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Proper Water Chemistry

Proper water chemistry is essential to maintaining safe and consistent swimming pool operation. Chemicals used in swimming pools include: Disinfectants to destroy harmful or otherwise objectionable organisms; Alkalinity and pH Adjusters to maintain a consistent acid- base relationship and acid buffering capacity; Chlorine Stabilizer to prevent unnecessary loss of chlorine; Algaecide to kill and prevent algae, and Filter Aids to help remove foreign material. Following is a discussion of various factors which affect water chemistry, how they affect swimming pools and how to use swimming pool chemicals to restore properly balanced water chemistry.

At this point, you are probably thinking that you need a degree in chemistry to take care of your swimming pool. In actuality, you can do it! Take the time to read and understand what is going on with your swimming pool water chemistry. This will allow you to evaluate the condition of your swimming pool water through testing and directions on application of chemicals required to balance your swimming pool water.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

BALANCED WATER
pH
TOTAL ALKALINITY
CALCIUM HARDNESS
TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS (TDS)
DISINFECTION OF SWIMMING POOL WATER
ALGAE CONTROL
METALS
LANGELIER SATURATION INDEX
HANDLING & STORAGE OF CHEMICALS
CHEMICAL TROUBLE SHOOTING
GLOSSARY OF TERMS