When it comes to pool maintenance, using the right products – at the right time – is vital to a healthy chemical balance. With routine care, your pool surface paint will stay strong, smooth, visually stunning, and long-lasting.
Is there a risk that pool chemicals could ruin your pool paint? Yes. With improper care and product use, an unhealthy chemical balance can damage your pool. This includes damage to pool equipment like filters and heating elements, paint erosion due to salt and chlorine submersion, the build-up of disgusting green algae, rust stains caused by metallic objects left on the surface, and an inadequate curing time.
Together, these are the symptoms of a pool in trouble. The good news? You can avoid these problems if you know how to look after your pool.
Maintain the correct pH balance –
The optimal pH level for pool water is between 7.4 – 7.6, as it is the same as the pH in the human eye and mucous membranes. This level also provides excellent chlorine disinfection.
If the pH is higher than 7.6, the water will become basic, resulting in: poor chlorine disinfection, skin irritation, lime precipitation, and cloudiness. If the pH is lower than 7, the water will become acidic, resulting in: increased risk of damage to mechanical components, damage to pool paint, and irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes.
To maintain the correct pH balance, purchase test kits from a reputable pool equipment supplier. Closely follow the instructions to test the water. Depending on the results, you may need to increase or lower the pH level. Use pH increases (bases) to raise the pH level, and pH decreases (acids) to lower the pH level. How much of these products you apply to your pool will depend on the amount of chemical imbalance and volume of water in your pool. Again, follow the instructions. Or, alternatively, enlist the help of a professional pool cleaner to save time and hassle.
Maintain proper calcium hardness-
Calcium hardness refers to the total hardness of both calcium and magnesium salts in a pool or spa. However, for the purpose of water balance circulation, only the calcium component is calculated.
To measure calcium hardness, we use the Saturation Index (SI) formula. This takes into account the relationship between four chemical factors, such as calcium hardness, pH, total alkalinity, water temperature, and (to a lesser extent) the total dissolved solids level.
When the SI value is zero, the water is at the correct balance. But if the value is +0.5 or higher, the imbalance can increase the risk of the calcium carbonate to deposit on to the surface as a scale. Lastly, if the value is -0.3 or less, this can lead to the build-up of corrosion and attack the plaster, concrete, grout, paint, metal, and pool equipment.
To avoid the risk of damage due to water imbalance, test the calcium hardness monthly. Use a drop count kit as opposed to a general test strip, as test strips only measure the total hardness. Drop kits, on the other hand, offer more accurate readings down to 10 ppm (parts per million) increments.
For further advice on whether pool chemicals can ruin your pool paint, call Blue Diamond Pools on (08) 61 612 412.
Maintain chlorine levels
The ideal chlorine level ranges from 1 ppm to 3ppm.
There are a few ways you can introduce chlorine into your pool, whether it be through: chlorine tablets, chlorine granular or powdered chlorine, or a salt chlorine generator. Regardless of the method you use, always follow the instructions. And, if you are unsure, refer to a pool restoration service for expert assistance.
As an effective sanitizer, disinfectant and sterilizer, chlorine has the ability to kill all living and non-living microorganisms in your pool, such as organic waste, algae, bacteria, and germs.
One word of caution. Never mix different types of chlorine together. Even go so far as to store different types of chlorine away from each other; otherwise, the mixture could lead to a dangerous chemical reaction, resulting in severe breathing difficulties, pneumonia, and even fluid in the lungs.
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