Post By Theodore Jones
Summer is just around the corner! It’s almost time to uncover your pool for some fun in the sun. But before you start doing cannonballs and playing Marco Polo, you need to check your pool through-and-through. And that includes checking your pool’s pH.
If your pool’s pH is too low, your plumbing will start to corrode, your equipment will begin to fail, and your swimmers will start to complain about skin and eye discomfort.
Instead of suffering from red eyes and itchy skin, invest in an easy-to-use sodium carbonate granular formula to increase your pool’s pH. Whether you’re new to pool maintenance or just need a refresher, here’s everything you need to know about adjusting a low pool pH.
What happens when my pool’s pH is too low?
The perfect pH level for your pool is between 7.2 and 7.6. Anything lower and you could start to experience a number of unwanted issues, including:
- Red eyes
- Itchy skin
- Irritated nasal cavities
- Damaged equipment
- Ineffective chlorine
- Tinted water
Pour the soda ash slowly into the pool and turn on your pump so the granular formula distributes throughout the pool.
Step 4: Retest your pool’s pH levels
Let the soda ash mix in and stabilize for a couple of hours. Then check your levels again. You may need to make some slight adjustments to get your levels perfect. If your numbers look good, then you’re good to start swimming.
How can I keep my pool’s pH at its optimum level?
No matter how well you take care of your pool, there will always be some fluctuation in the pH levels. But there are some steps you can take to keep the fluctuations at a minimum, including:
- Skimming debris like leaves and sticks
- Testing your chemical levels consistently
- Vacuuming and brushing at least once a month
- Keeping your filters clean
- Maintaining internal equipment yearly