5 Steps to Balancing Your Pool Water

Want to know why balancing your pool water is important?

Maintaining good balance in your swimming pool can prevent the growth of bacteria that are hazardous to swimmers. It also makes the water in the pool comfortable and risk-free for everyone in your family to enjoy. Regular maintenance has to be performed. This will ensure that your pool is kept clean and that the alkalinity, pH, free chlorine, and cyanuric acid levels are all within acceptable ranges.

To keep the water’s quality balanced, the water’s chemistry must be well-maintained. There are steps to take; instruments and chemicals are used to make pool water reach a balanced level. Read on to become informed on how to get well-balanced pool water. Balancing your pool water

Step 1:Determine the Chlorine Demand

The value of the chlorine demand may be monitored to assess the water quality in swimming pools. The term “chlorine demand” refers to the disparity between the total quantity of chlorine introduced to the pool water and the total amount of chlorine still present in the water after a specific contact time.

If the number is 0, then the water does not contain any microbes that may potentially cause harm. If the figure is lower than the total chlorine, this indicates that the water has an adequate quantity of disinfectant. Balancing your pool water.

Step 2: Use Chlorine

Since it is both highly efficient and inexpensive, chlorine is most often used in the treatment of maintaining water chemistry in swimming pools. The elements bromine, ozone, and ultraviolet (UV) light are also considered to be disinfectants.

When chlorine is introduced to swimming pools, it first disperses and generates a hypochlorous acid (HOCI), a mild acid. Next, it interacts with oxygen to form hypochlorite (CIO). When mixed, these chemicals produce free chlorine, often known as the chlorine readily accessible to sanitize your pool.

The cellular walls of microorganisms such as bacteria and algae are susceptible to being degraded by chlorine’s presence. After that, it oxidizes them, which means that it penetrates the molecules of the bacteria and kills them from the inside out, ultimately leading to either their death or their inactivation.

A few different forms of chlorine may be added to pool water, including granules, pills, and liquids. Granules may be added straight into the pool’s water, where they will dissolve, and the filtration system will then spread them around the pool. 

It is sufficient to pour the liquids into the water. Tablets may be put into a chlorine dispenser, the swimmer basket, or an automated chlorinator at the swimming pool.

Step 3: We Shock Your Pool

Shocking is a method for rapidly increasing chlorine levels in a swimming pool that involves adding more chlorine to the water. This method is often referred to as “super chlorination.” It is added to water to eradicate germs and algae that may be resistant to conventional chlorination.

A chlorine shock treatment should be performed on swimming pools at least once a week to increase the available chlorine level to 40 percent of the cyanuric acid level. Cyanuric acid is essential in maintaining stable chlorine levels in swimming pools. Cyanuric acid binds to free chlorine and then slowly releases it, resulting in the amount of time required to use up each dosage of chlorine sanitizer increasing significantly.

Step 4: We Perform pH Tests and Adjust if Necessary

One thing we do is maintain a pH level to avoid damages that can lead to costly repairs. A material’s pH level indicates how acidic or basic it is and may vary from 1.0 to 14.0. An acidic substance has a pH value between 0.0 and 7.0, whereas a primary substance has a pH value between 7.0 and 14.0.

The pH level of pool water should be between 7.4 and 7.6 at all times. To boost the pH of the water, we use a pH increaser such as sodium carbonate (soda ash). Adding 6 ounces of soda ash will elevate the pH of a pool that holds 10,000 gallons by 0.2. If the pH goes up and down, it’s possible that the total alkalinity isn’t high enough. If this is the case, our next line of action is to add baking soda. This will boost the alkalinity while maintaining the pH. We also use a pH decrease such as sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid to reduce the pH level.

Step 5: We Test Your Calcium Hardness and Adjust if Necessary

If there is a buildup of calcium in your pool water, you may start to see a white line (scale) appearing at the water line. This is a sign of scale. This scale accumulation will not only make your pool seem unclean, but it will also cause material and equipment damage.

The range of 200 to 400 parts per million for calcium hardness is good. In this case, we ensure calcium chloride is added to the pool.

If you need to bring the Calcium Hardness of your pool down, sometimes we do it by partly draining it and then refilling it with new water. Additionally, we can use flocculants to collect extra calcium and a pool vacuum to remove excess calcium from the pool.

Did You Know?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pool chemical accidents send more than 4,500 individuals to the emergency department annually. As much as having a swimming pool is loaded with benefits to users, it can be harmful if it is not well cared for or cared for by professionals.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top