There’s a lot of work that goes into keeping your pool up to par, and ensuring that the water is safe and sanitary to swim in is perhaps one of the more important aspects of pool maintenance.
The last thing you want to do is jump in the pool only to quickly notice that the water isn’t what it should be. You might notice things such as algae, green coloring, cloudiness, and even irritation of your skin and eyes.
That’s why ensuring that the pH level is so important.
What is pH?
The pH of the water measures the balance of acidity and alkalinity. If the water is out of balance, there will be some negative effects such as those already mentioned. It’s important to keep your pool water’s pH balance in check to ensure these effects don’t happen.
Ideally, you should test the pool water a couple of times per week at least, or whenever you notice that something is off. This will not only protect you and others in the water, but also the pool equipment.
What pH Should Your Pool Water Be?
Swimming pool water pH should ideally stay within the range of 7.2 to 7.8. A pH that is too high leads to poorer chlorine disinfection (meaning more chlorine needed to do the job), cloudy water, and skin irritation.
On the other hand, a pH that is too low leads to acidic water that can damage the pool liner, irritate the eyes, and damage the mechanical components of the pool. It can also dry out your hair and skin and even ruin your swimsuit.
Plus, a pH that is off balance can lead to germs that can more easily spread, which can cause infection or illness.
If you’re looking to install a pool or need an expert to repair or maintain the one you already have, contact a professional Austin pool builder today!