From a surface level, pool maintenance can seem like an easy task. Nonetheless, it is quite the opposite. Aside from the basic steps such as vacuuming, netting, and brushing, there are many other procedures that go into a routine service visit. To put it into perspective, we like to think of a pool as a machine. As with any machine, there are parts and components that constantly work together to effectively carry out the task it was designed to do. In this case, a pool relies on things like its plumbing, filtration, equipment, and most importantly, its water chemistry. When either of these elements fail to perform their tasks or meet expectations, it can adversely affect everything else with it, leaving you with a less than optimal swimming pool. Chlorine levels and pH readings should be done daily, as these are primary indicators of your pool’s sanitation level and the acidity of the water. Low chlorine levels can lead to growth of bacteria and algae, making it dangerous for swimmers. On the other hand, having too much chlorine can cause skin irritation, burning of eyes, and even hair discoloration! Low pH levels can cause premature corrosion of the pool’s surface and equipment. High pH levels cause bad water clarity, scaling, and the overall effectiveness of chlorine.