What should I do if my Spa
Where did all that water go ? Wasn’t
the spa filled up yesterday ? Could we have splashed all that water out of
the tub ? These are all the common thoughts that can run through your mind
when you open up your hot tub spa cover and notice that you are missing
What should you do ? Well,
unfortunately many spa leaks should be handled by a professional
serviceman, but there are some things that you can check for before you
call in the “big guns”.
Spas leak from a few different
places—the equipment, the jets and fittings, the piping or the spa shell
itself. In order to determine how bad your leak is, you should try to
narrow down where you think the leak is coming from. First, walk around
the outside of the unit to see if you can see any obvious water on the
floor, deck, cement or grass near the tub. If you can, try to follow the
water back to the tub and determine what area it is coming from.
Unfortunately, just because you see the water on the back-right-side, that
does not necessarily mean that is where the leak is, but it may help.
If you cannot see an obvious amount
of water outside the tub, the next place to check is the equipment
compartment. This is where 90% of all leaks occur. People do not realize
that a small dripping leak out of a fitting in your equipment compartment
can account for a 2” - 12” a day leak. Drip, drip, drip adds up to a
lot of water over 24 hours ! If you can see the leak by the equipment, try
to determine exactly where it is coming from and why. Dry off all suspect
fittings and/or equipment with a paper towel. Turn on the spa and see if
you can see water seepage or drips. If you can, then use common sense to
decide if it is fixable by you. A loose fitting can be tightened. A small
seepage can be siliconed. But a cracked pump housing or a split or
corroded heater may require the assistance of a trained spa repairman.
If your leak does not appear to be
in the equipment area, then you have to move towards the most dreaded
possibilities—either you have an internal plumbing leak or your actual
spa shell is cracked. On a positive note, spa shells rarely crack. Less
than 1% of all spa leaks are in the shell itself. And if your shell is
cracked, you can drain the tub out and usually see where the crack is. At
that point you should definitely call a Spa Guy and not attempt that
repair yourself !
Assuming that it is not your spa
shell, that only leaves one place—your jets or jet piping. If you can
get under and around your tub, this will be easy to locate and repair.
Simply replace the jet or cracked fitting and glue it back together. If
you have a “full-foam” portable spa, then this repair is a nightmare !
Very hard to find the leak. Definitely call a pro for that repair and have
your checkbook ready !