We offer a large selection of Spas and hot tubs and have a full range of replacement cartridges, chemicals and parts on our website. A relaxing spa tub can be enjoyed every day of the year, not just during the summer. You can put them on a patio, deck, next to your pool, or in your yard. Here are the most common questions that Swimming Pool Discounters gets about spas:

I hear people talking about spas, whirlpools, and hot tubs. Can you explain the difference?

People use these terms interchangeably, but each one is has its own special features. A spa is usually an in-ground unit and is usually part of a pool, although it certainly doesn’t have to be. It uses hydrotherapy to relieve pressure and therapeutically massage your body. A hot tub is a self-contained unit that you can move from place to place. It’s usually only used outdoors. The water is chemically treated and filtered and must be drained about once every three months for proper upkeep. A whirlpool contains water that is not chemically treated and must be drained and then filled again after every use.

What should I purchase?

Think about what you’d like to use your spa tub for. If you’d like to use it for fun and relaxation, you’ll need one that has at least four seats. If you’d like to use it for exercise, then choose one that will be deep enough for therapy purposes. If you want it for muscle relaxation, make sure you have a model that uses hydrotherapy with adjustable massage jets.

What do I have to do to prepare the hot tub/spa area before it’s installed?

First, be sure you have sturdy and level ground upon which to place the hot tub. If you’ll be putting it on a deck, be sure that it will support a spa that is filled with water. Check with your local government to be sure the installation is approved. Don’t place the tub within 10 feet of overhead electric lines because that creates a hazard. You’ll need a dedicated electrical outlet for either 110 volts or 220 volts. Be sure that you have a garden hose that can easily stretch to the location of the spa.

Some homeowners choose to install their hot tubs or spas indoors. We suggest that place it in an area with proper flooring and solid wall construction so that you don’t get any water damage. You’ll also need to comply with ANSI (American National Standards Institute) / ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Standard 62-2001 for proper ventilation.

Swimming Pool Discounters carries the Elita Spa line, a high-quality hot tub that uses hydrotherapy for the ultimate in outdoor relaxation. Visit one of our convenient Pittsburgh locations today to learn more about spas.