Swimming Pool Chemical Balance Guide



Pools can be a lot of work. Many new pool owners do not realize just how much work. You have to clean out debris, make sure that your water is constantly filtered, and balance the chemicals in the pool just right.

Balancing the chemicals is probably the most challenging part about pool maintenance, and we recommend using a professional because getting the balance wrong can be disastrous. Use our quick swimming pool balance guide as a reference, but leave the actual chemicals to the pros at Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches!

Pool Maintenance

Basic Chemicals in Your Swimming Pool

You should constantly monitor five major chemical factors in your pool. Each one should be between a certain level:

  • pH: 7.2 to 7.8
  • Total alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Calcium hardness (hard water): 100 to 400 ppm
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS): 250 to 1500 ppm
  • Stain producing minerals: completely absent

Keeping the chemicals within these ranges will help prevent cloudy water, stains, scale formation, equipment erosion, and corrosion of the swimming pool wall or floor.

Sanitation Chemicals

Most swimming pool owners also use either Chlorine or Bromine as a sanitize in their pool or spa. Bromine is far more common in indoor settings because it will actually evaporate in as little as two hours when it sits in direct sunlight.

You should keep a relatively stable amount of chlorine in your pool because it will lose its effectiveness after a time. Usually, swimming pools should have a chlorine level of 1.0 ppm and 3.0 ppm. Chlorine levels fluctuate because of evaporation, sunlight, and low pH levels.

Putting too much chlorine in the pool can cause health conditions like asthma, lung irritation, and skin and eye irritation. It is also bad for your pool as well, causing corrosion of the swimming pool equipment and concrete surfaces. Getting the mixture just right is important for your health and your pool’s!

Oxidation is another important process that will help keep your pool clean. It chemically removes waste from your pool, just like your filter removes larger waste from the pool such as leaves or algae. Let the professionals handle the chemicals in your pool so you don’t have to. Call Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches at (561) 203-0270 for a free consultation.

Florida Licensed

FL State License Pool & Spa Contractor CPC1458452

Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches
1408 North Killian Dr., Suite 103
West Palm Beach, FL 33403

Phone: (561) 203-0270
Fax: (561) 537-7151

Find us on Google+

Follow us on

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Youtube
  • Youtube
  • RSS

South Florida Cities: Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Jupiter, and Tequesta

Recent Posts

  • Choose the Best Swimming Pool Tiles for You!
      Video Transcript Choose the Best Swimming Pool Tiles for You! Swimming pool tiles are used both in the pool and on the deck. Features of  swimming pool tiles includes color and design, use location, and durability. They come in a variety of color and types – neutrals are the current trend. Use slip resistant swimming pool tiles on the deck or pool bottom for safety. Lifetime guarantee against damage, injury and color fading saves future costs. Types of swimming pool tiles for pool floor and wall can be slate, stone or  pebble. Blue and white tiles are best for deep water for depth perception – avoid darkish tiles. Know what maintenance and type of cleansers are required....
  • Online Company Pool Reviews
    How does a pool company collect the reviews from their customers? Listen to...