Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 1. What is the correct balance for my pool water?
A: Test: Range
PH: 7.2-7.8
ALKALINITY: 80ppm-120ppm
Chlorine: 3-5h
Stabilizer: 30ppm-50ppm
Calcium Hardness: 200ppm-400ppm

Q: 2. What is PH?
A: PH is the most important element of pool water chemistry. The lower the PH, the more acidic the water and can cause irritation to skin and stinging of the eyes. If the PH is lower than 7.0, it can cause damage to metal parts, esp. coils in heaters. The higher the PH, the more basic the water. Distilled water has a PH of 7. Swimming pools require a more basic water of 7.2 to 7.8.

Q: 3. What is ALKALINITY?
A: Alkalinity is a measure of the resistance of water to changes in PH. The higher the Alkalinity, the more difficult it is to change the PH, the water becomes cloudy, and the pool constantly needs acid. When Alkalinity is too low, the more likely the PH will change to any, even slight, change in use, chemicals, aeration, weather, and swimmer load. Low Alkalinity can lead to etched and stained plaster, corroded metals, green water, and eye irritation. It is very important to maintain levels between 80ppm and 120ppm.

Q: 4. Do I need Stabilizer?
A: Yes, because a stabilizer acts as a sun block for your swimming pool. It keeps the chlorine from being quickly sucked out by the sun. Salt pools in particular, are helped by a stabilizer, by supporting the pricey equipment in chlorinating the pool.

Q: 5. Do I really need to Shock?
A: Shock is a granular or liquid chlorine. It should be used in extreme heat, frequent use of pool, and in treatment for algae. Shock burns out organic debris and is necessary.