Although having your own pool is always a fun way to spend time with your loved ones, caring for it might pose some problems, especially if you have to deal with water chemistry. Cloudy water and scaling present on toys, equipment, and basin shell are the first signs you’re dealing with high alkalinity levels which require to be lowered. Have you noticed a white-ish buildup starting to form around? Has the water flow pressure suddenly started to increase? Then it’s high time you take a look at the core of the problem.
Since all the chemical elements present in the process of balancing the water are interrelated, if one of them steps out of line it becomes increasingly difficult to preserve the equilibrium. Keeping the alkaline level low is highly important for the overall sanitization process of the pool, otherwise, you might have to deal with the following:
Three situations might be the cause of the sudden disturbance in your pool chemistry:
Before you jump into pouring chemicals into the water, you should be aware of two facts, the capacity of your pool and the ideal range for alkalinity (between 80 and 120 ppm). To find the volume of your pool, measure the width, length, and depth on both ends. Once you know all this data, you can easily insert it into a pool-calculator, as many websites offer this for free. As soon as you know it, memorize it, as it will be very useful in the future. Depending on its volume, you can now calculate the required amount of substances to lower the alkalinity.
Step 1. Turn off the filtration system and pump. Wait until the water is still, and doesn’t present any sort of movement.
Step 2. Calculate the correct amount required for your pool.
Step 3. Pour it slowly into both ends of the pool. Don’t hurry it, as you wish for the product to reach deep into the water and not simply stay at the waterline level.
Step 4. Wait for at least 1 hour before you decide to test the water.
Step 5. (optional) If necessary, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the level reaches the perfect equilibrium.
Step 6. Test the water. Don’t forget to check the pH level as well.
Step 7. Turn on the pump and filtration system and enjoy it.
Although it follows the same operational pattern as its counterpart, (steps 1 to 3 are identical), the required time it needs to actively change the water is longer. Once poured into the water, it will need a full day before you can test the water and check how it fares. Additionally, the process shouldn’t be repeated too often, as you should give at least 3 days before you reattempt it. This will prevent plumbing and shell deterioration.
In a nutshell, all the water chemicals are connected with one another, so you have to pay attention to all of them and not just one facet of it. Tightly connected to pH, the alkalinity levels should never go beyond 120 ppm, otherwise, it might become an obstacle for your pool system. As long as you keep it above 80 ppm, and under 120 ppm, it will act properly, fulfilling its task in the fight against bacteria and pathogens.