1. Low pH causes eye and skin irritation
Acidic water not only stings the eyes and nasal passages, it strips the body of its natural oils leaving skin dry and itchy, and hair brittle. Interestingly (and unfortunately) the same physical issues can arise if pH gets too high. The human body is naturally near the neutral point on the scale.
2. High pH inactivates chlorine
The further your pH level goes into the basic or alkaline range, the less affect your chlorine will have. Consequently, you find yourself spending far too much money on chlorine and still having water that isn’t clean.
3. Unbalanced pH can damage pool surfaces.
With low pH, a vinyl liner can actually grow, creating unsightly wrinkles. Low pH makes the water corrosion and rust out in water equipment causing metal stains. If pH gets too high, a vinyl liner will age more rapidly and have to be replaced sooner. High pH also makes the water more alkaline and this makes the pool surface slippery and your pool cleaner will be less effective and not climb the walls.
4. Low pH can lead to corrosion.
Acidic pool water can begin to corrode everything from pumps and other mechanical systems to ladders, and slide and diving board supports. Low pH water can even corrode the plaster in gunite pools.
5. High pH causes cloudy water.
Many minerals come out of solution as pH rises. This can lead to murky water and mineral deposits, many pool owners think cloudy water is only related to dust or particles in the pool, but it could well only be the pH.
How to Maintain Proper pH
It is important that you monitor your pool’s pH level, this needs to be done using a photometer at Pool Palace West. We then store your test and we can get a trend of how your pool performs and ensure your pH is always in range
We have Pool Magic Dry Acid Tablets, Pool Magic Hydrochloric Acid and Pool Magic Soda Ash to adjust your pH up or down to the correct range.
The Power of pH
When it comes to pool maintenance, keeping your water chemistry in balance is very important. And as we’ve explained, pH level is, in many ways, the foundation of that balance. While there are many factors that can impact pH level, with regular in store water testing we can help you to maintain the ideal range