Embarrassing Spa Problems to Avoid

Owning a swim spa or hot tub is really not that much work and using Waters Choice Enzyme water treatment makes it even easier. We all agree that keeping it’s water clean, balanced and sanitized is important along with being ready for any spur of the moment entertaining you may do.

Notably, friends may not understand all the mix of water chemistry, heating and filtering that happens with maintaining a spa. They just magically expect it to be ready to go – all the time. Here are a few top embarrassing spa problems that can take place.

Smelly Spa Cover

Do you have a smelly hot tub or spa cover?If your spa has a musty odor of mildew, chances are your cover is to blame. We at Waters Choice suggest you remove it from your hot tub completely, away from the spa.
Then, give it a good whiff … If the smell is coming from your cover here’s what you do.

Spray the inside plastic and vinyl with a diluted bleach solution killing external mold and mildew.

Allow it to dry (off the tub) for several hours.

Moreover, if you happen to have any rips or separations allowing moisture to get inside of your spa cover; patch them properly or start budgeting to replace it.


Alternatively, the smell could be CARBON DIOXIDE trapped between the cover and the water. This is present because of the breakdown process where our enzymes are breaking down organics in your spa. This is usually strongest in the 1st month of enzyme use and gets milder with time.

As a side note, it should “gas off” a few minutes after opening the cover.

Dirty Sock Smell

However, if your spa smells like a DIRTY SOCK after the cover has been opened for a few minutes, sniff the filters. Most of the time, the smell is in the filters. Soaking the filters in a bleach water solution should take care of it. Here’s how:

  1. Soak filters for 1 hour in 1 cup of bleach or vinegar per filter and enough water to cover the filter. Rinse thoroughly before putting back in the spa.
  2. Wipe down the pillows and the cover with a bleach/water solution.
  3. If 1 & 2 do not fix the smell, add 2 extra teaspoons of Sanitizer to the water.

One more thing, another smell could be from the ENZYMES. They can have a yeasty smell. This is normal and should become milder with time.

Foaming Spa WaterFoamy hot tub water.

Foaming water is almost always due to soap or detergent in the water. So, if you’re wearing swim suits, use NO detergent when you wash them and then rinse very well.

On the other hand, simply rinse suits after soaking in your tub and hang them to dry, ready use again next time.

The best way to get rid of existing foam is to scoop it out over the sides of the tub.

You should not need to add a de-foamer. Click HERE for our FAQ page on our website.

As a matter of fact, another cause of foam is that your water's pH is out of balance or calcium hardness that’s too high (caused by high water pH). Make sure both are adjusted properly by testing your water frequently.

An additional helpful hint: T-shirts and regular clothing hold even more detergent. Please don’t wear t-shirts or boxers in your spa.

Visit our FAQ for Spa section on our website by clicking on this LINK.

Water's Choice spa issuesAccording to our research, loud spa pumps are the most common noise maker. In addition to this, spa blowers can become noisy over time as well.

Both pumps and blowers have bearings that may go out. Most blowers are inexpensive to replace but replacing or rebuilding a pump can be expensive.

A loud chattering or clicking is usually the sound of a contactor and a quieter clicking is often a relay. Honestly, this could be a connection or voltage problem.


Heater Problems

It’s normal for a spa to begin to lose temperature when the spa cover comes off but if your heater seems to be having trouble maintaining it’s heat you could have a problem.

Thankfully, most common mechanical failures have easy fixes to the problem. Low heat could be caused by a very small spa heater. In light of this, up-sizing your heater element might do the trick.

Furthermore, a lack of sufficient insulation under the spa and around the tub could be another culprit.

One more issue to check out could be a hard water buildup, or calcium hardness on your tub’s heating element. To prevent this make sure you use a pre-filter when filling your spa and keep water balanced.

Calcium hardness is easily prevented by keeping the water pH correct.

Given these points don’t sweep problems under the rug. If your hot tub or spa is telling you there’s a problem, get it fixed as soon as you can.

Don’t miss out on time well-spent in therapeutic water with friends and family.

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