How to Fix Foamy Hot Tub Water

Spas and hot tubs are a personal oasis where you can relax and soak away tension. They're also fun places for parties and getting together with friends. However, if your hot tub is foamy or cloudy, it isn't as enjoyable, and it may be unhealthy for you and your friends. How do you fix foamy, cloudy, hot tub water? The following may help you diagnose and treat your cloudy, foamy hot tub water so that it's crystal clear once again.

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Causes Of Foamy, Cloudy Water

Contaminants: Although it sounds scary, hot tub contaminants are usually just substances like the residue from detergent, body oil, sunscreen, lotion, and so forth. Although they're not chemical contaminants as we usually think of them – the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, for instance – they do contaminate the water in your spa or hot tub and cause foaminess and cloudiness. They may also render your hot tub temporarily unusable.

Chemicals: Excess chlorine can cause your hot tub water to be cloudy because it makes the pH out of balance.

Environmental factors can also contribute to an unbalanced pH, such as very hard water, water that's highly alkaline, or water that has a high pH. Spur of the moment impulses can adversely impact your hot tub. For instance, it's never a good idea to use a bath bomb in your hot tub. If you do, you may need to drain, clean, and refill the entire tub. A bath bomb can also wreak havoc on your equipment.

Water Pump: If your pump isn't circulating the water properly, it can cause your hot tub water to be cloudy. This can be due to a filter that needs to be rinsed or replaced or a pump that needs to be repaired.


Solutions For Foamy Hot Tub Water

Contaminants: Many times, foaming is caused by residual detergent in bathing suits or trunks. It can also be caused by body lotions, hand sanitizers, and other chemicals that we regularly use on our bodies or clothes. This can be solved by showering before entering the hot tub and not using detergent or softeners on bathing suits or trunks. If the problem is caused by too many pool chemicals, then reduce the amount of pool chemicals that you use. Just like adding additional soap doesn't make your clothes cleaner, using additional chemicals isn't effective for your hot tub. It only disrupts the pH balance.

Chemicals: Everything on earth has a pH balance, which is the level of acid or alkaline that it usually contains. Hot tub water needs to be slightly alkaline. Usually, between 7.2 and 7.8 is considered a safe level. This means that the chlorine is keeping the water clean, but the water is safe for your skin. If the pH is too low, then your water will be acidic and can be uncomfortable for you and your guests to use. Overly acidic water can sting your eyes and dry your skin. It's also hazardous for your equipment as it can cause corrosion. Use test strips as a guide so that you can adjust your pH as necessary to maintain the correct level.

Chemical Solutions: Many chemicals are available that can fix your foamy, cloudy water. Enzymes can remove organic contaminants from makeup, oil, or sunscreen so that your water is free of them. Clarifiers combine contaminants such as soap and oil into particles large enough for the filter to remove them. For low pH water, add a pH booster. If the pH is too high, use a pH decreaser to lower the water pH to the correct level. If your water calcium level is too high or too low, there are chemicals that will correct this problem as well.

Water Pump: If your water pump isn't circulating the water properly, it can become cloudy or murky. This may be due to a filter that needs cleaning or changing or a pump that needs to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. Filters should be rinsed weekly so that they allow maximum filtration, and they should be replaced every three or four months. A clean filter and a pump that circulates properly can provide you with beautifully clear water for your evening soak and relaxation.

Protecting Your Hot Tub

When your hot tub isn't in use, you should cover it. This will prevent debris from blowing in or dropping in from birds. It's one of the best ways to keep your filter and pump working as efficiently as possible. It will also keep your water from evaporating, so the water pH remains relatively stable. Although hot tubs and spas aren't maintenance-free, they require very little more than routine maintenance to keep them functioning at their best and providing you with hours of relaxing and soaking pleasure.