Some pool owners mistakenly believe that if the water is clean and there is no debris, then there is nothing to worry about.

In fact, not only visual cleanliness is an indicator of safety. And if you do not change the equipment for filters in time, do not analyze the composition of the water and do not clean the walls of an artificial reservoir, then dangerous microorganisms may appear in it.

What is pH and how to measure it

One of the main indicators of the composition of water in the pool is the pH level, which characterizes the acid-base balance of the liquid. It affects all processes in the reservoir, the comfort of bathing depends on it, and it is with its consideration that the type of preparation that must be used for disinfection is determined.

A decrease in pH to below 7 indicates that the water has become acidic. In this case, it leads to the following consequences:

  • equipment corrosion;
  • destruction of the cladding;
  • reducing the effectiveness of chlorine-based chemicals;
  • burning of mucous membranes and increased dryness of the skin in bathers.

An increase in pH above 7.8 indicates high alkalinity. This can lead to the following consequences:

  • the appearance of calcium deposits on the equipment;
  • accelerated growth of microorganisms;
  • reduced effectiveness of chemicals for disinfection;
  • deterioration of the skin condition of bathers.

That is why it is extremely important to control the balance of the pH level by analyzing fluid samples and adding substances to the pool that allow you to adjust the indicator to the desired value.

Water composition control is an integral part of the maintenance of any pool. It is carried out using disposable testers, pH meters, special tablets or litmus papers. In addition to manual testers, automatic signaling devices can be used, tuned to a critical change in the composition and independently adding the necessary reagents to the water.

In any case, the maximum efficiency from the use of any means of control is achieved if all the requirements of the manufacturers are observed. Therefore, it is better to entrust regular monitoring to professionals, because mistakes in the choice and dosage of disinfectants can be dangerous to your health.

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