FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All the most common questions we gather from clients before embarking on their custom spa project
What type of clients hire you?
We have created basic designs for everyday home users, all the way through elaborate structures for celebrities. Our enjoyment is with all clients!
Doesn't custom just mean more expensive?
There are many advantages of custom metal spas, without a significant price delta. We have been able to fit many budgets from very simple designs, to highly complex products.
Is there an alternative to chlorine sanitation?
Chlorine has always been the most popular choice simply because of its sheer power in terms of disinfecting large areas with very little product and lower costs. In comparison, hydrogen peroxide requires more work but, in the end, produces a healthier, bacteria-free environment. Although water must be tested more often and more hydrogen peroxide must be used, it improves the quality of the water through oxidation instead of disinfection. Remember that peroxide also acts much faster than chlorine at producing a bacteria-free environment. In the end, careful monitoring of your pool and spa environments will ensure that the entire area meets or exceeds the standards put in place by your local health department.
How is DaVinci Spas different than other custom spa builders?
There are many ways, but we would like to highlight a few: (1) We pay extra attention to strength and rigidity, (2) we standardize on alternative insulating processes versus traditional permanent insulation. This drastically simplifies repairs and maintenance, (3) our spas come with PureComfort, the latest in AOP, chemical free, water disinfection, at no additional cost, and (4) we consider our spas beautiful works of art. We focus on the highest quality of even the finest details.
Where does all the equipment go that runs my spa?
Hidden out of view of the bathers, there is a large quantity of electronic and plumbing related equipment. In most cases, all of this equipment is hidden beneath the seating areas of the spa. However, the option exists to have what we call ‘remote’ equipment. In this case, all of that equipment is mounted to a stainless-steel equipment ‘skid’ that can be placed anywhere within 30 feet of the spa, and below the water level of the spa. From that location, your contractor’s plumber must run plumbing and electrical lines to connect it to the spa. Typically that involves digging a trench, etc. Why would one choose this labor-intensive option? For one, easy access to the equipment for servicing, and replacing filters for example. Another reason has to do with noise. The pumps that are part of your spa’s circulatory system create a little noise and vibration when operating. We use rubber to insulate the motors and dampen the vibration to a large extent. But, when the equipment is remote, instead of local, there is nothing under the spa to generate any noise or vibration.
What will heat my spa?
Most people use electric heat, though gas heaters are also an option. If you stick with electric, DaVinci Spas can supply the complete integrated heating system with your spa. If you go with a gas, or oil heater, that is something your plumber would likely need to implement. They would run a line to feed the spa system with hot water on demand. The spa controller would circulate water through the external system when more heat is required.
What are the average electrical requirements?
One of our typical small to mid-size spas, using a 5.5kw electric heater requires a 50 amp, 230V GFCI circuit to power everything. Larger spas, or those that will only be used very rarely, typically need at least 11kw of electric heating potential, requiring 80 amps of service. All electrical equipment on the spa must be grounded or bonded to the spa shell structure.
How much water is used?
A 6 foot square spa when filled, holds about 650 gallons of water. Water must be replenished from time to time due to evaporation. When not in use, you should keep your spa covered, which protects against evaporation and prevents debris from falling into the spa. DaVinci Spas offers an optional system we refer to as AutoFill. A spa with the AutoFill system uses a special sensor to monitor the water level and automatically adds water to the system as needed. Your plumber must run a ¾” line to the inlet of this system, so it has a source of water to draw from when necessary.
Who installs my spa?
Your DaVinci Spas product must be installed by a licensed electrician, plumber and/or other required trade contractors. Please be sure to consult them prior to beginning your project.
Our Approach to Spa Design
Which material will be selected, stainless steel or copper?
What shape will the custom spa take?
Who will be the primary spa users, and how many additional may also enjoy its use?
Where will the spa be located?
What will be the spa dimensions? Length, Width, Depth.
What will the spa interior visible features include?
After the Spa is Constructed
Before leaving our factory, the spa is filled and all functions tested to ensure systems are running properly.
Coordinate delivery, ensuring safe transport to your destination.
Contact a preferred contractor to locate the spa in its final position.
Coordinate final installation with licensed electrician, plumber and other trades where applicable.
Enjoy a relaxing soak in your new spa!