A balanced pool is a healthy pool. Balancing your pool makes it safe for you and your loved ones to use the swimming pool. So you don’t have to be worried about your kids accidentally swallowing pool water. But it’s not just great for your health, but for the pool equipment as well. Balanced pool water protects your pool equipment from corrosion ensuring that it will last for years to come.
Importance of balanced pool water
Balanced pool water is safe since it is free of contaminants. You can contract Recreational Water Illness from unbalanced since there’s a likelihood of contaminants. A balanced pool has an ideal amount of chlorine which kills bacteria, germs and other organics such as E. coli or salmonella. There should be 1-3 ppm of free chlorine in your pool water, so be sure to measure every day.
Have you ever gone swimming and had itching eyes or skin? Well, that is a result of an unbalanced pool. This happens if the pool is either too acidic or too basic which is caused by unbalanced pH. The proper pH level is between 7.2-7.6 which are close to the pH of our skin, therefore, reducing the chance of skin or eye irritation.
A balanced pH also protects your pool equipment. If the pH is too low, the water becomes acidic which can corrode your pool equipment, pool liner and surfaces. A high pH means the water is basic which is scale-forming. This is problematic as scale will build up in your pool hindering proper water circulation. So you need to test the water pH regularly and adjust as needed.
How to achieve water balance
- Balance the water pH and alkalinity to ensure better swimming comfort and protect your pool equipment. Your pool alkalinity should be consistent and range from 80-120 ppm. Alkalinity affects the pH, and by maintaining proper alkalinity range, your pH levels can become balanced.
- Balance the calcium hardness levels to protect your pool from scaling and corrosion. The ideal range for calcium hardness is between 150-250 ppm. If you have too little calcium in your pool, the water can become corrosive, and if there’s too much calcium, your pool water will become cloudy, and scale will build up.
- Balance Cyanuric Acid (CYA) to protect chlorine in your water from the deterioration as a result of sunlight. Cyanuric acid is a pool stabilizer, but if the levels are not balanced, it can cause problems. Low levels mean you will have to use more chlorine, which is costly. You also run the risk of having no chlorine in your pool on a hot sunny day. Always test the stabilizer levels, and be sure to maintain at 40 ppm.
- Maintain Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) to ensure proper chlorine levels. This protects against metal corrosion, skin and eye irritation and scale buildup. TDS levels should be maintained at below 2,000-2,500 ppm. If the levels rise above this, you might want to add more fresh water or drain the pool. To keep the TDS levels in check, backwash your pool regularly.