The Number 1 Way to Kill Your Pool...And Everyone Does It!
I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say, "My pool looks clear, so why do I need chemicals?" Let me start by saying this: If your pool was filled with vinegar, would you swim in it? - vinegar is clear, so why not? My point is just because the water LOOKS good, doesn't mean it IS good. There are so many different factors that can effect your pool chemistry in so many different ways. Water, despite it's beauty and allure, can become quite damaging if left unchecked. To find out more about the 3 main "measuring" factors - comfort, clarity, and protection - check out the rest of this blog.
This is by far the easiest and most obvious indicator to detect. Have you ever been in a pool on vacation or at a friend's and your eyes burn, your hair feels incredibly dry (or for all us blondies out there - your hair turns an awesome shade of green), your swimwear is bleached, your teeth feel gritty... I could go on, but we've all experienced some discomfort in a pool at one point or another - but the water was clear, right?
pH is the main factor that you will "feel" effect you the most. Our bodies have a natural pH of about 7.4, and if the water doesn't come very close to matching that you will feel it. That is why it's important to hire a professional to test your water on a regular basis. The litmus strips are great for a week-to-week check-up, but your local pool professional will have a specific water analysis computer that tests hundreds of factors in the water and will know how to correct it.
This is a tricky one for folks because it can seem so ambiguous when your water is clear. And when you are spending money to put chemicals in the water, you want to know its for a good reason, right? That's where your local professional comes in. They will have the equipment and should be able to show you the test results and walk you through the "what" and "why" of it all.
By far the most important factor of the 3, the "protection" category is far more important than it may seem. If you have ever had a pool built, you know first-hand just how expensive it can be. Depending on where you live, what kind of pool you have installed, the decking + accessories, and what systems you choose, a quality job will range anywhere from about $28k to upwards of around $80k. Needless to say, when you drop that kind of coin on a pool, you want to make sure that you take care of it! There are a few things you can do to mitigate your repair/replacement costs, and chemistry is a BIG one. You can do the best cleaning job in the world, but if your chemistry isn't right, you're only masking the problem from yourself. Just like our bodies, the liner/lining, plumping, seals, pump, filter, etc. all operate best and longer if the pH, alkalinity, calcium, along with other key elements are in a specific range. Again, your local professional will be able to help you with all this.
All this information is great to know, but if you don't practice it, or at least pay someone who can, you can really ruin the enjoyment you get out of your pool and severely injure the longevity of it. So, as always, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call and we would be more than glad to help!