Itchy and Scratchy Posted February 10, 2011 Report Share Posted February 10, 2011 To anybody out there that might be wondering what the consequences might be if you choose not to heed the advice of this board, listen to a little story I have to say. Two weeks ago I picked up a 5 y/o marquis spirit, 2 person 170 gal tub. Got it via a divorce sale from a coworker for $500. It had been left unattended for a few months so there was pea soup in it when drained to be transported to my home. I have never owned a hot tub so I figured I would go to the local marquis dealer to buy some supplies and get a crash course on tub maintenance, of course I left ringing up a $150 bill with her recommended start up kit. I knew the plumbing would be a little dirty due to the lack of maintenance so I picked up some jet clean, she said to follow the instructions on the bottle and I would be good. After running the jet clean for 3 hours I drained and filled the tub and dropped in the Spa Frog she sold me on. I figured I was clean, sanitized, and ready to tub. The next day and for the following week I noticed a huge amount of what I now know was biofilm. I spoke to the store owner about the "stuff" coming from my plumbing and asked her if I should run another course of jet clean, she said it had done it's job and I should just drain and refill the tub a few times to clean in out. She never mentioned the word biofilm or any need for superchlorination. For that week I figured the Spa frog with its mineral pack was sanitizing my tub I just scooped out the biofilm with a leaf skimmer and continued to enjoy the tub. A couple of days later I bought an ozonator from the store for $200. I knew I was a steep markup but I wanted to give them the business so I would have a resource to rely upon when I had questions. So after buying the ozone from them I had some questions about it and the owner told me she didn't know the answer and I should research it online, well I could have bought it online for $65 cheeper than she sold it to me for, what did I give here that money for? Anyways through that search I found this forum and learned that I had A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM than she told me about. I learned that my 3 y/o daughter was getting a case of hot tub rash. I found Nitro's decontamination technique a followed it to the tee. My tub has three zones of jets and I ran each zone for four 30 minute periods over 24 hours to break up the biofilm. I also ran each zone for 30 minutes while super chlorinating. I finished this about 3 days ago the tub is up to temp and it looks like the bio film issue has been resolved. luckily my daughters case of hot tub rash in getting better. Unfortunately I am getting some unusual skin conditions. My ear canals are inflamed with pustules near the ear drum, just got back from my doctors office with ear drops and oral antibiotics. This is a superficial bacterial skin infection. I was actually hopeing I had a inner ear infection I didn't want this to be from my hot tub. As you can imagine my wife is mortified and want's nothing to do with the tub. Thanks to all that share there knowledge on this forum. I have much to learn and now know I don't have to pay huge markups at a spa store for misinformation. I have decided to follow waterbears 3 step bromide technique. Trust me I will do this as instructed, I know the consequences of not keeping things sanitized properly. I have read a few people on this board tout alternative sanitizers such as I was once thinking of doing. Please only do this if you are the only person using the tub. I don't feel near as bad about my ears as I do about my daughters rash. I'm glad she got over it quickly with no complaints. If you let other people use your tub you have a responsibility to make sure it is safe. The biofilm issue seems to be better know. The tub itself looks to be in good condition. Motor and heater are strong, no leaks with the tub, pumps, or seals. The prior owner did not maintain chemistry properly he simply threw trichlor in from time to time and changed the water every 3 or 4 weeks. I would assume this is why there was such an established colony of biofilm in the plumbing. I want to decontaminated 1 more time to be sure I have the nasties out. If I wanted to go nuclear with nitro's decontamination technique what would be the longest amount of time I could leave the super chlorinated water in before doing any damage to the tub. I was thinking 6 hours would be safe for the tub and sure to sanitize it. Any comments or advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Im sure you well see me on the board allot in the future. Just remember I am Itchy and Scratchy due to poor water chemistry. Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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