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Crystal Clear Chemistry: Mastering Pool Water Balance for a Sparkling Summer

Crystal Clear Chemistry: Mastering Pool Water Balance for a Sparkling Summer

How To Properly Balance Your Pool Water

Your pool is an investment in summer fun, but keeping it sparkling clean and enjoyable requires maintaining proper water balance. At Dickson Brothers, we know balanced pool water is happy pool water. Here's your guide to mastering pool water chemistry and achieving that perfect balance.

The Balancing Act: Essential Elements

There are three main factors to keep your pool water in tip-top shape:

    • Total Alkalinity (TA): Think of TA as your pool's buffer system. It acts like a shield, protecting your pH from fluctuating wildly. The ideal range for TA is 80-120 ppm (parts per million).

    • pH Level: pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of your water. For a comfortable swimming experience and to prevent equipment damage, aim for a pH level between 7.4 and 7.6 ppm.

    • Calcium Hardness (CH): Calcium hardness impacts the feel of your pool water and helps prevent etching on pool surfaces. The ideal range for CH in Texas is generally between 200-400 ppm.

Testing and Adjusting:

    • Test Regularly: Invest in a pool test kit and test your water at least weekly, especially during peak swimming season. Most pool supply stores offer water testing and can guide you on interpreting the results.

    • Balancing from the Bottom Up: Always adjust your Total Alkalinity (TA) first. If your TA is too low, it will be difficult to maintain a stable pH level. If your TA is high, it can be challenging to adjust the pH.

    • Making Adjustments: There are various pool chemicals available to raise or lower each of these levels. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions on dosage based on your pool size and test results.

Pro Tips for Sparkling Success:

    • Shock Your Pool Regularly: Shocking your pool with chlorine helps eliminate bacteria and contaminants that can throw off your water balance.

    • Maintain Proper Circulation: Ensure your pool pump runs for sufficient hours each day to circulate the water and distribute chemicals evenly.

    • Keep it Clean: Skimming debris regularly and vacuuming your pool help prevent the buildup of organic matter that can impact water chemistry.

Dickson Brothers: Your Partner in Pool Care

Balancing pool water can seem daunting, but with the right knowledge and tools, it's an achievable task. If you have any questions or need assistance with testing or adjusting your pool water chemistry, Dickson Brothers is here to help! Our pool experts can provide guidance, recommend the appropriate chemicals, and ensure your pool stays crystal clear all summer long.

Let's dive into a sparkling summer!

 

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