Suppose I keep my pool open during the winter when it's not in use. Is there any reason to bother with testing and balancing the water while no one's using it?
Neglecting your pool can have serious consequences! Aside fro m its becoming an eyesore and possibly a health hazard, water that is seriously out of balance can damage your pool equipment, including the pool surface, plumbing, pump, heater, and other equipment. For example, if the pH of the water is either too low or too high, it can have corrosive effects on the equipment. High levels of calcium can cause a buildup of deposits in the plumbing, equipment, or on the pool's surface. Factors such as these can significantly shorten the life of your equipment and necessitate expensive repairs.