While soapy, milky water is perfect for a relaxing bath, the same cannot be said for a spa. Cloudy water is one of the most common spa problems, but don’t worry – it’s completely treatable! Read on to find out how to banish it and prevent it from returning.
Not so squeaky clean
Cloudy spa water may resemble bubbly bathwater, but it doesn’t mean your spa is clean – quite the opposite, actually! A key sign of good spa health is crystal clear water. Any other type of water is potentially unsafe and should be remedied immediately.
The guilty parties
Cloudy water isn’t as straightforward as one might think – it can be caused by a variety of factors. Some common culprits are:
- Suspended insoluble particles
- Dead algae
- Organic debris
- Poor filtration caused by dirty hot tub filters
- Frequent usage
- Poor water chemistry
Oftentimes these guilty suspects work together, other times alone. That’s why it’s often difficult to pin down the exact cause of cloudy water in a particular spa.
Despite this, there are a number of steps you can take to clear up your spa water, no matter what the cause of cloudiness.
Start by investigating your filters. A simple clean or overnight soak in a filter cleaner may be all you need to restore crystal clear water. If you’ve had your filters for 12 months or more, we recommend replacing them.
A clean filter doesn’t always solve cloudy water immediately, though, so make sure you check your water balance, PH and sanitiser levels next. The water in a spa needs the right mix of chemicals to stay pure, but also to maintain the spa’s overall health.
If your spa is still cloudy after these steps, it’s time to treat the water with a non-chlorine shock. Follow it with a clarifier to clump together any remaining particles and filter them accordingly.
If you’ve followed all these steps and are still battling cloudy water, your last option is to empty your spa. This should be done several times throughout the year anyway, so perhaps your spa is overdue for a drain. Whatever the case, emptying your spa will eliminate all contaminants, providing a clean slate for fresh, new water.
Prevention is the best cure
After you’ve achieved crystal clear water again, take steps to prevent the cloudiness from returning. Stick to a routine cleaning schedule and check your levels regularly. Use the right water chemicals and sanitisers, which our Home Chemical Care Plan will identify for you, to keep your water filters clean. Make sure you also drain and refill your spa several times a year.
Another helpful tip is to use a fitted cover when your spa is not in use. This will make it easier to keep your spa free of contaminants.
Cloudy spa water is certainly a pain, but with these simple and easy tips, your spa will be clear and sparkling in no time!
If you have any questions about cloudy spa water or the products used to treat it, see your local Just Spas dealer.