Why is Water Balance Important to your Pool

Why is Water Balance Important to your pool? One of the most important steps of swimming pool maintenance is water balance. Understanding water balance is one of the most confusing processes of pool maintenance.



Why is Pool Water Balance Important?


If you are using either a salt based pool producing chlorine your pH needs to be correct. Or a chlorine based tablet pool, then your pH needs to be correct too. If pool water is not balanced then the chlorine sanitizer won’t be working right. Meaning it will not kill germs and bacteria.


Your water balance needs to be correct or it will affect your skin and eyes. The pH should be neither too acidic nor basic to feel comfortable.


An imbalanced pool can be corrosive to the liner, ladders and hand rail and other equipment such as the pump.

Total Alkalinity

Total alkalinity refers to how much alkaline is in the water. TA and pH go hand-in-hand. High alkaline water leads to high pH. Low alkaline water leads to low pH. That the average swimming pool should have an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm.


Stabilizer helps keep your chlorine longer. Insulation helps keep heat or air conditioning. When your stabilizer level is low, you’ll use a lot more chlorine. When it’s high, you may need to dilute your pool water to bring it back into the 40 to 100 ppm ideal range.

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

All water contains dissolved minerals. As pool water evaporates, minerals remain behind and become concentrated. The more concentrated these minerals become. The harder it is for chemical additives to work and stains can form. If you have 3000 ppm or more of total dissolved solids or TDS, you may need to drain some water and add fresh water.


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