There are many different conditions that will affect the chemistry of your water, but they may not all be apparent. Even clear water can have issues. Pinch A Penny is here to help you keep your water balanced. Read on for some insight on common situations that may throw your pool water off and how to correct them.


Water evaporation happens naturally from the heat of the sun. This effect can be increased in especially hot and dry conditions. If your pool is losing too much water, then you may have to add some. When you add water to your pool from a well or garden hose it can cause problems, however. Well or city water often contains high levels of metals, such as iron, manganese, and copper. These elements can cause stains and issues with salt generation. Fortunately, Suncoast Ultimate Metal Control Plus can help in removing these metals.


Rainwater is usually acidic, so it will naturally lower your pool water’s pH. Low pH may cause your water can become corrosive to surfaces and equipment. Pool water with low pH is also uncomfortable for swimmers and chlorine will expend itself more rapidly, costing you money. Rainwater can also dilute the chemicals in your pool. It’s not uncommon, when gone untreated, to find your pool suddenly cloudy or with an algae outbreak after the rain. Make sure to bring a water sample to your local Pinch A Penny store for a FREE 7-point water test and to get the chemicals you need to get back in balance.

Wind & Rainwater Run-Off

Fertilizers from your or your neighbor’s yard can become airborne and enter your pool’s water, causing problems. Fertilizers promote plant growth using phosphates. While this is good for your yard, it may also facilitate the growth of algae in your pool since algae feed on it. Phosphates can also enter your pool from detergents or soaps, skin, animals or through the air. Luckily, Super Phosphate Remover was made to get rid of them and work with Ultimate Water Clarifier to restore your water’s clarity.

Sun (UV Light)

Over time, sunlight and evaporation cause the chlorine and other chemicals in your pool water to lose their effectiveness. A chlorine stabilizer will prevent chlorine loss caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Without this proper protection, the lifespan of your chlorine is greatly reduced.

We hope this gives you more insight into conditions that may affect your pool. Pinch A Penny is always here to help with knowledge and advice to keep swimming, we are the pool professionals!


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