Going Green: Reasons Your Hot Tub Smells Funny

A long soak in a clean hot tub is a heavenly way to unwind, especially after a day of hard physical activity. A clean tub requires regular maintenance to keep the water crystal clear and odor-free. If the tub is not maintained correctly, poor filtration results and the tub can turn into a stinky green mess.

Wash Off First

Bringing cosmetics into the hot tub is a sure way to shorten filter life. If face makeup or hair gel is worn in the tub, make sure to keep the head out of the water as these substances will adversely affect the water quality.

Any dirt on bare feet or sunscreen on the body should be rinsed off before entering.

Too Many Chemicals

Sometimes hot tub owners will get caught up in balancing the water chemistry and end up adding way too many chemicals. If the water is consistently out of balance, there is a reason for it that you need to pin-point. Simply adding more chemicals can make the situation worse and sitting in a tub with noxious fumes is not a pleasant or healthy experience.

Infrequent Filter Cleaning

Tub filters need cleaning on a regular basis. How often depends on the type and size of tub and frequency of use. Filters in a heavily used tub should be cleaned monthly, while a lesser used tub can get away with a cleaning every couple of months. All filters need to be replaced with new ones every 2 to 3 years. 

Letting the filters go without cleaning for a long time is one of the biggest reasons for that distasteful smell associated with a dirty hot tub.

Tips for a Pristine Hot Tub

Keeping a hot tub in top condition is simple, but it does require consistency. Here are some good tips in addition to the above, and if maintained, will give you many years of trouble-free use.

  • Have a professional do initial water tests and make chemical recommendations for proper water hardness. If this aspect is not correct, other aspects of water chemistry will be off as well.
  • A few times a week, if not daily, check the pH level and sanitizer levels. Sanitizer will dissipate over time and needs to be replenished. A good rule of thumb is to add the recommended amount after soaking for maximum affect.
  • When pH readings are no longer correct, it is a good indication that a full water change is needed. Water changes should be done every 3 to 4 months.
  • An annual check-up by a service professional on the inner workings of the tub is highly recommended. This can prevent costly repairs if a problem is spotted early on.

Cost Savings of Good Maintenance

Consistency in up-keep will keep electricity bills low, minimize chemical and supply expenses and save on water due to less need for water changes. It can make the difference between the angst of buyer’s remorse and pride of ownership.