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Water Color

Water Quality — H2O Hiccups

Most sanitation and filtration systems do a fantastic job of maintaining water quality. But even with the best equipment, occasionally you may have to address water clarity. Here’s a cheat sheet of what to do when your water looks less than clear.

Normal Water

Continue to test your water and follow your normal chemical schedule.

Clear Green Water

High copper or iron content: Add a solution that decreases minerals in the water.

Cloudy Water

Lack of sanitizer: Shock-treat and check and adjust sanitizer levels.

Chemical solids dissolved in water: Use a clarifying agent to help remove build-up of particles.

Imbalance of pH or total alkalinity levels: Test levels and adjust as needed using appropriate solutions.

Hard water: Use weekly treatment and replace some water with new water.

Dirty filter: Clean and/or replace filter.

Cloudy Green Water

Low alkalinity level: Use an agent that will raise the alkaline level in your spa.

Low sanitizer level: Shock-treat, then check and adjust sanitizer levels.

Brown Water

High iron or manganese content: Add a solution that decreases minerals in the water.


Deposits

Scale Deposits

High mineral content: Add a solution that decreases minerals in the water.

Imbalanced water: Test water balance and make adjustments.

Waterline Deposits

Natural build-up of oils and dirt from bathers: Clean spa surfaces with a cleaning solution and use a scum reducing agent.

Odor

Large amounts of organic contaminants: Shock treat and check and adjust sanitizer levels.

Foaming

Natural build-up of oils and dirt from bathers: Add a solution that will lower foam levels, then shock-treat.

Soft water: Test the calcium level and add a calcium-enhancing product to the spa.

Excessive amount of dissolved solids: Drain hot tub and fill with fresh water.

Eye/Skin Irritants

Chloramines or large amounts of organic contaminants: Shock-treat and check and adjust sanitizer levels.

Imbalance of pH or total alkalinity levels: Test levels and adjust as needed using appropriate solutions.