The roles of pool chemicals   

by Pool Builders on 10-11-2011 in Articles

Chlorine is the chemical that even non-pool owners can name off the top of their head. It kills bacteria and algae. Chlorine breaks down into hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion among other different chemicals that oxidize bacteria and microorganisms. It is important to make sure you have the right amount of chlorine in your pool or it can become hazardous. Also, make sure swimmers know if they have a sensitivity to chlorine before swimming for longer periods of time, as this can cause skin irritation or breathing problems.

Bromine is similar to chlorine in function, except that it is usually used for spas and hot tubs. It is more stable in warmer temperatures. The difference between chlorine and bromine is that after chlorine €combines€ with bacteria, it no longer stays active and is filtered or or removed by shock treatments.

Algaecide is just as it sounds: it kills and prevents the growth of algae. The most common type, quats, require lower amounts of the chemical than other types of algaecides to do the job. It will cause foaming at the pool's surface and is typically used to prevent the growth of algae. Polyquats are used to destroy visible algae. Copper salts are usually used in ponds and lagoons but also commercial pools. The last type, colloidal silver, is similar to copper salts. Both effect the pool's surface and are known to cause staining if not used properly.

Shock treatments remove any waste left behind from both swimmers and other chemicals. Shocking basically oxidizes water-soluble waste and should be done at least once a week. It should also be done after heavy rain or even long periods of drought. After chlorine remains inactive, it must be shocked out of the pool. It is typically done by raising the chlorine level for a short amount of time, but there are non-chlorine shock treatments available.

Pool Shimmer coagulates dirt and other contaminates to make your pool looking healthy and pretty. Constant use improves your pool's filter performance and overall health.

Water balance chemicals refer to the chemicals used to maintain your pool's €balance€. The most common chemicals have to do with your pool's pH level, which refers to acidity or alkalinity. These chemicals include pH increasers and alkaline increasers, reducers, and stabilizers. Also, hardness increasers, or calcium chloride, increases the hardness level of your pool.

Making sure you have the necessary chemicals and swimming pool supplies is essential to maintaining your pool. Ensure that your pool is a source of endless fun by balancing it properly.

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