Mold in a brand new Hot Tub? Yup...
Keep in mind that YOU as the spa or hot tub have done nothing wrong! Biofilms in spas, hot tubs and swimming pools are naturally occurring. As we've written about before, biofilms love the ingredients that are an integral part of the piping and tubing in spas, hot tubs and pools; especially the flexible PVC pipe.
Do the manufacturers know about this problem? Yes...and no. Is it their "fault"? No. A limited few recognize the issue and are supplying their dealers and customers (YOU) with Hot Tub Serum Total Cleanse to pre-treat the spa when it is delivered to your home prior to that first soak. Those manufacturers who are not admitting this issue are either in denial or don't want to know. We especially find this to be true of spas that are purchased thru any of the big box or major home improvement stores. Good quality, name brand spas are beginning to realize what they're dealing with and are being proactive.
As we've said time and time again, this is a naturally occurring, non-pathogenic "nuisance". In other words, for all practical purposes, spa mold just looks bad and ends up consuming time, effort and money to deal with rather than just soaking and enjoying your spa.
It's time to move on and just deal with this problem and return to enjoying our spas, hot tubs and swimming pools. Following is step by step instructions of how to treat your brand new spa to clean out the build up of biofilms that ARE present in a brand new spa*.
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Treatment procedure for ALL NEW SPAS...
- As soon as your spa is filled & up to normal soaking temperature (about 100 degrees F), add 1/2 jar of Hot Tub Serum Total Cleanse gel per 400 gallons, into the water with the jets and air bubbles running on HIGH speed for 25 to 45 minutes. Hot Tub Serum Total Cleanse will aid in removing the loose and "top" layers of the biofilm/mold/slime and exposing the "unprotected" underlying layers.
- Completely drain the spa. Be sure to open or remove the front union of the pipe going into the pump to help remove the "cleaned" water that is in the pipes. This step is VERY important. Failure to remove as much of the loose layers will prolong the cleaning & purging process.
- Refill the spa. Bring back to normal operating temperature and add 1 quart of SpaGuard SoftSoak Shock per 100 gallons of water. In case you can't find or purchase SoftSoak Shock, you can use one quart of Hydrogen Peroxide found at a local pharmacy; in this case use 2 to 3 quarts per 100 gallons. Household hydrogen peroxide is about a 3% solution, versus SoftSoak Shock of about 7.5%. When added, the hydrogen peroxide will directly react with the "exposed" biofilm causing more of it to be "softened up" for further removal. Be sure to circulate for about 24 hours with the jets running on high speed as much as possible. The velocity of the water running through the piping and jets is very important to loosen, break up remove the biofilm.
- About one hour prior to draining the spa, use 1/2 jar of Hot Tub Serum Total Cleanse (per 400 gallons) to remove more of the biofilm/mold/slime. Allow to circulate on high speed jets for 25 to 45 minutes. Thoroughly drain and clean the spa.
- Refill the spa with fresh water. Balance the water and start with your normal water treatment and sanitizing regimen. For more continual removal accumulating biofilms, be sure to add Hot Tub Serum liquid on a weekly basis at a rate of 1 oz. per 200 gallons. Failure to continually treat the spa will result in the biofilm/mold/slime to quickly return (about 2 weeks if left untreated).
A couple of things to keep in mind: although you've gone through this process, you may (will) see continuous amounts of removed biofilm coming into the spa for some period of time, usually about 2 to 4 weeks. It is virtually impossible to get the pipes 100% clean and maintain them 100% clean for any period of time. Biofilms need a moist surface and they just happen to really like the surface of PVC pipe. Period.
Keep treating with your normal levels for water balance (pH, Total Alkalinity, water Hardness), sanitizer (chlorine, bromine, biguanide, Nature2, Spa Frog, etc), supplementing that treatment with Hot Tub Serum liquid to prevent as much biofilm growth is what is needed.
*Note: brand new spas can and do have build-ups of biofilms for several common sense reasons. Good quality spas are made by companies who properly test their spas for leakage as they come off the assembly line. Although they are properly drained, it is virtually impossible to remove every ounce of water or moisture from the pipes and keep them perfectly dry while waiting in the warehouse to be shipped to your local dealer and ultimately your home and backyard. As these spas sit waiting for a forever family home, whatever naturally occurring bacteria that is present (bacteria is literally all around us, everywhere) in the moisture in the pipes begin to grow, resulting in biofilms and potentially, mold. It's as simple as that.
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