How to Troubleshoot Clogged Jets on a Jacuzzi

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How to Troubleshoot Clogged Jets on a Jacuzzi
Unclog jacuzzi jets by purging your whirlpool system. (large bathtub image by Nikolay Okhitin from

If your jacuzzi jets are clogged, you need to purge your whirlpool system. Over time, jacuzzi jets get clogged with dead skin cells, body oils, bath oils and soap scum. To keep your jacuzzi jets functioning properly, your whirlpool tub needs to be purged a minimum of once a month. Once your jets have accumulated enough build-up to become clogged, you will likely need to purge the system repeatedly to unclog them. Purging your system will keep make your whirlpool safer as well, because stagnant water in your whirlpool system can lead to an infection of the hair follicle called folliculitis.

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Things you need

  • Household bleach
  • Automatic dishwasher detergent
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn all of the jets in your jacuzzi tub clockwise as far as they will go.

  2. 2

    Fill your jacuzzi tub with hot water. Let the water run until it is at least 2 inches higher than your highest jacuzzi jet. Add 591ml of household bleach and two teaspoons of automatic dishwasher detergent to the jacuzzi tub. Run the jets for 20 minutes on the high power.

  3. 3

    Empty your jacuzzi tub and repeat the purging process until all of the jacuzzi jets are running freely.

  4. 4

    Fill your jacuzzi tub with cold water until the highest jacuzzi jet is covered with at least 2 inches of water. Run the jets on high power for 15 minutes to rinse out your whirlpool system.

  5. 5

    Drain the tub and dry it with a soft towel.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to give your hot water heater time to heat more water between purging cycles. Using hot water will help unclog the jets as quickly as possible.
  • Once you've unclogged your jacuzzi jets, purge your jacuzzi tub at least once a month to avoid bacteria build-up in your whirlpool system.

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