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Hottubs and Spas Water Trouble Shooting Guide

Hottubs and Spas Water Trouble Shooting Guide

If you are looking into purchasing hottubs and spas, then at some point you will most likely run into a few problems with your spa and hot tubs water. On this page HotTubsDepot provides you with a useful guide so that you can diagnose and solve your spa and hot tubs water problems as well as prevent future problems.

Problem – Strong spa and hot tubs water odor

Reason:

  • Excessive organic contaminants in hottubs and spas
  • Old filter
  • Build up of un-filterable particles.
  • Low sanitizer chemical levels in spa and hot tubs
  • Hot tub pH, alkalinity, or calcium hardness is out of balance
  • Pool spa water is old and overused

Solution:

  • Use a pool spa shock treatment
  • Replace/clean filter in your hottubs and spas<
  • Use a water clarifier to bring particles together, allowing them to be removed by filter
  • Test your hot tub spa chemicals, then adjust if necessary
  • Test your spa and hot tubs for ph, alkalinity, and calcium hardness then adjust if necessary
  • Change your spas water. You should do this 3-4 times a year, depending on use.

Problem – Strong chlorine odor in hottubs and spas

Reason:

  • Chloramines levels are high in spa and hot tubs
  • pH is low

Solution:

  • Use pool spa shock treatment in hottubs and spas
  • Test pH levels and make adjustments if necessary

Problem – Skin irritation and rashes, along with eye irritation and strong pool spa water odor

Reason:

  • Spa and hot tubs pH, alkalinity, or calcium is out of balance
  • Sanitizer levels are incorrect
  • Excessive chloramines or organic contaminants in spa and hot tubs
  • Entering pool spa too quickly after adding sanitizer
  • •Hottubs and spas water temperatures are too high

Solution

  • Test your pool spa water for ph, alkalinity, and calcium then adjust if necessary
  • Test your spa and hot tubs chemicals, then adjust if necessary
  • Use a shock treatment in hottubs and spas
  • Always wait at least 20 minutes with hot tub running before entering
  • Decrease water temperatures of spa and hot tubs

Problem – Cloudy green water in your hottubs and spas

Reason:

  • Algae build up in spa and hot tubs
  • Low sanitizer level in pool spa
  • Excessive chloramines or organic contaminants in hottubs and spas

Solution:

  • Use a hottubs and spas algaecide product
  • Test your pool spa chemicals, then adjust if necessary
  • Use a spa and hot tubs ozonator

Problem – Brown, blue, or black discolored water in hottubs and spas

Reason:

  • High mineral content in spa and hot tubs
  • High levels of iron, manganese or copper
  • Breaking down of hottubs and spas metal parts
  • Low pH in pool spa
  • Low calcium water hardness in hottubs and spas

Solution:

  • Add a pool spa demineralizer product to hottubs and spas
  • Test pH and calcium water hardness levels, make adjustments if necessary
  • Keep spa and hot tubs water filter running continuously
  • Check metal parts of hottubs and spas to determine if they are eroding and replace any old parts

Problem – Foaming while jets are running in the pool spa

Reason:

  • Soap, hairspray, lotions, makeup & other residues
  • Low water calcium hardness in spa and hot tubs

Solution:

  • Use a spa and hot tubs defoamer
  • Encourage your guests to shower before entering your hot tubs spas to wash away residues
  • Test spa and hot tubs water calcium hardness, adjust as necessary
  • Change water in pool spa

Problem – Wild pH fluctuation in spa and hot tubs water

Reason:

  • Alkalinity level is off in pool spa water
  • Your spa and hot tubs has experienced a high volume of people lately
  • Excessive sanitizer levels in hottubs and spas
  • You are using old pH test strips

Solution:

  • Test water alkalinity in pool spa, adjust as necessary
  • Add a pH balancer holding product to keep your spa and hot tubs pH consistent
  • Remove hot tub cover, and turn on jet system
  • Use new pH test strips

Problem – Scum deposit on spa and hot tubs waterline

Reason:

  • Soap, hairspray, lotions, makeup & other residue buildups
  • Old pool spa filter hottubs and spas

Solution:

  • Encourage your guests to shower before entering your spa and hot tubs to wash away residues
  • Use a scum cleaning and/or absorbing product
  • Replace or clean your pool spa filter

Problem – Scales or stains on pool spa shell

Reason:

  • High water mineral levels in pool spa
  • Alkalinity level is off in spa and hot tubs

Solution:

  • Clean your hottubs and spas shell using one of the many hot tub shell cleaning products available or mix a ½ cup of bleach to every 3 gallons of water and scrub the shell.
  • Test water alkalinity in pool spa, adjust as necessary
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