Keeping a pool well-balanced is the best way to make sure it lasts as long as possible. A pool is a big investment and it is best to protect that investment by taking proper care of it.
Recreational water illness needs to be prevented as much as possible. As a result it is important to
have a healthy chlorine level. Pools must be disinfected in order to keep them from becoming a breeding ground for germs. Chlorine will kill these germs over time.
Since it has to be in the water so long it is important to make sure there is not too much of it in the water. The recommended level of chlorine, as per the health department, is between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm. It is important to make sure that a pool’s chlorine is tested on a regular basis. There are many things that can reduce the level of chlorine in a pool, including dirt, debris, sunlight and the materials that come off of people’s bodies.
The pH level of a pool is also very important. There are two reasons why this level is so critical. One reason is that the lower the pH level is, the more germs are killed using the chlorine. A high level of pH will not eliminate germs from the water as well as a lower level will.
The human body naturally gives off pH as well. The levels a person excretes can range anywhere from 7.2 to 7.8. If the water in a pool does not fall into this range when it comes to the pH level, a person’s eyes and skin can become irritated. The pH level must be kept in the proper range in order to balance the power of the chlorine to kill germs with its ability to irritate a swimmer’s skin.
The better a pool’s pH content is balanced, the better the chemicals will be at sanitizing the pool. Chlorine and bromine work together to keep the pool clean when the pH level is just right. Pool water that has a pH content that is lower than it should be results in more acid in the water, which reduces the effectiveness of the chemicals used to clean the pool.
Sanitizer cannot do its job as thoroughly as it needs too if the water in the pool is too acidic. It is natural for water to be balanced, and water that is not will become a problem for a pool owner. If the pH level of the water is too low the water will attempt to eat up the pool’s concrete, vinyl and other materials, causing the pool to deteriorate in quality. A too high level of pH can lead to scaling. This results in a film forming on pool liners, heaters and PVC pipes.
Pool water should be tested once per week when the pool is being used on a regular basis. It should also be tested after heavy rain has passed through because that can be enough to mess up the balance of the pool. It is easy to purchase a kit that can be used to test pool water.
A well-balanced pool can be easy to maintain if you know what you are doing. It is important to be careful with the pool and to ensure that nothing harmful ends up in the water. This is why people who intend to go swimming in their pool should watch what they eat right before getting in. This is especially important if someone is getting into their pool in order to work out. If too much food is eaten prior to pool exercise, or the food is greasy or just plain heavy, it is likely the person may get sick in their pool, making quite a large mess.
Keeping pool water clean and maintaining a proper pool pH is essential to having a well-balanced pool. The better the pool is maintained the longer it will last and the more beneficial it will be to its owners. Pool maintenance is a serious business.
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