Common Hot Tub Water Issues and How to Fix Them

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What do you do when you run into hot tub water issues? There are several common ones to look for, and thankfully they are all easily fixed, most with a simple rebalancing of water chemistry. If all else fails, call the experts at A-1 Pools, and we will be there to make sure your hot tub is as good as new.

6 Common Hot Tub Water Issues

1. Cloudy Water

One of the most common hot tub water issues we see is cloudy water. This can be caused by a build-up of contaminants in the water, either from filters not working properly, not enough sanitizer, not sanitizing frequently enough, old water, or some combination of all these things.

2. Water Odor

Another common water issue is odor. This problem usually comes from too many contaminants in the water, improper sanitation, or a pH that is too low. 

3. Ring Around the Hot Tub Shell

This hot tub water issue is a little trickier as it can arise from several things. Too many oils or contaminants in the water can make a dirt-type ring. The water chemistry may have too high or low a pH, as well. Too much iron, copper, and calcium can also cause buildup on your hot tub shell.

4. Algae

Algae can grow because of an off-balance pH level, improper sanitation, or leaving the hot tub water stagnant for too long without maintenance. 

5. Eye and Skin Irritation 

Eye irritation typically comes from having a low pH or not enough sanitizer. Skin irritation, on the other hand, comes from too much chlorine or dirty water. 

6. Hot Tub Foam

Hot tub foam usually comes from off-balance pH levels. 

How to Fix Common Hot Tub Water Issues

With all of these issues, start by testing the chemistry of your water with test strips or a testing kit. If anything is out of balance, add the appropriate water care and wait to test again in 15 minutes.

While you wait, pull your filters out and clean and rinse them well. Put them back in once the water you rinse them with flows clean. 

If your filters won’t come clean, it may be time to replace them. You can grab new filters from your nearest A-1 Pools location or order one online to be shipped to your home.

If you have completed these steps and your water still isn’t clear, you can add shock to your hot tub.

Has it been a few months since you put fresh water in your hot tub? Some of these hot tub water issues are usually signs it’s time for a drain and fill. So empty your hot tub and refill with clean water.

These simple steps will fix most of the common hot tub water issues you run into.

How to Prevent Common Hot Tub Issues

The easiest way to deal with these common hot tub issues is to prevent them. You can do this by maintaining a consistent cleaning and water care schedule with your hot tub. Don’t forget to include your cover in this process.

If you have a party or extra people, throw some tennis balls in your hot tub to help absorb the added contaminants when you are done. This should help to prevent overloading your filters and sanitization. 

Finally, keep your cover on your hot tub when not in use, and make sure it is in good condition. This will prevent most, if not all, of these issues.

No matter what, don’t let hot tub water issues get you down. A-1 Pools is always here to help with our hot tub service. Let us know how we can help you today.

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