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PH: Why it's important

Updated: May 6

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Every time I have a customer bring a water sample into the store - every time I go to a pool -the first and most important thing to look at is pH.

Technically, pH is short for "probability of hydrogen". It is a chart that measures how acidic or basic the water is. That's not important. What IS IMPORTANT is that this range is used to design nearly every product used to treat your pool.

The correct pH range for a pool is 7.2 to 7.8 In short, if your pH is not in this range, your chemicals don't work right. Each product you use will tell you to first adjust your pH to that range. This gives the chemical the best performance level to work at.

When I'm out cleaning a pool, when my guys are out cleaning pools, the first thing we do is check the pH. We want all our chemicals to work right. If the pH is out of whack, we adjust it so that our weekly chemicals will do their job as the manufacturers suggest. Otherwise, we're wasting money. So if a customer comes in and we test their water - if the pH isn't in that 7.2 to 7.8 range, we have them adjust it to the correct range to give their chemicals a fighting chance at working properly.

This is why pH is important - keeping it in a good range is a money saving tool to keep your pool water safe and healthy. It is the cornerstone of pool chemistry. Keep it in that good range of 7.2 to 7.8 to save time and money and keep your pool looking great!

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