As winter approaches and the weather turns crisp, pool owners must take the necessary steps to winterize their swimming pools. This essential process ensures that your pool remains in optimal condition during the colder months and is ready for a splash when summer returns.
Saltwater swimming pools use chlorine generators to produce chlorine, which is released automatically in to the pool to maintain the recommended (free chlorine) FC levels. A chlorine generator uses salt (Sodium Chloride) and water during the process known as electrolysis, where the two main byproducts are Chlorine and Sodium Hydroxide. The byproduct Sodium Hydroxide has a very high pH level and will increase the pH level in your water. It becomes much worse when your free chlorine production level is too high because for every chlorine produced, there is an equal measure of Sodium Hydroxide. As such, the first sign...
Heavy metals when oxidized by chlorine, produce metal stains in a swimming pool. If your pool water has been changing color to green, brown, or black especially after adding chlorine or when pH is high, that is metal stain and it's caused by presence of heavy metals in pool water commonly Copper, Iron, and Silver.
Balancing pH and Total Alkalinity (TA) might seem difficult if you're doing it for the first time. However, this is something you can fix within a few hours if you have the right chemicals and follow necessary procedures.