I’m proud of you for taking an interest in balancing your pool water. The key to clean healthy water starts with the proper filtration system, second is water chemistry and getting the water balanced. If your pool has only a few hundred gallons or a massive pool with thousands of gallons, you will still go by the same chemical standards. You will just use more or less chemicals, depending on the amount of gallons in the pool.
You will need to know how many gallons of water is in your pool. If you don’t already know or just want to make sure you are figuring the right amount of gallons for treating your pool. Here is a handy pool volume calculator to assist you because some pools are freeform and they are a little harder to calculate, but with this tool it’s easy.
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Keep in mind there are many variables that can effect the balance of the water. For instance, rains and wind can pick up and carry debris and contaminants and drop them in your pool and change the chemistry almost immediately. Even the amount of people that use your pool can change the chemistry. This is referred to as the bather load. For example, you have a pool party and invited 10 relatives or friends. The pool is perfectly balanced, clean and clear. Everyone is swimming, splashing around and enjoying the pool. The next day you go out and look at your pool. Your once crystal clear pool is so cloudy you can’t see the main drain.
How did this happen?
It is because of the bather load. Contaminants like hair spray, make-up, deodorant, sweat, perspiration, dead skin, hair; all of this plays a part in using up the chlorine and changing the chemical make-up of the pools water.
Each year your pool will create its own demand for various chemicals. One year it might have a higher need for calcium increaser and the next year it might need more alkalinity to keep your water balanced. Another thing, your neighbor’s pool can react totally different to your pool even being exposed to the same outdoor elements.
Here’s our pool tip for you, we recommend you keep a chart or sheet on your pool documenting the various chemical readings and what chemicals you have added each time. After awhile some of the chemical treatments and what you did can be confusing. You forget what you added and when you added it. This is what we do on a regular basis with pools we take care of. It’s a lot easier to keep up and you can develop a history of how your pool acts and reacts to treatments.
Listed below you will find the acceptable levels for balanced swimming pool or spa water. Note difference between a plastered and vinyl pool.
What are the effects of unbalanced water?
If low levels of pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness are maintained even for a short period of time, the water will be corrosive and will etch the plaster, vinyl liner pools will get wrinkles, start the corrosion process of any metal in the filtration system and for swimmers, it will cause skin and eye irritation.
Heater are notorious for getting hit hard by the damage of unbalanced water. The heat exchangers are made of copper which is a softer metal so it usually goes first by developing pin hole leaks. The only repair you can do is to replace the heat exchangers. By the time you pay for parts and labor and add a few hundred dollars more, you can have a brand new heater. If you haven’t checked lately, pool heaters are not inexpensive.
Water chemistry can do some strange things. For instance the copper that is being corroding is dissolving into the water and will cause the pool surface and any white goods to stain. If anyone has blonde hair it will probably start to turn green. Pools and hair are two things that should not be green. Unless, green is the actual color of your plaster, liner or if your getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day and want to color your hair.
Unbalanced water can be very expensive in more ways than one. If you have a plastered pool and the calcium level is not maintained properly, the water will pull what it needs from the plaster. Instead of having a smooth finish, the surface will start feeling rough, like sand paper. If anyone but it’s usually children, swim and jump around in the shallow end for any length of time, the rough surface will cause blisters on their feet and sometimes make them bleed.
What if the ranges are kept above normal ranges?
This has a bad effect as well. The water will start to form scale in different areas of the pool. Chlorine does not work as it should, you have problems with cloudy water and it also causes skin and eye irritation.
It is not hard to keep your pool balanced. Most pool companies will test your water and recommend the proper chemicals to treat the water. You can also test the water yourself. It is not hard to do and you can stay on top of it at all times.
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