Navigating your pool’s water chemistry can feel daunting, especially with the abundance of conflicting information online. But understanding these basics can save you from potential pool problems and ensure a safe swimming environment.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Alkalinity: Maintaining alkalinity stabilizes pH levels and protects your pool’s liner and equipment. Aim for 125 – 150ppm in chlorine/bromine pools and 80 – 125ppm in salt chlorine pools.
  2. pH: Keep pH levels between 7.4 – 7.6 to prevent skin and eye irritation. High pH levels can deplete sanitizer effectiveness, while low pH can cause irritation.
  3. Calcium: Maintain calcium levels between 175 – 225ppm to prevent scaling and equipment damage.
  4. Stabilizer (CYA): CYA prevents chlorine depletion from UV rays. Aim for 30 – 200ppm, excluding bromine pools.
  5. Sanitizer: Chlorine or bromine keeps the water clean and safe for swimmers. Aim for a 1-3ppm chlorine level for optimal sanitation.
  6. Algaecide: Use algaecide to prevent algae growth and regularly brush pool surfaces to keep algae free-floating for easier sanitation.
  7. Shock: Super chlorinate your pool periodically to eliminate organic contaminants There are many different types so always seek advice from your pool professional and read the label to find out how to apply the product and how long you must stay out of the pool after using it.

Regular testing is crucial, with professional testing monthly and at-home testing weekly using strips or reagent kits.

Every pool is unique, so finding a routine that suits your pool’s specific needs is essential. Our knowledgeable team can guide you through the process and ensure your pool stays healthy and enjoyable.

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