swimming pool cleaningExperts agree that maintaining pool water balance with the right pool chemicals is one of the most important aspects in effective swimming pool cleaning and maintenance. Unfortunately, not all pool owners completely understand water balance and not all pool owners are able to correctly and appropriately maintain the right pool water balance.

Pool water balance is a complex process that requires proper use and handling of the right chemicals to keep your pool water safe and clean. Most importantly, maintaining chemically balanced pool water will help you effectively prevent the growth and development of algae and disease-carrying bacteria, which may put your health, as well as that of those who will use your swimming pool, at risk.

Here are some other important reasons why you need to learn about maintaining pool water balance as well as the proper use and handling of pool chemicals.

• To keep your pool water safe and sanitized – One of the important ingredients that you add to your pool is chlorine, which works to kill harmful and disease-carrying germs and bacteria that may have developed in your swimming pool. Most pool owners are not aware that for chlorine to work effectively and efficiently, swimming pool Myrtle Beach water should have the right pH balance.

• To make the pool water comfortable for everyone who will use your swimming pool – Maintaining the right chemical balance of your swimming pool will make it comfortable for everyone who will use it. If your pool is too acidic or too basic, it may cause skin and eye irritation, which could lead to health problems.

• To protect other parts of your swimming pool – The correct chemical balance of your pool water helps protect other parts of your swimming pool, particularly in preventing corrosion in the liner, hand rails, ladders and other metal or steel additions you have installed to your pool. It also helps protect your pool pump from damages and problems caused by chemical imbalance in the pool water which circulates and passes through your pump system repeatedly.

What is needed to achieve chemically balanced pool water?

There are things you need to keep an eye out for to achieve the right chemical balance for your pool water. And in order for you to maintain balanced pool water, you need to have the right Myrtle Beach pool chemicals. If you do not know which chemicals you need, seek professional advice and recommendation from Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools.

pH level

The pH level of your pool water tells you how much acidic or basic your pool water is. You need to maintain the right pH level which is 7.4 to 7.6 to ensure your chlorine functions efficiently as well as to protect your pool finish, along with the other equipment you have installed in your swimming pool. You can buy a pH level home test kit from your pool manufacturer or from your local swimming pool supplies store. A home test kit has everything that you need to test the pH level of your pool water.


You need to maintain an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm in your swimming pool water at all times. There are test kits you can buy from your pool manufacturer to help you monitor the alkalinity of your pool water. It is important that you maintain the right reading. If it goes any higher, it may cause your pH level to increase as well. If it goes any lower, it will bring your pool water’s pH level with it.


Aside from pH level and alkaline, you also need to maintain the right amount of calcium in your swimming pool. Calcium helps keep your pool water clean and sanitized. The ideal amount of calcium in an average swimming pool is 200 to 400 ppm. Ask your pool manufacturer for tools or assistance in monitoring the amount of calcium in your pool water.


Looking for professional assistance in maintaining the right chemical balance for your swimming pool? Give Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools now and speak with their specialist to discuss about pool chemicals.


Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 294-3556


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