A luxurious pool/spa combo in your backyard is the perfect way to relax and entertain. However, keeping this dual system in tip-top shape can present unique challenges. Is your swimming pool/spa having problems? Implement some practical solutions to keep your pool and spa in perfect harmony.
How Does a Pool/Spa Combo Work?
A pool/spa combo is an integrated system that offers the benefits of a swimming pool and hot tub in one. This setup typically involves a shared hydraulic system, meaning the pool and the spa use the same heater, pump, and pool filtration system. While this design is efficient, it also means that issues in one area can affect the other. Understanding the ins and outs of this shared system is important for effective maintenance and problem-solving.
Common Pool/Spa Combo Problems and How to Fix Them
As the proud owner of a combined pool and spa, you want to maximize the longevity and enjoyment of your investment. Consider some common swimming pool and spa problems you might encounter and how to resolve them.
Spa Not Heating
No one wants a lukewarm hot tub. Failure to heat properly often stems from the return valve not being set properly. This valve controls where the heated water flows, so if it’s positioned incorrectly, the heated water meant for the spa may redirect back into the pool.
The solution is usually as simple as adjusting the return valve so heated water empties into the spa. If this doesn’t work, the actuator that controls the valve may be to blame. Inspect the actuator for issues and be prepared to replace it every five to seven years.
Spa Draining on its Own
If the water level in your spa is dropping for no apparent reason, it’s likely due to an issue with the spa’s return line check valves or an air leak. Corrosion from chlorinated or salt water can cause metal parts to deteriorate, causing leaks. Similarly, air leaks in hoses or tubes may lead to pressure drops, which cause water to flow back into the pool instead of staying in the spa.
The solution involves replacing corroded parts or repairing air leaks. It’s important to address these issues promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the proper water level in your spa.
Resolving cloudy spa/pool water problems can be tricky because several issues could be to blame. Imbalanced chemical or pH levels, inefficient filtration, or contaminants can all contribute to this issue. That’s why keeping your filters clean and regularly testing and balancing the water chemistry is crucial.
If the problem persists despite your best efforts, it may be necessary to change the spa water or seek professional assistance to diagnose and fix the issue.
A stained pool or spa is unsightly and indicates imbalanced water chemistry. If stains are forming, the water probably has too many minerals, metals, or organic compounds.
In addition to testing and balancing the water chemistry, try using metal sequestrants and maintaining proper pH levels. If staining has already occurred, try adding stain-removal chemicals to the water and rubbing the discoloration with a cloth. When all else fails, opt for professional spa cleaning.
A filter clogged with dirt, debris, and other contaminants reduces water quality and strains your pool equipment. Clogging is most likely to occur during times of heavy use.
Regularly clean your filters to maintain clear, safe water and efficient system operation. The cleaning process varies depending on whether you have a DE, cartridge, or sand filter.
Inoperable jets detract from the relaxing spa experience. Common causes include blockages from debris or issues with the pump.
To fix this, check for and remove any visible blockages in the jets. If the problem isn’t a blockage, inspect the pump to ensure its operating correctly. Sometimes, professional help may be required to diagnose and repair mechanical issues with the pump or jet system.
Noisy Spa Pump
If the jets work but sound noisier than usual, the issue could be a blockage, failing motor, or worn-out bearings. Regular inspection and maintenance can help catch these problems early.
Check for and clear out any debris that might be causing clogs. If the noise persists, the pump may need professional servicing or replacement.
Solve Your Pool/Spa Combo Problems with Millennium Pools & Spas
No matter what issues you’re having, Millennium Pools & Spas can help set things right. We bring over 35 years of experience to every pool and spa we service, with a commitment to excellent customer service and quality solutions that last. We operate out of two convenient locations in Virginia and Maryland to better serve you.
Don’t let swimming pool and spa troubles ruin your day—contact us at (703) 939-5062 to reach our Virginia/DC office or (301) 591-3750 for services in Maryland. We’ll take care of your pool and spa so you can enjoy your backyard oasis to the fullest.