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Balancing Swimming Pool Chemicals: Keeping Your Chlorine Pools Water Chemistry In Balance

Author: Francis Fernando
by Francis Fernando
Posted: Sep 11, 2018
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Enjoying swimming in your own swimming pool is always a pleasant thing. But maintaining your swimming pool and balancing the swimming pool chemicals are not that much pleasant. The reason is many of us don’t know how to maintain it. Even they hire someone who could maintain it for them which cost a lot of money every month.

But with some few easy steps, you can easily maintain your own swimming pool by yourself. Just you need to follow the steps very carefully. This article is going to help you to balance your swimming pool chemicals.

There are 5 aspects are the key to keep your chlorine swimming pool water chemistry in balance, and should be checked on a weekly basis by various of pool water test kits to help reduce the chance of unwanted algae and bacteria from growing.

Algae and bacteria will cause a pool to turn green, attract mosquitoes and other bugs and make a pool less healthy or even dangerous to swim in. Here is a breakdown of the important things to look at to ensure a clean safe pool to swim in.

5 Major Aspects To Balance Swimming Pool Chemicals In A Chlorine Pool.

Water Hardness Level: Water hardness level of two components: Direct Hardness Level and Indirect Hardness Level. Hardness in your water is a direct result of the source your water comes from. When the water hardness is too high, it makes balancing swimming pool chemicals difficult. The biggest things that make water hard are dirt and partials that are in your water.

If you get your water from a well it will have a different hardness level. On the other hand hardness in a pool is indirectly affected by the various chemical compounds that dissolve in your pool's water.

As you add chemicals to your pool and they do their job, they get used up and start to add to the hardness level of your pool's water chemistry. In this case, you can add a chemical called Calcium Chloride to bring the harness level up.

Perfect water hardness levels should be between 200-400 ppm of minerals to be safe and effective. If the water in your pool becomes too hard the only way to resolve it is to drain your pool partially or completely and refill it with new fresh water.

Chlorine Level: When talking about sanitizing a chlorine pool and killing unwanted algae and bacteria, chlorine is the most important chemical to have. It is important to keep this chemical in balance because if you have too much it can irritate swimmers' skin and eyes and be unhealthy, and if you have too little then algae and bacteria can grow.

Free Chlorine is the chlorine that is actively working, sanitizing and killing unwanted algae and bacteria in your pool. This useable, or free chlorine level, is the most important chemical to keep in balance. The ideal range for perfect pool chemistry is to have 1-3 ppm of free, usable chlorine in your pool.

PH Balance: PH Balance is the index to show how acidic or alkaline (basic) pool water is. Water that reads lower than 7 is acidic, and water that reads higher than 7 is basic. The perfect range for swimming is between 7.2 and 7.8. If the PH level is too low, Sodium Bicarbonate (Soda Ash) needs to be added to your pool. Muriatic Acid is the chemical that is added to a pool to lower the PH level if it becomes too basic.

Conditioner Level: Cyanuric Acid is the chemical that is added to a pool to stabilize the chlorine balance. Chlorine is affected and dissolved fast by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Cyanuric Acid protects chlorine from the sun. When a pool is filled, Cyanuric Acid needs to always be added first so that the chlorine can do its job. Also, as evaporation happens or a pool is partially drained and refilled, cyanuric acid also needs to be added. The ideal level of cyanuric acid in a pool should be between 30-80 ppm.

Total Alkalinity (TA) Balance: The Total Alkalinity, or TA, is the measurement of how much alkaline substances are in your pool's water. When checking your pool TA level it should read between 80-120 ppm. When the TA is in this range, it helps stabilize your PH level and prevents rapid PH changes.

You need to add sodium bicarbonate (Soda Ash) to your pool if the TA is low. It is the only chemical that will raise the level of your TA without drastically changing the PH level. If you need to lower the TA level in your pool, add Muriatic acid.

Final Words: In conclusion, the key to balancing swimming pool chemicals are checking their levels regularly and adjusting them as needed. If you keep an eye on these 5 things you will always have a clean, safe and enjoyable pool to swim in all year long. But you have to keep that in mind that you must add the chemicals in the proper amount.

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