Your pool water carries a certain amount of acid, and keeping it in balance is key to protecting your skin, gorgeous locks, those eyes, and your pool equipment.

pH is a bit of a scale, ranging from acid (pH0) to alkaline (pH14). For our bodies, going neutral with your pool water is best.

Fish, amphibians and, most importantly, people are most comfortable in a fairly narrow range of pH (not like you need to worry about creating a frog-friendly environment though). A pH of 6 – 8 is most comfortable for us living organisms, but you’ll want to look at a range of 7.2 to about 7.8 for the pool. 7.4 is perfect, but we all know how hard perfection is to maintain.

Remember, a pH that is too high will irritate the swimmer’s skin; too low and the pool equipment be damaged.

Measuring the pH of your pool water can be done with a probe, litmus paper or with liquid and tablet color-activating reagents.

Maintaining the pH of your pool in the 7.2 to 7.8 range is not just for your comfort, it helps the effectiveness of your sanitizing chemicals. As pH goes up, the effectiveness of chlorine goes down.

pH scale and optimum pool pH level

Adjusting the pH of your pool water is just one step in keeping your pool clean, sanitized and inviting. The first and most important step is removing the organic debris.

Not only is it unsightly, but the floating leaves and debris break down, essentially becoming food for bacteria and algae. Once these ‘baddies’ get a foothold in your pool you have to fight them with pH+/- adjusters, chlorine shock, algaecide and round the clock filtration, which means longer pool pump runtime.

The cost to you is the increase in chemical use, energy consumption, and perhaps worst of all, loss of use of your pool.

The Solar-Breeze and Solar-Breeze NX  robotic pool cleaners were invented expressly for the purpose of removing floating debris before it sinks and starts to decay.

With the debris gone, it’s a much easier task to adjust the pH, introduce the appropriate amount of sanitizing chemicals and reduce the runtime of your pool pump.

It’s swim time, not skim time.