If you have a chlorinated swimming pool and want to achieve an ideal pH balance, you should keep your pool in the 7.2 – 7.8 range. More than this means your pool becomes alkaline, and less means it becomes acidic.

      A balanced pH value is important because both alkaline and acidic waters have proven to be damaging in the past, so it’s important to strike the right balance. Alkaline water tends to form more quickly than acidic water. Here are the 5 most common signs you might be experiencing just that.

      Cloudy Pool Water

      If your pool water is cloudier than usual, that’s a telltale sign that your pool’s pH values are too high. Cloudy water can form as a result of many different things. It can develop because of debris or ammonia, it can be a sign of algae growth, or it could mean your filters are clogged. Usually, it just means that the water has a lot of calcium or chlorine.

      Calcium and certain types of chlorine are known alkalizing agents, and they’re the elements that most commonly cause high pH values to develop in the first place.

      Skin/Hair Irritation

      High pH values irritate our skin as well as our hair. Swimming in high-pH pools can cause our skin to dry up, which may lead to itchiness. High-pH water also makes our hair brittle, which can be another severe health concern.

      Thankfully, you can easily wash off the alkaline elements with balanced water after you’re done swimming. Still, you’ll have to lower your pool’s pH levels to completely prevent said health concern from happening again.

      Damaging the Pool’s Vinyl

      Have you noticed marks appearing on your pool’s vinyl? This is another telltale sign that you’re experiencing high pH levels. If you want those marks gone, you must lower your pool’s pH value.

      Keep in mind that if the markings are too severe, you might have to drain and scrub your pool before refilling it again.

      Mineral Scaling Present in Pool’s Pipes

      Another characteristic of calcium and chlorine is that they like to adhere to the insides of your pipes, leading to mineral scaling. If you’re experiencing problems with your water flow but can’t find the fault in your equipment, you should check on your pipes. If you find mineral scaling in your pipes, that’s a sign to lower your pool’s pH value.

      Chlorine isn’t as Effective Anymore

      As pH values increase, chlorine’s effectiveness at killing germs decreases. The opposite is also true, i.e., as pH values decrease, chlorine’s germ-killing capabilities go into overdrive. If you notice that chlorine isn’t as effective as before, then that’s an obvious sign that your pH values are too high.

      Are You Having Troubles Lowering pH in Pool in Phoenix? Contact Poolsmith Technologies

      If you are having trouble lowering pH in pool in Phoenix, it’s time to contact Poolsmith Technologies.

      Our veteran-ran pool maintenance company specializes in maintaining the pH values of pools. Our patented CO2 technology is an efficient and environmentally friendly way of balancing the pH values of your pool without the need for potentially harmful chemicals or other irritants.  

      Contact us today to learn more!