Keeping your Swimming Pool Water in Check

When talking about swimming pool maintenance, it’s as easy as keeping the water free of debris, and you’re set. Or is it? Not a lot of people (and sadly, several rookie pool owners) know that maintaining the quality of swimming pool water goes far beyond keeping it free of superficial dirt.

That being said, the true way of keeping swimming pool water spic and span is by correctly balancing its chemistry. This deed doesn’t require one to be a chemist, as the procedure is easily understandable.

There are different things to watch out for in maintaining water chemistry, namely: pH, Chlorine, Alkalinity, and Cyanuric acid content. The pH level is a scale for measuring the water’s alkalinity or acidity level. Ideal pH levels range from 7.2-7.6 parts per million (ppm), which can be measured easily using test strips available at pool supply stores. Lower pH means the water is more acidic, and higher means it is more alkaline—both conditions not ideal for swimming.

Chlorinating the water is the last step. Chlorine works by preventing the accumulation of bacteria, pathogens, and algae, keeping the water clear. Note that chlorine’s effectiveness relies heavily on the water’s pH level: if pH is too high (i.e. above 8), chlorine activity is significantly slowed down, turning the water cloudy. Chlorine level must be tested every other day and kept at an ideal range of 1 to 3 ppm for better results.

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