5 pH for new pools
This is Janine with Pool Zones and this is part of a series it’s number five to balance the pH we have discussed the preceding numbers here or the proceeding details. Now in balancing the pH we want to go back to our chart, remember alkalinity number one, number two hardness, and pH moves as we balance alkalinity.
So, in balancing the pH, why is that so crucial to balance alkalinity first? Mainly because it buffers the pH, and so when you go to read the pH, you’re reading the pH as you will see down here which can go from six or even lower up to nine or even higher than nine.
And so if you don’t want to go and test your pool water and find out that okay, it’s 9.5 today, then you go back in two days, and it’s 6.8 and you go back the next day, and it’s 8.2 and it’s bouncing around. So to prevent the bouncing is very, very crucial, extremely crucial to have the alkalinity in range.
Now we do have the alkalinity in range, this is a new pool, and the alkalinity is definitely in range, the hardness is in range, right in those areas and they will also both of those proceeding. This will balance pH or aiming for these numbers here by any if you buy any test kit, you’ll see on the test get where you should be, remember the hardness where we should have been around 250 perfect.
We’re not interested in chlorine, it’s not important, we did alkalinity again around 120 approximately, perfect, you can see that okay range. And then now we’re into pH very important. Typically, now I’m going to talk about a new pool, this is a new pool, and new pools all have the same tendencies. And they all will take time to balance, especially the pH the pH always goes up, always goes up, the alkalinity does not always follow the pH it’s like a marriage, they are going to go off side sometimes.
Here I have the acid in the bucket, I put some water in there, you’ve seen me do this before, and in this case I’m just showing you by demonstration that I’m putting it into the pool, I do have a preference 100% to slowly add it to the actual skimmer, I do prefer that but remember, key factor is the pump has to be running.
Now that I know that I balanced my first two tests, and I’m getting into my third, I’m going to very easily manage to get my Ph in the 7.2 to 7.6 rate, it’s going to be given fact that I will actually probably end up at seven. By adding acid remember, we added so many pounds of acid initially I think it was two and a half pounds to bring the alkalinity down, I’m just doing the same thing again.
So I’m doing two things, yes, I will bring the alkalinity down a bit, but I will bring that pH off the high scale, again it’s always going to want to tend to hit toward nine, I’m always going to want to add some acid to bring it down. And so in this situation with this pool, the… I brought the alkalinity down a little more, and I also brought the acid down a little bit more as well.
So that’s it for balancing the pH it’s a very simple, it’s going to be credibly simple because again, we’ve balanced the proceeding. Now we’re going to aim next for you can see 7.2 to 7.6 a brand new pool in summer, keep it down around 7.2 because it will always climb.
In winter a little bit, winter.. just a moment, we got this around the wrong way. So winter, we don’t mind being a little bit high and can see what it shows, see for winter, so we’re actually a little bit higher in winter. Summer ranges and then winter ranges you can see.
Not as much activity in winter as there will be in summer. Now if you heat the pool day in and day out and day in; you really then do need to keep that pH closer to 7.2 ranges. So that’s it for this particular video, it’s very simple now things are going to get much much easier for a new pool.
How often should you be adding the acid? Test the water, you should start daily, basically, and then you’ll go to every two days and then you’ll go to every three days. But you will determine that as you proceed along.
In the next video we’re going to look into conditioner, which is also called cyanuric acid, and we need to find out why does the chlorine rely on conditioner and why is conditioner so important to chlorine and safety in the pool?
Please join me for the next video in discussing conditioner which is also cyanuric acid.