You might be surprised to learn that your pool’s pH is not determined by your pool company’s service person when they test the pool’s water. pH is an abbreviation of “power of hydrogen”, which essentially means the pH level of the water can vary significantly, depending on how much acid or alkaline substances are present in the water.
A substance with a low pH, called acid, will eat away at the metal in your pool’s water, leading to corrosion and potentially costly repairs. This is why it’s extremely important to know what is in your pool water and take steps to increase its pH level.
The Main Sources Of Alkalinity In Your Pool
The most significant sources of alkalinity in your pool are two chemicals called chlorine and bromine. While chlorine is extremely important for maintaining a safe swimming environment and preventing illness, bromine is not. So, knowing which one is more important to you is important. This is especially important if you have a pool with an extreme pH level. You don’t want to increase the pH levels of your pool only to find out that there’s not enough alkalinity in the water to keep your pool metal structural sound. It’s also essential to keep in mind that too much alkalinity can lead to algae growth in your pool, which still doesn’t pose any serious health risks, but it’s an unattractive feature nonetheless.
The Difference In The Levels Of Chlorine And Bromine
Even if you keep your pool’s pH at a safe level, it’s still very important to know how much chlorine and bromine are present in your pool’s water. In general, the more chlorine there is, the more alkaline (high pH) the water tends to be. On the other hand, bromine has a reverse effect. When there’s more bromine in the water, the pH level lowers.
The difference in the levels of these two chemicals determines the difference in the pH levels of the water. Chlorine is present in most pools as a byproduct of water treatment with the use of chemicals such as chlorine tablets or liquid chlorine. There is typically about 0.5 to 1 ppm (parts per million) of chlorine in your pool’s water. On the other hand, bromine is much more common in swimming pools that are not treated with chemicals. It is typically found in soil and water as a result of industrial accidents or naturally occurring chemicals. There is typically between 3 and 6 ppm of bromine in your pool’s water. If you’re unsure of what these levels are, it’s a good idea to have your pool’s water tested. Having the pH levels of your pool determined is a better way of knowing what is in it than just relying on your senses. Most pools need to have their pH level checked at least once a month, because water naturally gets acidified over time as a result of exposure to air and sun light. This means the pH level can change depending on the time of day and year, as well as temperature variations. For example, if it’s a hot summer day, the pH level of your pool could be higher than it would normally be at this time of year.
More Alkalinity Means A Healthier Pool
When your pool’s water has a neutral pH level, it means there is an even distribution of acid and alkaline substances in the water. Due to the fact that there’s no extreme pH fluctuation, your pool’s water is considered perfectly healthy and balanced. Naturally, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, some diseases are more common in pools with certain pH levels. Also, certain types of algae are more common in pools with specific pH levels. However, as previously stated, having a perfectly healthy pH level in your pool does not mean it will prevent you from contracting diseases or making you sick. The important thing to keep in mind is that having more alkaline substances in your pool will make it more resistant to diseases and illness. For example, too much chlorine in the water can cause bladder cancer in humans. However, the amount of chlorine needed to cause this disease is very high. On the other hand, there is no evidence that shows bromine can cause cancer. This is why it’s better to have more bromine than chlorine in your pool. The amount of alkalinity needed in your pool to combat these diseases is significantly lower. Because of this, you can be sure that having more bromine in your pool will make it healthier than having more chlorine in it. One of the best things you can do for your health and the health of your pool is keep the pH level of your pool as close to neutral as possible. This will make sure there’s no sharp fluctuations in the pH level of the water, which could cause damage. In general, having a pH level between 7.2 and 8.4 is considered ideal. Anything below 7.2 and above 8.4 is considered dangerously high or low for the average human being.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to increasing the pH levels of your pool, there are a few simple steps you can take to get started. The first thing you should do is determine how much alkalinity you need in your pool. To do this, simply multiply the number of weeks you’ll be using your pool by 2. Most pools need to have their pH level checked at least once a month. If you use your pool for more than 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, you’ll need to have your water tested more frequently. Remember, too much chlorine can cause cancer. Bromine is less harmful, but it doesn’t do much for the pH levels of the pool. If you don’t have the money to hire a professional to test and manage your pool’s pH levels, you can do it yourself with a simple test kit that most local laboratories can provide. It’s also a good idea to have a device that will measure the pH levels of your pool’s water. With these two simple steps in place, you’ll be able to start increasing the pH levels of your pool and be on your way to a healthier, more enjoyable time in the water.