Common Problems With a Foot Spa and How to Fix Them

Foot spas are great equipment for massaging the feet for relaxation and medicinal purposes. The feet are the most overused parts of the body and thus they require proper treatment to continue carrying out their role in the correct manner.

If you own a foot massager, you probably know how important it is to care for the feet. If you don't have one you should get one, check out our best foot spa article for the top models currently on the market.

Just like every other piece of equipment, the foot spa can encounter problems.When this happens, it affects the normal functioning of the machine thus denying you the benefit of owning one. As such, it is important for you to have an idea of what these problems are and how they come about and if possible how to fix them.

The most common problems with foot spas are;

  • Clogged piping
  • Slow heating
  • Corrosion
  • Limescale

Clogged Piping

A clogged piping is one of the most common issue especially with those foot spas that come with a draining feature. When this happens, you will find it difficult to drain out the water once you have finished the massage process. More often than not, the water will remain stagnant in the foot spa until you manual pour it out. The best way to fix such an issue is by inspecting the foot spa for stuck debris in the water pipes especially the outlet. If you find any pieces of debris stuck in these areas, you should remove them with your hand or a piece of stick.


This problem occurs when you use soaps and salts that are prohibited by the manufacturer. Some foot spas react with essential salts causing corrosion in the mechanical parts of the equipment. You should try as much as possible to avoid any products that have been prohibited by the manufacturer. This way, you will be preventing the possibility of a corroded foot spa.

Slow Heating

More often than not, you may realize that your foot spa is taking too long to heat the water to your desired temperature. While some spas may be naturally slow at heating water, other may be doing so because of a mechanical problem. If you realize that your foot spa is heating water much slower than it should, then you probably should have it checked by a professional.


This is a problem that arises from the accumulation of limescale residues on the surface of the foot spa because of the effects of hard water. The best way to fix this problem is by decalcifying the foot spa in accordance with the guidelines of the manufacturer. 

Decalcifying the foot spa will go a long way in enhancing its performance because it will get rid of the limescale on the surface of the machine.


In summation, the common problems that foot spas may have include a clogged outlet, corroded parts, and slow heating and limescale deposits. If your foot spa is having one of these problems, make sure you get it fixed unless the damage is too much to be repaired.

About the Author Jess Cartwright

Hey, I'm Jess. I'm a beauty therapist turned part time personal trainer. I specialise in helping people become the best versions on themselves. In doing my previous jobs I have gained a wealth of knowledge which I can share with you through the products I recommend.