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peanutbuttery goo in my spa

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Guest Rhonda

Hope someone can help me. I am having an ugly problem in my hot tub. Although I maintain the chemsitry quite well, I have some goo that is on the sides of my hot tub at the water line. The stuff looks like and has the consistency of peanut butter, and it is very sticky, like glue. I had the water tested - I found I needed to increase the calcium and reduce the PH, which I have done, but this stuff persists. I am starting to hate the hot tub! Can anyone help? I'd really appreciate it! Thanks.

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Guest Bonnie

What type of chems are you using?

You might want to try Eco One if you cannot get your problems corrected. It's very easy to use.

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Guest Jennifer

That goo is just scum...that comes from hair gels, lotins and body oils from bathers. Go to your local store and look for what is called a "scum ball." Its a little foam ball that floats in the spa and collects all that scum. After a few months you just replace it.

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Guest Sarah

That is the one downside to SoftSoak. This is a relatively easy problem to fix. What happens is when the sanitizer level is high, and the ph is high, the sanitizer will wind up sticking the particles it clumps together on the wall instead of in the filter like it should. How do you fix it? Keep your pH down. It will be sort of challenging, considering that the sanitizer has a tendency to make the pH rise, but if you are religious about it you will wind up without that nasty goo.

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Guest Ellen

I too use Soft Soak and I also get the goo peanutbuttery goo in my spa. I am still trying to combat the high sanitizer and high ph daily...I test it daily and at times I think I have it under control and then the ph gets high again. I think with Soft Soak that is it's only downfall.

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Thank you Sarah

Scum balls remove the surface scum....You need to remove the oils from the water so there wont be a need for a scum ball. There are all kids of chemicals for this problem. I use Enzyme by Leasure time.

Good Luck

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Guest mchpel

I just switched to soft soak and also have the REALLY sticky yellow stuff on the side of the spa...my concern is whether or not I am inhaling that junk into my lungs...is that gunk really harmless?

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I just switched to soft soak and also have the REALLY sticky yellow stuff on the side of the spa...my concern is whether or not I am inhaling that junk into my lungs...is that gunk really harmless?

Just use a natural enzyme and wipe it off with a cloth. Use a scum ball or bug to leave in the spa to pick up that residual. Not harmful

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Am having the same issue with the peanutbuttery residue forming on the water level on the side of the hot tub as well as the side cushions.  Have never had that problem with a spa that we have at home but only this one at a chalet we have.  It is a brand new hot tub. Could it also be the composition of the water that the water utility is using ?  Put in clorine tablets and it still did not help.  What would be involved in going to an all clorine type system ?  Surely there has to be some remedy for this problem for this has already ruined the cushions and is a major pain when we arrive and want to use the hot tub. Any suggestions ?

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I am having the same issue, bromine system which I monitor weekly and keep pH levels normal, although I don't quite trust my TruTest handheld unit.  Crazy thing is, we haven't used the hot tub much and it formed.  How does it do bio-film if there are no bios getting in it? Do I need to drain the entire tub?  Appreciate the feedback and want to follow this thread. 

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