The Chemicals Behind a Balanced Pool

In order to ensure that you have a clean and healthy swimming pool, you are going to have to channel your inner scientist and experiment with the chemicals in your pool. Maintaining a balanced pool can be the most confusing and frustrating part of pool ownership, especially if you don’t have much of a background with chemistry. You will have to add a number of different pool balancers to your pool to make sure the pH, alkalinity, and hardness levels are all where they’re supposed to be. Not to mention, all of the other chemicals you’ll have to keep up with to minimize all sorts of bacteria, such as sanitizers, clarifiers, shock, and algaecide. A well-balanced pool isn’t only good for your health, but it will also elongate the lifespan of your pool. There is no denying that through use, your pool is going to need some extra assistance to stay clean and balanced. For example, if your pool is too acidic, over time the surface will begin to dissolve and the metals will corrode. To test your pool you can purchase one of a variety of different test kits that will tell you exactly how much of what to add to your pool.


What is a Balanced Pool?

ph balance chart

As shown on the chart, a balanced pool consists of making sure the pH, Hardness, and Alkalinity levels all fall within a range. Understanding pool chemicals and how they work is very important. There are also other forms of chemicals, such as, algaecides, clarifiers, sanitizers, and shock that can be used to enhance your pools water quality. The better you understand your pool's chemical make up the easier it is going to be for you to maintain a balanced pool. 


So What Will Happen if Your Pool is Unbalanced?

Everyone is going to have their own obligations that they will need to tend to, so maintaining the chemicals in your pool isn’t always going to be on the top of your to-do list. It’s not the end of the world if you get lackadaisical with testing your pools balance every once in a while, as long as you don't make it a weekly habit. Sometimes it can be quite obvious if something is off in your pool, but other times it could be impossible to know without testing. For example, a cloudy pool can either mean its low in pH, high in alkalinity, not enough sanitizer, or even a defect in your filtration system. However, there is not a telltale sign to show that your pool is too acidic. Your pool may look clear and clean, but in reality, you could be sending your children into an acid bath. It is not only unhealthy for you and your family to be swimming in an unbalanced pool, but your pool can begin to deteriorate while immensely shortening its lifespan. Therefore, it's essential that you keep up with monitoring the chemicals in your pool on a weekly basis. 



Learning your pool and the chemicals needed to keep it balanced will eventually make the process a whole lot easier for you. Even to the point where you won't need to test your pool's chemicals, you’ll just know how much of what you need and how often you need it. In the meantime, you are going to want to test your pools balance a few times a week to ensure everything is how it should be.

February 12th, 2016 Admin General Maintenance