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The History of Hot Tubs: How We Ended Up with Today’s Modern Spa

Posted by Watson's on Feb 6, 2023 2:18:00 PM

Relaxing in one of today’s state-of-the-art hot tubs can feel like something out of science fiction. With features like LED lights and Bluetooth speakers able to be controlled remotely using special apps, soaking in your spa can feel downright futuristic.

But as technologically advanced as today’s hot tubs are, the truth is that people all over the world have been enjoying the benefits of hot tubs for thousands of years. Whether it was for socialization, health benefits, or even spiritual fulfillment, all sorts of civilizations throughout history have used hot tubs.

If you’ve ever wondered how we ended up with today’s modern spa, keep reading.

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Popular Home Decorating Trends for the New Year

Posted by Watson's on Feb 2, 2023 2:16:46 PM

With 2022 in the rearview mirror, now is the perfect time to give your furniture and home decor an upgrade. Whether you already have a plan to tackle your interior design goals or if you’re looking for fresh inspiration, knowing the popular home decorating trends of 2023 can help give you the edge you need to make the best choices for furnishing your space in the new year. 

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5 Indoor Activities to Entertain Your Family During Cold Weather

Posted by Watson's on Jan 24, 2023 1:27:18 PM

Cold winters aren’t so bad when you’re spending time together. It might be dark and chilly outside, but when you’ve got a fully-stocked rec room to enjoy, you can beat the wintertime blues with hours of entertainment.

Winter is the perfect time to explore the great indoors and reconnect with family. If you’re wondering how you can add some extra excitement to your next night in, here are five awesome activities for your family during cold weather.

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5 Tips to Perfect Your Rec Room

Posted by Watson's on Jan 23, 2023 1:26:51 PM

A sports rec room is essential for hardcore fans and true believers. It’s a spot where you can watch your team all season long and display all your favorite memorabilia, but it’s also a place where you can relax and gather together with the ones who matter most. 

Don’t let your rec room be another average man cave. Just follow a few easy tips, and you can turn your standard sports rec room into your personal superfan headquarters.

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11 Common Questions About Electric Fireplaces

Posted by Watson's on Jan 18, 2023 2:02:00 PM

When it’s cold outside, and all you want to do is stay toasty, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of warming up by your own fireplace. Fireplaces are a great way to heat your home while adding unmistakable winter ambiance. But not every property is outfitted with its own working chimney and hearth to light a fire.

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5 Things You Need for the Perfect Home Theater

Posted by Watson's on Jan 17, 2023 2:01:00 PM

A great home theater can transform the way you watch your favorite movies and streaming series. It can be your personal screening room or a gathering place for all your friends and family. 

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How to Protect Your Hot Tub During a Snowstorm

Posted by Watson's on Jan 16, 2023 2:00:00 PM

Your hot tub is your own personal oasis, and you depend on it to work when you need to relax and rejuvenate. But harsh weather conditions can damage your spa and prevent it from functioning properly. And as winter goes into full swing, frigid snow storms threaten to harm your hot tub.

The good news is that you can protect your hot tub from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures with a few simple tips. 


Keep Your Hot Tub Running

One surefire way to protect your hot tub during a snowstorm and through the winter is by keeping it running for the season. By supplying power throughout the winter months, you’ll prevent water from freezing and destroying valuable pipes and other hot tub components. 

Most new hot tubs and spas are energy-efficient and require relatively little power to maintain, even when the mercury dips down to its lowest. So, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to keep your hot tub running all winter long.


Use Hot Tub Covers

When snowstorms roll around, one of the best ways to protect your hot tub is to latch on a hot tub cover. Hot tub covers are great for keeping debris out of the water and protecting the various parts of the unit. You can even find specialized hot tub covers made for wintery conditions. 

Just be sure to install your hot tub cover securely. It’s important to make sure that the cover is tight and flush because high winds can potentially rip the cover off during a storm. 

Severe snowstorms may bring down tree branches, thick icicles, and other debris. Even the strongest spa covers are still susceptible to damage from sharp and heavy objects. 

For some added protection, try laying down a sheet of plywood on top of your spa cover to reduce the risk of punctures from snowstorm debris. Just make sure to strap the plywood down to prevent it from blowing away. 

Besides unwanted debris, winter storms bring dense snow drifts that can cause your hot tub cover to collapse. Snow is heavier than you think, and a few feet of accumulation can cause even the best hot tub covers to cave in. As much as possible, try to monitor snow accumulation on top of your hot tub and use a broom to gently remove any excess snow. 

If you’re interested in using a hot tub cover to protect your unit this winter, Watson’s carries a variety of easy-to-use spa cover lifts from CoverMate to protect your hot tub from inclement weather and unwanted debris. 

Winterize Your Hot Tub

If you’re not the type to brave the cold for a soak in the spa and you want to shut your hot tub down for the winter, you’ll need to follow some steps in order to properly winterize your spa. 

First, remember these general hot tub winterizing tips:

  • Choose a day with temperatures above freezing to winterize your hot tub - the warmer, the better. You don’t want water to freeze up as you drain the unit.
  • Be as thorough as possible because even small amounts of water in pipes can freeze and cause damage to your hot tub.
  • Make sure to treat the water before draining to prevent the growth of nasty bacteria and other microbes.

Next, you’ll need to make sure you’ll have the right tools and equipment. You will need the following:

  • An electric sump pump or garden hose
  • A wet-dry vacuum
  • Towels or rags
  • Nontoxic hot tub antifreeze 
  • A long funnel


Now that you’ve got your supplies, you can start the process of winterizing your hot tub.

  1. Unplug your hot tub or turn off the circuit breaker to ensure no power is running to the spa.
  2. Drain the water by removing the drain plug. You can either use a sump pump to accelerate the process or let the water drain naturally. Depending on the particular model, you may even be able to attach a garden hose to the drain plug to facilitate easier drainage - although this method takes a little more time.
  3. Take out your hot tub filters. Now is a great time to clean them up, so they’re ready to go when warm weather returns.
  4. Remove any and all pipes and pumps that may contain trace amounts of water - they can freeze in cold temperatures and may be expensive to repair or replace. Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up any water that may be left in the jets or any other components of the spa where water accumulates. 
  5. Pour antifreeze into the hot tub jets and other openings using a long funnel.
  6. (Optional) Use this opportunity to give the surface of your empty hot tub a good cleaning.
  7. Replace the drain plug and cover the hot tub for the winter.



If you’re looking to protect your hot tub from snow and freezing temperatures this winter, Watson’s has everything you need.

When you shop with us, you’ll find an amazing selection and personalized service, along with the guaranteed lowest prices in the USA. We offer all the hot tub supplies you need, along with a robust selection of new spas to choose from. For all your hot tub needs this winter, trust the experts at Watson’s.


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New Year, New Styles: 5 Trending Couches for 2023

Posted by Watson's on Jan 14, 2023 1:58:09 PM

A good couch is a living room essential. No matter how big your space is, everyone needs comfortable seating for relaxation and entertainment. Most couch styles stand up to the test of time, but if you’re in the market for new living room furniture this new year, you might want something a little more trendy.

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How to Create the Coziest Living Room This Winter

Posted by Watson's on Jan 13, 2023 1:57:21 PM

When the chilly winter months roll around, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in your living room. It’s the perfect place to get cozy while the weather outside gets cold. But as cozy as your living room may be right now, it could be even cozier. With a few warm and comfy additions from Watson’s, you could have the coziest living room on the block.

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7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Hot Tub Owners

Posted by Watson's on Dec 30, 2022 12:00:00 PM

The holiday season is back again, and you’re on a mission to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You want to show your loved ones how much you care, but you don’t want to rely on generic gift cards or gift baskets. You want to find something that they’ll actually enjoy. The good news is, if you have a hot tub owner in your life, there are plenty of great gifts that are sure to put some sparkle in their spa. 

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