How do I keep pool water clean?
Pool water cleaning is a balancing act. Balance between low pH and high pH, or acidic and alkaline, and the reason it is so important is that it affects the way pool chemicals react in pool water, and this means pH will govern whether you cloudy pool water or crystal clear pool water.
You also want to ensure your pool water is safe to swim in. pH is measured by a logarithmic scale from 0 to 14. 0 or lowest pH is extremely acidic. 14 or high pH is extremely alkaline. Neutral is 7 and you want your pool water to ultimately measure between 7 and 7.6 after pool water testing.
A high pH of 8 or more will cause skin rashes after swimming in the pool. A low pH, lower than 7, can cause stinging in the eyes. Interestingly, human eye mucous and tears are a pH of 7.4. So if your pool water is at exactly 7.4, your swimmers will be perfectly comfortable.
Don’t waste your money on valuable pool chemicals before getting pH between 7 and 7.6!!!
Any extremes in pH will impact the effectiveness of pool chemicals. pH determines how chlorine reacts. If your pH is wrong, you can make your pool water white and cloudy real fast.
Before you even add any chlorine, bromines, clarifiers, or salt, target your pH. But do it in small doses. If your pool water test is low in pH, add a small amount of alkaline. Give it few hours to settle, then add more if you need it. And the same goes for adding acid if the pH level is too high. Add just a little, then wait.
If you are doing this yourself, it can be a time consuming process. Professionals know how to target pool water alkalinity quickly with knowledge, experience, and high tech pool water testing instruments.
So the first step in gaining clear pool water is pH. Remember, rain water is acidic, depending on your area, pure rainwater could be as low as 5.6. If you have had a lot of rain recently, you are going to need to review your pool’s pH before adding any chemicals.
Next check calcium levels. The water you add to your pool from the local water supply may need correcting to adjust the level of calcium. Calcium will build up on pool filtration and pool surfaces with a white scale.
As you can see, there is so much science and careful analysis in getting your pool water just right. The good news is that by follow manufacturer’s instructions and adding small doses in chemicals will quickly make your pool water safe and with crystal clear pool water. Once you hit the fine line between pH and chemicals, your pool will stay resilient and crystal clear for much longer.
Reflections Pool Cleaning Services have been assisting pool owners in the Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet, Elsinore, and Menifee areas for decades. Our family owned company is experienced not only in pool treatment, but we have experience with the local water supplies and we know what to expect with seasonal rain and sunlight so we are your best advisors when it comes to helping you ensure your pool water is clean and safe.
Phone Andy at Reflections Pool Cleaning Services today at 951 200 0294.