Water balancing is one of the most important aspects of swimming pool maintenance. A balanced swimming pool means keeping the five basic pool water components within their proper levels. These components work together to help the sanitizer work more effectively
Let’s examine these five components individually:
Total alkalinity refers to how much alkaline is in the water. A pool should have a total alkalinity level of 100 ppm. The lower the alkalinity level, the lower the ph; the higher the alkalinity level, the higher the pH.
Swimming Pool Water pH Levels
pH levels have a significant impact on your personal comfort and the condition and finish of your pool. pH, which refers to the acidity or baseness of your pool water, should average 7.4 to 7.6 on a test kit’s numeric scale.
A pH level or 7 or lower means your chlorine will dissipate quickly, whereas high pH levels make chlorine inactive. Hence, the importance of maintaining pH levels within the correct range.
With too little calcium in your pool water, the surface can “chalk” and erode. Too much calcium could turn your water murky, plus scale formations and stains could appear. 200 to 400 ppm is the generally accepted range for calcium hardness levels.
Stabilizer helps your pool water retain chlorine longer, which is why it’s added to certain types of chlorine. With low stabilizer levels, you’ll use more chlorine than normal. With high stabilizer levels, you may need to dilute your water to bring it back into the proper range: 40 to 100 ppm.
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
All water, except for distilled water, contains dissolved minerals. As pool water evaporates, it leaves minerals behind which then accumulate over time. A large amount of mineral content makes it harder for the chemicals to do their job; therefore, if they start to mount up in your pool, drain some of the water and replenish it with a fresh supply.
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