The pH for pool water should be within the range of 7.2 to 7.6 or slightly on the alkaline side, preferably about 7.2. If it reaches 7.6 or above, your pool pH is too high and you need to correct this ASAP. This is a common pool problem, so it is very important to know what to do when this happens. The pH (alkalinity or acidity) of swimming pool water can easily be measured by using your chemical test kit or pool monitor.
What’s Wrong High Pool pH?
pH is a measure of the water’s balance between acidity and alkalinity. If the pH isn’t properly balanced, problems will start to occur. On a pH scale, 0 indicates extreme acidity and 14 indicates extreme alkalinity. Ideally, you want to aim to keep the pH between 7.2 and 7.6. When the level is too high other problems will occur such as high calcium levels that may cause cloudy water, clogged filters, scale build-up, and skin and eye irritation. In addition to that, pool pH that is too high runs a risk with your chlorine, your chlorine will no longer disinfect fully.
If the pool pH is too high, or above 7.6, you need to lower it as soon as possible. To do this, you will need a pH reducing chemical. Our most trusted option is pH Down. It is the perfect and most efficient way to lower your pH to a desirable level again. The amount required is based on the number of gallons of water in the pool and the amount of alkalinity in the water.
You must keep your pool water chemically balanced. It is very important to remember that your pool’s health is also your health, your time, and your money. This is why iopool is here to help you will all your pool questions and needs.