Do you have difficulties keeping up with your pool’s water chemistry? Do you want to learn more about how these levels affect your pool? Do you keep adding chlorine but still have cloudy water or algae blooms? If you answered yes to any of these questions we are here to help!
There are 5 key chemicals you should check first when a problem arises
Free Chlorine – is the total amount of sanitizer in your pool. Chlorine must be constantly replenished because it prevents bacterial growth, algae blooms and improves the overall health of your pool. The best range for chlorine is 1-4ppm
Cyanuric Acid – CYA acts as a sunscreen to your chlorine. Sunlight destroys chlorine therefore costing you obscene amounts of money to keep a consistent chlorine level. In the right doses Cyanuric acid can be a great stabilizer however, if improperly dosed can cause some problems. Such as, faulty water test readings & ineffective chlorine. When the stabilizer goes too high it coats the chlorine not allowing sunlight in or chlorine out. Optimal range of Cyanuric Acid is 1-50ppm.
pH – is the acidic level of your water lower pH= more acidic higher pH = less acidic The ideal range of pH is 7.2-7.8
Alkalinity – helps keep the pH stable if in range. If the alkalinity rises over 120ppm (parts per million) or drops below 80ppm the pH will follow and be pushed out of range.
Calcium Hardness – Help prevent plaster damage when balanced correctly. High CH can cause calcium scaling. Ideally 220 to 350 for Gunite & 200-500ppm for pools with a vinyl liner.