This might be the single most important factor for any private homeowner or commercial business that operates a pool. Having the correct balance of chemicals and elements in your pool water is crucial to maintaining the look and appeal of your pool, not to mention saving the grout that is used to keep your pool tiles in place! We will get into the different facets of chemical treatment for pools down below, explaining a little more in-depth how these facets affect your pool water and what it means for long-term pool maintenance.
What chemical imbalance means
Water is a universal solvent, which means that it is always seeking to dissolve elements that they come into contact with. If the pH balance of your pool is off and the water becomes too acidic, it will begin to remedy that imbalance by pulling basic materials out of whatever it comes into contact with- and these base materials happen to be the calcium that is present inside of grout and rock that lines your pool. After a while this acidic water will wreak havoc on your pool and end up costing your more money in the end due to clogged filters and deteriorating grout.
Importance of winter time protection
At colder temperatures water becomes even more aggressively corrosive, creating imbalances in your water balance. It behooves you to make alterations to your water balance during winter time to ensure that the water doesn’t become your worst enemy while it sits under a covering and eats away at the grout and stone that is lining the interior of your pool. If left unchecked these issues can result in much bigger bills as you have to have the interior of your pool retreated and resealed to fix the damage caused by this cold and corrosive water.
Get your water tested
The very first phase in fixing the problem of an imbalanced water system is to get your water tested by our trained pool service technicians. They can test the water for its alkalinity, total dissolved solids ratio, salinity and various other factors that affect the way the water operates inside of your pool system. Don’t let this problem sneak up on you over the winter; get your water tested regularly and make sure that the water is maintained properly so that you can start the summer season with a splash.
Changing the chemicals in your pool
It is interesting to note that one of the easiest ways to maintain a pool water system from becoming to acidic and damaging your pool tiles and grout lines is to add the very substance that the water is trying to yank out of the stone- calcium. Raising the calcium levels- amongst other slight changes we make- can satiate the water and prevent it from hungrily pulling calcium out of the stone and pool tiles, thus saving you a lot of time and energy in costly repairs that can surprise you when summer comes and you pull the covering off of your pool.