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The Symptoms of Unbalanced Hot Tub Water

Total Alkalinity

Symptoms of High TA

  • pH adjustment will be extremely hard
  • Scale will form
  • Water may be cloudy
  • Skin and eye irritation may occur
  • Poor sanitizer function

Symptoms of Low TA

  • pH values will fluctuate widely
  • Water may be discoloured
  • Corrosion of your equipment may occur
  • Skin and eye irritation may occur
  • Poor sanitizer function

When raising or lowering the Total Alkalinity the pH of the water will also be affected so be sure to check the pH 24 hours after any alkalinity treatment.

NB TO REDUCE THE TA YOU USE A PH REDUCER

pH

Symptoms of Low pH

  • Skin and eye irritation may occur
  • Sanitizer may be used more quickly
  • Corrosion of pumps and heater
  • Pitting and etching on spa surfaces

Symptoms of High pH

  • Scale on surfaces and cloudy water
  • Skin and eye irritation may occur
  • Poor sanitizer function
  • Frequent filter cleaning necessary

Hardness

Symptoms of Low Total Hardness

  • Cloudy Water
  • Foaming Water
  • Staining may occur
  • Corrosion of pumps and heater
  • Pitting and etching on spa surfaces

Symptoms of High Total Hardness

  • Scale will form
  • Water may be cloudy
  • Skin and eye irritation may occur
  • Scum around the water line
  • Frequent filter cleaning required
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