Fuming over foam?

9316960 - girl in foamFoam isn’t always such a bad thing.

It’s downright decadent when you’re slipping into a warm bubble bath. And who doesn’t like a good head of foam on a root-beer float?

But if you’re stepping into a fluffy cloud of foam in your backyard spa, well, it’s time to do some troubleshooting. When the water gets thick with contaminants, it builds into a foam when it hits the air jets. Many spas sport dozens of jets, so that can be a lot of bubbly.

What should you do? Here are a few pointers.

  • Start by checking your chemical levels. Make sure everything is in order, including your total dissolved solids (TDS). Ideally, your spa’s TDS count will come in between 1,000 and 2,000 parts per million (ppm). If it’s a little higher, check out LeisureTime’s Foam Down, which stops foam and helps prevent it from coming back.
  • If TDS numbers top 3,000 ppm, you’ll need to take more drastic measures. It’s time to drain and refill the spa, a maintenance routine you should normally do every three to four months. Take advantage of the opportunity to scrub everything down. We have LeisureTime Spa supplies for the task at our Skovish Pools and Spas locations in Luzerne and Shickshinny. Get rid of any lingering contaminants, and be sure to rinse your filters, too.
  • The best cure of all is prevention. What causes foam in the first place? Shampoo residue, along with laundry detergent, body lotions, make-up, deodorant and spilled drinks. It’s all stuff you can keep in check by showering without soap or shampoo before getting in the hot tub and by rinsing your bathing suit.

Lastly, keep your head out of the water. That’s probably one of the easiest fixes of all!

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