Aug 28

How to properly balance your pool chemicals

If you’re reading this, my guess is that the chemicals in your pool are just a little off and causing your pool water to appear cloudy or dirty.  Don’t panic! Mast Water Technologies has the solution for you. But before we begin, let’s first break down the basic pool chemicals and their uses. Trust me, it’s all about chemistry, and nothing goes together better than Mast and pool water!

Sanitation

The first thing you want for your pool water is sanitation. We have chlorine, bromine, biguanide (PHMB), and ozone to help us keep your pool and your family safe. The most common pool sanitizer is chlorine. Once chlorine is added to water, it reacts with contaminants and then take several different forms. Free chlorine, however, is the most desirable form and is the form responsible for the actual sanitization activity in the water. The proper chlorine level is crucial in maintaining a safe pool and can be measured using a free chlorine test kit.

Chemical Factors

The second thing you’ll want to assure is that your pool’s chemical levels are within the proper range. This means you have to keep an eye on the pH balance, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, stain producing minerals, and total dissolved solids (TDS). The pH, alkalinity, and hardness – along with the temperature of the water – usually can determine the water balance.

The Problem

While it may seem easy to keep the water balance at the appropriate levels there are many factors that may cause your water balance to change. Rain, hot and sunny weather, algae, or fungicides can all cause your pool chemicals to change or not perform to the best of their ability. When this happens, it is important to act quickly or seek professional help if you cannot get the water balance back to normal. Adding the appropriate chemicals can help, but it is important that you add the correct amount of each chemical to solve your problem.

The Solution

Regularly test your water, especially after heavy rains or extremely hot weather.   If you are having trouble sometimes it is best to seek professional advice when dealing with pool chemicals. If you can’t get your pool back to its crystal-clear state, we recommend bringing in a sample of your pool water.  We can test your water for any chemical imbalances or algae issues and send you home with the proper chemicals to solve your problem. It may take a few days, but before you know it, your pool will be clean and ready for a swim!

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