900 gallons of water and $150 later, our hot tub is beautiful!! We have had the hardest time with this thing this week! We never could get the water balanced and my rashstill ain't gone away so we decided we'd just drain the water and start fresh. We did that and then the water wasn't clear and the filter wouldn't clear it. We did everything we knew to do and couldn't get it right so we went to the experts, a local pool and spa store, all sad and defeated, carrying a Mason jar full of water from the tub for them to test. They suggested that we purge the system, a process that deep cleans inside the plumbing, components and jets, and replace the filter. Larry did that Tuesday. The purge is eco-friendly and biodegradable but the stuff that came out of that hot tub most definitely was NOT. It was the nastiest orange cheesy-looking stuff I have ever seen. I 'bout DIED. And then I 'bout DIED again. And then I got mad. Really?? No way was that tub clean when we bought the house, like we were told. We should have known, though, with the house being in the condition it was. Lord, don't get me started again. I wouldn't even be surprised if chlorine wasn't just thrown in there at the last minute to make it appear clean. It looked like it had never been deep cleaned. Arrrggggh! Anyway, Larry worked on it most of the week, purging, draining, cleaning, rinsing, more cleaning (we even had to buy a wet/dry vac) and last night, we replaced the filter and started the refill again.
Stuff we had to buy and the instructions from the spa store
And now we have beautiful crystal clear water!!! Yay!!!
By the way, we are now taking donations for next month's water bill. :)