There are five major chemical levels that every pool owner in Central Florida should be concerned about and have a maintenance plan in order to maintain proper water chemistry. These are acidity/alkalinity, total alkalinity, free chlorine, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid.
Acidity and alkalinity
Acidity and alkalinity and total alkalinity in your pools is the PH levels which we discussed earlier this month in this post.
Free chlorine cleans the water in your pool and helps kill bacteria, germs and other harmful free radicals in your pool water. Chlorine must always be refilled. Free chlorine is the the amount of chlorine your pool has available for killing bacteria and oxidizing contaminants. Once free chlorine combines with contaminants it is then called combined chlorine. Combined chlorine is not as effective at cleaning your pool. Free chlorine is also lost from sunlight. So, if you have a pool that gets many hours of sunlight during the day, adding chlorine to your pool becomes even more important!
Calcium hardness is the amount of calcium present in your pool water. Low calcium levels in your pool can lead to the water leaching the calcium present in your pool surfaces such as pebble, stone, and concrete. This can lead to pitting and other unsightly surface ware on your pool. Calcium levels are increased with calcium chloride.
Cyanuric acid acts as a stabilizer for for your free chlorine in order to protect it from sunlight and also bonds with some of your free chlorine holding it in reserve till it is needed.
So there you have it, a brief overview of the some the most important chemicals that need to be maintained in order for your pool to function at peak efficiency, and of course here at Clarify Pool Service we have the knowledge, equipment and experience to service your pool with 100 percent satisfaction! We service Debary, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Sanford, Deltona, Winter Springs, Ovideo, and Longwood.