to enhance your experience.

To see one of our recent garden installs take a peek at this video from local company Smart Spaces

If you need some help planning your garden and finding the perfect place to house your outdoor hot tub, then we’d love to help.

Why not pop in and see us at the Harrogate Flower Show this week, or head to our showroom in Ilkley to view our stunning range of tubs and swim spas. We look forward to meeting you!

best nights sleep

How to have the best nights sleep ever

Struggle to drift off in the evening?

Wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep? Or lie awake all night worrying?

These are all common problems that most of us suffer from time to time.

If you need a little help to switch off, we have some great suggestions for you to try to get the best nights sleep.

Routine

If you regularly vary your bedtime, stay up late or have trouble getting into a bedtime routine then why not try these tips to help you?

  • Herbal tea such as camomile can help you drift off before you go to sleep, or you could try a glass of warm milk to help stimulate sleep-inducing serotonin levels.
  • A regular bedtime and wake up time is also a good habit to get into, with your body soon getting into the rhythm and eventually allowing you to wake up naturally.
  • Try reading a book in bed to help focus your mind away from the days events and allow your brain to start shutting down. Just make sure it’s not too scary or thrilling or it could have the opposite effect!

Get Some Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to exercise regularly. Even a brisk 30-minute lunchtime walk to get your heart beating will help promote good sleep. Better still, why not try swimming? One of the best forms of exercise, with limited impact on your joints, swimming for 30 minutes gets your heart beating and all your major muscle groups working. If you’ve not seen our amazing range of swim spas, then take a look. Exercising in a swim spa offers an adjustable workout against a current, and you can tailor the speed to your exact ability. They also come with a range of extras including tethers to create an aquatic gym experience. With a range of sizes available to fit the smallest of spaces. Plus, there’s no need to hike down to your local pool or gym! Read more about buying a swim spas here.

Have an early dinner

It’s also recommended that avoiding eating too late allows your body to digest your evening meal. Eating a smaller dinner could assist with weight loss, with the body working less hard to process a meal later into the day. Eating late into the night can lead to indigestion and blood sugar levels to rise in the early hours, affecting your ability to stay asleep during the night.

Immerse yourself in water

Many of us enjoy a nice soothing bubble bath before bed to help us sleep. The warm, soothing water, and the aroma of the bubbles relaxing our muscles and giving our mind time to wind down after a hard day. Immersion in warm water raises the body temperature then when it returns to normal you become sleepy.
If you love to enjoy a bath, why not try a hot tub to help you unwind? The bonus of a hot tub is the moulded and varied seating depths, targeted jets angled at all your major muscle groups and the bubbles to simple melt away any tensions you may have. Owning your very own hot tub couldn’t be easier, with our range of finance options to choose from. Hot tubs also come in a range of styles and sizes to suit any requirements. Plus, with all the hot tub upgrades such as gazebos, LED lighting, surround sound music systems, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy you can be sure of the perfect way to wind down and drift off into dreamland.

Ditch the Tech

Finally, could your device be the cause of your sleep issues? Numerous studies have shown that exposing yourself to the blue light emitted by a smartphone or tablet before bed can have a negative effect on your sleep quality. Consider turning your phone off a couple of hours before bed, and leaving it in a different room to the one you sleep in. Give your eyes a break from screen time and try reading a book before bed instead to gently wind down.

If you long for the best nights sleep and would like to find out more about our fantastic range of hot tubs or swim spas simply visit our website or contact our friendly team for more information.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy

How to Benefit from Hot Tub Aromatherapy

If you’re the proud owner of a hot tub, no doubt you’re already experiencing the power of the targeted jets, soothing bubbles and relaxation of immersing your body in warm water.

 

But did you know that you can also reap the many benefits of aromatherapy from the comfort of your own hot tub?

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is defined as a holistic treatment that uses plant extracts and essential oils to improve physical or psychological wellbeing. It can be used as a treatment on its own for certain medical conditions or as a complementary therapy for a variety of ailments of the body and mind. It is experienced via our sense of smell to stimulate the brain into a sense of wellbeing.

How is aromatherapy used?

There are numerous ways in which aromatherapy can be enjoyed. In everyday life, essentials oils are used in perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products to stimulate our senses. Plant extracts have been used for centuries to heal our bodies and minds, used in body massage and oil burners. Some are invigorating, others soothing. They can also be used to rejuvenate or invigorate our senses or to help relieve stress.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy

You may be surprised to discover that aromatherapy products have been designed specifically for use in hot tubs. These products will not damage any parts or plumbing in your hot tub or leave an oily residue. Hot tub aromatherapy contains essential oils to awaken our sense of smell and penetrate the skin and hair follicles, as well as absorb into the blood stream to help eliminate toxins. These products provide you with all the benefits of aromatherapy, with the gentle formulation softening the water in the tub to leave your skin feeling gently moisturised. Who needs an expensive spa day out when you can create an authentic spa experience from the comfort of your own home!

Which scents should I try?

There are several different scents to choose from. Each creates a different sensation and provides relief from different ailments.

Some of the many scents that are available for use in hot tubs include:

Ginger – an awakening fragrance, for the relief of back pain, heavy legs
Spearmint and Eucalyptus – an invigorating fragrance for full body awakening. Also helps relieve blocked sinuses, chesty coughs or colds. Perfect for the winter!
Bergamot & lemongrass – a relaxing fragrance to help relieve insomnia or stress
Chamomile – a calming fragrance to help gently relieve headaches and insomnia
Tangerine & grapefruit – a refreshing fragrance for the relief of digestive issues and stress
Ylang Ylang – a unique fragrance to help lower blood pressure and stress. It’s also considered to be an aphrodisiac, so use with care! 😉❤

If you would like some more advice on aromatherapy for your hot tub, then pop down to our showroom in Ilkley to see our range of Dream Scents products. Alternatively, you can purchase these from our online shop.

Please note: proceed with caution in relation to aromatherapy. Only use approved aromatherapy hot tub products (such as Dream Scents) in your tub, otherwise you may damage the parts. Equally, never use hot tub products in your home bath.

As always Yorkshire Hot Tubs can advise the best products for your needs, so please contact us if you need any help.

Love Hydropool

Reasons to love your Hydropool Hot Tub

Take a look at YHT’s top 5 reasons to love your Hydropool hot tub or swim spa.

If you’re the proud owner of a Hydropool hot tub or swim spa, you’ll already be enjoying the many benefits of owning such a great product. If not, see why you’re missing out on these main benefits!

Feel like you’re on holiday 365 days a year

It’s impossible not to notice the superior quality and luxury when you step into a Hydropool hot tub. The craftmanship, additional luxury features such as lights and waterfalls, not to mention market leading technology means you’re guaranteed indulgence all year round.

Create your very own oasis from the comfort of your back garden by adding features such as a gazebo, decking, planters and lighting. Treat yourself to some much-needed me time, or even re-create that authentic spa experience at home with hot tub aromatherapy. Why not host a gathering and rekindle relationships by inviting your friends over for a dip?

Reconnect with some family time

Life is busy. A combination of long hours at work, social commitments or maintaining a home means it’s a struggle for some of us to find time for quality family time together. A hot tub gives you a great excuse! You’re guaranteed to entice the whole family into spending time with each other. Even the moodiest of teenagers can’t resist the luxury of bubbles and jets! It’s valuable time away from screens and the TV to connect with each other, talk about your day and build a lasting bond.

Sleep like a baby

There’s nothing quite like a soothing hot bath to allow you to drift off into dreamland. A hot tub provides you with double the benefits of a regular bath thanks to the addition of targeted jets, comfortable pillows and varying seat depths. Why not try aromatherapy products to aid improved sleep? Bathing in warm water also lets your muscles fully relax to ease any pain you may be experiencing. The heat also encourages your brain to release endorphins (the feel-good hormone) helping you relax away those worries from the day.

Soothe niggling aches and pains

In pain from a recent workout? Have an ongoing back problem? If so, a daily soak in your hot tub could be just what you need to ease your discomfort. Hot water helps muscles to relax to ease spasming, with the natural buoyancy experienced through water immersion allowing you to feel weightless and take the pressure off your whole body.

Maintenance is a breeze

In case you don’t already know, Hydropool’s patented Self-Cleaning technology cleanses the water in your hot tub every 15 minutes, assuring you of 100% clean water every time you use your tub. You spend less time on maintenance, and create more time for what matters.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub or swim spa, then we’d love to see you. Come on down to our Ilkley showroom and experience the luxury for yourself. We guarantee you’ll fall in love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

 

Are hot tubs safe

Are hot tubs safe?

Here’s how to have fun and keep safe at the same time.

As you know, we love a quick dip in a hot tub (Hydropool branded ones only of course)! We want you to enjoy bathing in a hot tub and we’re committed to ensuring that you stay safe too.

So how can you ensure your hot tub is safe? You’ve probably read horrifying stories covering all manner of rashes, infections and dangers that can arise through improper use. Thankfully, it’s basic common-sense practices that ensure that your hot tub is safe and bacteria free.

Here’s all you need to know…

Have a shower

You know the ‘shower before you enter’ signs at the swimming pool? They’re not being rude and suggesting you suffer from poor hygiene! Having a quick rinse rids your body of surface germs and bacteria that jump on and hitch hike with you throughout the day. Showering before bathing is a quick and positive step to preventing germs entering your hot tub and a good message to heed home.

Infections, rashes and bacteria

We don’t want to raise unnecessary alarm bells or send you running for the moors, but a warm environment without the proper care is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Microbes can develop swiftly in the heat and spread rapidly to bathers. Hot tub rash (folliculitis), shigellosis, E-coli, cryptosporidium and Legionnaires disease are all nasties that can develop in a hot tub and cause serious issues, especially to more vulnerable users. Thankfully, it’s very simple to keep bacteria out of your hot tub and eradicate any danger of illness by ensuring it’s kept clean, making sure your hot tub is safe.

Looking after your hot tub is easy. Depending how much you use it, inspecting your hot tub just a couple of times a week will prevent any unpleasant microbes from developing. Also remember that the water in hot tub will need draining and replacing every so often. The frequency of this depends on the quality of the filtration system on the tub… it differs massively from brand to brand so be sure to ask if you haven’t yet bought your tub. Visit our hot tub buying mistakes page to discover more.

Yorkshire Hot Tubs also offers a variety of service packages to thoroughly clean all parts of your hot tub. Contact us for more information.

Prevent overheating by keeping the temperature of your hot tub sensible. 38 degrees Celsius is the recommended temperature, but we all know that in winter, you may prefer to crank it up. Help avoid the feeling of dizziness and dehydration by staying in for short periods and keeping well hydrated throughout. It’s also recommended that you avoid bathing in a hot tub immediately before bed to allow your body temperature time to decrease prior to settling down.

Keep a close eye on the kids

Children love the experience of being in a hot tub. That’s why the number one reason people buy hot tubs is to increase the quantity and quality of family time! However, it’s essential that kids are fully supervised during hot tub bathing to avoid the danger of drowning. Also keep an eye on how long they spend splashing around to avoid overheating.

Watch your step!

Water is slippery. Thousands of us end up at A&E with an injury after losing our footing. Take care and invest in a good set of hot tub steps if your tub is installed above ground. It’s also a great idea to keep a pair of flip flops out for going to and from the house.

If you’re still looking for your perfect hot tub and would like some advice on what’s right for you, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you.