Keeping Your Pool Balanced & Clear

Keeping your pool safe with the proper amounts of Sanitizer and Shock is important to your health as well as your pool, but don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your pool balanced as well.

Proper Alkalinity, PH and Hardness levels all contribute to the way your water looks and the longevity and appearance of your equipment and exposed surfaces. Even though it has not been a hot summer, algae blooms can and will happen if proper sanitation and PH and Alkalinity levels are not monitored.

With the cooler weather In June and July, many of you have not been using your pools as much as last season.  Please do not make the mistake of letting your Sanitizer levels get low, or ignore your PH and Alkalinity levels if you expect your pool to stay clear and algae Free,

If you follow these 4 Steps throughout the pool season, you are assured of having (and keeping!) a crystal clear sparkling pool

1 – Total Alkalinity Level: Total Alkalinity is the measure of water’s resistance to change in pH. Some people refer to this as the “Buffer”. When Total Alkalinity is high, the harder it is for the pH to change. While acceptable range for Total Alkalinity levels is between 90-140 ppm, we suggest keeping it between 100 to 120 ppm. Check the total alkalinity levels once a week using your Gib-San Test Strips. If your Total Alkalinity is outside the recommended range add Gib-San Alkalinity Up to raise it , or Gib-San PH Down to lower it.  Dosages are on the label

 2 – pH Level:  One of THE most important and basic areas of good pool care is to keep your pH levels in check.  It’s a key area, and often underestimated in importance for keeping your pool water crystal clear. You should check the pH levels once a week. The ideal range is between 7.4-7.6.  Low pH will cause equipment issues and may irritate your skin. With high pH you may see rings around the waterline of your pool. Lower your pH with Gib-San pH Down, raise it with Gib-San pH Up.

 3 – Proper Sanitation Levels:   Whether you have a salt water or traditional chlorine pool you should never underestimate the importance of proper sanitation in your pool water. Sanitizer is crucial to keeping pool water clean, bacteria-free, and safe for swimming. Oxidizing with Shock helps kill microorganisms, including bacteria and algae, and removes unwanted contaminants from the water. Use Gib-San Crystal Clear Shock on a weekly basis in your pool to help keep it clean and crystal-clear in addition to maintaining sanitizer levels.

 4 – Circulation – Filtration:    It can’t be said enough that proper circulation of your pool water is another key element in clean and safe water.  Before variable speed pumps came along, pool pumps were running 24/7 and the possibility of water stagnation and flow problems were few. Today’s variable speed pumps are fantastic for saving energy, but make sure that they are running adequate hours and at sufficient speed to keep your water clean. Generally speaking residential pool water needs to be turned over at least  once daily to have proper filtration.  Twice through the filter may be necessary after heavy usage such as a pool party. There are many online calculators that you can use to determine how long to run your pump for your size pool and pump.

Derrick Stricek
Store Manager

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