Pool Water Analysis
Pool water health is important to your pool because of the fact that your pool is generally left outside, braving the elements. This means that you cannot simply fill your pool with water and let that water sit. This will lead to a breeding ground for pests and bacteria, which can be harmful to you and your family. To combat this, chemicals are needed to help balance pool water out and fight against harmful things. However, if you aren’t having your water tested regularly, how do you know what chemicals you need and if you are safe? Let us test for you!
Testing Pool Water
While it is true that you can buy at-home testing kits for your pool, we always recommend letting us do it as part of your routine pool maintenance. There are certain things that non-professional kits don’t look for generally, such as metal build up in your water, and the tests that we use, will absolutely look for everything. We generally test water from the direct center of your pool, checking it for all manner of things, including: metal build up, calcium and appropriate chemical balance.
Pool Water Chemical Balance
A proper pool water balance is making sure that your water is neither corrosive or scaling. This is don’t through balancing out proper levels of pH, Alkalinity and Calcium hardness. Doing this means adding chemicals in moderation, but not to the point that water becomes over saturated and chemicals can no longer mix in properly. Although these figures may be hard to understand, a proper pool water balance looks a little like this: pH should be between 7.2-7.8, Alkalinity should be between 80-120 ppm, Calcium hardness should be 180-220 ppm and Cyanuric stabilizer should be around 30-50 ppm.
When to Test
Ideally, pool water should be tested every other week. This is a general rule and your pool may require more testing based on outside circumstances. If you are using your pool quite a bit, like during the hotter, summer months, your water should be checked more frequently, as bodies in the water will throw off the chemical balance. You may also need more regular testing if you experiencing quite a bit of rain, as this will add water to your pool that will throw off the water that your pool already contains.
Other Water Problems
There are other water problems that can cause you to need testing more regularly. If you are drawing pool water from a well source, this can lead to high amounts of iron and copper in your pool water, which will lead to unsafe levels. If you are pulling water from a source that has hard water, the likelihood of faster calcium build up is likely. In addition to this, if water is not properly balanced, it can become a breeding ground for pests, like mosquitos. For these reasons, it is important to have you water analyzed and treated correctly.