Having a swimming pool in Arizona can be a huge benefit, especially during the high temperatures we are currently experiencing. Swimming pools are a way to escape the heat as they have the power to lower your overall body temperature, give you a place to relax and unwind, and provide you, your friends, and your family with water-based fun! With all the benefits that swimming pools have, there are also many factors involved when it comes to keeping them functional — after all, swimming pools do rely on a combination of circulation, clean water, and chemicals to stay safe and useful throughout the summer.

Chemicals specifically, play a large role in the functionality of a swimming pool as well as maintenance. Without the proper pool chemicals, your swimming pool is susceptible to becoming an algae-infested and dirty space that people won’t even want to dip their toes into. While the proper pool cleaning and maintenance is the best way to avoid a chemical imbalance in a swimming pool, there are a variety of factors that can quickly throw-off the balance of chemicals in the pool water. Many of these factors cannot be helped — it is almost impossible to maintain regular water chemistry in your pool all of the time. However, by noticing how these factors can affect the quality of your pool water, you will be better enabled to take the proper measures to protect your swimming pool against complete water-content imbalances.

In this blog, we are going to take a look at some of the most common things that negatively affect pool chemical imbalance.

Rainwater

Many people do not realize that rainwater is acidic. Because rain has a lower pH number, it can affect the acidity levels in your pool. The water in your swimming pool should never have a pH level lower than 7.2. With the acidity rainwater has, it’s always a good idea to protect your pool with a swimming pool cover. We cannot control when it rains, and if your pool is not protected during a rainstorm, there are three things that can potentially happen:

  1. The pool water will become diluted and corrode your swimming pool equipment.
  2. The low pH level will make your pool uncomfortable to swim in and chlorine will quickly evaporate.
  3. The chemical imbalance will cause an algae outbreak, which will leave you with cloudy water.

Of course, pool owners want to avoid the options above so that they can get the most out of their pool. If you do have a cloudy or corrosive swimming pool, calling a professional swimming pool cleaning service will ensure your pool’s pH balance is exactly where it needs to be.

Sun (UV Light)

Who would have thought that the sun can throw off your pool’s water balance? After all, we do use our pools the most when the sun is out and shining. However, the truth is that sunlight and evaporation can cause chlorine and other chemicals in the water to lose their effectiveness over time. Pool chemicals designed to disinfect the water contain chlorine concentrations that range from approximately 12 to 95 percent. The concentration must be high because the chemicals are designed to be diluted in water. Additionally, UV light will expedite the conversion of chlorine back to salt in salt chlorinated pools. A chlorine stabilizer will help slow down this conversion, making the chlorine in your pool last longer. Oppositely, without the proper protection, the effectiveness of your chlorine over the long run is greatly reduced.

Debris and Leaves

Leaves, debris, and pretty much any organic material will break down in your swimming pool and cause water issues. Debris will not only introduce bits of dirt to the water to make your pool filthy, but it can also accumulate and cause a blocked pool filter. Keep your pool covered when you are not using it to prevent any debris, leaves, or other material from getting in. Additionally, you can use a skimmer to remove the materials yourself or you can find a reputable pool cleaning company to professionally clean and maintain your pool water.

People and Pets

Pool chemical maintenance is not something that comes easy for every pool owner. You have to have a solid understanding of chemicals, pH balances, and what factors react negatively to the chemicals. Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors to a pool’s chemical balance are swimmers and their furry friends who may occasionally jump in the water. When you step foot into a pool, the chemicals on your body will be mixed into the water. This can include shampoo and conditioner, sunblock, perfumes, and anything else that is put on your body. Studies have shown that the average woman puts over 515 synthetic chemicals on her body, which can contribute to an adjustment in chemical balance once they get into the water. To avoid this, it is a good idea to shower before jumping in a pool, especially if you know you have chemicals on your body.

Additionally, pets can also cause significant chemical imbalances. Because of the added chemicals in dog treatments, as well as the shampoo you use on your pet’s coat, the added chemicals could be problematic for the chemical balance of your swimming pool.

Circulation

Water circulation is essential for pool health. Without circulation, your pool is really nothing more than a tub of water sitting in your yard. Things like algae and bacteria thrive in environments that include stagnant water. If your pool does not have the proper circulation, algae will be more likely to quickly grow and ruin the pool’s water quality. In order to keep your pool water health, clean, and clean, experts recommend circulating your pool for about 10 hours. Proper water circulation will ensure that every inch of your pool is mixed with the right amount of chemicals.

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If the chemical balance of your pool is affected by any of the above factors, contact Universal Pool Service! Our pool cleaning services in Goodyear, Mesa, and the surrounding areas are the perfect solution for a clean, clear, and healthy pool. To learn more, or to schedule pool cleaning services, contact us today!