There are so many options and brands to choose from when it comes to pool maintenance that it may be overwhelming. To get the most out of your backyard retreat, regular upkeep is a need. You’ll get more use out of your pool if you keep it well-maintained, which will help it last longer. Perfect Pools construct pools to make upkeep as simple as possible. We understand that you’d prefer to spend your time swimming in your pool rather than doing the work necessary to keep it clean.

The Importance of Clean Pool Water

Don’t be fooled by the clearness of your pool’s water. It’s possible to find harmful germs lurking in even the cleanest of water that is undetectable to the human eye. Maintaining and disinfecting the water in a swimming pool is essential, and this may be done using chemicals.

The way your pool water feels and smells can frequently give you a good idea of whether or not the water is properly balanced. It should be clear, smooth, and free of chlorine odors. Chemical levels in your pool can only be monitored if they are tested regularly. You can do the testing yourself at home using a water test kit, or you can bring a sample to your local pool shop for fast and simple testing.

Adding easy-to-use gadgets that automatically capture readings and deliver them right to your phone may make things even more convenient. As soon as your water balance is out of whack, you’ll get warnings and alarms with instructions on how to rectify the problem yourself. Hiring a pool technician to vacuum your pool, check chemical levels, and clean your filters is a good idea if you already have a lot on your plate.

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The Ideal Pool Water Balance

The recommended pH of a swimming pool should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Total alkalinity is between 80 and 120 ppm (parts per million), calcium hardness is between 200 and 400 ppm, and free chlorine is between 1 and 3 ppm (parts per million).

It’s a delicate balancing act to get the disinfectant’s concentration just right. The level of disinfectant in the water must be high enough to ensure that it is constantly present. However, it must also be low enough for swimmers to feel comfortable. When exposed to sunlight, hypochlorous acid may degrade unless a stabilizer such as cyanuric acid is used to prevent this degradation since some chemicals used in swimming pools have the potential to cause harm to those who handle them without the proper personal protection equipment.

There are a variety of chemicals you may put in your pool, each with various properties. In general, these are the chemicals you’ll need to know about when it comes to pool maintenance to maintain your water balance.

Swimming pool chemical balancing is a year-round chore, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Keep an eye on your pool chemicals, whether you’re just getting it ready to open after a long winter or planning a graduation party at the beach. The following are the most regularly utilized chemicals for maintaining balanced chemistry in your swimming pool.

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Sanitizer Chemicals

A sanitizer is a chemical used to disinfect and keep the water in your pool clean. Using these chemicals, you will never have to worry about swimming in a filthy pool again. However, maintaining the proper concentration of these compounds is the most challenging aspect of their use.


Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are added to disinfected pools, spas, and water playgrounds to keep bacteria from spreading and outbreaks from occurring. Other chemicals in the pool aid in disinfection, such as pH regulation for water quality improvement, scaling prevention, and algae growth prevention in the water.

Chlorine in swimming pools is a common topic of conversation among swimmers. While it ensures that the water we swim in is devoid of potentially harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli, chlorine-based chemicals can cause dry skin and red eyes if used incorrectly. The pH, alkalinity, and hardness of the water may all be adjusted with the addition of various chemicals by pool operators in addition to the disinfectants. Trichlor or trichloro-S-triazinetrione is the most common type of chlorine used by residential pool owners because it dissolves slowly, has a high chlorine concentration, and is straightforward to use.


Unlike chlorine, bromine is not widely used as a sanitizer. Bromine is more stable inside and in high-heat applications like hot tubs than chlorine, but when exposed to UV rays from the sun, it does not survive as long as chlorine.


Many pool owners use nonchlorine oxidizers in addition to chlorine because of the large number of toxins that may lurk in swimming pool water. Organic pollutants may be broken down by adding potassium monopersulfate, a chemical shock treatment. After sundown or at night, shock your pool to preserve the oxidizer’s effectiveness.

Cyanuric Acid

Chlorine, on its own, doesn’t want to stay in the water, particularly when it’s exposed to sunshine. Cyanuric acid may be necessary because of this.

To maintain your pool clean and save money on chlorine, use cyanuric acid as a pool stabilizer. While cyanuric acid is included in many chlorine tablets, you should avoid overusing it or causing damage to your pool if you don’t have enough of it in your pool.

Keep these chemicals on hand even if you don’t use them very frequently so that you can respond swiftly if a problem arises. Swimming pool chemicals should be examined more frequently during the hot summer months.

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Perfect Pools is committed to creating the perfect outdoor pool environment for you and your family. You can rest easy knowing you’ve chosen the best when you work with Perfect Pools on your custom pool design. Their team of expert landscape designers and professional swimming pool designers build quality pools with long-lasting impressions. Visit their website to explore the latest pool designs and book your consultation with professional pool contractors today!

About the Author

Joaquin Lim has been associated with Perfect Pools for many years. He is a well-known landscape architect who works with customers to design and develop various landscape and outdoor living spaces. He also contributes to a local magazine regarding his landscaping opinions and advice.


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