What to Know About Having a Balanced Swimming Pool

Most pool owners don't know the importance of maintaining the water balance in their pools. Maintaining the balance of a pool is an essential way to manage it. Although, it's challenging to understand due to its complexity, it's a vital step in pool maintenance.

Maintaining the water balance will help keep the pool water safe, corrosion free and comfortable. Listed below are a few reasons why you should have a balanced swimming pool:

  • For safety

    Balanced pool water, means a stable pH, so if you make use of a salt-based pool that produces chlorine as a way to kill off the bacteria present, the chlorine present in an unbalanced pool water will be less efficient and won't be able to kill off the bacteria in the water.

  • For comfort

    Balanced pool water will provide you with comfort during your swim. The water needs to be appropriately balanced so that it won't affect your eyes and skin during swimming. In order to be comfortable, the water should neither be too acidic nor basic.

  • An unbalanced pool will prove corrosive.

    An acidic pool will react with the metals in the swimming pool and thereby lead to corrosion. This will reflect poorly on your swims, such as making the pool water taste and smell bad, it might even cause itchy skin and damage some of your pool fixtures


How to balance your pool.

Below are just a few ways to balance your pool's water.

  • Have Total Alkalinity

    A high alkaline value will help balance your pool. Total Alkaline (TA) and PH both need to be balanced; a high TA will most likely cause a high Ph. Research by pool maintenance experts will tell you the average pool should have an alkaline value of 100 ppm.

  • Maintaining a proper water level pH

    pH is the level of acidity or basicity present in your pool. You should make sure to keep your pool within the appropriate pH range. While a very low pH will make chlorine dissolve in water quickly, a high pH value will make chlorine very ineffective to kill bacteria.

    You should understand how the pH scale works and how to read it very well. A 0-7 pH value indicates an acidity, while an 8-14 shows the basicity of your pool water.

    So, an adequately balanced pH value for a pool should range from 7.4 to 7.6 on the pH test scale.

  • A proper amount of calcium present.

    Having the right amount of calcium content in your pool will help balance the water. Too little calcium will cause your plaster to erode, while too much will generate clouds on your water surface. Too little or too much will create stains and taste in the water.

    Keeping to the range of 200 to 400 ppm, which is the recommended general calcium hardness. Meanwhile, for most average pools, 300 ppm is recommended. The right amount of calcium is significant and could go a long way in maintaining your pool.

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