What Does Chemical Maintenance of a Pool Entail?  

by Pool Builders on 02-09-2014 in Articles

Circulation and sanitation are the two most important words when it comes to your swimming pool. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for all kinds of germs which could lead to illnesses. It is important to make sure that the water in your pool is being circulated continuously, whether in use or not. Sanitizing a swimming pool is necessary to ensure that the pool water remains clean and free of impurities. Every swimming pool is different. The type of tiles used, the water circulator, the kind of water in the region that you are in, will all go towards dictating the chemicals used to sanitize your pool.

What kind of chemicals should be used to sanitize a pool?

The usual chemical used to clean a pool is chemical chlorine. The chlorine is dissolved in the pool water, and this combines with the organic matter in the pool to get rid of harmful contamination. Once, the chlorine in the pool integrates with the bacteria which is found in water, the chlorine stops being active, and is no longer sanitizing your pool. Your pool filter system will remove the combination of chlorine and bacteria from the pool. So, throwing some chlorine into your pool about once a month is not the best way to maintain the sanitation of your pool. If you have invested in a pool, you need to make sure that the pool is kept clean, whether you are using it or not.

The best chlorine for your pool

There are a number of different brands of chlorine available for pool cleaning. They are available as tablets, as sticks and as granules. Though there are a number of brands available, you have to make sure that the one you are buying has the active ingredient Sodium Dichloro-S-Triazinetrione. There should be at least a 99% concentration of Sodium Dichloro-S-Triazinetrione in the product.

With regard to what form of chlorine to buy, it is up to you. As long as the concentration of the active ingredient is right, you can choose any form of chlorine. Tablets and sticks are slower to dissolve than granules and therefore stay in the water a little while longer, but if your pool gets dirty fast, you may want to use granules for faster sanitation. You can put the tablets or stick chlorine in a chlorine feeder with water and as they dissolve slower, you can adjust the feeder to ensure that regular amounts of chlorine are fed into your pool every day, keeping the pool clean longer.

Technicians prefer chlorine sticks for above ground swimming pools as they last longer. If you are using granular chlorine, you could add a precise amount each day to the pool. It has to be dissolved in water first, before being added. But with granular chlorine, you can control the sanitation of the swimming pool water more precisely.


This is another type of chemical that is often used to clean a pool. Some people prefer bromine to chlorine as it leaves no odor in the water. It also causes less irritation of the nasal cavity and the eyes. It is also available in different forms like chlorine and can be used in the same manner. The way bromine sanitizes the water in a swimming pool is exactly how chlorine does. But being more stable, bromine doesnâEUR(TM)t get filtered out as easily as chlorine does, and the ingredient is active in the water longer.

At the end of the day, you will have to decide what works best for you, depending on the size, features, temperature etc of your pool.




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