Green water? Funny smell? Here’s how to fix it.

Whether you purchased your hot tub for its health and wellness benefits, or you bought it chiefly to spend more quality time with those you care about most, one thing is for certain. Clean, clear water is key to an enjoyable spa experience.

Proper water maintenance only takes a few minutes a week. Even then, though, sometimes your spa water can go “off.” When it does, trust your eyes and your nose to help you diagnose the problem.

Smelly, Musty Water?

Does the water smell musty or funky? It’s a sign that there’s bacteria in the water or not enough sanitizer. Use your test strips to help diagnose.

Cloudy Water?

Does the water in your hot tub look more like milk? Or maybe just a little bit not right? Trust your gut, and check your filter. If the filter is clean or doesn’t need to be replaced, the water might just have too many chemicals in it. A water clarifier can help.

Chemical Smell?

Does the water smell more like chemicals than stink? You may have too much sanitizer in your spa.

Foamy Water?

Lotion, body oil, makeup, soap from your swimwear – it can all come off into your spa water and lead to a foamy buildup. It can also be difficult to eliminate. Defoamer and a pH adjustment might help but if not, you’ll need to drain the tub, clean it well, and refill.

Green Water?

Algae loves water that’s low on sanitizer or has a high pH. Adjusting these elements to the appropriate levels is the first step. Follow this by chlorinating or brominating your spa in accordance with the spa chemical package you use.

If you’re still stumped and none of these solutions work, check our online spa water care guide, or give us a call. Our stores in Sinking Spring and Bally are open Monday – Saturday.

Fronheiser Pools

Fronheiser Pools

Providing quality products for your outdoor living lifestyle since 1965.


Now offering Curbside Water Testing by Appointment Only!

Visit us online to schedule your 15-minute water testing consultation.

Simply select your store location and choose from the appointment slots available. Due to limited availability, we will only be able to accommodate up to (1) water test per household per week until further notice and increased staffing. 

Bring your water test bottle with a sample of your pool or spa water to your scheduled appointment. Please label the test bottle with your name, and leave it in the marked bin by the front door. Then, just wait in your car while we perform the water test. We will call you with your results and our recommendations for the products you will need to balance your pool or spa water. If you’d like to go ahead and get those products while you are here, we can deliver those curbside, as well. Please know that our staff have been instructed to leave all chemical purchases outside of the front door. Unfortunately, we will be unable to load in your car at this time. Just let us know that you would like to purchase chemicals when we call with your test results, and we can process your order over the phone. Once we have completed your water test, we will leave a copy of the printed out test results, along with your empty test bottle, in the marked bin outside the front door.

Due to the limitations of staff and anticipated demand for this service, we ask that you please arrive on-time for your scheduled appointment to ensure that we can have enough time for a complete and accurate consultation. In order to keep you, our valued customer, and our staff safe, we ask that you please adhere to social distancing guidelines and give our staff at least 6’ of distance during this interaction. Thank you for being a loyal Fronheiser Pools customer!

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