Water balance is crucial to a pool so it is wise to perform frequent tests using accurate pool testing kits.

Testing strip and kits are popular ways to evaluate a pool's water. Many local companies specialize in examining water samples which will help you better assess water, chemical and bacteria levels.

Water should be tested to evaluate pH, calcium hardness and total alkalinity levels. If you use chlorine in your pool, you will also need to check the level of cyanuric acid in the water caused by stabilizers.

Balancers are added to a pool's water to adjust component levels whenever a problem is found. Common balancers include:

  • pH Increaser (often soda ash)
  • pH Reducer or Decreaser (either muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate)
  • Alkalinity Increaser or Total Alkalinity Increaser
  • Calcium Hardness Increaser
  • Calcium Hardness Reducer
  • Water Hardener
  • Chlorine Neutralizer

If a pool's pH level or alkalinity are too low, corrosion can result. This is not only detrimental to bathers but also to pool pumps and other equipment.

Always keep in mind that unnecessary chemicals are not good for a pool's water. You can encounter serious problems by adding too many pool chemicals, not putting in enough or by adding the wrong ones.

Research and discuss all aspects of water chemistry with a pool professional. This will save you money and help minimize potential problems as well!

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