Tips for maintaining swimming pool chemistry balance

Always remember to regularly check the chemical balance of a pool rather than relying on or waiting for the water's colour to change. At that point, the issue has already arisen and needs to be fixed. On the other side, timely testing can help to prevent a pool problem from ever developing. To maintain a clean and safe swimming environment, your pool's chemistry needs to be properly balanced.

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The following advice will assist you in maintaining the correct chemical balance in your pool:

  • Regular Testing: Using a dependable water testing kit, test the water in your pool on a regular basis. Check the alkalinity, calcium hardness, pH, and concentrations of chlorine. This will provide you a precise picture of the chemistry in your pool and make it easier for you to see any imbalances. Following the instructions and dosage as per the manufacturer’s guideline for using chemicals is advised.
  • pH Balance: The pH level determines whether the water is acidic or alkaline. Aim for a slightly alkaline pH of between 7.2 and 7.4. The pH range for shock chlorination is 6.9 to 7.0. As a result, chlorine will be much more effective. Add a pH minus if the pH is too high (alkaline). Add a pH increaser if it's too low (acidic). The efficiency of your sanitizer is increased and swimmer comfort is ensured by maintaining the ideal pH balance. If the pH isn't right, avoid using any chemicals; first, you'll waste money and resources, and second, the water will get worse than it already is.
  • Chlorine levels: are important because they help keep your pool clean by killing bacteria. Regularly check the chlorine levels and aim for a range of 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm). When necessary, add chlorine to keep the proper levels. Depending on your preference, you can use liquid, granular, or tablet chlorine.
  • Total alkalinity: Alkalinity aids in maintaining your pool's pH level. 80 to 120 ppm is the recommended total alkalinity range. Add an alkalinity plus if the alkalinity is too low. Use a minus alkalinity if it's too high. Alkalinity levels that are appropriate support balanced water chemistry and minimize pH swings.
  • Calcium Hardness: The amount of calcium in the water is referred to as calcium hardness. Typically, a range of 200 to 400 ppm is advised. Scaling can result from excessive calcium levels, whereas low calcium levels can produce corrosive water. Add a calcium increaser or a calcium hardness reducer to change the calcium hardness. We advise against skipping this step because it is quite difficult to remove the limescale off the pool wall.
  • Routine Shocking: Shocking your pool entails adding more chlorine to the water to fast sanitise it and get rid of pollutants like germs or algae. Regularly shock your pool, particularly after a swimming part with multiple guests, after a rain, or when the chlorine is low. Observe the manufacturer's recommendations for the right dosage and application technique. Swimming is strictly forbidden for 24 hours when shock chlorination is taking place. The pH range for shock chlorination is 6.9 to 7.0. As a result, chlorine will be much more effective
  • Proper Filtration and Circulation: Make sure your pool's water is properly filtered and circulated. To make sure that all the water goes through the filtration system, run the pool pump for a sufficient length of time each day. 4 hours of running followed by 4 hours of being off is a cycle. This encourages uniform chemical dispersion and aids in debris removal.
  • Maintain and Clean the Pool: Regularly skim your pool's surface to get rid of leaves, bugs, and other debris. To avoid the accumulation of dirt and algae, you should also clean the pool's walls and floor using a pool brush and hoover. Use robotic cleaners rather than manual ones. A robotic cleaner enables to schedule cleaning time remotely.
  • Seek Professional Assistance: Consult a qualified pool service technician if you have questions about keeping the chemistry balance in your pool, or if you experience recurring problems. They can test your pool's water, offer recommendations that are customized for your pool, and offer expert advice.

You can maintain a safe and comfortable swimming environment while extending the lifespan of your pool equipment by paying attention to these suggestions and performing periodic pool maintenance checks regularly.