Water Chemistry

Water is a very powerful substance which is referred to as ‘the universal solvent’ in chemistry.  This is because the chemical power of water can etch, calcify, stain, bleach, corrode or even completely destroy your pool.  This page will help you not have this happen to you.

Click on the section below that is of interest to you.

Ph of water

total alkalinity

pool salt

cyanuric acid

calcium hardness

phosphates

Poor water chemistry will damage your pool

water etching concrete

This image shows how a simple rainwater drain can cause deep etching in concrete over time. Because of this, every pool surface, no matter what they claim, will have a visible reaction to unbalanced water.  This happens because water is a powerful substance.

In chemistry, water is often referred to as ‘the universal solvent’ .  This saying refers to the chemical power within water which can easily etch, calcify, stain, bleach, corrode or even completely destroy pool surfaces. This etching will happen faster if your water is not maintained properly. This image shows how even a simple rainwater drain can cause deep etching in concrete over time.

These pages discuss the various aspects of water chemistry. Each part plays a role in maintaining healthy water and also preserving the pool surface. As a general rule, if your pool water was always perfect then the chances of having staining is very low.

Balanced water makes swimming safe

Did you know that if the pH of your pool water is too high that it prevents the chlorine from working? So, this can mean that your water is unsafe to swim in even though you have plenty of chlorine in the water. Keeping your water balanced also help maintain and preserve your pool surface. Remember, most surface problems occur because of unbalanced water.

Pool water stings my eyes

Aside from the benefits mentioned above, the best reason to maintain your water properly is because the water feels so much nicer to swim in. For example, it is a common myth that chlorine causes your eyes to sting when swimming. This is not true. Basically, if your eyes are stinging during swimming then it is often caused by urine and unbalanced pH. Remember, it is not the chlorine that causes the stinging. So if the kids complain about red eyes from swimming it might be time for a family meeting.