Best water quality in your swimming pool should be the concern of anyone that wants to swim in your pool. The best water quality is dependent on several different factors. Those factors will be discussed in the following blog post. With swim season just around the corner, you are going to want to make sure you’re swimming pool is ready to go and the water quality is the best not only for the bathers but also to help prolong the lifespan of your investment. The factors that go into this are the following:
- Balanced chemistry
- Adequate filtration times
- Low calcium hardness
- No waterborne diseases
The above factors, if handled correctly, can give you the best quality of water. A balanced chemistry is vital to prevent algae growth. The following is a breakdown of a balanced chemistry:
- Chlorine: 1-3ppm (winter) – 3-5ppm (summer)
- pH: 7.2-7.8
- Cyanuric acid: 30-50ppm
- Total Alkalinity: 80-120ppm
As for adequate filtration times, this is going to vary depending on the size of your swimming pool and how much vegetation you have in your backyard. Please note, filtration times will be longer during the summer time to prevent algae growth.
As for calcium hardness, this is a major issue in Southern California and needs to be monitored regularly to prevent scaling on your water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. Our tap water is loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals. As pool water evaporates these hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually build up in concentration. When calcium levels get too high, they will affect the chemistry in your swimming pool and scaling will occur. Typically, when your calcium levels reach 600ppm we recommend a water change. On average this is about every two years. Since we are in a drought, we recommend Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration to recycle your swimming pool water. Using this service will conserve up to 85% of the existing water in your pool and provide you with drinking quality water.
Finally, waterborne diseases are an issue mainly in public/commercial swimming pools. If urinating or defecation occurs in a swimming pool this should always be a concern. Just because the pool has adequate amounts of chlorine doesn’t mean it’s free of waterborne diseases. Using RO filtration can remove waterborne diseases.
In conclusion, if you can keep your swimming pool properly balanced, recycle your swimming pool water every two years and filter the water for times that are adequate for your pool you will be able to have the best water quality to swim in. If you should have any questions on how to achieve this, contact us today!