What is included in a typical Westlake Pool Service?
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Water chemistry plays a big role in the proper care of your pool. Unbalanced water can lead to hazardous water conditions. If levels are too low the water will look murky or even green depending on the severity of it. Low chemical levels promote bacteria and algae growth. On the other hand, if levels are too high it can cause skin and eye irritation. High chemical levels can also destroy your pools plaster and equipment.
The most import two that everyone know about are chlorine levels, and PH levels. Both of these are measured in parts per million. Chlorine acts as an anti-bacterial component. It kills germs in the pool and potential algae blooms. The two values of chlorine that are usually tested for are free chlorine and total chlorine. The total chlorine is the total amount of chlorine currently being used in the pool. The free Chlorine levels are the parts per millions of chlorine that are still available to fight bacteria and algae. Chlorine is the single most important chemical that is put into your pool. There are a few ways to add chloride to a pool and they all have their ups and downs. The most common way to maintain chlorine levels is to add chlorine tablets to a floater or chlorinator.
Tablets of chlorine are composed of 50% chlorine, 25% acid, and lastly 25% conditioner – in most cases – The second most common way to add chlorine to a pool is by pouring liquid chlorine into it. Liquid chlorine does a very good job raising the overall amount of chlorine in the pool. It also Kills chlorine quickly. The third most popular way to add chlorine is with powdered shock. Shock is meant to shock the pool with large amounts of chlorine very quickly. Shock comes in packages or buckets and it is very fine powder like baking powder, Chlorine shock can either be dumped into the skimmer or scattered around the pool. Those are some of the n=most popular forms of chlorinating a pool however there are many more.
Is your Pool water balanced?
The second most common chemical that is checked on a weekly basis at Westlake Pool Service is the pools PH level. Ph show the overall acidity or non-acidity of the pool water. Acid helps the chlorine work better. However, it is very important that you keep your PH balanced in the right level. If the acid level is too it will eat your pools plaster and burn swimmers eyes. If the acidity is too low calcium deposits will build up around the water line on the tile. To high of a PH level will also lower the power of your chlorine to kill germs and algae.
Unlike chlorine, acid is normally added in only one form. Acid comes in gallons jugs and is poured around the outside of the pool.
The other chemicals that play a big role in pool water chemistry are conditioner, alkalinity, water hardness, tds, and bromine.
To recap the most important chemicals are
- Total Chlorine
- Free Chlorine
- Ph / Acid
- Water hardness