There are two basic elements to pool chemistry: water balance and sanitation.
Balancing your pool’s water chemistry is the #1 most important factor to maximizing the life and appearance of your swimming pool. Whether you realize it or not, your pool’s water is delicate and needs to be balanced. Out of balance water chemistry, whether it’s pH, calcium hardness or total alkalinity can not only make swimming in the pool uncomfortable it can also permanently damage the walls of your pool, your pool deck, pool equipment as well as other surfaces around your swimming pool.
While there are many different levels to measure within your pool, the three most important levels to keeping your swimming pool chemistry balanced are, total alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness.
Pool Water balancing is not such a complicated exercise. It is simply the relationship between different chemical measurements in your pool water. Your pool water is constantly changing, year round. Everything from weather to oils, dirt, and cosmetics affect your pool water balance – in short, anything that comes in contact with your pool water.
You will probably not change the water in your pool for many years. Continuous filtration and disinfection removes contaminants which keep the water enjoyable but this is does not balance your water.
A pool that is “balanced” has proper levels of pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness.