The Next Chemical to Add to your Pool: Borates

The Next Chemical to Add to your Pool: Borates

Why we use it and why you should as well:

Swimming pools are an investment: an investment in your home, your home life, and your time spent with family. So why not offer your swimming pool the best there is to offer? Boron, an element found on the periodic table, is the basis for borates, as it can be found throughout the wild. Borates act as a buffering agent in the water, which is why it is ideal for swimming pools. Borates interact with the PH, or acidity, of your water, and help keep it under control. All of the chemicals inside of a pool are key for a healthy swimming pool, and they must be kept in balance to ensure each chemical is pulling its own weight. So why do we use borates? Because it allows us to better ensure the success of your pool’s water health. And this is why you should use it too. With just a little bit of work up front, borates ensure the longevity of your pool’s water health as well as the water’s health.

The features and benefits of using borates:

  1. Borates help stabilize PH.
    • When your pool has high PH, or your water is more basic than neutral, several problems arise. The first issue is that high PH does not allow your chlorine to work properly or effectively.
      1. When your chlorine stops acting as a sanitizer, this can cause algae growth. This is because it is no longer killing the organisms in your water and therefore allows for algae to flourish.
      2. Secondly, this can cause your water to to become cloudy and milky. Again, without proper sanitization, your water has no defense against microorganisms.
      3. High PH also affects us humans as well. Whenever we jump into a pool with high PH, we can experience some or all of the following: burning eyes and noses, as well as dry and itchy scalps and skin. None of this is pleasant to experience and is definitely not inviting for your next pool party.
  2. Borates can help control algae growth.
    • Borates are not an algaecide, meaning they do not kill algae. But, they are an algaestat, meaning they can be used to help prevent the growth of algae.
      1. When your PH is under control, and in acceptable ranges, meaning your water is neutral, it allows the chlorine to go to work hunting down and killing the microorganisms and algae. It allows the chlorine to do its jobs and act as a sanitizer.
  3. Borates save you money on chemicals.
    • Keeping your PH in check, as previously mentioned, allows your chlorine to go out and act like the sanitizer we all know it can be. This means that less is more when it comes to your sanitizer.
      1. By keeping your PH in check, your chlorine does not have to work so hard fighting the PH to get to the algae and other microorganisms. Which means you can actually use less chlorine, have the same level of cleanliness as before, and save money on your chemicals.
      2. When your PH becomes too high, even as much as 7.8-8.0 as opposed to 7.4-7.6, your chlorine can lose its effectiveness by up to 80%.
  4. Borates save you money of equipment and repairs.
    • High PH leads to calcium scaling. Calcium scaling is the buildup of calcium deposits. This is not only unsightly, but also bad for your equipment and plaster as it can cause deterioration and degradation, costing you potentially thousands of dollars to replace equipment and re-plaster your pool.
      1. One of the biggest pieces of equipment that gets hit with calcium scaling is the salt cell. This expensive piece of equipment can get calcium scaling caked on it, costing you hundreds of dollars potentially in repairs.
  5. Borates make your water clear and sparkling.
    • Borates in the water not only help with your chemicals, but also help with the overall experience of the water in regards to your experience.
      1. When all of your chemicals are in balance, your swimming pool water is like a dream. Borates help with that. By keeping your PH in check, chlorine is allowed to work hard and not become so wrapped up in the PH. This allows your pool so stay crystal clear for so much longer.
      2. Borates also softens hard water, making your experience much more pleasurable.

Why borates help you love your pool:

 Borates are our newest addition to our line of services here at Matt’s Water Pool Services. This chemical is helping us achieve our goal of “Teaching You How To Love Your Pool”, and we are proud of what it can do for you. Borates are amazing for both new and old plaster, as well as vinyl liner pools, can save you money over time, and will help you and us maintain peak service and quality pool water health year round. Please feel free to reach out to us via our website, phone, or come visit us at our retail store in downtown Corsicana. We would love to help you with your pool and would love for your to join us on our adventure as we further explore better ways to provide you with quality service.  

Maintaining Proper Chemistry for Summer 2018

Maintaining Proper Chemistry for Summer 2018

Maintaining Proper Pool Chemistry

It’s All About Enjoying The Pool

Despite what your experiences with your own pool may be, owning a swimming pool is about one specific purpose: enjoying your swimming pool and outdoor living space! Many non-pool owners may look at pool ownership as a tedious task or one that they feel is too complicated to take on. Other current pool owners look at their “soon to be swamp” and regret the purchase of their swimming pool. Others may feel stressed by the complicated pool chemistry and unsure of what to do next.

Let’s take a moment to peal back some of those misconceptions and summarize pool ownership and what it means for you and your family:

  • Owning a pool allows you to move your family time beyond the four walls of your home
  • It allows you to expand the functionality of your backyard and create an outdoor living space
  • Pools are exceptional recreational spaces that boost your daily physical activity
  • Last, but not least, they increase the resale value of your home and provide exceptional ROI (return on investment)

Pool Chemistry is comprised of 5 key elements: PH, Alkalinity, Chlorine, Calcium Hardness & Cyanuric Acid. The most common way to test for these chemical levels requires a Taylor or Lamotte test kit similar to the one shown above. This particular unit utilizes "Drop Testing." This is one of the simplest method to test your pool chemistry - and we can show you how it's done!

Pool Chemistry is comprised of 5 key elements: PH, Alkalinity, Chlorine, Calcium Hardness & Cyanuric Acid. The most common way to test for these chemical levels requires a Taylor or Lamotte test kit similar to the one shown above. This particular unit utilizes “Drop Testing.” This is one of the simplest method to test your pool chemistry – and we can show you how it’s done!

Maintaining Proper Chemical Levels

Pool ownership provides exceptional value to you and your family. Oftentimes, however, it feels like quite the opposite to many frustrated pool owners; and this detracts from the “fun” of pool ownership. Believe it or not, many of the problems and frustrations that pool owners experience could be solved by one key word: Chemistry.

Pool Chemistry is quite frankly the most important part of your swimming pool! It is the key ingredient that allows your water and equipment to thrive or die. It can harbor dangerous bacteria or provide crystal clear water for hours of outdoor enjoyment. Does maintaining proper chemistry levels require and little bit of work and elbow grease? Yes, but we’ve got the tools, information and products to help you get the job done!

This may also, be a great time to point out that we offer a full range of swimming pool chemicals, parts, equipment and accessories at our retail store located in Corsicana, TX. You can feel free to stop by during business hours or visit our Online E-Commerce Storefront!

Diagnosing Problems Before They Grow

As you may be able to tell, the key to eliminating chemical issues in your swimming pool is simple: prevent or catch them before they ever get started! This is an important time to realize that Matt’s Water is a resource for you as a pool owner! We are not a huge service company that gouges our customers on prices. Instead, we’ve have built our business model upon treating our customers fairly and focusing on high quality customer service.

Each of our team members spends time in the field continuous educating, learning, studying, applying and treating swimming pools. Our goal is simple: to become the very best Swimming Pool Service company in Corsicana TX and all surrounding areas!

What Exactly Do We Test For?

It’s always easier for us to treat a chemical problem when you realize early on that there is an issue. Our diagnosing procedures are pretty standard. We are going to follow this list of actions to diagnose and treat your chemical issue:

  • We use these test results to determine what the specific chemical levels are for following criteria:
    • PH – the balance of the water between Acidic & Base
    • Alkalinity – “The PH Buffer” that absorbs the changes of the water without impacting the PH
    • Chlorine – the level of sanitizer in the water that keeps the swimmer safe
    • Calcium Hardness – water seeks “balance” and requires calcium to keep it from scaling or etching the surface of your pool plaster. Swimmers often refer to this as “hard or soft” water.
    • Cyanuric Acid – the stabilizer of the water. This reading gives us an idea of how quickly or slowly your pool loses Chlorine levels due to the impact of UV rays on your water.

Real Life Example: High Cyanuric Acid & Metals

All of our conversation would be pretty mute if we didn’t give you a real life example of what exactly can go wrong with improper pool chemistry. In this example, our customer reached to alert us of an issue, but unfortunately it was too late for much to be done.

In the example below, our customer experienced the Fall Out of both Cyanuric Acid & Metals. All of our pool chemicals require “balance” in order for them to stay in a state of suspension. Simply put, our water must remain balanced for the chemicals to remain invisible and blended together. When metals and other water content levels become too high – they become to “heavy” for the water and collect on the walls and surface.

Unfortunately, for our customer, this issue was caught too late and some serious damage is done to both the pool plaster (surface underwater) and pool deck. That being said, the key to pool chemistry is maintaining proper levels and contacting a professional (i.e. Matt’s Water) when you detect an issue.

This image shows the effects of too high of Cyanuric Acid & Metal levels. Metals are existing in most water environments, however, they are supposed to stay in a state of "suspension." When these levels become too high, water "falls out of suspension" and particles begin to form and collect along the walls and floor of your pool. Surprisingly enough, these chemical levels combined together created a purple hue that stained both the plaster and deck - this will require some repairs.

This image shows the effects of too high of Cyanuric Acid & Metal levels. Metals exist in most water environments, however, they are supposed to stay in a state of “suspension.” When these levels become too high, water “falls out of suspension” and particles begin to form and collect along the walls and floor of your pool. Surprisingly enough, these chemical levels combined together created a purple hue that stained both the plaster and deck – this will require some repairs.

Matt’s Water: Service You Can Trust

We appreciate you taking the time to read our extensive article. If you’d like some more information about how to maintain proper chemistry levels, give us a call! Our goal is always to provide the very best in customer service to each and every customer. We pride ourselves on educating all of our customers to become their own pool experts!

If any of this is beyond your scope of expertise and you’d like to sign up for our professional weekly service, that’s great! We’d love to care for your swimming pool and keep it in top notch shape for your summer enjoyment! Give us a call and we’ll provide you the very best in swimming pool service!

Now Featuring Dr. Dryden’s activate

Now Featuring Dr. Dryden’s activate

It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning and getting ready for the summer. This includes getting that pool of yours all ready to be used and abused all summer long. But wait, that water is kind of dirty and you need a filter change. And if you’re rocking a sand filter, that’s a lot of work. But, lucky for you, we have a solution: Dr. Dryden’s activate. This glass media replaces your sand, zeolite, or that other crushed glass that you might have in there. Dr. Dryden’s activate offers better filtration, it is negatively charged so that it attracts and captures harmful bacteria, and it prevents the growth of bacteria and algae because of its self-sterilizing surface! What’s better, is that this is a one-time thing: this media has a life time warranty if you use Dr. Dryden’s enhance, a liquid UV filter, to promote optimum performance.

 

Now Featuring The Dolphin Echo

Now Featuring The Dolphin Echo

Matt’s Water – Newest & Greatest

Maytronics: Dolphin Echo Cleaner

At Matt’s Water we believe in pushing towards the future. This means that we support bringing in new products to the market place that drive efficiency and reduce the cost to our customers.

The Maytronics Echo Cleaner is the newest in robotic cleaner action. This little guy is capable of cleaning a swimming pool in under 4 hours using as little as 110V (which means you can plug into your wall outlet). No booster pump is needed to push this cleaner around. That saves you huge amounts of money in monthly electricity bills!

Check out this video below for more information and an in depth view in how easily this cleaner operates in your swimming pool. If you’d like to see one for yourself, stop by our retail store in Corsicana to speak with us and try one out!