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Spa Chemistry Trouble Shooting

You can do your own spa chemistry trouble shooting. Using the chart below, find your problem in the left column, find out the cause in the middle column and find your solution in the right column. Click on the link in the solutions column and you’ll be taken to a page with the chemical or cleaner that you need.

Problem:Cause:Solution:
Cloudy WaterExcessive organic contaminants or lack of sanitizerShock with Renew. Check and adjust sanitizer level.
 Buildup of unfilterable materialUse Bright & Clear.
 pH or total alkalinity out of balanceTest water and adjust pH and total alkalinity as necessary using Spa Up, Spa Down or Alkalinity Increaser.
 Dirty filterUse Instant Cartridge Clean on a monthly basis.
 Calcium too highUse Defender on a weekly basis.
Chalky, white scale deposits (Calcium buildup)High mineral content in waterUse Defender on a weekly basis.
 Water out of balanceCheck water balance and adjust as necessary.
Cloudy green waterLow sanitizer levelShock with Renew. Check and adjust sanitizer level.
OdorExcessive organic contaminantsShock with Renew. Check and adjust sanitizer level.
Eye/Skin irritationChloramines or excessive organic contaminantsShock with Renew.
 pH or total alkalinity out of balanceTest water and adjust pH and total alkalinity as necessary using Spa Up, Spa Down or Alkalinity Increaser.
Excessive foamingBuildup of body oils, cosmetics and detergents from bathersAdd Spa Foam Down. Shock with Renew.
 Large amount of Total Dissolved SolidsChange water.

We hope this page helped you do your own spa chemistry trouble shooting.

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