Customers ask, "why
do I have to worry about testing & balancing my pool water?
If it looks clear, everything must be good. Right?" The answer is,
"Usually not." The short answer is if the water isn't properly balanced,
you're not safe, the pool & its components just won't last long, and finally,
you'll be wasting your money!
Here's what we mean:
Basic balancing for you & your body: When the pH & Total alkalinity are out of
balance, your chlorine, bromine or other sanitizer don't work as efficiently
as they should. When the sanitizer doesn't work efficiently, bacteria
& other stuff you don't want in your swimming pool to start gaining control. You
could easily end up with
skin rashes and eye
irritations at least.
Basic balancing for your Pool: Without proper chemical maintenance, you get
water line scum build-up, shortened heater life (the heater either corrodes
away due to low pH & Total Alkalinity) or scale build-ups (high pH, high
Total Alkalinity, high Total Hardness) prevent efficient heating (scaling of
the thickness of just 1 sheet of paper can easily cause you to use at least
10% MORE electricity or gas), clogged filters and shortened filter life.
Left completely alone, we've even seen the pool liners become faded &
brittle & other damage because
of it's constant contact with out-of-balance water. You didn't buy your
pool for that mess!
Calcium Hardness Adjustments
Wasting money: I think you get the idea from the above
paragraphs. You'll be purchasing more chemicals when you don't need them.
More frequent filter changes (proper cleaning of the filter cartridge should
give a life of 2 to 3 years minimum). We want you to have fun.
Proper water balancing, testing & care shouldn't take more than 15 to 20
minutes per week on average.
If there is a question you need answered, please call or fax us, and
we'll talk to you right away.
For your convenience, you may also
email us your question and we will reply
usually within the same business day. Please note that as the season becomes busier, we may not be able to answer it as quickly as you might need.
Most of the questions you need answered are found on the following
pages. Please choose the category that best fits your question.
Thank you for asking!
Chlorine or Bromine Chemistry
How to Get Started
Starting Up & Maintaining a Nature2©
or Pool Frog© Treated
Pool Operating Questions
Sizes & Gallons
(Pseudomonas Aeruginosa -
Mold & Pink Slime
Swimming Pool Algae
Customer E-mailed Q & A
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Pool Water Problems
Swimming Pool Safety
Compare Pool Care Systems
compare Chlorine, Bromine, Baquacil®, Ionizers, Ozonators
Chloramines in Swimming Pools
Pool Water Chemistry Terms &