Water Troubleshooting

The Perfect Balance

Chlorine or Bromine Levels 3.0 ppm
pH or Potential of Hydrogen 7.4-7.8       7.0=Acid    8.0=Base
Total Alkalinity or TA 80-120 ppm    Adjust TA first before pH
Total Calcium 200-400

 

Cloudy or Dull Water

Buildup of unfilterable material

Use water clarifier. If Foamy or Oily use an enzyme clarifier
Excessive organic contaminants or lack of sanitizer Shock with granular Chlorine or Bromine to 10 ppm.  Recheck and check sanitizer before using tub
pH and Total Alkalinity out of balance Test water and adjust appropriately
Dirty Filter Clean with tap water and a quality filter cleaner
Calcium Hardness too high Drain and Clean Tub

 

Cloudy, green water

Low Alkalinity Use Alkalinity Plus and bring water up to 80-120 ppm
Low Sanitizer Lever Shock to 10 ppm then balance to 3,0 ppm

 

Clear Green or Turquoise Water

Dissolved Copper or Iron in Spa Water Add Stain and Scale Remover.  Check pH

 

Reddish Brown water or Stains

Iron or Manganese Dissolved in Water Use stain and scale remover

 

Skin and Eye Irritation

Chlorine Level too high or organic contaminants in water Shock treat with chlorine or bromine
pH and Total Alkalinity out of balance Adjust levels and balance

 

Scum Build Up or  Excessive Foaming

Oils, lotions, and detergents from bathers have caused build up Use an enzyme clarifier
Calcium Hardness too Low Increase Calcium Hardness to 200 ppm