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HOW CHARLOTTE'S RAIN IS EFFECTING YOUR POOL

by Nikole on 08/08/13

Due to the abundance of rain, the Charlotte area has seen this year; many people have struggled with keeping there pool clear and balanced. Rain affects pools in many different ways. It most notably affects your chlorine, and PH levels.

            Rain can make holding chlorine a nightmare for any pool owner. Rain takes contaminants from the air and washes them into your pool. After any big rain it is always a good idea to shock with one pound per 10,000 gallons. Shocking will get rid of the contaminants, and remove the imbalance between your free and total chlorine. These contaminants can overpower the available chlorine you have in your pool, and cause your free chlorine level to drop to zero, and in this case it is recommended that you double shock (2lbs. per 10,000 gallons). Algaecides can also help manage these problems.

            Another area of concern when dealing with rain is your PH level. Rain can cause your PH level to lower, causing swimmer discomfort. When PH levels are not held in range they can cause irritation to both swimmers skin, and eyes.

 

 

 

PH levels are also very important in how well your chlorine is working in your pool.

           

Active Chlorine

 

pH Level

 

97%

 

6.0

 

91%

 

6.5

 

76%

 

7.0

 

66%

 

7.2

 

<<< 50% >>>

 

<<< 7.5 >>>

 

33%

 

7.8

 

17%

 

7.9

 

10%

 

8.0

 

            Rain can wreak havoc in pools but can be easily managed with the right balancing and chemicals. Remember to test your water after any big rain, and adjust accordingly.

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