One of the keys to effectively maintain proper water chemistry is choosing the right pool chemicals. It is important for every pool owner to learn how to properly keep their pool’s chemical balance as this helps to ensure the safety and cleanliness of their swimming pool. As a result, they no longer need to pay for pool repairs.
Despite this, not every pool owner knows how to effectively choose the right chemicals for their swimming pool. This article details helpful tips and information to help pool owners choose the right chemicals, primarily chlorine and cyanuric acid.
Chlorine to sanitize your swimming pool
Chlorine is the most popular among pool chemicals. It is required regardless of the type and size of your swimming pool because chlorine kills bacteria and algae as well as other types of microorganisms that can grow and develop in your swimming pool.
Chlorine is available in different forms including 3-inch and 1-inch tablets, granular forms and in sticks. These forms also differ in their active ingredients. Chlorine sticks and tablets contain Trichlor while granular chlorine contains Dichlor. These also differ in price.
The most affordable is the 3-inch tablet. It is also the most common and can be used in different types of swimming pool because it dissolves quickly and requires less maintenance. One inch tablet dissolve more quickly as it is smaller. This is why it is more commonly used in smaller sized swimming pools and spas. Chlorine sticks have the longest dissolving time because it is the largest among all chlorine forms.
When buying chlorine in stick or tablet form, pool owners should beware of cheap ones that do not have the same quality as the real and authentic ones. Unfortunately, you can only tell their difference after you have purchased them. You’ll know you bought the cheap and low quality type when it crumbles or falls apart. Keep in mind that authentic ones should be able to maintain their shape while dissolving even after several days of being added to the pool. To ensure you buy the authentic ones, seek professional assistance from Elko Spas Billiards & Pools.
The other form of chlorine that is available in the market is granular chlorine. The primary difference of granular chlorine from the other chlorine forms is that the granules need to be pre-dissolved in a bucket of water before adding to the pool. It should not be directly added to the Myrtle Beach pool to be more effective. And because it is in granular form, it often needs to be added on a regular basis.
Cyanuric acid to stabilize chlorine
This type of pool chemicals is added to help stabilize chlorine and to protect it from sun damage. Cyanuric acid works by decreasing the oxidation reduction potential of chlorine. On the other hand, when using cyanuric acid, it is important to always check its level in the water because too much cyanuric acid will render the chlorine to be ineffective. Too much cyanuric acid can eradicate chlorine’s sanitizing ability.
According to recent studies, cyanuric acid should be maintained at 40 parts per million. Any higher than this and it will react with chlorine and affect its ability to sanitize the swimming pool.
Common alternative to cyanuric acid are calcium hypochlorite and sodium hypochlorite. When using these chemicals, on the other hand, you will need to check your pool’s pH level regularly as these chemicals can easily raise the pH level if not controlled effectively. Note that these chemicals contain strong bases. For best results, consult a swimming pool professional.
Contact Elko Spas Billiards & Pools now for more information and assistance on pool chemicals.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588