Finding the Best Chlorine Tablet For Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 05-06-2010 in Articles

A chlorine tablet will go a long way to ensure that your pool is clean, has the right chemistry balance and is therefore safe for you and your family to swim. All of this hinges around the chemical balance of the pool being maintained. With minimum effort and a little discipline, your pool can be sparkling all year round and safe to swim.

Chlorine dioxide tablets are highly effective in sanitizing and controlling microbiological activity. When these tablets are added to water, they sustain the release of CIO2 gas. The dry tablets are ineffective. To activate the product, the tablet has to be removed from the packaging and dropped into water. Within minutes the solution will get to work - removing odors, oxidizing pollutants and controlling microbes such as Legionella bacteria and bio film.

Other applications for chlorine tablets include water treatment in industrial processes such as water storage tanks, cooling towers and cooling systems.; Sanitation of food processing plants; veterinary and health care facilities; the re-circulation of cooling water systems and a variety of other applications. It is used in many industrial cleaners as well as household cleaners in a very diluted form. Chlorine tablets can also be used for instant purification of emergency drinking water.

However, the most common use for chlorine tablets is in swimming pools. Chlorine tablets prevent the growth of algae, kill bacteria and maintain a good pH level. The maintenance task is made easy by the slow dissolving tablets. For added convenience, the user does not have to mix chlorine. The tablet is simply added to the water as and when it is required.

There are calculators available both in the pool shop and online to calculate how big your pool is. Measure the length of your pool with a yardstick, the size of the pool is very important when determining how much chlorine should be used in your swimming pool. Naturally, the depth of the pool is equally important.

Stabilized chlorine tablets contain added cyuranic acid. This is helpful in keeping the pH level of your pool stable. The tablet should be inserted into a tablet dispenser to prevent the corrosion of heating elements or your pools skimmer.

The amount and frequency of tablets to be used in the pool are dependent on the size of the pool and how strong the chlorine tablet is. Directions should be followed to the letter and these will be on the package.

Invest in a pool testing kit. The kit will indicate various levels of chemical balances in your pool and that will help you to select the treatment procedure to follow, if necessary. Taking readings frequently will help you adjust your treatment and maintenance routine before there is an adverse reaction. Chlorine readings should be at 1-3 parts per million. If this level is incorrect, you will know whether to add a chlorine tablet.

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