Managing pool chemicals effectively can seem very confusing, yet it is the most important part of swimming pool maintenance. In this article, we will share some smart tips to help you manage your pool chemicals correctly.
Keeping a consistent schedule is at the basis of proper swimming pool chemical maintenance. Test your water daily during the warm months. During the cold months, you can probably maintain your chemical levels properly with weekly testing.
Understanding Pool Chemical Levels
Chlorine is the main chemical used in pools. It is very important for preventing algae growth, killing bacteria and sanitizing the water. Keep your chlorine range between .5 and 3.0 parts per million (PPM).
You can use chlorine in a granular or liquid form, introduced to the pool manually, via automatic in-line chlorinator or with an automatic floating chlorinator. The automatic in-line model is best because it introduces the chlorine in a consistent, regulated manner. You will need to treat your pool with chlorine more frequently in warm weather when the pool is active and less frequently during the cool and inactive months.
Testing Pool Chemicals
Keep track of the acidity and alkalinity of your pool water by keeping a close eye on the pH level. The ideal level falls between 7.2 and 7.6 PPM. A low pH level is damaging to your pool, uncomfortable for swimmers and also causes chlorine to deteriorate rapidly. A high pH level causes cloudy water. Smart use of muriatic acid lowers your pH levels. Sodium bicarbonate raises pH levels.
Another cause of cloudy water is calcium hardness. The level of dissolved calcium in pool water should be maintained at between 252 500 PPM to avoid damage to your pool. Calcium hardness can be raised with the addition of calcium chloride or lowered with the addition of trisodium phosphate.
Monitor total alkalinity (TA) closely because keeping TA levels at 80 to 120 PPM helps control pH levels. Chemicals used to control TA are:
* Sodium Bicarbonate
* Sodium Bisulfate
* Muriatic Acid
* Soda Ash
Follow manufacturer’s instructions closely, and understand that it takes quite a bit of experience and trial and error to learn to apply these chemicals correctly.
Proper use of cyanuric acid is an important part of monitoring your pool water quality and handling and managing the various chemicals needed. This chemical is a stabilizer that helps slow down chlorine dissipation. Used correctly, it reduces the hard work you put into swimming pool maintenance. Cyanuric acid levels should be maintained at 30 to 50 PPM.
DIY vs. Hiring a Pool Service Professional
While managing pool chemicals effectively is not rocket science, it is easy to see that it takes a certain amount of skill and effort. Additionally, if you are going to do it yourself you must keep in mind that you must store all these chemicals safely and securely to prevent accidents. The expertise, effort and security issues involved in DIY pool maintenance play a big part in the smart decision many people make to engage a professional pool service!