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Swimming pool chemicals are essential to keep your swimming pool algae and bacteria free. There are a variety of swimming pool cleaning products below you help you treat your pool.
Maintaining a correct water balance is vital, in doing so the water quality is preserved and chemicals behave more efficiently. Ensuring your water is balanced also allows you to swim in comfort and not have eye irritation or dry skin. Additionally, the water quality and your pool equipment are preserved.
There are many factors that need to be considered when balancing your swimming pool water:
The first factor is the pH level. The pH measures whether your pool water is acidic or alkaline. If the water is between 0 -7, the water is acidic and if the swimming pool water is 7-14, the water is alkaline. Ideally, your pool water should be between 7.2-7.6. Use Cascade Pools pH Plus or Cascade Pools pH Minus to increase or decrease the pH level respectively. To find more information on how to manage the pH level of your pool, please see pH balancers.
The calcium hardness measures the amount of mineral salts (mainly calcium) in the water and dictates whether the water is hard or soft. The more mineral salts in the water, the harder the water is, this level depends also on the area of the country you live in. For swimming pools, the calcium hardness should be between 200-275 mg/l. It is important to obtain the correct calcium hardness. If you need to lower the calcium hardness you should use Cascade Pools Stain and Scale Inhibitor.
The total alkalinity measures the water’s ability to resist the pH change. If the total alkalinity is high, the pH is difficult to change, will continue to increase and can also cause scale build up on the swimming pool surfaces as well as within the pipes. However, if the total alkalinity is low, the pH can be difficult to control as it fluctuates easily. Ideally, the total alkalinity should be between 80-150 mg/l. To increase the total alkalinity of your pool water, use Total Alkalinity Raiser and to decrease the total alkalinity use Cascade Pools Total Alkalinity Reducer.
The Total Dissolved Solids (T.D.S.) is the total of all the dissolved minerals and debris in the water. Your pool should have less than 1,500 mg/l. If the T.D.S. increases above 1,500 mg/l it is necessary to dilute the water, by replacing some of the existing water with fresh as swimming pool chemicals are less efficient.
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