Testing pH Levels for Swimming Pool Maintenance

What You'll Need
Pool pH Testing Kit

Swimming pool maintenance is a vital for the health of those using the pool. Whether it be a public swimming pool or a private pool in the back yard, it should be kept in excellent condition. Regular pool maintenance should be undertaken along with balancing the pH of your pool.

Step 1 - Perfect Balance

The ideal pH balance for a swimming pool is neutral at 7.0. Anything below those levels will be corrosive water and anything above will create scale forming. Limey water is not ideal for pools as the scale will form on the sides and bottom of the pool, so it will need softening to correct the balance.

Step 2 - Acid and Alkaline

If your pool is too acidic you will notice that the floor of the pool will become rough, where the acid is actually breaking down and corroding the surface of the pool. It will slowly start to disintegrate. Anything metallic in the water will begin corroding and rusting. To the contrary, lime scale will build up in a pool which has far too much alkaline. The ideal pH balance for personal health and eyes is between 7.0 and 7.6.

Step 3 - How Much to Use

The volume of water in your pool is part of the calculation you will need to know how much liquid chlorine to use. Too little and you create an imbalance. To much and you unbalance it in the other direction. You can harm eyes if you have too much chlorine in the water, so make sure you have accounted for the math when you test your pool.