Balancer chemicals adjust the acidity, alkalinity, stabiliser levels and hardness of pool water, enabling other chemicals for pool cleaning (like chlorine and algaecides) to function effectively. They also prevent damage to your pool and equipment.
Balancer chemicals include:
- Alkalinity increaser
- Calcium increaser
- pH decreaser
- pH increaser
Alkalinity increasers raise pool water’s total alkalinity, creating a more stable pH environment when the alkalinity level is between 80-120ppm.
Calcium hardness increasers add calcium to your pool water, which is essential for preventing foamy water and protecting your pool equipment from corrosion and scaling. Most pools require between 250-500 ppm. This prevents the water from trying to leach it from elsewhere. Please note that a mineral pool will show high Hardness due to the way testing for total hardness is done.
pH increasers elevate low acidity levels to avoid swimmer skin irritation and damage to pool equipment. Meanwhile, pH decreasers lower high alkalinity, allowing chlorine to be more effective, deterring cloudy water and calcium deposits. The ideal pH level for most swimming pools is 7.2 to 7.6.
Clearly, well-balanced water helps you dodge a whole host of problems!