Maintain your pool pH!
Your pool’s chemistry is delicate! When treating your pool with chemicals, you want to ensure that your pool water is safe to swim in. Maintaining your pool’s pH is important! If your pool’s pH is off balance your pool may face etching or scaling. Here’s what you need to know about your pool’s pH.
What is pH?
pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity in a substance. An acid is typically described as having a pH between 0 and 6, whereas an alkali is described as having a pH between 8 and 14. The lower the pH the more acidic a substance is, and the higher the pH the more alkaline a substance is. A neutral pH lies at about 7. In fact, your pool should have a pH between 7.2 and 7.8.
When your pool’s pH is too acidic you face issues of etching and corrosion. Acidic water also causes skin irritation. A pool professional adds an alkaline substance like sodium bicarbonate helps balance the pH to a neutral state.
When your pool’s pH is too basic, or alkaline, you face issues of scaling meaning the pool’s surface slowly chips away. A pool professional adds an acidic substance like sodium bisulfate will help balance the pool to a neutral state.
pH and chlorine.
Chlorine is affected by the pH of your pool! Make sure your pool’s pH is balanced so that your chlorine is effective. If your pool is too acidic then the chlorine dissipates too quickly and if the water is too alkaline then germs are not killed properly.
What changes your pool’s pH?
Your pool faces a multitude of changes! Leaves fall into the pool, chlorine is added to the pool, people swim in the pool. Each time something enters the water it has the potential to affect the water conditions.
Make sure your pool’s pH is balanced! Contact the professionals at Clean & Clear Pools for all your pool service needs and pool cleaning assistance. Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo communities
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