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What You Need to Know About the pH of Your Pool

As a pool owner, one of the main things that you probably look for is how clear your water is – after all, that’s the first thing you notice when you look outside! However, not only do you want your water to be clear but you also want it to be healthy and the pH of your pool plays a major role in this. As professional pool cleaners, we understand just how important it is to balance the pH levels of your water. Let’s look at what you need to know about getting your pH right!

What happens if you have the incorrect pH?

Ideally, you want the pH levels of your pool to sit between 7.2 and 7.6. If your pH levels are too low, this means the water is too acidic. Acidic water means that anyone using the pool is likely to have an unpleasant experience with the water contributing to dry, itchy skin and stinging eyes and nose. The acidic water is also corrosive which can damage your expensive pool equipment, pool surfaces, light fixtures and pretty much anything exposed to the water. It also corrodes metal which then makes its way into the water.

A lot of people think that it’s better for the pH to be too high than too low but there are also issues when your pH levels rise and the water becomes too alkaline. Just like acidic water, high pH levels can lead to red eyes, dry skin, and corrosion of swimwear. It can also lead to the formation of scale on your pool surfaces and equipment. You’ll also need to continually add more chlorine as the chemical won’t be as effective in the water.

How do you get the pH right?

To ensure that your water pH is just right, you need to remember to test your water regularly. in the high use summer months, this can mean every week. You can either take your water into your local pool shop for testing or purchase some easy at-home test kits. If your pH is too high, you need to add acid to the water and a low pH requires the addition of alkali. If you’re new to balancing your water, don’t worry- your pool store will be able to give you some expert advice.

If you need some help keeping your water perfectly balanced, Perth based Pool Assist can help. Our experienced swimming pool cleaners can come to your home and carry out servicing and repairs for pristine results. This summer, sit back and enjoy your pool while we do the hard work!

For top rated pool cleaners in Perth, speak to the experienced team at Pool Assist today on 1300 62 82 62 or visit on of our convenient locations.