Massive hot tub cleaning failure

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 10:26 PM | comments: 6

When we got back from Seattle, the hot tub definitely didn't smell exactly right. It has been about a week since we had been in it. We had a similar situation after going to Vegas a few weeks before. In other words, long periods of time passed with no shocking and an empty bromine feeder.

Seemingly all at once, the water got cloudy, and I noticed how bad it was yesterday when I saw it in the daylight. So I added the clearing liquid that bonds to the organic particles in the water (which make it cloudy), so they're more easily caught by the filter.

Well, they bonded and clumped alright... all over the sides of the tub and even on the underside of the cover from foam. It's really gross.

I'm annoyed because after a year, I thought I really figured this cleaning and care thing out so I could go a full three months without changing the water. I did it last time, December to February, no problem. This time I only made it two months, and I have no chemicals in reserve for the start-up routine. I guess I'm off to the tub store tomorrow!


Alex, April 16, 2008, 2:44 AM #

We're experiencing similar difficulties with our pool that was new last summer. There's a lot of "tricks of the trade" that the pool place doesn't tell you.

Jeff, April 16, 2008, 2:49 AM #

Well my place, ironically called The Place, actually offers a free class. I just haven't gone!

, April 16, 2008, 5:24 AM #

Rob, April 16, 2008, 1:46 PM #

Hey John Doe responder who isn't ballsy enough to leave a name, you wouldn't have a definition for "Willi" would you?

We're looking to put a pool in place of our old one that we took out last year and I know taking care of it will be a bit of an art and almost an everyday thing. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it.

Jeff, April 16, 2008, 2:27 PM #

You know, in nearly 35 years, I've never heard anyone make fun of my name. It's comic genius! I'm flattered that someone is so obsessed with me that they can't stop.

I started the draining this morning, so I'll finish up after work and refill. I am glad that this gives me a chance to clean it though, since I didn't in February, as it was a little on the chilly side.

Carrie, April 16, 2008, 4:52 PM #

You're not 35 yet.

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