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Keeping your pool healthy, keeping yourself healthy

Never underestimate the value of ensuring that your pool's pH levels are on point. Every pool owner should know the basics of proper pool maintenance and, thankfully, you don't need a degree in chemistry to test your own pool's pH. Whether you're in Phoenix, Fort Worth or San Diego owning your own pool has its benefits over taking advantage of a public pool. A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that in a 2008 study in 13 states, 1 out of 8 pools were closed immediately upon inspection due to unsanitary conditions. If you're going to own your own pool, you might as well keep it clean!

How can pH impact the health of your pool?
The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with one being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. A pH of seven is considered neutral. According to an article by This Old House, pH levels lower than 7.2 can damage plaster and concrete, as well as corrode metal. The acidic water can bring a bluish-green discoloration to plaster. The corrosion of metal, copper in particular, can do serious damage to any mechanical elements of your pool that are made of metal, and end up costing much more to repair in the long run. 

On the flip side, if your pool has a pH above 7 the high levels of alkaline can cause issues with your pool. The cleaning ability of chlorine is hindered by high alkaline levels and can result in the pool losing clarity and in the proliferation of E. coli and other bacteria that can cause rashes and ear infections. Make sure to check your chlorine levels in addition to checking your pH levels to ensure that you and your family have a happy and healthy swimming experience. 

You can purchase a pH test kit at numerous locations. Ask a Poolman professional to point you in the right direction.