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Understanding pH Balance in Your Pool or Spa

Maintaining the correct pH balance in your pool or spa is crucial for ensuring both water quality and swimmer comfort. The pH scale measures the acidity or alkalinity of your pool water, with a reading of 7.0 being neutral. Ideally, your pool’s pH should be slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.6, to match the natural pH of human eyes and provide an optimal swimming environment.

Consequences of Low pH (Acidic Water):

Acidic water can erode plaster or Marbelite pool surfaces, leading to rough textures that encourage algae growth.
Metal components, including pool equipment and fittings, are prone to corrosion.
Corrosion can release sulphates, causing unsightly brown or black stains on your pool’s walls and floor.
The effectiveness of chlorine as a disinfectant diminishes, resulting in unsanitized water and wasted chemicals.
Swimmers may experience burning eyes, nose irritation, faded swimwear, and dry, itchy skin.

Consequences of High pH (Alkaline Water):

High pH leads to calcium carbonate formation, which can create scale buildup, particularly along the waterline, attracting dirt and turning black over time.

Water can become cloudy, losing its clear, sparkling appearance

The filtering capability of sand filters can be compromised as the calcium carbonate hardens, resembling cement.
Chlorine’s efficiency as a sanitizer decreases significantly, requiring much more chlorine to achieve the same level of disinfection.
Swimmers may suffer from eye and nose irritation, as well as dry, itchy skin.

Regular testing and adjustment of your pool’s pH are essential to prevent these issues. After testing, if necessary, add the appropriate chemicals to achieve a pH level around 7.2, ensuring a safe and enjoyable swimming experience.

Don’t let pH imbalances tarnish your pool or spa. Get a quote now for professional pH balancing services and keep your water pristine and inviting.

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