Knowing About the Chemicals in Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 02-27-2013 in Articles

Allow me to start this post with a few bromides:

  • Chemicals should not be regarded lightly
  • Chemicals should be handled carefully
  • Chemicals are dangerous
  • If not handled correctly, chemicals can become your worst nightmare
  • This chemical is represented by skull and crossbones because it poses a lethal danger
  • Danger, danger, danger; exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point(!!!)

Although it may seem, the start of this post shouldn't be considered flippant. Chemicals in any form can pose a problem to the health of humans. When considering the level of danger living in and around your house, it doesn't take too long to discover potential threats. If you haven't made the transition to natural cleaning products (and I'm not really suggesting you should) then open up the cabinet below your sink, close our eyes, and choose. Odds are you'll find an interesting concoction formulated for your cleaning prowess.

When you take a look outside in the backyard, you may or may not see a pool. If you see one that means you have one and I'll assume you know what kind of maintenance is required to keep the water clean and safe for your use. If you don't have a pool, I invite you to keep reading as the forthcoming information could be beneficial for pool party conversation.

Did you know that there are two main types of chlorinating agents: organic and inorganic? This is the type of proposition that will have your neighbors envious of your knowledge. Furthering this discussion, you'll be able to share that inorganic and organic agents are not compatible. In fact, mixing these agents will cause an explosive reaction: BOOM! If you're taking notes, this is a great moment to transition into your magic routine.

If you don't have a magic routine to rely on, then furthering this intellectual conversation will have to suffice. Next out of the bag: algaecides. Coming out of the gate will be the impressive form your tongue makes when you say the word, but don't let this distract you. What is important here is one important fact: algaecides contain chlorides. No, not chlorines, but chlorides.

Now it's time to bring it home, a little science to make their knees quiver. Chlorine picks up a new friend-we'll call him electron. When this happens, what forms is a chloride ion. These ions like to bond with other metals to create chlorine salts, called chlorides. Chlorides are found in a lot of natural places, like sea salt, olives, seaweed, and many vegetables. See, all natural places.

My kindest compliments, you've just made yourself the most important person at the pool party; unless, of course, you were able to transition into magician extraordinaire. Then, it's safe to say you've reach a level of popularity very few persons have enjoyed.

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