As a kid, I always wanted to live in a house with a pool, but I grew up in the middle of nowhere, where ponds were much more likely to be; you know, the kind with tons of algae, sandy bottoms, and murky water. While I don’t yet live in a house with a pool (I live in an apartment in Manhattan), my brother who lives nearby has a pool and a house. He’s also the head of a university’s chemistry department, which comes in handy when doing pool maintenance (who knew pools involved so much chemistry). I have learned that pool owners spend a lot of time balancing pH and alkaline levels.
A high pH in a pool can cause a great deal of discomfort; including cloudy water and algae growth like my childhood ponds, as well as itchy eyes and skin and damage to pool parts.