What’s In Your Pool?
Have you ever jumped in a clear, blue pool on a hot day? Well, there is a reason why your pool is so refreshing and cool — your chemical mixture. Though the idea of swimming around in a mixture of chemicals may not seem appealing, it actually is necessary to keep the water clean and healthy. How can water be healthy? Well, if you have ever noticed standing water, you will notice that there are different forms of algae and mold growing in and around it. To ensure your swimming pool behaves like a pool, rather than a pond, chemicals are necessary.
In this blog, we will be discussing the different chemicals in your pool and how they effectively treat your pool’s water. By reading this blog, you will be able to understand what types of chemicals you will need for your pool and why.
If you are in need of assistance with your pool’s chemistry mixture, there are professional services all around the Houston area to help you. Though you have many businesses to choose from, AmeriTex Pool Services has years of experience working with resident’s right here in Houston. Based on our experience and trained technicians, we have the qualifications to maintain your pool to its best working standard.
Your Pump and Filtration System
Though your pool pump and filtration don’t file under “chemicals,” without them your pool would not be useable. Your pool pump is necessary to circulate the water in your pool. For example, if you were to simply dump a bunch of chemicals into your pool with no pump, the chemicals would never circulate and move throughout your pool. This would mean that some places in your pool would have high concentrations of chemicals, and others, none at all. This could obviously problematic, as your pool wouldn’t be fully cleaned with the right mixture of chemicals.
Your filtration system is responsible for filtering our undissolved dirt and debris from your pool water. This is an important feature of your pool because it ensures that anything that could cause algae to build up will be removed from your pool. Of course, this system isn’t foolproof, which means you will still have to regularly clean your pool and skim debris off of the top of your pool’s surface.
To keep your pool clean, you have to maintain your pool’s pH balance. The best way to do so is to ensure you have the right mixture of chemicals in your pool. For example, chlorine is absolutely essential to the health and sanitization of your swimming pool. Not only does the amount of chlorine in your pool matter, but what percentage of it is actively working. For instance, if you put too little chlorine in your pool, your swimming pool pH will be 8.5. At this basic chemical level. The chlorine in your pool is only 10 percent active. In order to maximize the usefulness of your chemical mixture, you will want your pH level around 7.5. This will mean that your chlorine mixture is 50-60 percent active in the water.
Chlorine is not only necessary to clean your pool, but it helps kill bacteria in the water. Though you may not notice, your body has its own unique species of bacteria. Anytime you use your pool, you are introducing new types of bacteria to its system. Chlorine can be a difficult chemical to master because it requires precise measurements in order to effectively work.
Calcium is not generally a good thing for your pool. Low calcium hardness levels can cause the plaster finish of your pool to dissolve. However, high calcium levels and result in calcium deposits on your pool’s surfaces. Obviously, neither of these scenarios are favorable. So the best way to maintain your pool is to ensure you have the proper range of calcium in your pool water. For instance, the correct amount of calcium hardness you will want in your pool is about 200-250 parts per million. And, you should know that no two pools will have the exact same needs in terms of calcium hardness. For instance, concrete and vinyl pools require different amounts of calcium to support the cleanliness of their water. If you don’t know where to begin, in terms of your pool’s calcium hardness, we suggest hiring a professional pool service.
Acid buffers are necessary in order to ensure the alkalinity of your pool is stable. In order to ensure that your pool is safe to use, you will have to test it weekly and put in the right about of acid buffers. The mixture of acidic properties will help maintain your pool’s pH balance and ensure that it doesn’t fluctuate. Without acid buffers, you may notice that your pool is not evenly clear. For instance, in some places, it can be murky and in other is can be crystal clear. In order to achieve total alkalinity, you will need the correct amount of acid buffers in your pool.
Bromine is a sanitation alternative to chlorine. If you are allergic to chlorine, bromine can be beneficial for you. In order to introduce bromine into your system, you will have to drop bromine tablets into your pool. The tablets effectively kill bacteria and help clear your pool. If you are not interested in using tablets for your pool, you can always install an automatic brominator. This device will help monitor the bromine levels in your pool automatically, leaving you more time to actually enjoy your pool.
Algae is something you do not want in your pool. Unfortunately, as your pool is a large puddle of standing water, it is prone to developing small microorganisms. With this being said, sometimes just chlorine isn’t enough to prevent the onset of a full-on algae infestation. Algaecide is a beneficial chemical to help prevent algae from growing and provide a “backup” for the sanitization of your pool.
At AmeriTex Pool Services, we are dedicated to providing the residents of Houston with outstanding pool services. If you are interested in pool chemical maintenance services, AmeriTex technicians can help.