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.
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