Question: Why are my pool chemicals always out of balance?
Answer: General industry standards for Balanced Water:
• Chlorine residual: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm (parts per million)
• Total alkalinity: 80 – 150 ppm
• pH: 7.4 – 7.6
• Hardness: 200 – 400 ppm
• Total dissolved solids: Less than 2,000 ppm
• Cyanuric acid: 30 – 80 ppm
The problem begins when you try to correct a severe imbalance of one or more of the components, you can throw the other components out of alignment. For example, when killing an unexpected algae bloom or eliminating blue staining from the plaster, the treatments you add can make other chemicals less effective or change the pH of the pool.
Water chemistry is a process of balance. Change one component, even to bring it into a correct range, and you might adversely affect another component.
Imagine that the water quality parameters are stones, each of equal size and weight, evenly distributed around the edge of a dinner plate. Now imagine balancing that plate on one finger. You can do it if you find the exact center of the plate, where each stone balances the others. But now imagine that one stone is doubled in weight or removed, it now changes the balance of the plate – the other stones will slide into new positions or off the plate completely, eventually making the entire plate fall.
So it is with water chemistry, a balancing act, with each component working on the others. This is true even in fall and winter when you might not be swimming in your pool.
If you suspect that your water chemistry may be out of balance, you can call us 623-932-9104 for a free water analysis.
You can also take a sample to Leslie’s Pool Supply in any of their valley locations for a water analysis and chemical recommendations. Be sure to take follow-up samples in every few days or each week and follow treatment recommendations until your water is completely in balance. This will protect your pool, your equipment, and YOU!
Feel free to call AMCO Pool Service at 623-932-9104 if you have concerns or questions about your swimming pool water or are interested in weekly pool service.
Can you balance on your hands?