3 Reasons To Keep Your Pool's Water Chemically Balanced

Posted on: 28 December 2018

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, you probably already know that you need to remove debris and keep the water clean. However, when it comes to taking care of the water, you also need to ensure that it stays chemically balanced for some of the reasons discusses below.

1.  Prevents Irritation

One reason your pool chemicals need to be balanced is that there is a chance that too much can cause irritation. This irritation is caused by the water becoming too acidic.

When the pH of the water is too acidic, it can redden and irritate the skin as well as burn the delicate tissues of the eyes. This acidity can be caused by adding too much chlorine to the water or by not adding enough buffer that helps even out the pH.

2.  Keeps Algae from Growing in the Water

If you are afraid of creating an environment too acidic for your household members, you may be tempted to forego the chemicals altogether or only add a small amount. However, if you do not add enough chlorine, algae will start growing on top of the water.

When you see algae on your water, this usually indicates that your pool is not acidic enough. The slimy covering on top of the water will only continue to grow, making the water so nasty that no one will want to swim in the pool. 

And, since the algae are only killed by a balance of pool chemicals, skimming the water will not get rid of the problem. If you do have algae growing, have a pool maintenance professional test your water to see what chemicals need to be added.

3.  Reduces the Spread of Germs in the Water

Another reason you need to have chemically balanced water in your pool is that the chemicals help reduce the spread of germs. All of the germs on the swimmers' bodies and in their bodily fluids are transferred to the water.

If these germs are not killed off by the chemicals, the bacteria and viruses can easily latch onto and infect other household members. The precise balance of chemicals will kill these germs and can help keep your family from getting sick.

While keeping your pool water chemically balanced can take a lot of effort, it helps prevents problems for anyone swimming in it and keeps the water healthy. If you are unsure as to how to balance the chemicals, you may want to hire a pool maintenance service to have someone do the job for you on a regular basis.