Learn the basics concerning the pH balance in your pool.
The Rule of Thumb
If you have a pool with at least 1,000 gallons of H20 then it is imperative to check the pH level of the pool at least once a week.
The Potential Hydrogen Levels of Your Pool Water
pH means how much – or too little – acid and alkaline levels exist in a sample of water. So a pH measurement between zero and seven means the water is acidic. A reading between seven and fourteen indicates high alkalinity in the pool. What’s the difference? Think of acidity like a super sour drop candy and alkalinity like a cup of milk straight from the dairy.
Strike a Golden Balance
Ideally, you want your pool to have slightly elevated alkaline levels. The trick is striking a balance between the two levels – so most experts agree that a pH measure between 7.2 and 7.6 is ideal. 7.8 tops.
Prevent Damage to Your Pool
You want your cool to be safe to swim in as well as protecting your equipment and pool accessories. High acidic levels in your pool (below 7) can cause damage to metal ladders, your pool cleaning equipment, and filtration pump. If the pool water is too basic then you will notice a cloudy pool that resists chlorination.
pH Levels Correlate to the Effective Use of Chlorine
There is a correlation between the efficacy of the chlorine you put in your pool and the pH level of the water. So if your pool has a pH above 7.6 it’s too basic (alkaline), the efficacy of the chlorine pumped into your pool decreases. If a pool’s pH level is below 7.2, the acidity of the pool water will eat away the chlorine too quickly – thus also reducing its efficacy.
Acid or Alkaline? That is the Question
Usually, pH level problems with pools are often because the water is too acidic and a visit from a professional can help determine which chemicals you need to be added to the pool to get your levels back in order. If your pool is too acidic, a treatment of soda ash can eliminate the acidity of your pool. If your pool is too alkaline, a dose of sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid does the trick.
Are you feeling more familiar with your swimming pool pH levels?
The main takeaway is that regular pH balancing and testing will save you money in the long run – because you will know how much chlorine to add, and so forth – but also, knowing the pH level of your pool is often the first step in determining other problems that may be affecting your pool.
It is important to know the pH level of your pool water because it will determine the amount of chlorine you will need to maintain proper pool cleanliness. No one wants green algae and other contaminants in their pool. If that’s a problem for your pool, then you will want to consider a complete pool rest and order a shock treatment.