Keeping your pool chemical levels right can be a very confusing job! Even with the tester kits and the internet, balancing pool chemicals can make you feel like you need a degree in chemistry. Read below to see a more simplified explanation of pool chemicals for the DIYers out there.
Why Do Pool Chemicals Matter?
There are two main reasons we need to worry about pool chemicals: safety and appearance. No one really enjoys spending the time and money on pool chemicals, especially when they can sting your eyes. However, the safety of your pool is dependent on the chemicals we put in the pool and how they are balanced. Otherwise, your pool can grow algae and harmful bacteria. Additionally, these chemicals keep your pool crystal blue. Not often in nature do we see bright blue waters, and these chemicals do that job.
The Basics of Pool Chemicals
Keeping the pool clean is the job of chlorine (some use bromine). It can come in liquid or tablet form, or the recommended chlorine generator (or salt system). Many of the chemicals in your pool are to help keep other chemicals working properly. Here are some terms to help you get familiar with the pool chemical job at hand:
Stabilizers are chemicals that work with chlorine to help it stay more durable to the sun, which rapidly destroys the chlorine. The stabilizer will “boost” the way chlorine works in your pool.
pH Level refers to your acidity or alkalinity pool levels. Without going into a deep description, the pH level being too high or too low can cause issued not only in your water, but also with the pool equipment. It also causes the chlorine in the pool to not work right. The ideal level is between 7.2 – 7.6.
Shock treatment may work to reset your pool with a high chlorine dose. This helps oxidize particles, kill bacteria and algae and restore water clarity.
Pool Chemical Experts in Palm Beach County
There’s a lot more to learn about pool chemistry, but basic maintenance is a simple matter of monitoring the levels of various chemicals and making adjustments as needed. Recognized as the premier pool service and maintenance specialist in Palm Beach County, Horizon has been serving the Central-Western communities since 1985. As a family-owned and operated business, we are committed to providing outstanding service to both residential and commercial clients in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, The Acreage, Loxahatchee, Greenacres, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and many other communities. We specialize in pool and spa maintenance, equipment repairs, retail supplies and equipment, and complete pool renovations and remodeling. Come by our retail location and check out our pool surface display to help you plan your pool resurface project. Financing your project is readily available. We are located at 12785A Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414 or call (561) 790-0665 for more information.