Introduction to Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Chemistry

Interested in learning more about what it takes to keep your pool or hot tub in great shape? This article describes the chemistry involved in keeping your pool or hot tub safe and your water crystal clear. It will help you better understand what the tests you are taking mean, and what happens when your pool chemistry is no longer in the recommended ranges.

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Swimming Pool Water Testing Basics

Everyone enjoys having a clean and clear pool, but maintaining perfectly balanced pool chemistry can be a challenge. It is necessary to learn what each pool test means and why it is important in keeping your pool in perfect shape. We will cover four components of pool chemistry: free chlorine, pH, total alkalinity and cyanuric acid.

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The Relationship Between Swimming Pool Chlorine and Cyanuric Acid (CYA)

Cyanuric acid stabilizes free chlorine but also buffers the water which reduces the chlorine's sanitizing ability. In this article, we dive into the relationship between chlorine and cyanuric acid, and how cyanuric acid stabilizes the amount of free chlorine in your pool.

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What is the right Cyanuric Acid Level for Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs?

The two most important factors to consider in terms of balancing your cyanuric acid levels are whether your pool uses a salt water generator and how much direct sunlight your pool receives. Most salt water manufacturers recommend higher cyanuric acid levels than traditional chlorine pools.

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