The Importance of Clean Pool Water

Making sure your swimmers have a good time, prolonging the life of pool plaster finishes and having the most clean water possible are the main objectives of recreational water maintenance. There are many different ways swimming pool water can be contaminated and there are ways to fix each problem. We urge our clients that you should be constantly testing the pool water.

How to Fix The Burning Eye Water Issue

Are your Swimming Pool friends complaining about burning eyes, irritated skin, or strong chlorine odors. Irritated skin does not fall under the category of costly treatment; however, nobody wants to swim in a pool that makes their eyes burn.

The Problem:

When Pool owners have no idea where the pH, free chlorine, or combined chlorine levels lie. By doing this, they potentially subject themselves to discomfort caused by various chemical extremes. Not enough chlorine in pools leads to chloramines which cause offensive odors and bathers’ eyes to sting.

How To Fix:

With routine water tests, combined chlorine levels can be determined and an accurate assessment for treatment and maintenance can be made. When examining chlorine and combined chlorine only, regular water testing will catch problems caused by insufficient product additions. If pool owners fail to routinely test their pH, instead of not adding enough, they may be adding the wrong product. For instance, a pool with a pH level of eight and total alkalinity (TA) level of 125 ppm would not need sodium bicarbonate for balancing. However, pool owners who shock their pool once a week and add sodium bicarbonate periodically without testing the water first do not know whether or not their pH is high or low. If bathers were experiencing burning eyes, adding sodium bicarbonate could possibly exacerbate the problem rather than making it better. By determining the pH and ensuring the appropriate product is added to the pool, regular water testing helps eliminate bather eye and skin discomfort.


How to Fix The Cloudy Water Issue

The Problem:

The health of the filtration and circulation system—along with proper water chemistry—determines whether or not pool water will turn cloudy.

How To Fix:

The process of elimination when looking for the cause of cloudy pool water should start by testing pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Under the right conditions, high pH forces calcium carbonate out of solution. Once this occurs, suspended particles accumulate leading to haziness and cloudiness. Testing pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness allow for appropriate pH decreaser or scale inhibitor recommendations that prevent cloudy water before it even occurs. If the water is tested and chemical balance is not the root cause of cloudy water, the pump and filter can be inspected for malfunction. Not only does free chlorine protect bathers from bacteria and disease, it also oxidizes material in the water to facilitate filtration, which keeps the water clear.

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