Troubleshooting Cloudy Water: Part 1

Normal-foamingIf you are having issues with cloudy water, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Hot tubs can be difficult to take care of sometimes, and when funky problems like cloudy water show up it can be confusing trying to figure out how to fix the problem. Cloudy water can be caused by a variety of things so go down part 1 of our list and answer yes or no to determine which ones apply to you:

  1. I haven’t changed my hot tub water in more than 4 months.
  2. I have been getting in the hot tub without rinsing my body beforehand.
  3. I haven’t been using shock oxidizer at least once per week.

If you answered yes to any of the above 3 statements, then any of those things could contribute to cloudy water. Lets go down the list and see why they are so important to crystal clear, clean water.

1. Drain and Refill: The 4 Month Rule

It is important to drain your hot tub water every 4 months, especially if you use your hot tub frequently. The older hot tub water becomes, the more difficult it becomes to maintain chemical balance for pH, sanitizer, oxidizer, calcium, alkalinity etc. The effectiveness of chemicals on the water diminishes as the water gets older and more used. As the water becomes older and the chemicals are less effective, chemical balance will change faster often causing cloudy water that cannot be fixed by anything except a drain and refill.

2. Pre Hot Tub Rinse 

Throughout the day our bodies produce oil, sweat, and more. On top of that, we may have residual soaps, lotions, perfumes, and other hygiene and beauty products on us. When you get in a hot tub with all these things on your body, they will go right into the water and change the water chemistry. This can cause the water to become cloudy, and can also create water line buildup. To help prevent this from happening, a quick rinse before entering the tub is recommended. If  you find you can never remember to rinse, then there are other things that can help. Try using a scum absorbing sponge, like the Scumball, that you leave in your hot tub to absorb all organics, oils, and lotions. Also try water clarifier to see if that helps gather the organics so the filter can catch them better.

3. Shock Oxidizer

It is crucial to add shock oxidizer to your hot tub at least once a week, even if you didn’t use your hot tub. Oxidizer helps eliminate any organic matter, soap, lotion, skin, and oil  that can cause cloudy water and clog your system. Shock also helps to keep water balanced by helping stabilize the pH.

This post is part of a two part troubleshooting guide, so stay tuned for more solutions to cloudy water next week! If you currently are experiencing cloudy water and need a solution right away, contact us!

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