The more that you test the water in your pool or hot tub, the more balanced you will be able to keep your water. There are 4 major advantages to having well balanced water. These are:
1) A LONGER LIFESPAN
Hot tubs and pools are a large investment. You want to protect that investment and make sure that it lasts for as long as possible. Maintaining proper water balance is by far the best way to ensure a long life for your hot tub or pool.
Corrosive water will rust any metal components within it, notably pumps and heaters. Over time it can also cause plastics to become brittle, will degrade rubber o-rings and can even cause pits to form in the finish of concrete pools!
Scale forming water will deposit scale on any exposed surfaces. This can be especially harmful if your pool or hot tub has a heater or salt system. Even scale the thickness of a single piece of paper can reduce the efficiency of your heater or salt system by 50%! This causes them to work harder than they need to, greatly reducing their lifespan in the process.
2) YOUR OWN COMFORT
Ever come out of a pool with red, irritated eyes? While most people believe that this is caused by sanitizers like chlorine and bromine, it is actually caused by poor water balance.
The human eye has a pH of around 7.5. The farther away the pH of your water drifts from 7.5, the more irritating it is for your eyes. Maintaining your pool at the recommended pH level of 7.4-7.6 is therefore the absolute best way to reduce eye irritation.
3) PEACE OF MIND
Simply put, water without enough sanitizer isn’t safe to use. Regular water testing helps prevent you or your family from developing rashes or other waterborne infections.
4) SAVING YOU MONEY IN THE LONG TERM
Lastly, regular water testing saves you money! While it can sometimes seem like a waste of money to add balancing chemicals to your pool or hot tub, these costs are greatly outweighed by the costs associated with unbalanced water. What are these costs?
Reduced Equipment Life. The cost of prematurely replacing equipment, especially larger items such as pumps, heaters and salt systems, greatly outweighs the cost of maintaining a proper water balance.
Treating A Problem. Just like cars, the cost of properly maintaining your hot tub or pool water is a fraction of the cost of fixing a problem like green water. While keeping your water balanced over the entire summer might cost you a few hundred dollars, fixing a problem like green water can cost the same in only a few days.