Achieving Optimal Pool Chemistry June 28, 2019

Fluctuating pool chemistry can be a big headache. If you find yourself trying to fix one problem, only to create a new issue, talk to our professional team of pool experts today.

Achieving optimal pool chemistry doesn’t have to be confusing but it does require a bit of onboarding and knowledge to sustain. Here’s what you need to know:

Chlorine is the Ruler
While there are other parameters at play, chlorine is king. As a disinfecting agent, chlorine is responsible for killing any algae, bugs, or other unwanted pests. Chlorine’s best friend is stabilizing cyanuric which is what ensures that your chlorine is able to do its job.

Calcium on Deck
If chlorine is king, then calcium is queen. When considering hard structures in your pool, you’ll want to ensure that your pool’s calcium is balanced well to prevent the erosion of your grout. In addition to pH and alkalinity, calcium can leech and essentially “calcify” your structures which is why it is recommended to maintain water that is slightly basic.

Alkalinity
As a buffering agent, your pool’s alkalinity helps to maintain stable pH. When you test your water, be sure to check your alkaline levels in order to make balancing your pH easier.

Sequest
Last but not least, there’s sequest. Sequest is an agent that can help ensure that the minerals in your water don’t stain any surface areas. If the conditions in your pool are less than ideal, it’s possible that minerals will drop out of solutions, resulting in a yellowish looking stain. Sequest is your pool’s best safeguard against this unsightly condition.