What is Ph and what Does PH stands for

a man holds a pool testing kit up in front of the swimming pool where his family are playing

Maintaining the correct balance of chemicals in your pool is essential for comfort and hygiene. This process is continuous because the balance constantly fluctuates. We all know that it?s important to monitor the pH level of our swimming pool, but what does this actually mean and what?s the best way to do it? Read on to find out.


What Does pH Mean?

The term ?pH? originated as an abbreviation for ?power of hydrogen? but is now simply used as a measure of acidity. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, where low numbers indicate acidity and high numbers indicate alkalinity. A pH of 7 is known as the ?neutral? point, and 7.4 precisely is the optimum level for pool water as this is the same as the pH of human eyes so it should not cause irritation, while also allowing for good chlorine disinfection.


Why Should I Avoid a Low pH in my Swimming Pool?

If the pH of your pool water falls significantly below 7 then the water will be overly acidic which can cause damage to your pool components such as the pump and filtration system as well as harming the pool liner. This high acidity will also be uncomfortable for swimmers as it can cause irritation of the eyes.


Why Should I Avoid a High pH in my Swimming Pool?

If you notice that your pool water looks slightly cloudy rather than crystal clear then this is an indicator of high pH, and this unsightliness is one reason to avoid letting the pH rise. As well as your pool no longer looking inviting, high pH means poorer chlorine disinfection and can cause skin rashes for swimmers.


What Causes the Change in pH Level in my Pool?

Any new element that comes into contact with your swimming pool water can alter its chemical makeup. The primary source of microbes is the users of the pool themselves ? oils from a swimmer?s body, stray hairs or secondary substances such as makeup or clothing fibres can all effect the composition of the water.

Contamination can also come from animals ? whether your puppy is having a swim to cool down on a hot day or you find frogs, lizards or insects in the pool when cleaning. Leaves, sand and grass are just a few more of the natural organisms that will unbalance the pH of your pool ? basically anything that the water comes into contact with!


How Do I Monitor pH in My Swimming Pool?

Keeping the water in your pool healthy is a complex process but the essential parts are your filtration system, pool cleaner, chlorine addition and monitoring total alkalinity. It?s always a good idea to talk to the swimming pool maintenance professionals at Maple Pools for help maintaining your pool water, especially at the beginning of the swimming season if your pool hasn?t been used over the winter.


For more help on maintaining the pH of your swimming pool, call us now on (02) 9604 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.