Balance Your Water Chemistry
To preserve the aesthetic and ensure the longevity of your PebbleTec pool finish, it’s essential to balance your pool’s water chemistry. Regular chemical testing of the pool’s water should take place at a minimum of one time per week. To get started, visit your local pool supply store and purchase a water testing kit.
PebbleTec Pool Chemistry Basics
Next, it’s time to test the water to determine the current state of your pool’s chemical levels. For a balanced pool, these are the ideal ranges you want to see during testing:
- pH: 7.2 to 7.6
- Free Chlorine: 2 to 4 ppm
- Total Chlorine: No higher than the Free Chlorine
- Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm
- Cyanuric Acid: 30-50 ppm
If your pool is above or below the numbers above, you need to restore your pool’s balance.
Potential Problems & How to Solve Them
There are a wide variety of factors that impact the ecosystem of your pool. These include:
- People swimming with dirty feet
- Floating debris
Before, adding chemicals, here are three things to check off your list:
- Regular cleaning: Use a skimmer to remove all debris and brush the pool’s surface once a week. If needed, add a clarifier to group unwanted particles together. This makes it easier for the filtration system to remove them.
- Maintain water levels: Sunlight and temperature cause pool water to evaporate. Low water levels can cause the pool pump to draw in air instead of water. This will cause the pump to run dry, which can reduce its effectiveness and potentially lead to overheating. Keep a close eye on your pool’s water levels. When water is added, it will change the balance.
- Circulate the water: Use your pool pump to circulate pool water. Circulating water will aid in distributing chemicals throughout your pool and will remove debris on the pool’s surface. Run your pump at a minimum of 8 hours each day and adjust as necessary – the hotter the temperature, the longer the pump should run.
How to Balance Your Pool Weekly
Each individual chemical plays a specific role in keeping the water safe. Balance chemicals weekly by dissolving or diluting them in a bucket before adding them to the pool. Here are some ways to alter each chemical depending on your water’s test results:
- pH – To increase pH levels, use small doses of soda ash. Decrease pH levels with muriatic acid.
- Chlorine – If chlorine levels are low, use either liquid chlorine (formulated for pools) or non-stabilized granular chlorine to raise the chlorine level. Tablets are to maintain a slow feed of chlorine into the pool for sanitation during the circulation of the pool.
- Total alkalinity – To increase alkalinity, use sodium bicarbonate. To decrease alkalinity, use muriatic acid.
How to Balance Your Pool Monthly
Once a month, the calcium hardness and cyanuric acid should be tested. These two levels will increase over the summer due to water evaporation. If they exceed the ideal ranges, the pool will require some draining of the water and refilling to dilute the problem.
What Else You Need to Know
For complete information, review the appropriate PTI Recommended Maintenance Procedures before balancing your pool. These are provided within the Protection Plan upon completion of your product registration. For pools with dark-colored Galaxy PebbleFina® finishes or pools with Salt Water Chlorination Generator Systems, please refer to the specific start-up documentation for those pool types, provided in the Recommended Maintenance Procedures.
For important do’s and don’ts, product registration, technical documents, warranty information and more, visit our Customer Service page at https://pebbletec.com/customer-support.