Can you tell what’s hap­pen­ing in this pho­to?

Hint: It has to do with pH (answer is below.)

The pH lev­el of your pool is crit­i­cal and you should be test­ing it week­ly. The basic rule of thumb is that a pH lev­el of 7.0 is neu­tral, any low­er is acidic and any high­er is alkaline—you should ide­al­ly keep your swim­ming pool between 7.2 and 7.6.

Why is this so impor­tant? A cou­ple of rea­sons. Swim­mer com­fort is relat­ed to the pH of the water. A swimmer’s body and eyes have a pH between 7.2 and 7.8. If pool water isn’t kept in this range then swim­mers will start to feel irri­ta­tion of their eyes and skin.

If you don’t keep the pH at the cor­rect lev­el, the acid­i­ty can eat away at the beau­ti­ful pool sur­face, mak­ing it rough—or worse. This pho­to shows a once-gor­geous aggre­gate sur­face. While the sur­face itself is durable in low pH water, the binder or cement isn’t—and you can see how the water has eat­en it away.

Ques­tions about pH? Give us a call!

How pH lev­els affect your swim­ming pool

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