3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Testing And Balancing The Water In Your Swimming Pool |
Those of you who have only recently become Swimming Pool Owners may be understandably intimidated by the thought of having to test and balance the water in your pool. It sounds like a complicated and delicate process, but the good news is that when you have the right tools, knowledge and patience, it’s not really that difficult to do.
So, here are some of the biggest factors that you should bear in mind when you are attempting to test and balance your pool water.
Do You Know The Volume Of Your Pool?
It will be difficult for you to know how much to add to your pool to balance it, if you aren’t even sure of the volume of water in the pool in the first place.
The good news is that you can get an approximate figure for this by applying the following simple calculation: length x width x average depth x multiplier = volume in gallons. In case you’re wondering what the ‘multiplier’ is, it varies from pool to pool, being 7.5 for a rectangle, square or free-form pool, and 5.9 if the pool is round or oval.
Have You Got The Right Pool Chemicals And Equipment For The Job?
Regular pool water testing is crucial, with pH, chlorine, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels all needing to be checked – not only to keep your pool equipment in good condition, but also for the safety of everyone who uses the pool.
Thankfully, we have many test strips and kits in our online store that can be used for such a purpose, as well as the Pool Chemicals that will be instrumental in your efforts to achieve water balance, whether you need to raise or reduce certain levels.
Do You Know The Appropriate Amount Of Chemicals To Add?
You should only add a certain amount of pool chemicals – per 10,000 gallons of water – at a time, and if it’s necessary to add more than the maximum amount, you’ll need to do so increments, allowing at least six hours between additions.
It’s also vital to ensure your pool’s pump is turned on before you add chemicals to the water, so that the chemicals will be circulated around the pool.
Yes, the task of testing and balancing the water in your swimming pool may seem daunting at first, but it’s something that you should be able to do just fine on your own with a little knowledge and practice.
Don’t forget that when you Shop At Pool Warehouse for all manner of pool chemicals and testing kits, we can give you frequently heavy discounts, as well as free UK mainland delivery if your order is worth more than £70.
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