Cleaning Whirlpool Tub
My house is 10 1/2 years old. When we built it, the plumbers told us to clean our whirlpool tub jets with Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. We don't use the tub much, but now I've been trying repeatedly to clean it, and keep getting mold flakes when I turn it on. I've tried Clorox, Sanibath, something the pool stores suggest for spas (Purge), and nothing is getting it done. It's turned into a real problem. It seems clean, but when I test it a few days later, I get the flakes. I tried calling Hydrabath, the company our Home Owner's Manual referred us to, and they say they only sell the pump and have nothing to do with the tub itself. They suggested the Clorox. The installing plumbers seem to no longer be in business. Any ideas?
RANCAR - hi, the last house I rented had a whirlpool tub in it. We used the stuff you use in spas and it seemed to work well. The mold is probably forming in the tubing that circulates the water from the pump through the jets. Be sure to use hot water, fill the tub as if you were going to use it, then turn on the pump and slowly add the cleaning solution to the water. It's best if the solution is dissolved in the water. If it doesn't seem to dissolve in the tub water, you may want to dissolve it in an old stock pot on the stove first, then dump that into the tub's water as it circulates. Also, be sure to run the pump 15-20 minutes. You may need to repeat this sequence 2 or 3 times to get it cleaned out well. I found the problem with my tub was caused by the wife using those bath oil beads on occasion, so I made it a point to use the cleaning solution every 3 months and that worked well for the 4 years we lived in the house. I hope this helps you - good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA