Pool Problems Common Complaints

  • -

Pool Problems Common Complaints

Tags : 

Fight Common Pool ProblemsPool Problems

Pools are beloved by many, but, as with anything else in this work, there are drawbacks. Today we’ll discuss a few of the common complaints related to pools, swimming, pool maintenance, and more that pool owners or pool frequenters deal with– and how to deal with it.

  1. “I hate the chlorine smell on my skin.” There are a few solutions to this problem. They make chlorine removal shampoos! Hair is the hardest thing to get chlorine smells out of, so this could work as a body wash, too, so you can get on with your day and not smell like your pool. You can also make chlorine removing lotion or use crystallized vitamin C and rinse your skin with a solution of that and water. You can also find shower attachments that include vitamin C in your shower stream for cheap. Another solution is to swim in salt water pools! You may not be able to convert your pool to salt water, but if you can or you are thinking of installing a pool, consider a salt water filtration system. It will reduce the chlorine odor and you won’t need to buy chlorine tablets.
  2. “What about my kids and animals?” Even well behaved kids and pets can be in danger when in or around a pool. Installing a gate around the pool is one great solution. This will also keep neighbor pets and children from wandering into your yard and getting into the pool or getting hurt.
  3. “Pools are expensive,” While pools are costly, they do add to your home value. Not dollar-for-dollar, but if you want a pool, you will get back a portion of what you put into it when you sell your home. As technology improves, pools are getting cheaper to produce and install, too.
  4. “Taking care of a pool takes so much time, money, and energy.” Pools do take time to maintain, but even basic chlorinated pools can be cheap to run. With high performance and energy efficient equipment the cost to keep the pool running isn’t that high. The chemicals you will need to balance your chlorinated pool aren’t very expensive, either, and if you check the levels regularly you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money adjusting the levels. It can only take a few minutes to check and balance your pool levels, and it will save you a ton in the long run.
  5. “They get green!” This happens when too much algae builds up in the pool. This can happen from neglect or just normal wear and tear of your pool and equipment. Acid washing can help this, but it can be a time consuming process and it requires draining the pool. Regular cleaning can prevent this from happening for a while.
  6. “I want to hire a pool cleaning company, but I don’t know who,” For all of your pool cleaning and maintenance needs, Pool Daddy in Arizona is here for you! We offer great prices and great services, from weekly pool maintenance to emergency repairs and installations of equipment, to big cleaning jobs like acid washing ! So hire the professionals and take away a lot of the stress and effort of pool ownership.Related Topics:

    Pool Problems and Solutions
    Pool Problems Green Water
    Pool Water Problems
    Inground Pool Problems
    Troubleshooting Inground Pool Problems
    Pool Pumps for Inground Pools Troubleshooting
    Swimming Pool Water Problems
    Above Ground Pool Problems


  • -

Pool Service Weekly to Save Time and Money

Tags : 

Pool Service Weekly to Save Time and MoneyPool Service Weekly to Save Time and Money

Pool Daddy offers weekly services at a reasonable and competitive price to all of our clients! If you’ve ever used our services (one time, regular, winterization, installation, upgrades, etc) then you have been informed of our weekly services and what they entail As a refresher, here is a   general list of what most weekly services entail:

  • Removal of debris and inspection for water clarity, color, etc.
  • Test pH, chlorine, and alkaline levels and adjust as needed.
  • Check and adjust water level for maximum pump efficiency.
  • Check the filters and backwash or clean when needed.
  • Clean the tile at the water line, add algaecide if necessary.
  • Brush the pool sides.
  • Inform you if any further services may be needed in the near future, including equipment maintenance.

You may be thinking that’s not a lot of work, I can do that. But when these things aren’t kept in check, your pool can go downhill very quickly. We’re all humans, as pool owners we sometimes put off checking our pool or don’t do every task required to keep it operating regularly. Why deal with the stress of remembering to do these things when you can have someone do them for you! Today we’ll give you some reasons to use our services and some helpful tips to keep your pool clean and healthy.

  1. Keep an eye out for water color and algae growth. Chances are, you will be able to feel or see algae growth if you use your pool regularly. It can be easy to miss discoloration because if you look at your pool every day it’s easy to miss something. It’s like if you let your hair grown out and someone sees you after weeks and they point out how long it is. You didn’t think it had changed that much because you see it all the time.
  2. Keeping a properly chemically balanced pool is important for both pool and swimmer health. A pool with too much or not enough chlorine or other chemicals can cause problems with skin, cleanliness, and even affect how the equipment works.
  3. Salt water pools still need maintenance. People will tell you they’re maintenance free, but that is a gross inaccuracy and exaggeration. The type of maintenance tends to be simpler and some things can be left for longer periods of time with no negative effects, but it still needs to be checked regularly.
  4. Hiring someone to service your pool regularly ensures it’s being done correctly. Not everyone is confident enough in their knowledge of pool chemicals and appropriate levels, so reading a pH stick may be difficult or cause you to obsessively check because you’re not sure if the reading was 7.1 or 6.9. Throw doubt out the window and have the professionals do it.
  5. Pools are mean to be fun! Get in there this summer and cool off, enjoy your pool, and maybe don’t let the kids jump from running in the grass straight into the pool. And invest in water proof sunscreen. Both of these ideas can keep your pool cleaner in the long run and reduce your need to clean the filters. Dirt and grass in your pool is not ideal.
    Pool Service Weekly to Save Time and Money

Call today to schedule a visit or weekly pool service!

Related Topics:

Pool Service Companies
Pool Cleaning Service
Inground Pool Repair Companies
Swimming Pool Maintenance Services
Pool Service Software


  • -

Pool Party Post Cleanup

Tags : 

Pool Party Post CleanupPool Party Post Cleanup

By now you’ve probably recovered from your July 4th celebrations and have relaxed and recuperated enough to get to cleaning up after your friends and family members. Last week we talked about an Independence Day pool party, but the part no one likes to think about is clean up! If you had a lot of people in and out of the pool, applying sunscreen, eating in or around the pool, fireworks, and a grill nearby you may be in need of some more cleaning. When in doubt, or if you’re just not up to doing any cleaning yourself, call Pool Daddy to schedule weekly maintenance or ask for a one-time cleaning and checkup for your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

A lot of things that happen during pool parties can change the chemical balance in your pool, such as:

  1. Sweat
  2. Dirt
  3. Oils from skin
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Hair and body products
  6. Firework or barbeque residue
  7. Food or drink from accidental spillage.

If the chemical balance of your pool gets too knocked out of whack it can eventually decrease the effectiveness of the chlorine, leading to algae build up. This isn’t to say you need to scrub your pool and add more chlorine after every time people swim, but after a large gathering you should double check your chemical and pH levels to ensure the pool is operating at maximum efficiency. Taking a few minute to check and adjust levels can prevent you from having to deal with time consuming cleanings ahead of schedule.

If you find that the chemical levels of your pool change drastically after pool parties, it may be wise to try shocking it 1-2 days before a party. This will ensure the water is crystal clear and clean for your guests and decrease your chances of having to alter the chemical or cleaner levels after the pool party. It may also be a good idea to shock your pool after a large party if you feel the chemical levels and cleanliness have been altered drastically. This is an especially good idea if you had a lot of children in the pool or you know something got into the water that should not have.

For shocking your pool, it is best to wait until sunset (or just before or just after) to ensure less of the chlorine is burned off. Chlorine when left in direct sun can lose its potency, leading to an increased use of the chemical– wasting money, time, and leaving a pool with excess useless chlorine.

If you do not wish to do this on your own, call Pool Daddy and we Can schedule a maintenance or cleaning visit at an affordable price. Even the most seasoned pool owners want a break from time to time! So get to planning the next pool party and leave the cleaning to us!

Related Topics:

Kids Pool Party
Pool Party Las Vegas
Pool Party Decorations
Adult Pool Party
Backyard Party Pool

 


  • -

Hot Tubs For Summer

Tags : 

Hot Tubs For SummerHot Tubs For Summer

Summer is here, officially, and that means some people turn away from their hot tubs, leaving them empty or at least covered and powered off. Don’t do that to your lovely hot tub! You can still us it this summer.

The great thing about Arizona summer is it still gets cool at night! Deserts are perfect for pools and hot tubs or Jacuzzis together! You hop in the pool during the day to cool off or get some sweat-free exercise and after dinner the hot tub feels nice once the sun goes down. Temperatures drop as the sun approaches the horizon, so don’t forget how great those jets and hot water will feel.

Some people get hot tubs, spas, or Jacuzzis for join pain, back pain, arthritis, and other pain related issues. Bypass hot baths with epsom salts for those achy nights and hop in the hot tub for some relaxation and pain relief. Enjoy the sunset or watch the stars as you let the jets soothe your body from the neck down. Enjoy an after dinner beverage or spend some time with friends or loved ones outside.

Hot Tubs For SummerWhile above ground units do not increase your home value, they can increase your quality of life. Some pool owners opt for a connected spa for their in ground pool unit, increasing home value much like the pool itself does. Keep both above and inground options clean and running smoothly with weekly or monthly pool services from Pool daddy so you can continue enjoying your investment for years to come with less repairs and replacement parts. A hot tub works best when it’s clean and all of the parts are in good repair. Don’t forget about these small units just because they look and feel like they’re working properly. Much like a pool, underlying small issues can sneak up on you or go unnoticed and can lead to major electrical, plumbing, or safety issues.

Invite your father over to lounge in a Jacuzzi for the evening after you treat him to dinner. Send the kids to the pool for some night swimming and enjoy an evening in the hot tub with your husband or send them away to the movies or out with friends and invite over some of the other dads and have an adults only Father’s Day relaxation night.

Consider paying for your father’s pool maintenance for a week or two, or a special cleaning to give him some time off. Whatever you’ve done this Father’s Day, don’t forget about him and consider that sometimes the best gift is just taking something off of his Honey-Do list.

Have a safe summer, follow all safety rules and guidelines of your equipment and chemicals, and keep your pool maintenance technicians in mind when scheduling services—some services should not be done in the high heat.

Related Topics:

Hot Tub Chemicals
Hot Tub Closeout
Home Depot Hot Tubs
Hot Tubs for Sale Amazon
Cheap Indoor Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Covers for Sale


  • -

Vinyl Pool Liners: A Good Choice for Me?

Tags : 

Vinyl Pool Liners: A Good Choice for Me?

We’ve talked about fiberglass and concrete pools recently, so it’s time to talk about vinyl pool. All types of pools have their perks and downsides, so it’s time to give vinyl a shot.

Vinyl Pool Liners: A Good Choice for Me?When someone says they have a vinyl liner for their pool it just means the interior surface is vinyl that is colorized chlorinated PVC thermoplastic vinyl. This is used as the waterproofing layer in different pool construction options. European, Canadian, and New Zealand pools are more often vinyl than any other type, but in the US, all three types are used pretty equally across the board. The Eastern and Southern US uses vinyl more than other areas because it’s usually less expensive than concrete options without sacrificing strength and durability.

Pros:

  • Cheaper initial installation costs than both concrete and fiberglass, it’s great for those on a tighter budget. Most cost between $25,000 and $35,000.
  • Faster installation than concrete due to the amount of pieces that are made in a factory and the ease of installation. Most pools are installed in roughly 1 week.
  • Slightly lower chemical usage as compared to concrete.
  • Smooth finish only slightly beaten by fiberglass.
  • Lower lifetime cost than fiberglass, including energy efficiency.
  • Somewhat compatible with salt water systems (better than concrete).
  • Custom sizes and shapes are cheaper than fiberglass and concrete options.
  • Non porous surface keeps skin that touches the surfaces from feeling uncomfortable and decreased chemical usage in some cases.

Cons:

  • Vinyl Pool Liners: A Good Choice for Me?Higher maintenance, installation speed, and chemical usage as compared to fiberglass.
  • Lower durability than concrete or fiberglass.
  • Significantly more expensive to maintain over the lifetime of the pool as compared to fiberglass.
  • Low factory controlled quality.
  • Low resale value and fewer available extra features since it isn’t seen as something as permanent as concrete and fiberglass and the high chance of expensive repairs.
  • Some limits as to size and shape.
  • Higher cost and frequency of liner replacement (5-9 years, approximately $4,000 to replace).
  • Warranties can be complicated and not very inclusive.
  • Areas such as sections where steps connect to the wall or areas behind lights can harbor a lot of growth.

If you want to install a fiberglass pool, keep in mind that there is different maintenance than concrete or fiberglass, but Pool Daddy technicians can help you with all of that. You may not want to install this option if you have a higher budget or you plan on living at that residence longer than the liner will last due to the increased cost. All pool types have their advantages and disadvantages, so weigh your options before installing a pool. Continue with research, ask around to your friends and neighbors, and talk to Pool Daddy about installation, repairs, replacements, and regular maintenance for all of your pool needs to keep any pool you choose to install running smoothly for as long as possible.

Related Topics:

Vinyl Swimming Pool Liners
Vinyl Pool Repair
Vinyl Liner Inground Pool Cost
Vinyl Pool Liner Cleaner
Vinyl Pool Covers
Vinyl Pool Liners Inground
Vinyl Pool Repair Tape


  • -

Concrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

Tags : 

Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesConcrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

Last week we talked about fiberglass pool lining, and today we’re going to switch gears and talk about concrete pools. While they are very common, they do have their perks and downsides. For more information about different pool types, check out this site.

Perks:

  • Durability and Strength: Concrete and fiberglass have similar durability, and higher durability than vinyl liners. It’s harder to cause damage to the concrete walls. Some pools can last up to 50 years, when taken care of properly. The base is sturdy though the main surfaces may need work every few years.
  • Features: Concrete pools offer a great number of available features, much like fiberglass. It’s easier to install custom tanning ledges for a concrete pool than vinyl.
  • Variety: These pools offer a greater variety of options of shapes and depths. Concrete pools can be made much deeper and bigger than other options.
  • Familiar: Most of us have been in a pool with concrete walls. It’s familiar, it’s trusted, and people know what to expect for the most part.
  • Upgrading: It’s easier to increase the size or alter the shape of a concrete pool.

Downsides:

  • Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesHigh maintenance: Concrete pools can be harder to clean and they require extra chemical usage. Refinishing needs to be performed from time to time and algae grows more rapidly in concrete pools than other types. Concrete pools may need occasional acid washing and increased electricity usage.
  • Long installation times: The installation of concrete pools is a laborious task. The concrete needs to be mixed, poured, and set. Concrete pools often take up to six months to finish. Depending on weather, availability of supplies, location, and other factors, a pool may take only a few weeks to install if all goes right, but with any pool installation, a lot can go wrong.
  • Smoothness: Concrete pools tend to be less smooth than vinyl and fiberglass, overall. Prolonged exposure to the surfaces of the pool can cause discomfort on the feet—water shoes can be worn to solve this problem.
  • High initial cost: Concrete pools are the most expensive pools to install, with vinyl being the cheapest.
  • Salt water systems: It’s nearly impossible to have a concrete pool with a salt water system. This type of system can cause damage to the pool, increasing the frequency at which refinishing is needed. You can still install a salt system in a concrete pool but be prepared to resurface or remodel it quicker than other types of pool.
  • Color fade: The color or ting of your pool surfaces may fade quicker when made from concrete than other materials due to sunlight, chlorine, chemicals, and overall time. This can take 8-12 years to change significantly.

Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesHow are they installed?

Concrete pools are sometimes called Gunite or Shotcrete because the concrete is shot from a gun-like device onto the steel-reinforced walls. Upon drying, there are a few options for finishing. Some are plastered smooth and then painted and finished with a textured aggregate surfaces or tiling. Some pools are installed similarly to the foundation of a house (structural concrete) and it’s usually used when pools are installed into hillsides.

Concrete pools are a perfectly acceptable option, but a lot of pool owners are leaning towards vinyl and fiberglass. For more pool information, stay tuned or call Pool Daddy!

Related Topics:

Pool Concrete Paint
Concrete Swimming Pool Repair
Concrete Pool Repair
Inground Pool Repair
Swimming Pools in Ground


  • -

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?

Tags : 

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?

Fiberglass is a popular option for pool surfaces, so if you’re considering building a pool in the near future you may want to keep reading.

Generally, fiberglass pools require less cleaning than other surfaces. The fiberglass is smoother than other surfaces, causing less debris and algae to stick to the walls. Because of the type of material it tends to be the most expensive option for pool surfaces, but the overall quality and care makes it worth it.

Shapes, Sizes, and More:

Fiberglass allows for any size or shape of pool, but unlike other pool types they have to be made and then transported to the final resting spot at your home. This limits the sizes available for fiberglass pools, but makes a great option for unusual sizes or shapes. They can accommodate any added feature other pools can including added decking, steps, attached hot tubs, waterfalls, and more.

On top of custom sizes and shapes, fiberglass pools can also feature a cantilever deck which can then be combined with different pool finishes (tile, pebble, etc).

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?Building/Installation:

Fiberglass, if you didn’t already know, is lightweight and created by weaving glass threats together into a fabric. A polyester resin is then added to hold and keep the shape as well as harden the fiberglass. A weather-resistant gel is then added to give it the smooth finish it’s known for. After completion it is transported to your home and placed in the dugout hole. It can be completed in as little as 1-3 days, depending on the excavation and electrical work and the scheduling of the formation of the pool.

Care:

Most fiberglass pools maintain their pH levels with less monitoring and often do not have as much algae build up as concrete or vinyl pools. This can save you time on cleaning and money on chemical balancing chemicals. And of course, the less time and money you need to spend on your pool maintenance the more you can spend on cool new pool toys!

Most spots or water line markings can be cleaned with a sponge or rag with some basic pool cleaner but anything that cannot be remedied in that fashion should be addressed by a professional, as harsher chemicals can ruin the gel coating of your fiberglass pool.

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?Pool technicians at Pool Daddy can help you take care of your fiberglass pool! We will make sure your pumps and filters are operating at peak efficiency and we’ll skim any debris, check pH levels, clean any spots, and vacuum anything that has settled to the bottom! Weekly maintenance is a great idea for any pool, but you can adjust the regular visits to suit your needs and your abilities. If you can check and balance your pH levels but you don’t want to keep the equipment around to do cleaning, we’ve got you covered! If you just want to save time and effort in learning how to clean your pool we can help with that, too!

Related Topics:

Fiberglass Products
Fiberglass Supplies
How to Work with Fiberglass
Fiberglass Home Depot


  • -

Pool Accessories For Summer!

Tags : 

Pool Accessories For Summer!

Let’s take a step away from the serious this week and start preparing for summer! Once your pool is opened and you have all chemicals balanced your next step is to prepare the rest of the pool for some fun in the sun! Don’t forget that Pool Daddy can help take the worry out of checking your pool for the proper pH levels, filter maintenance, and regular cleaning so you can spend your time searching for new pool toys and bathing suits instead of scrubbing the pool walls.

Pool Accessories Fit for Summer

  1. Pool Accessories For Summer!ACTION: Believe it or not, a rock climbing wall for the edge of your pool exists. Forget a high-dive diving board—try this on for size! Be careful about belly-and back- flops and make sure your pool is deep enough for this awesome accessory. It’s quite costly but once properly installed it will provide you with years of fun and excitement. Be the envy of your neighbors if you have the budget to try this thing out. There are also inflatable versions you may be able to put in larger pools, but are even more expensive.
  2. GAMBLING: Bring your friends together for some pool poker! It included waterproof playing cards and 4 separate floating seats. Earn some cash (or other forms of tender in your game) while staying cool. Loser has to do a belly flop!
  3. DRINKING GAMES: Always be careful mixing pools and beer, but you can find floating beer pong tables here and here. Not into beer? Just have fun with the challenging game with soda, punch, fruit juice, or any other liquid. Bonus: It could double as a raft so you can lay out in the sun to rest after a rigorous game—winner gets to lay on the raft for an hour without being disturbed. Warning: Playing beer pong in water could lead to extra cleanings if any liquid spills. And drink responsibly.
  4. GIANT GLOBE: Want to know how it feels to be a hamster in a ball or wheel? Try out the Inflatable Nuclear Water Glove Float. Climb inside and roll, run, crawl, and spin around on the water.
  5. GOLF: Have a pool and a golf lover? Practice your swing with this 3ft by 4 ft patch of golf green that comes with golf balls that float and more!
  6. Pool Accessories For Summer!DRINK CARRIER! Forget rushing into the house to grab drinks or snacks when you’re lounging in a pool tube or on a pool raft! Have someone load up this motorized radio control drink float and drive it to you instead! Whoever’s cooking out on the weekends can load it up since they’re obviously not getting wet just yet. Also great for lazy teenagers or moms who want to avoid their children tracking water throughout the house or going through a dozen towels in one day.
  7. COMFORT: Try out this floating sofa for extra-comfortable lounging when you’re tired of swimming laps or practicing your diving. It can easily fit 1-3 adults (maybe 4 smaller children). You can also find floating bean bags for a different type of comfort. Sink into some comfortable floating furniture and never leave your pool again!

You can also find some accessories for keeping drinks, phones, music, and more close by as well as make pool-size eating or drinking convenient here.

No matter how you use your pool this summer make sure it stays clean and all parts run smoothly with the help of Pool Daddy. We can upgrade your filters or pumps, scrub the tiles, adjust your chemical levels, and more. Weekly maintenance will keep your pool clean and healthy so you can throw a pool party at the last second if you want!

Related Topics:

Pool Supplies
Above Ground Swimming Pool Accessories
Poolside Loungers
Swimming Pool Accessories and Toys
Pool Accessories Storage
Inground Pool Supplies and Accessories
Inground Pool Parts and Accessories


  • -

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

Tags : 

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

A few weeks ago we talked about above ground pool versus in-ground pools, so today we’ll talk a little more specifically about caring for an above-ground unit.

  • Quality is important: Thicker liners, heavy-duty covers, and high quality equipment can keep your maintenance costs and efforts lower. Not using a decent cover or opting for thin liners can cause leaks, tears, and other problems. Not using a cover at all can increase how much cleaning your pool needs.
  • Pumps and Filtering: Some pumps needs to be run between 8 and 12 hours a day to keep the water clean and clear, others do best with running 24 hours a day—often two-speed motors which work well on low when you’re not adding chemicals or cleaning.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceRegular maintenance
    • Once or twice a week it is wise to skim debris from your pool and check the skimmer baskets—the sooner you remove it the better. It’s also wise to check the water and chemical levels, pH, alkalinity, filter pressure, filter efficiency, and, if applicable, the sand in the filter.
    • It’s also wise to shock the pool once per week and check sanitizer levels if you are using chlorine. Shocking is often done with concentrated chlorine and it will oxidize contaminants like sunscreen, sweat, bodily fluids, hair products, and more. It can also kill stubborn algae deposits.
    • Chlorine tablets are the usual preferred chlorine delivery system for above ground pools.
    • Every other week you should check copper levels if you’re using Pure ‘n Blue.
    • Monthly: To prevent algae, check the phosphate levels and add a phosphate remover if needed.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceVacuuming: Usually you can tell when your pool needs to be vacuumed. This can be done when you do other cleaning or just keep an eye on the floor of the pool and vacuum when it gets slick or you see sediment.
  • Liner tips: Thick liners are your best bet but even the best and thickest liners can leak or crack, so check them regularly.
    • If water levels are dropping quickly, a small leak or crack may be the culprit. It could also be normal evaporation.
    • Use a cover during winter to protect the liner. Keeping it covered when not in use will prolong the elasticity of the liner.
    • A pool with a pH level that is too high or too low can cause problems with the liner; same with heightened chlorine levels. Chemical levels are just as important for the liner as it is for the water and swimmers.
    • Avoid using weed-eaters or edges close to the pool walls as heavy duty ones can puncture the liner.
    • Check the liner and pool systems a few times a year for rust and treat accordingly.

For some more specific steps and explanations of methods, chemical levels, and other steps to clean your pool, check out this page and stay tuned to the Pool Daddy blog for tips and tricks and information about pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. We can perform weekly pool maintenance at reasonable prices- even for above-ground systems!

Related Topics:

Above The Ground Pool Supplies
Above Ground Pool Package
Exercise Pools
Pools Underground
Above Ground Pools Summer Escapes
Blue Wave Above Ground Pools


  • -

Pool pH Level Matter

Tags : 

Why Does the pH level Matter?

Water is awesome, and hose water is safe for kiddo pools and even some larger above ground pools, so you may be asking “why do I need to add chlorine and check the pH of my pool? Water is water, right?” Today we’ll talk about why it’s important to make sure your chemical and Pool pH Level of your pool are important to monitor.

With Pool Daddy’s weekly pool service you can worry less about your Pool pH Level and getting them back to normal, we do the work for you.

 

Pool pH Level Matter

Something to compare pH levels to things you may be more familiar with.

What is pH?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral (like filtered water). A pH level between 0 and 7 is the acid side, anything above 7 is basic/alkaline. Adding acids or alkalies to the water can raise or lower the level to the recommended 7.2-7.8 range for your pool, the exact range can vary depending on pool, area, equipment, and personal opinion. Sodium carbonate (soda ash, also used to neutralize the acid from acid washing) or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) raises the pH level and muriatic acid (used in acid washing) or sodium bi-sulfate will lower it.

Checking the Pool pH Level regularly is important. Things can fall into the pool (rain water, plants, etc) and oils in human (or animal) skin, sun screen, or other things on swimmers bodies can alter the pH  level pretty quick. Even adding your chlorine can change the levels, so if the pH was where it needed to be but then you found out your chlorine levels were low the pH may be knocked into the dangerous zone (especially if it was on the far end of the appropriate range).

For the Pool:

Chemical reactions which can be harmful to your pool can occur if the water is too acidic or alkaline. Too much acidity can lead to corrosion of any metal equipment and etching on the pool surfaces. Increased alkaline levels can cause scaling to surfaces and the plumbing and cloud the water. If your water is starting to look a little cloudy  it could be a number of problems but checking the alkaline levels should  be done to eliminate the chances of it being a bigger problem. Changes on either end of the pH scale can cause issues with the chlorine, decreasing the effectiveness which can allow for algae or other growth and bacteria to form. High alkaline levels will keep the chlorine from working effectively, leading to growth. High acid levels means the chlorine will dissipate quickly, decreasing effectiveness.

Pool pH Level Matter

Etching on a pool surface.

Calcium:

Calcium is also needed in your pool to keep plaster from eroding. Too much can affect water clarity, increase scaling, and create stains. 200-400 ppm is the acceptable range, but right in the middle of that range is perfect for most pools.

Stabilizers and Chlorine:

Stabilizers can keep chlorine working longer by protecting the chlorine from heat, sun, and other elements. Using a stabilizer can keep you from using as much chlorine (and possibly decrease the strong chlorine scent found in a lot of pools) but too much stabilizer can mean you need to add water to your pool to dilute the stabilizer (and therefore check the pH and other levels since diluting one thing means diluting the rest).

For the Swimmers:

Heightened acidity can cause skin irritation which is uncomfortable and can cause bigger problems depending on the person. Young people or those with already sensitive skin should be extra caution when entering pools which may be a little more acidic than normal (slight increase in acidity may not cause problems or need immediate resolution but it wouldn’t hurt to adjust if it’s slightly higher than recommended). Irritation can be a good indicator that you need to check and adjust the Pool pH  Level.

If your pool water is off, even just a little (and on either side) it can start affecting your eyes as well! Your skin doesn’t like high acidity or alkalinity and water left to sit without added chemicals, chlorine or salt (in salt water pools) can experience pH changes just based on weather, air, and things that fall in or are introduced via swimmers or falling matter.

For more pool pH level maintenance information check out this site to understand your pool better.

Related Topics:

Proper Pool pH Level
How to Lower pH in a Pool
How to Raise pH in a Pool
Adjusting Pool pH Level
Pool pH Too High
Pool pH Too Low
pHPool Chart
Pool Alkalinity Too High


Yepp! Give us a call when you are looking for professionalism in all your pool needs.