Maintain pH levels in your pool

By Mike Wright December 9, 2013


As a commercial property manager, you’re aware that pool maintenance requires a delicate balance that can be disrupted by any number of factors outside your control. One of the items that you have to check and treat frequently is your pool water’s pH levels, which can cause serious safety problems if not properly maintained.

Understand the dangers
The measurement pH refers to the level of acid and base in in the pool. Optimal chlorine performance levels are between 7.2 and 7.4, whereas bather comfort levels are between 7.4 and 7.6. Therefore, 7.4 is the best pH level. If the levels are too low, the chlorine will rapidly dissipate and cause the water to become corrosive and wreak havoc on the basin and equipment. A high pH level will also affect the chlorine, making the water cloudy and causing staining and scaling. It’s important to note that levels above or below the ideal pH levels will reduce the chlorine’s ability to do its job.

You can test the pH levels in your pool by purchasing a testing kit or separate pH strips. Alternatively, you can take a water sample to a local pool store with the proper testing equipment. They’ll be able to diagnose your problem and offer the necessary products or steps to resolve the issue.

Low pH levels are simpler to work with. A technician will have to add an alkali – soda ash is the most commonly used form – to treat the water. For convenience, the proper amount is indicated on the product.

On the other hand, if a technician is dealing with higher pH levels, he/she will have to add acid to the water. It’s important to note that acid should always be added to water. Flipping the process may result in injuries due to

Before you consider tackling the project yourself, be aware that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration states that exposure to chemicals can have negative health effects. Additionally, personal protective equipment is an important factor that professionals will have readily available. American Pool discourages the handling of pool chemicals without proper training or certification.

If you believe your facility is experiencing pH level problems, reaching out to professional pool maintenance services. They can help diagnose the problem and fix it on-site. This takes the responsibility out of your hands and prevents you from having to handle the potentially dangerous materials yourself. Additionally, they may be able to offer additional maintenance advice that can help keep your pool in optimal shape.