How to Maintain Pool Water  

by Pool Builders on 10-17-2012 in Articles

If your skin feels dry, eyes burn, and you notice that your pool water is less-than-crystal while swimming, it's time to check the chemical balance of the water. If you want to ensure safe and healthy dives all the year round, you need to maintain the chemical balance in water and eliminate the bacteria, algae and other contaminants. Unhealthy or contaminated water of your pool may lead to various health issues and is also likely to change the color of the water from transparent to off white or yellow. Dirty water is neither safe nor will allure you with its normal shimmering quality.

Following are a few steps that will help you to keep your pool water glistening and safe.

€ Maintain the Chlorine levels

Chlorine pool tablets need to be frequently added to the pool water. This is due to the fact that when chlorine combines with organic contaminants in the water to destroy them, it becomes inactive. According to experts, the ideal chlorine level in the pool should be between 2 to 4 ppm. Any variations in the chlorine level whether lower than 2 ppm or higher than 4 ppm is clear indication of contaminated water.

So, before you dive in the pool, you need to balance the chlorine level by adding chlorinating tablets if the pool water appears to be blurred. However, it is important that instead of dumping the chlorine sticks or tablets in the pool, you add them gradually. The use of floating or automatic chlorine feeders will help in adding chlorine safely and effectively.

€ Check pool pH

The pH level specifies the baseness or the relative acidity of the pool water. Ideally, the level of pH in water should be between 7.6 and 7.8. If the level is above this threshold, you will notice scale buildup on the tiles. On the other hand, low pH level will lead to water corrosion and may damage the pool equipment.

Additionally, water of pool with off-balance pH levels will also render sanitizers less effectively; so the quantity of chlorinating tablets and other chemicals will have to be increased to keep the pool clean.

€ Monitor the alkalinity

Dissolved alkaline substances in your pool water helps in balancing the pH levels and make it more resistant to any change. The ideal alkalinity levels needs to be between 80 and 120 ppm. If the alkalinity level is on the higher side, it will be really difficult to adjust the pH level when needed. Furthermore, too low alkalinity levels will make water reeling from low to high pH levels.

So, ensure proper maintenance of pool water to keep it glistening and safe!

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