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What do you mean by balancing water?

A correctly balanced pool means your pool water has the proper pH level, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and is stabilized.

The Benefits of Balancing

  • Prevents disease
  • More comfortable swimming
  • Reduces unpleasant odors
  • Reduces eye irritation and itchy skin
  • Prevents equipment corrosion
  • Reduces scale build up

  • Chemicals Value Guideline
    pH 7.2 - 7.6 Consider this chemical the overall health of the water.
    Alkalinity 80 - 120 ppm pH is alkaline dependent, alkalinity is defined as the ability of the water to resist changes in pH.
    Total Hardness 200 - 400ppm Calcium Hardness is a measure of how "hard" or "soft" the water is currently

    Correct balancing helps your chemicals specifically sanition chemicals to work more effectively, saving you time, money and most importantly keep you safe in your pool.

    When to Balance

    When any of the three levels (pH, total alkalinity and calcium or total hardness) are outside their correct ranges, it's necessary to balance. As a rule of thumb, you should test your pool's pH twice a week and total alkalinity and calcium hardness bi-weekly or monthly.


    pH is a basic measure of acidity or basicity in your water and one of the most important factors in balancing your pool properly. Consider this chemical the overall health of the water. A great pool environment will measure 7.5 on a scale of 0 to 14. The acceptable range of your water should be between 7.2 to 7.6.

    Total Alkalinity

    This is the ability of your water to resist changes in the pH. While it’s not the same as pH, proper total alkalinity does help to keep pH stabilized. Low Total alkalinity in your pool makes your pH level sensitive to change and pH levels will unstabilize. Too much total alkalinity will contribute to a higher pH with the possibility of cloudy water and scaling.

    Total Hardness

    "Hard" water has to do with the amount of calcium and magnesium in your source water and those levels can vary throughout the country. Nevertheless low calcium hardness is just as bad being corrosive to metals and will certainly stain surface walls, and can contribute to heater failure. No matter where you live, calcium and magnesium are left behind as your pool water evaporates and that increases water hardness. This is important and if not properly maintained will cost you money in the long run.