Your local water’s chemical and mineral levels can significantly affect your monthly swimming pool maintenance costs for chemicals.
If your local water has a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, it can cause scaling on your pool surfaces and equipment. Scaling can make it more challenging to maintain proper chemical levels, resulting in the need for additional chemicals, such as pH balancers and scale inhibitors. These extra chemicals will increase your monthly chemical costs.
A high concentration of dissolved solids in your local water can also make it harder to maintain the correct chemical balance in your pool. To keep your pool water clean, you’ll need to add more chemicals, such as algaecides and clarifiers.
In chlorine pools, high levels of minerals and dissolved solids can particularly affect the effectiveness of chlorine. If this is the case, you may need higher doses of chlorine.
In saltwater pools, high levels of minerals can affect the performance of the salt cell, leading to lower chlorine production and the need for extra chemicals to balance the water chemistry. Additional chemicals equal additional monthly costs!
Follow these steps to test the chemicals and minerals in your local water.
- Collect a water sample from your pool and test it using Hy-Clor’s AquaChek Test Strips.
- Follow the instructions of the test kit to measure chlorine levels, pH, alkalinity, and other chemicals in your pool water.
- Check with a pool maintenance professional at Hy-Clor or refer to a pool care guide to determine the recommended levels for your pool and compare your test results to these levels.
- Adjust your chemical usage and dosages according to these results and recommendations.