Solutions To Pool Chemical Problems
Ensuring that your swimming pool is within the preferred chemical levels is the first step towards maintaining your above ground pool. The longer you wait to fix a problem, the bigger the problem gets. In the same way, the sooner you fix a chemical problem that is out of the preferred range with the correct increasers and decreasers, the faster the problem will be solved. for this reason, it is recommended that all pool owners follow a maintenance schedule.
Please refer to our article The Ideal Swimming Pool Maintenance Schedule to help you outline a maintenance schedule that works for both your personality type and your pool type! By following a maintenance schedule you can make sure that your pH level, total alkalinity level and your chlorine level are I the desired range.
In order to bring your chemical levels within the desired range, you need to first check your pool water using test kits such as AquaChek TreTest Digital Test Strip Reader to know how much your chemical levels have deviated from the desired ranges.
pH Level: The most important measure that affects the swimming pool water chemistry is the water pH level. The pH is the measure of relative acid of the pool water. The ideal pH level of your swimming pool is between 7.2 – 7.8. If the pH level of your swimming pool water is higher than 7.8 the water will be cloudy and will result in scale buildup, filtration problems, deposits in the water and a decreased efficiency of the chlorine.
On the other hand, if the pH level falls below 7.2, this will lead to the corrosion of metallic pipes and rapid loss of chlorine residual which may lead to irritation to the swimmers. It is thus important to check your pH level every day and use pH increasers or decreases as needed to give you a perfect relaxing swimming experience in your swimming pool. Click here to find the best pH increaser/decreaser for you.
Use HASA Soda Ash to raise the total alkalinity of your pool.
What is soda ash?
Soda ash, more commonly known as sodium carbonate is used to increase the pH level of your swimming pool water. It is extremely important that your pH level is in the desired range of 7.2 – 7.6 to keep your pool clean and bacteria-free. Most of your swimming pool problems won’t even arise if your pH level is in check! So, make sure you maintain your swimming pool properly!!
Soda ash is also used to raise the total alkalinity of your pool. The total alkalinity of your swimming pool is the ability of your pool water to resist a change in the water pH level. The preferred range for total alkalinity of between 75 – 120 parts per million (ppm). If the total alkalinity rises above 120, the pH level will slowly rise and resist change and if the total alkalinity falls before 75, the pH level of your swimming pool will swing from one extreme to the other and not let your pH level be in the desired zone.
Which brings us to our next chemical, the total alkalinity of your swimming pool water
Total Alkalinity: The total alkalinity of your swimming pool is the ability of your pool water to resist a change in the water pH level. The preferred range for total alkalinity of between 75 – 120 parts per million (ppm). If the total alkalinity rises above 120, the pH level will slowly rise and resist change and if the total alkalinity falls before 75, the pH level of your swimming pool will swing from one extreme to the other and not let your pH level be in the desired zone.
The total alkalinity of your swimming pool can be kept in the appropriate range by adding and decreasing an alkalinity increaser, such as the BioGuard Balance Pak 100.
What to use to increase the total alkalinity of your pool?
- HASA Soda Ash
- BioGuard Balance Pak 100.
- HASA Alkalinity Increaser
Use these 3 chemicals to keep your total alkalinity in check. Please refer to our article on Using Soda Ash in your swimming pool for instructions on how much Soda Ash needs to be used to cure your specific problem.
The last of our chemicals that need to be kept in check is the chlorine. Everyone uses chlorine as without chlorine your swimming pool water will b full of germs and not suitable for swimming!
Chlorine level: the desired free released chlorine level of your swimming pool water is between 1 and 2 ppm. If all the above factors, total alkalinity, pH level and calcium hardness are in their respective desired zones, you will have to worry less about disease and extra cost in the long run.