Pool Chemicals Made Easy  

by Pool Builders on 04-16-2008 in Articles

If the idea of handling pool chemicals makes you a little bit uncomfortable, don't worry, because you are not alone. The good news however, is that once you become acquainted with them and learn how to safely handle and use them you should have no trouble at all using pool chemicals to treat your swimming pools water.

There are two basic types of pool chemicals that go into the water. Chlorine is the first one and it comes in two forms. It is used in both tablet and powder form and you will be using both of them. The other pool chemical is called alkaline powder. It is used to neutralize the acid that will tend to form in the water from adding the chlorine.

Chlorine after it is added to the water will tend to dissipate off and float off into the atmosphere but some will remain behind in the water and react with the hydrogen atoms in the water itself. This will lead to the formation of hydrochloric acid in the pools water, which will cause the water to become acidic and burn the eyes of swimmers.

Also, the acid in the pools water will cause the pipes in the pumping system to corrode. The chlorine powder is commonly referred to as "shock powder" and it is periodically added as it is needed and you will always wear gloves and goggles when handling it. Also, be very careful when using it on a windy day.

The chlorine tablets will go in the skimmer and will last about a week. They gradually leach chlorine into the pool water and they too should be handled with gloves. Make sure to keep all of your pool chemicals locked away in a safe place where children can't get their hands on them.

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