Swimming Pool Chemicals - Effective Use

by Pool Builders on 02-05-2010 in Articles

Anyone who owns a swimming pool must keep it clean with chemical treatments; otherwise it may become unsafe to swim in as bacteria will build up. This is to keep algae and other germs from contaminating the pool. There is a straightforward process to using these chemicals effectively to get the best results. It has been tried and tested for quite some time with excellent results, and like the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

First of all, before dumping any chemicals into the pool, you should turn the pool filter on. The filter will have the effect of picking up debris and flotsam that would otherwise make the pool dirty. It acts as a water vacuum and sucks up all the floating crap in the water that you definitely don't want to remain in your pool. These are small items that cannot be killed by the chemicals are they aren't really bacteria, but small pieces of wood, dirt and other objects that won't be missed. Not only will it physically clean up the area inside the pool, but your chemical treatments will be much more evenly distributed around the pool by the filter, which is important for reaching all areas of the water and eliminating as much bacteria and algae as possible.

When it comes time to use the chemicals, you should first read the instructions carefully. The product should outline to you the exact process for applying the chemical to the pool for the best results. In general, the chemicals should be added in all different areas of the pool, with spaces of 1-2 feet between points of chemical entry. This will spread the chemicals around more evenly and give them maximum effectiveness in cleaning the pool. If the entire pool is not treated, certain areas may retain their bacteria and algae which can cause trouble for the rest of the pool. This will negatively affect the treatment process and you'll most likely get negative results, meaning you'll have to do the whole process over again which costs both valuable time and money.

While this is the general outline that is most often correct, certain chemical products have specific instructions for their proper use. It is important to check the product instructions for details on how to use them most effectively. The instructions may contain important points pertaining to that particular product and its use. For example, certain products may be more effective on certain types of algae or bacteria than others.

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