Today we are discussing the Three most common mistakes made by pool owners and what you can do today to ensure they don’t happen to you.
They are all water chemistry related. By being proactive you can avoid these blunders and save a bunch of cash at the same time.
1. Allowing pH to get above 8.0. At 8.5 chlorine is only 10% active. At 7.0 it is about 73% active. By just maintaining pH around 7.5 the chlorine is 50-60% active. Keeping the pH in check will allow you to use to the full potential the chlorine that is already in the pool.
2. Not checking your pool chemistry often enough. Test your water once a week during the warmer months. Although it almost sounds remedial, I see this far too often – a pool can go green or get severely out of “whack” pretty quickly. Stay on top of this so you can make adjustments sooner. This will avoid you playing “catch up” when things do get out of their desired ranges.
3. Not keeping alkalinity between 80-140 PPM. Low or high alkalinity has a direct impact on your water balance – most importantly, it can reduce the effectiveness of your sanitizer.