A glossary of pool chemistry basics for new pool owners

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Did you just move into a house with a pool? (lucky you!) or did you just build a pool in your backyard (also lucky you!) or would you just like to understand the chemistry basics to do with keeping your pool fresh and good? Then this blog is for you! We are going to provide you with a quick pool chemistry guide.

Here are five abbreviations you MUST know because you should really try to measure these chemical levels at least once a week to keep your pool water fresh.

FC – Free Chlorine: You should keep an appropriate level of FC, if the FC goes down, you’ll probably have algae. When this level gets to around zero, the pool is not safe to swim in at all.

PH – Acidity / Alkalinity: To be ideal, your PH level should be between 7.5 and 7.8. It is’s below 7.2, the water can make your eyes burn for example.

TA – Total Alkalinity: An appropriate level of TA helps you keep your PH level balanced.

CH – Calcium Hardness: If the amount of CH is too low, this can cause your plaster to slowly dissolve and we’re pretty sure you want to avoid that!

CYA – Cyanuric Acid: Another name for CYA is stabilizer as it helps the FC to conserve its strength and effect. For example if the CYA is really high, you’ll need to use more FC to have the same effect.
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