Posted Friday, July 1st, 2016 by & filed under Articles.

Balanced pH in Your Pool


Chris Knippa of Kinetico Water Softeners specializes in installing home water systems across the USA.

For homeowners with a pool, it’s important to continue regular certified water testing to ensure a well-balanced pH level for not only hours of summer fun, but for the safety of your family. However, understanding the importance of a well-balanced pool can be quite a headache – especially for first-time homeowners. With the many benefits (both health-related and comfort reasons), it’s always good to do a little research and understand why you’re having your water tested by a certified professional. Take a look at the following key points regarding the benefits of certified water testing to keep a balanced pH level in your pool this summer. Benefits of a Certified Water Testing for Your Pool Comfort in Swimming If you’ve ever swum in an unbalanced pool, you quickly realize the discomfort it can bring not only to your skin but your eyes too. To prevent red, scratchy eyes and dried out, itchy skin, keep the pH levels in your pool balanced. Once this is completed by a certified water testing professional, you and your family will be able to enjoy hours of fun in the sun, at the optimal comfort level. Safety from Bacteria and Germs Whether it be a salt water pool that produces chlorine or a chlorine-based pool using tablets, the pH in your water needs to be correct. If the pool water becomes unbalanced, the chlorine will not be able to work at its full strength, hampering its ability to kill bacteria and germs. Prevent Corrosion Not only does an acid (low) pH pool cause its swimmers comfort levels to go down and safety to become compromised, it can have some physical effects on the pool itself. It can cause corrosive damage to important elements of the pool such as the liner, ladders, handrails, and even the pool pump. Promote Good Health Going hand-in-hand with safety, having a well-balanced pool can help contribute to the overall health of you and your loved ones. Swimming and water-based activities have a multitude of health benefits and with a balanced pH in your pool, you’ll be able to fully take advantage of all the water-based activities you can handle. It’s a Great Social Outlet It’s no secret that once your friends find out you have a pool, they’re practically living out of your spare room any chance they get. While having your pool, if the pH level is balanced, it offers a plethora of opportunities for you as the homeowner to host gatherings, dinner parties, and weekend barbecues. Conclusion Unbalanced pH in pools can be problematic in many ways. Balancing the pH in your pool is a quality investment to maintain optimal use. It’s important to note that the same corrosive water you used to fill your pool is what you will use in your home every day. Plumbing, faucets, and water using appliances all suffer as a result of exposure to acidic water. Common symptoms of an unbalanced pH are blue-green staining around drains, pin-hole leaks in your faucets and plumbing, and premature failure of appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters. For most well owners, acid neutralizers offer the best solution for pH troubles and require minimal maintenance. How do you keep a balanced pH in your pool and home during the summer season?