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Swimming Pool pH Levels - What do they mean?
By Dave LeBeau

The pH is probably the most important factor in swimming pool water and should be tested and adjusted on a weekly basis. Measuring the pH level is a way to assess the relative acidity or alkalinity of the pool water. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14 where 1 is extremely acidic and 14 is extremely alkaline. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral - below 7.0 is acidic - above 7.0 is alkaline. The pH level has an amazing affect on swimming pool water and if managed properly can save a lot of time and money!

What if the pH of the swimming pool water is too high (alkaline)?

Calcium deposits, otherwise known as scale, can form and build up on the pool equipment, plumbing, and on pool walls and tiles.

Chlorine becomes less effective. At a pH level of 8.0 or greater, approximatley 25% or less of the chlorine can be used by the pool to oxidize bacteria and algae and the remainder is wasted.

The swimming pool water can become cloudy.

Swimmers may experience burning in the eyes and nose and dry and itchy skin.

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What if the pH of the swimming pool water is too low (acidic)?

The swimming pool water becomes corrosive and will dissolve any metal pool equipment it comes in contact with. The acidic water can also dissolve the pool surface making it rougher and causing even more long-term problems.

As the corrosion occurs, sulphates are formed and can cause staining of the swimming pool surfaces.

Chlorine becomes very ineffective and it can become difficult to keep the swimming pool sanitized.

Swimmers may experience burning in the eyes and nose and dry and itchy skin.

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What is the best method of testing the swimming pool pH?

There are several different ways to test the pH of your pool water. The most traditional way is to purchase a Swimming Pool Test Kit that includes the proper reagents to test the pH. A second method is to use pH Test Strips. The most advanced method of testing the pool's pH is with a Digital pH Tester. Which method you use is really a matter of personal choice. All of these methods will do the job.

 

It pays to balance the pH level in your swimming pool!

It surley pays dividends to balance the pH level of the pool on a weekly basis. Doing so can take most or all of these problems out of the picture. The recommended pH level for swimming pools is between 7.2 and 7.8. Set an ideal target of 7.4 and maintaining the swimming pool will get much easier!



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