Why Shift From Chlorine to Bromine?

by Pool Builders on 05-25-2011 in Articles

Swimming pools need constant maintenance of its facilities and its water in order to stay beautiful and keep its water suitable and healthy for daily use. However, due to the growing numbers of pool disinfecting products, many pool owners find it difficult to decide which one will work best for their swimming pool. Among these products, two chemicals are valued for their quick-acting effectiveness in sanitizing and keeping the pool water safe for human use.

Chlorine and bromine are both acid elements used on swimming pool water for the sole purpose of treating it to protect and keep the water free from any harmful elements such as bacteria, germs and microorganisms of the likes of protozoa and many others. Without these chemical products, swimming on any pool water can be dangerous to anyone especially to those who have a low immune system. Both of these are good in what they do although they are different in many ways.

Chlorine is by far the commonly used and most popular disinfecting product all over the world. Most pool owners when asked on what is best for sanitizing pool water, the answer would be chlorine due to many good reasons. Probably the most noted reason is that it is cheaper as compared to other effective pool sanitizers as well as with bromine. The average price of this product in the market is $70 although this varies from place to place and from the store where you are buying it. Chlorine is also the product that you can easily get unlike bromine which is a product that is most likely hard to find in the market.

Chlorine leaves a caustic smell on the bathers and a stingy feeling on the skin and the eyes as this product is known to irritate the skin. Individuals with sensitive skin are more prone to these irritations and should not take prolonged exposure on the pool water.

Bromine is a chemical product much similar to chlorine in terms of effectiveness and affordability. This product usually sells for only $75 in the market which is slightly higher than the its counterpart. Unlike the other chemicals though, this bromine is poured only once in the pool water as it remains there unlike chlorine which evaporates with the elements it eliminate. In order to revive the bromine and keep it working in the pool is to shock the pool water from time to time. This chemical works best on warmer temperature that is why it is suitable for use on home spas, bath tubes or any indoor pools.

Unlike chlorine, this chemical has no smell and leaves no traces of chemical odors on the clothes and skin of the bather. It is also milder than the other chemical which has a lower chance of irritating the eyes and skin of the swimmer.

Both of these are chemicals that can be hazardous to the health of the swimmer when exposed too much or frequently with these pool sanitizers. Reports on casualties relating to pool chemicals show that chlorine has the higher rate of inflicting mild to severe medical problems to bathers as compared to bromine which has tallied quite lower risks among humans.

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