When it comes to having the perfect swimming pool, clean water is crucial. Keeping an eye on the water’s chemical makeup is very important, pool water needs to be sanitary and comfortable for the swimmers.
The first step to obtaining safe, hygienic water is to test it. The important things to look for when testing your water are pH balance, alkalinity, and sanitation levels. Testing can be done with a professional or on your own. If you choose to do your own pool testing, here is what to look for in your pool water analysis:
To keep your pool water clean, you will need to use a stabilized chlorine product or bromine to kill the bacteria and keep it from growing. Stabilized chlorine comes in a variety of easy to use forms like tablets, sticks, and granules. You’ll want your pool water to be at a free chlorine level of 1-3 ppm, except when you are shocking the water.
Shocking is a term that describes raising the level of free chlorine in your pool, to eliminate all contaminants such as algae and bacteria. After shocking the pool, using an algaecide is another effective way to keep your pool crystal clear and comfortable.
One of the biggest contributors to the quality of your pool water is the pH level. If there is too much acidity in your water, your pool and equipment will corrode. If there is too much base, then scaling, deposits, and cloudy water will occur. Your pool’s pH balance needs to be checked weekly.
To keep that pH level steady, acid buffers or total alkalinity are necessary. You’ll want to keep your pools alkalinity at 120-150 ppms. If the levels are higher or lower, it will cause problems for your pool and the water quality. Alkalinity boosters can raise the total alkaline level or you can call a professional to balance your pool’s pH.
When it comes to your pool, metals can cause a lot of issues. Unfortunately, metals like copper, iron, and manganese often find their way into your pool water. Not only do metals change the color of the water, they also stain your pool. If there are metals in your pool water, a scale and stain remover will need to be used to prevent permanent discoloring.
The amount of dissolved calcium in your water will determine the calcium hardness of your pool. Like everything else, calcium hardness needs to be kept in balance. Low levels can cause damage to the vinyl and etching on the pool and high levels result in calcium deposits. You’ll want to maintain a calcium hardness level of 200-250 ppm to avoid these issues.
If you are looking for help with your pool water analysis, the professionals at Blue Waters Pool and Spa will send a technician to make sure the job is done right. For more information on our pool maintenance and repair services, click here.