Using Chlorine Tablets to Clean Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 09-28-2009 in Articles

Chlorine, in the form of tablets or granules, is an essential chemical for cleansing and sanitizing you home swimming pool, spa or Jacuzzi. Chlorine tablets and granules are a tried and tested, cost efficient and safe way of ensuring you and your family can savour their leisure time in a clean and safe swimming environment. Whether you are lying back on an inflatable enjoying the sun or in training for swimming championships, the most sensible and effective method of keeping your pool free from bugs is to use chlorine.

Chlorine tablets accomplish the following vital functions;

  • Prevent the growth of algae around the swimming pool
  • Kill any water bound germs
  • Sustain the correct pH water level (the water pH level should be the same as human tears)
  • In general, they will keep the pool and adjacent area hygienic and clean
Chlorine tablets can be bought from a variety of online stores. It is advisable that you shop around and check which has the best deal for you. Many stores will offer different incentives, for example, some offer free delivery, others may offer a discount with your first order. You can also use shopping comparison websites, such as NexTag, PriceGrabber or Kelkoo to price check, however, please bear in mind that these sites do not necessarily always display the best prices. They only display prices from stores who have paid to be on their pages.

Your chlorine tablets will usually come in a large bucket. Make sure you keep this in a safe dry place. You will also need a tablet dispenser. Please check when you are buying the tablets if the dispenser is provided with your purchase or if you have to buy this separately. This is extremely important as it would be very unwise to use the tablets without the dispenser as it could cause discoloration and contamination of your water. In extreme cases, if used incorrectly, chlorine tablets can actually damage your pool, so always read the instructions carefully.

It is advisable to test your water once a week to make sure the pH levels are correct and there is no contamination. If the level of chlorination is too high, it could result in stinging eyes for the swimmers (not very pleasant). If it is too low, the chlorine will not have the desired effect on the bacteria in the water and you could find some nasty bugs living in your pool (not very pleasant). An important thing for you to know is the water capacity of your pool as this will be directly related to the number of tablets you will need to use.

Above all, the most important thing to remember is have fun in your pool! After all, that's what it's there for. And with a proper cleaning regime, you'll be sure to have good clean fun!

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