Water Chemistry

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For your health and the protection of your pool equipment, it is essential that your water be chemically balanced. The following levels must be used as a guide for balanced water.

Please note: (Corrosive water voids all warranties)

The following levels must be used as a guide for balanced water.

Recommended Level(s) Fiberglass Pools Fiberglass Spas Other Pool & Spa Types
Water Temp. (Deg. F) 68 to 88 89 to 104 68 to 104
pH 7.3 to 7.4 7.3 to 7.4 7.6 to 7.8
Total Alkalinity (PPM) 120 to 150 120 to 150 80 to 120
Calcium Hardness (PPM) 200 to 300 150 to 200 200 to 400
Free Chlorine (PPM)* 2 to 3 2 to 3 2 to 3
Total Dissolved Solids (PPM) 3000 MAXIMUM** 3000 MAXIMUM** 3000 MAXIMUM**
* Free Chlorine MUST NOT EXCEED 5 PPM!

** In salt water chlorinated pools, the total TDS can be as high as 6000 ppm.

Some helpful tips on how to keep your water chemistry balanced:

  • Occasional chemical shock dosing of the pool or spa water should not damage the heater providing the water is balanced.
  • Automatic chemical dosing devices and salt chlorinators are usually more efficient in heated water, unless controlled, they can lead to excessive chlorine level which can damage your heater, and which is not covered under warranty. A check valve should be installed between the heater outlet and a chlorinator or other chemical dosing device.
  • Further advice should be obtained from your pool or spa builder, accredited pool shop, or chemical supplier for the correct levels for your water.