What to Do If Your Hot Tub Water is Cloudy or Foamy

One of the most common problems hot tub owners have is cloudy or foamy pool water. Maintaining a clean, clear hot tub is relatively simple, although it does require some attention. Here are some tips on what to do when your hot tub is cloudy or foamy.

Cloudy Hot Tub Water

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If your hot tub water is cloudy, it’s likely due to one of three things.

First, your water could simply be a few months old and need to be replaced. Even with proper hot tub chemicals, your hot tub water will get a bit tired from time to time. Replacing the water may resolve the cloudiness.

Another common cause of cloudy hot tub water is improper chlorine levels. Be sure to follow your hot tub manufacturers guidelines for chlorine. Too much or too little chlorine can leave your hot tub cloudy or create an unhealthy hot tub environment.

Finally, check your pH levels. If your hot tob’s pH is too high or too low, you may have cloudiness. As with chlorine and other chemicals, check your hot tub manufacturers recommendations or consult a pool and spa professional.

A product called clarifier can help reduce cloudiness in some cases. However, you’ll want to make sure you’ve gotten to the source of the problem to keep your hot tub from getting cloudy again in a few weeks.

Foamy Hot Tub Water

Detergents carried in on swimsuits are a common cause of foamy hot tub water. Lotions, hair care products and other body products can also cause foamy water. However, foamy water may also be a sign of low sanitizer levels.

To reduce or prevent foamy hot tub water, stick to a careful water maintenance program. It’s also a good idea to rinse guests’ swimsuits before a dip in the hot tub. A quick rinse in the shower while wearing your bathing suit can help rinse off any chemicals and detergents.

When you’re done in the hot tub, consider rinsing bathing suits in cold water, rather than washing them in detergent with the rest of your laundry. This will cut down on detergent getting into the spa or hot tub and will extend the life of your swimwear.

Is It Time to Replace Your Hot Tub?

If you’re having consistent problems with your hot tub, it may be time to upgrade. We carry the most popular hot tub brands in our Balitmore hot tub showroom. To learn more about the hot tubs we carry, contact us via our hot tub sales page.

About Gary Hohne

Gary Hohne is President & CEO of Hohne Pools, a Maryland pool company.

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