Balanced water is a happy dog

The internet is full of helpful info for pool and hot tub owners.

For example, if you search ‘pool water balance ideal ranges’ then click on images you get lots of absolutely fantastic charts and graphs like this:


This one in particular is so fantastic I am going to print out a few copies to give to my customers in our store.  And I may even hang one up in our water testing lab.

However, as great as this and many other charts are to me as an industry professional, I feel they are a little boring, dull, and possibly confusing to the average homeowner.  I feel it’s my job to make that chart make sense to the homeowner and instruct them how to apply it to their pool or hot tub.

In my experience explaining this to hundreds of customers I’ve noticed that linking water balance to money savings captures a lot of interest and really motivates them to follow through with the instruction

So, how does adding a bunch of stuff that you had to pay for actually save you money?

Let me explain.

1. Sanitizers (chlorine or bromine) keep the water free of nasty stuff (virus, pathogen, bacteria) that can make you sick.  Being sick can cost you money through prescription medicine and time off from work.

2. Balanced water (pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Harness in ranges shown idog_dishwasherPET-dog-on-rugn the chart above) is happy water.  Let’s compare water to a pet. Lets say it’s a dog.

Imagine your dog was hungry.  And instead of letting you know in some way  it just decided to start eating your dishwasher.  That would be frustrating and expensive.  Bad dog!

Then imagine the opposite.  You gave your dog too much food and it ate it all only to turn around and get sick all over your new Persian rug.  Again, frustrating and expensive.  Bad dog!

About now you’re probably wondering where I’m going with all this and how is it linked to your pool or hot tub.

The water in your pool or hot tub is a lot like a pet dog (unless it smells like one.  If that’s the case please give me call).

If it is hungry (low pH, low Alkalinity, low Calcium) it starts to eat things.  What it really likes to eat unfortunately, are expensive things.  Heaters, pump shaft seals and bearings, and even the surface of the pool or hot tub if its concrete are some of its favorite things. Bad water!

Also, if the water is full, or has too much Alkalinity, Calcium and a high pH it will start to vomit them out causing scale formations to appear on surfaces and especially in heaters. Bad water!

Both of these scenarios lead to premature breakdown of expensive equipment.  That is why it is worth every penny to properly balance you pool or hot tub water.  Then Hungry-Dog-800x450test it regularly to see how its doing. Because, unlike a pet, it wont tell you when it’s hungry.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading.