Water Chemistry – Keeping Your Pool Safe & Healthy

The reality of pool water chemistry is that keeping the chemistry balanced can produce your dream pool and unbalanced pool water chemistry will create health and safety risks in additions to making your lush back yard ugly. This is complicated by the fact that getting your pool chemistry correct is not always the easiest task. For novices, it can be downright mind-boggling.

We all remember going to the community pool as children. Early in the morning we would stake out our claim on the hot concrete ready for the day of adventure. Eating browned hotdogs and squealing with the other neighborhood children was the highlight of the summer. One thing that must stand out for us all was the burning eyes with the redness that lasted well into the night.

Our eyes were burning because of the chemistry of the pool. More than likely, our city or community center was preparing for the overload of children with increased chlorine. However, when you balance your pool water chemistry properly, your red, burning eyes should lessen if not abate entirely.

Some pool chemistry issues you will need to deal with if you are trying to maneuver through the maze of do-it-yourself chemistry are:

Chlorines Issues:

Chlorine must be balanced in your pool. Chlorine is used to disinfect your pool. Too little and you risk giving your granddaughter a filthy infection, too much and risk those pesky red eyes or worse, burning her skin or even giving her respiratory problems.

pH Issues:

Because chlorine, as well as a myriad of other things, alters the pH of your pool, chlorine use must be balanced with other chemicals, including muriatic acid. Again, if the pH is off, you could wind up with an algae overgrowth (See Why is My Pool Green), or create a situation where the chlorine is incapable of doing its disinfecting job. In addition to burning skin and algae overgrowth, low pH can ruin the plaster and
plumbing of your pool.

Safe Handling of Chemicals:

These chemicals, used to keep your pool safe and healthy are toxic and hazardous to your health when not handled by professionals who know
what they are doing. All sorts of things can go wrong when you try to maintain your own pool chemistry. “Wetting” is when a small amount of water gets into a chemical that is usually watered down a lot in a pool. It creates an acid sludge. Definitely not something you want sliming around your pool area.

Pool Chemical Storage

Another problem is when pets or children get into these chemicals. You must always keep them in a safe, dry area. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an alert (http://www.epa.gov/oem/docs/chem/spalert.pdf) to key you in to all the possible nightmares related to pool chemical handling.

Take Advice from a Professional

When the chemistry of your pool is regularly checked by a pool service professional that knows your area and knows your pool, you can expect your water to be healthy and safe for all your little, and not so little, swimmers. By the same token, when the chemistry of your pool is off or your chemicals improperly stored, you create an   unhealthy environment. You can cause illness, burns, lung damage, or worse. Put your trust in professionals who, with experience and reliability, you can depend upon.

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