Pool spa and warehouse managers will always tell us that it is important to keep the chemistry of your pool water in balance. It is because it will help a lot in keeping your pool water sparkling clean. Besides, balance in pool water chemistry will also keep your pump, heater, and other system components of your pool equipment free from damage.
Also, keeping your pool water pH and alkalinity level at par with their recommended levels will assist in keeping your pool equipment finish looking like it is still brand new.
What is the pH level of your pool water all about? This is how we measure your pool water’s level of acidity. On a scale of 0 to 14, a pH that is below 7.0 is a clear indication that your pool water is acidic.
A pH reading of 8.0 means that your pool water is alkaline or basic. What we always need to aim for is a pH reading between 7.4 to 7.6. This is the ideal pH level for your pool water. A pH reading that goes under or above those ranges may well indicate that your water may not be as safe to swim in as it should be.
If you have a pool spa, a hot tub, or a regular swimming pool, you’d quickly understand why someone would say how important it is to keep its water looking clear and pristine all the time.
If for some reason, your pool equipment’s water becomes murky or just flat-out hazy, one of the first things you need to look into is the pH level of the water. If the pool water pH level is within the ideal range, the odds are high that the water will have a crystal clear appearance.
Crystalline pool water is more inviting and pleasant to swim in, but you will not likely feel the same if you have cloudy pool water instead.
Pool Equipment and Surface
Both high and low levels of pH can be detrimental not just to the external surfaces of your swim spa, but even to the pool equipment itself. Pool water with a high pH level can set the stage for scaling.
And if you will allow your pool spa water to have a high pH level all the time, it will render your pool lining to age quickly and thus deteriorate faster than it should.
On the other hand, if your pool water has a low pH level, it will lay the groundwork for corrosion to start appearing on your pool ladders, surfaces, pumps, and other important areas of your pool equipment.
Low pH levels will also run the risk of causing your pool liners to wrinkle and fade, depending upon the chlorine levels you put in the water. If you have a concrete swimming pool, low pH water will cause etching on its walls and when that happens it will cost you huge costs on repair work.
Pool spa and warehouse managers often tell us that if you want to protect your investment, you must keep an eye on the water pH level. They can only emphasize so much how important it is to have balance in this area of pool water chemistry.
A Comfortable Swimming Pool
Acidic pool water, or water with a low pH level, will make swimming uncomfortable. There are even instances that will be harmful to swim in, especially to people who have sensitive skin because they are likely to suffer from rashes or irritation on the skin. Depending on the amount of chlorine that you have in your pool water, it may bleach your bathing suit.
A low pH level of pool water can also induce a stinging sensation in the eyes while swimming and can be damaging even to the nasal cavities. If you will take a swim or have a dip in such kind of pool water, you might feel your skin getting very dry, sticky, and itchy. As for your hair, it is made brittle, too.
If you will make an effort to keep your pool water pH within the recommended parameters, it will surely go a long way in giving you comfort, safety, and enjoyment in using your pool spa.