Pool Maintenance- Why is pH important?
Testing your pool water is an essential step in pool maintenance to help you comfort and safety. In order to prevent these imbalances, regular pool cleaning is vital.
Now that it is summer, it is no surprise that you have been spending more time splashing around in your pool. And because you have been using it more often, you might have noticed some changes on its water and its effects on you. Has it gone too cloudy? Has given off a rather greenish hue? Or has it become more irritating to your skin? Pool cleaning is not the reason. Blame this on your pool’s water chemistry.
5 Water Balance Levels for Pool Maintenance
- Free Chlorine (1-3 ppm): This is the amount of chlorine that will sanitize your pool.
- pH (7.2-7.6): b This will measure how basic or acidic your pool water is.
- Alkalinity (80-120 ppm): This is the buffer that will maintain the pH at a healthy level.
- Calcium Hardness (200-350 ppm): Too much will cloud the water while too little can damage pool equipment and surfaces.
- Stabilizer (30-60 ppm): Protects the chlorine from the effects of UV radiation, increasing its longevity as chlorine breaks apart quickly when exposed to sunlight
Maintaining the pH balance of your pool is very important as this will ensure that the chlorine will do its job of disinfecting. It can also prevent burning the swimmers’ eyes and nose as well as the drying and itching of scalp and skin.
A pool with a pH that is too low will result in corrosive water that can wear out pool linings and fade swimsuits and pool accessories. On the other hand, a pool with a high pH is bound to give you issues with calcium buildup and scaling on the pool’s surface. It can also clog the filters and turn the water dull and cloudy.
3 Types of Pool Water Tests for Pool Maintenance
- Test Strips. In less than a minute, you can test all 5 five water balance levels although the ranges are wide so it can make level balancing a little difficult.
- Liquid Test Kits. They are more accurate than the test strips but you will have to count drops and match colors to get the readings.
- Test Meters. These are newer, easier to use, and give more accurate pool water readings. They generally come in 2 types: stand-alone and combination.
With all of these readily available in your pool or hardware store, pool maintenance has been made so much easier now that you can do it on your own, making pool maintenance and cleaning more convenient if you choose the DIY route.
It is important that you do water testing as you perform your regular pool cleaning procedures. And make sure that you adjust the chemical levels after doing so. Do this as often as you can and you are bound to have a fun and safe time swimming in this hot season.