Water Balance Video
WATER BALANCE & TESTING
Understanding the basics of pool water chemistry will help you properly maintain your pool.
Clean,
clear, healthy pool water is achieved through chemical treatment, water balance, good maintenance
(cleaning/vacuuming) and proper circulation/filtration.
All of these elements work together to provide
sparkling clear water and a comfortable pool. Your
Nature’s Way
Treatment System
contains all of
the products needed to keep your pool water looking its best, easily and affordably.
This section of
your manual will explain what you are testing for, why, and how to make adjustments when needed.
Maintaining the water in your pool doesn't require a degree in chemistry. Test strips give accurate
test results more quickly and easily than any other testing method. You should test your pool water
2-3 times per week for Sanitizer, pH, and Alkalinity and maintain the following levels:
TEST
ACCEPTABLE
IDEAL
pH
7.2 - 7.8
7.4-7.6
Total Alkalinity
80 - 150 ppm
80-120 ppm
Free Chlorine*
1.0 - 3.0 ppm
2 ppm
*If you are using Nature²
you can maintain a much lower chlorine level: 0.5 to 1.0 ppm
When testing your pool water take a sample from approximately 12” – 18” below the
water surface and away from any return inlets. You can quickly analyze those results
at home using the Test Water feature within this manual and receive complete chemical
recommendations and dosages to maintain your pool water at the ideal levels.
We also recommend having your pool water professionally tested at Pool City at the beginning of
every season.
In our stores we can provide test results for Conditioner/Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid)
and metal readings, which should be tested and adjusted for once each season.
TEST
IDEAL
Cyanuric Acid
(conditioner/stabilizer)
30-50 ppm
Metals-
NO metals should be present
0
pH
is the single most important element in swimming pool water chemistry. It affects every
other chemical balance in pool water. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 with 7.0 being the neutral
point. To ensure swimmer comfort, water balance and maximize the effectiveness of your
sanitizer, it is important to maintain a ph reading between 7.2 to 7.8,
ideally 7.4-7.6.
The type of
sanitizer you use can affect your pH as will rain water and many other things, requiring you to
test and adjust your pH on a regular basis.
Low pH
When the pH reading is low (below 7.2) your pool water is acidic. Acidic pool water
can cause damage to your vinyl liner while corroding metal plumbing and metal
components in heaters, pumps and filters. Low pH water also causes skin and eye
irritation, making eyes look red (a condition often mistaken for too much chlorine).
Rapid loss of chlorine residual and low alkalinity can also be a result of low pH. When
pH is too low, raise by adding
Nature’s Way
pH Up
. The amount required depends on
your pH reading and gallons of water in your pool. From the main menu go to the Test
Water app for exact recommendations based on your pH reading.