Is Your Spa Cover Making Spa Smell?

When you sniff your spa to get an extra big whiff of what might be causing you to experience an odor that doesn’t agree with your state of relaxation, you notice it smells a bit like mildew, maybe you can’t put your finger on it exactly, but that’s most likely the smell, you think to yourself.  Oh, maybe I need to change the water in my spa, you think again.  What a hassle, changing it all the time.  This by the way is the most expensive test you could do you a smell you’re experiencing.  If you think about it, you’re emptying out the water, added new water, which of course is not heated at spa temperature already.  So now you have to wait, and listen to your pump running at full blast to heat the water up to the set temperature.  Tisk, tisk, money doing the drain—literally. 

So you changed it, and you notice a couple days later when you jump back in, the smells there too.  WHAT?! You did all that work for nothing; it’s got to be caused by your chemical levels you think.  So you shock your chemicals, hoping you’ve killed off whatever science experiment was hanging out in your spa. 

Now, you jump back in, ready for your full body massagers and your clean water—smell free.  Oh, no wait, not smell free.  It’s still there, maybe now mixed in with a strong stench of chemicals, however, you’re sure.  That mildew smell is still around. Now what? 

The reason your spa techniques didn’t do the trick is because the SPA isn’t the problem.  Your unpleasant odor is actually coming from your hard foam cover.  Water or steam from the spa has been allowed to seep in and cause mildew to grow on and around the foam.  What are you going to do to fix this you wonder?  Buy new foam inserts for your cover, after all the cover exterior looks like its in great shape or maybe you go for the inserts because the cover is not that old.  The smell will come back, when the cover smelled the first time, it wasn’t because there was already water inside the foam and then bacteria grew.  It happened because there was an imperfection on your cover which allowed rain water sitting on top or steam rising on the bottom to seep right into the foam and saturate enough to cause mildew.

You decide on buying another hard foam Spa Cover; you think it’s the only choice you’ve got. This would only help your smell issue if you don’t put water in your spa. Your chuckling right, that’s so stupid, having a spa, with no water and still buying a cover.  Well I say no water because rigid foam covers are almost perfect laboratory conditions to grow mold and mildew when you put them over a warm source of moisture. Foam is actually a pretty good insulator if and I mean if you keep it dry. Once it starts to saturate with water, the little air spaces in it that do the insulating are gone. When that happens, and it always does, your foam filled spa cover again smells and does not insulate. 

Okay, I know it’s hard to go outside the box and search for something different, however, you know it’s really the only way to have a cover that works.  Every problem you’ve experienced with a hard foam cover will just happen again, and again, and again—and not to mention you’ll be spending a lot of money to just see the same result.  There is a solution out there.  It’s the SpaCap Spa Cover.  It insulates with air, instead of foam; and sits right on the surface of the water insulating with the heat from the water, unlike a hard foam cover that uses the steam rising out of the spa to insulate.  The SpaCap insulates just like a storm window does.  Layers of air, blanketing the heat of the spa.  The greatest thing about the SpaCap is that because it does not use foam, there is no place for water to seep in and saturate, causing mildew to grow, or to become heavy and break.  So with this alternative, you can get back to doing with your spa what you’ve always wanted to, relax in it.