Include Chlorine in the Backyard Pool

by Pool Builders on 03-10-2014 in Articles

A dirty pool is certain to appear quite unhealthy and neglected. An effective step to maintain the clean and healthy pool water is to include the right amount of chlorine. Add chlorine on a regular basis to help kill off the harmful bacteria. Chlorine solutions for the backyard pool come in a choice of forms. Common options include the tablets and granular chlorine. Either of these chemical forms is easy to use, very affordable, and available to buy at any decent pool supply store.

Here are some of the major chlorine solutions for adding to the pool water:

Granular - Granular chlorine is favored for its stable build. This is able to stop the chlorine degrading quickly. It can be store for a long period in a pool shed or garage, so it isn't necessary to make as many trips to the pool supply store. The granular form of chlorine comes with a pH range that is close to the preferred pH level for the swimming pools. Because this type of chlorine dissolves fast, it is perfect for shocking the pool water or using for regular chlorination.

Tablets - Tablet based chlorine is rated higher than granular form. This means it has a slightly higher concentration of chlorine. A negative of the higher acidic content is the potential to cause stains or discoloration to various parts of the pool and equipment. Regular testing of the pH level can help to avoid such issues. A daily inspection of the pH level can easily highlight any problems with the water quality; this makes it possible to make the required adjustments as and when required.

Gas - A highly effective pool cleansing agent is chlorine gas. This is the most potent antibacterial and cleansing agent, but it can be quite dangerous to use for the typical pool owner. Chlorine gas is best left to the professional pool contractors.

Liquid - By combining chlorine gas and water you end up with liquid chlorine. This is a very easy and straightforward solution to use. It is ether used by pouring directly into the pool or diluting in a bucket and then pouring in. However, this is the weakest cleansing agent possible. Liquid chlorine is far below the recommended concentration. In most cases it is about 10 to 18 percent chlorine by the time it is poured into the water. The granular and tablet options are much higher and the preferred choice for pool owner wishing to self-maintain the backyard pool.

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