What Happens if PH Is Too High in a Pool?

Maintaining proper chemical balance in a swimming pool is important for the health and safety of swimmers, as well as for the longevity of the pool equipment.

Understanding pH Levels

pH is a measure of the balance between acidity and alkalinity in water, with a range between 1 and 14. A pH level of 7.0 is neutral, while levels above 7.0 are considered alkaline and levels below 7.0 are acidic. The ideal pH range for a pool is between 7.3 and 7.6. This range allows for optimal performance and cleanliness of the pool water.

The Dangers of High pH

One common problem with pool water chemistry is high pH levels. When the pH of the water exceeds 7.8, it is considered too alkaline. Water that is too alkaline can reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of chlorine, which is the pool chemical used to kill pathogens. In addition, high pH levels can cause skin rashes and cloudy water, as well as scaling on pool equipment. Over time, scaling inside pipes can accumulate and restrict water flow, leading to strain on the pool circulation system and resulting in costly repairs.

Adjusting Alkalinity

The first step to achieving proper chemical balance in your pool is to adjust the alkalinity. It’s important to note that higher alkalinity levels make it more difficult to maintain the proper pH balance. Quick reactions can help prevent headaches if your pool starts to show signs of high pH levels. Regular testing and adjustments to the alkalinity and pH levels are necessary to maintain a healthy and safe swimming environment.

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