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ph Balance
April 20, 2014
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Chlorine gets a bad rap for irritating swimmers’ eyes and drying out their skin and hair. Ease up on chlorine – it’s got a tough job sanitizing your pool’s water.  Believe it or not, the negative effects of swimming are all within your control.  Nothing impacts a swimmer’s comfort more than pH. When pH is too low (under 7.0), or too high (above 7.8), swimmers will experience eye and nose irritation, dry itchy skin, and a possible rash.


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the best way to prevent RWI (recreational water illnesses), including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections, is to maintain a pH of 7.2- to 7.8 PPM (Parts per Million) and a sanitizer level (Chlorine) of 1.0- to 3.0 PPM. When proper pH and chlorine levels are maintained, most RWIs will be killed within minutes.
Pool and Spa Equipment

Maintaining proper pH levels is essential to extending the life of your pool and spa equipment. When high pH is present, scaling and calcium buildup can occur on equipment, causing clogging of the filter. Water can become cloudy or dull as well. When pH is too low, metal corrosion can occur, staining or etching from the corrosion happens, and pool plaster and grout can dissolve.  Simply said, high and low pH can lessen the effectiveness and possibly damage your equipment.


Read this great article from Pool & Spa News Magazine: Solving the pH IssueFor more helpful tricks and tips, visit our PoolSide Blog.