If you are thinking about installing a pool in your home, you’re probably fantasizing about the endless possibilities of fun and relaxation soon to be at your fingertips. There are a multitude of things, however, to consider before diving headfirst into this project. You need the space, funding, design, and perhaps most importantly you need to know how to take care of a pool. The water in pools can go bad if the proper chemical balance is not maintained. The following are a few things to watch for that can negatively affect your pool water’s chemistry.


It’s important to always maintain a healthy pH level in your pool water. Typically, this level should not fall below 7.2 or your water could become corrosive and damage the pools surface and your equipment. If you allow excess rain water in your pool, it will naturally lower your pool water’s pH weather. Rain water can also dilute the chemicals in your pool and lead to an outbreak of algae! Always monitor your pH lever after a rain storm.

Dirt and Debris:

This may sound obvious, but it is important to make sure you’re keeping leaves, sticks, and other organic matter out of your pool. If left to drift in the water and break down, it will affect the chemical balance and mess up your water. Thankfully, this issue is easy to avoid by simply skimming your pool regularly.

Pets and People:

If you have pets, chances are they will end up in your pool. Other than the obvious issue of their fur shedding and clogging up the drains, pets can also mess up your water’s chemistry if they have flea or tick treatments on their skin. On a similar note, your friends and family can also alter the composition of your pool water, because of detergents in their hair or skin; including shampoos, soaps, hair gel, and even sunblock.


When you finish your pool building project, the work doesn’t stop there. Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance and care to remain clean and safe to use. One of the main things to monitor is your pool water’s pH balance and overall chemical composition. Rainwater, pets, debris, and even swimmers themselves can and will alter your pool’s chemistry. The way to mitigate this problem is by observing the chemical balance of the water often and keeping excess rubbish out of the pool. You can also invest in solutions like a pool cover to keep contaminants out and your water sparkling. Don’t forget to contact Oceanside Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning when you have questions about keeping your pool sparkling and eminently swimmable!