You know about mold in
spas, now you need to know the rest of the story.
Watch the Video Here.
White Water Mold in spas & hot tubs is for all
practical purposes, the covering for the real problem - biofilm.
If you think your hot tub water is
clean and sanitary just because it looks clear, think again. Yes, you
may have shocked the water and even maintained a good chlorine, bromine
biguanide (Soft Soak or BaquaSpa) level, or installed a new Nature2 or
Spa Frog cartridge but you've only controlled about 1% of the bacteria
present! That's right, just 1%. The other 99% is on every pool surface
that you can or can not see. And most of those places are virtually
impossible to reach. What now?
more we deal with spa & hot tub water problems, the more we realize that
we're dealing with or treating symptoms rather than the root cause of
the cloudy water, foaming, nasty odors, scale build up, etc. As noted in
other articles, there are a plethora of reasons for cloudy water from
poor water chemistry to poor circulation to improper cleaning habits to
environmental causes. And typically, these causes combine to create the
As we look for the root cause, we see more and more that there are real
"problems" that are often undetected. What do we mean? Have you noticed
that there is a regular build up of film on the spa shell or on the back
side of pillows or around jets, up and down the walls or in the corners?
If you are a regular "wiper," the problem may not be as noticeable. How
about when you take the filter apart for normal maintenance or cleaning
and you see a whitish film on the inside of the filter area or on the
skimmer weir or skimmer body? How about a little pink or grey "scale"?
That's not necessarily scale, it's more likely to be biofilm.
By the way, if you have a jetted bathtub, this
information is for you too!
Biofilms in spas & hot tubs can and often do
lead to cloudy water, foaming, odors, scale build-up on the heater
(prevents efficient heating), and even corrosion (certain biofilms can
have a pH of about 1.0 - very acidic) of any metal surface of the
circulation system including heaters, filter parts, rails, etc.
Even degradation of pillows, covers & other spa accessories.
Much of the biofilm found in spa, hot tubs &
jetted bath tubs is found in the piping & plumbing lines. Older spas had
about 40 - 60 feet of plumbing going around them. Today's newer spas can
easily have 150 - 200 feet of piping! Especially if you have a spa with
40 plus jets (do the math; 40 jets times an average of 4.5 feet piping
each equals 180 feet). That's more plumbing than in the average inground
pool. If most of that piping is infested, you have a problem.
All of those films or slimes are what
we call biofilms. In biofilms live the other roughly 99% of all spa
bacteria. The 1% that is in the water is classified as "planktonic".
Like plankton or algae in the ocean, planktonic bacteria free-floats in
the water. That is the bacteria that your chlorine, bromine or other
sanitizer can more "easily" kill. The 99% in the biofilm can be quite
another story and a long-term headache. There is much information about
biofilm from institutions around the world to back up our information to
you. Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering is one of
our key sources.
Learn how to
remove biofilm here.
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