Water and pH Maintenance - Balancing
Measuring the pH levels of your water is an important part of the usual maintenance routine for your pool. When we talk about pH levels, we’re talking about how acidic or basic the water is. If you have heard of the term acid rain before, that is rain water with a very low pH, which makes the liquid more acidic (in other words, corrosive.) Likewise, cleaning materials such as ammonia, soap, and bleach have a very high pH level, and are considered to be basic. Of course, we want our pool water to be neither, lying somewhere in the middle.
A good balance between your pH level and your water level makes the difference for a clean, well functioning pool. If the pH balance of your water is too low, it may turn acidic and weaken the surfaces and materials that make up your pool. If it is too high, your water will turn cloudy and solid calcium deposits may build up on your tiles and in your filter. A correct pH balance is also important for chlorine to work properly. A good range for your pool’s pH balance lies between 7.2 to 7.6 pH. This is only slightly higher than the pH of average drinking water. At Blue Chip, we will measure the balance for your pool water with our own testing tools, so that your water stays clear, clean, and safe.