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Understanding Chlorine and Other Pool Chemicals
 
When it comes to keeping your pool sparkling clean, it can sometimes feel like you need to have a chemistry degree. After all, several different chemical names are bandied about by pool maintenance professionals. How can you possibly be expected to make heads or tails of all of those strange terms? Luckily, maintaining your pool – and understanding the chemicals that you need to do so – is easier than it looks. Check below for a basic guideline.

Why Chemicals are Necessary?

The primary goal of chemicals like chlorine is killing organic material and bacteria. Left unchecked, those substances can render your pool water cloudy, and the sides and bottom of your pool can turn green and slimy. Who wants to swim in that? Chemicals are used to treat the water, and to keep bacteria and organic materials from ruining a good time. As confusing as they may seem on the outset, there are only a handful of chemicals that you really need to concern yourself with when it comes to maintaining a pool or spa, and you can buy these at your local pool shop in Ipswich.

Chlorine: A Basic Necessity.PH and Alkalinity:

Chlorine generally can be purchased in 3 different forms, Granular/powder, Tablet or Liquid. Depending on your circumstances as to which form would be best for pool. Granular/powder or liquid chlorine must be added to your pool on a daily basis during the swimming season to keep your pool sanitised. Tablets can be used in either a floating tablet feeder or an inline tablet feeder to deliver chlorine to your pool as the tablet slowly dissolves. 

Keeping your PH and Alkalinity under control is important to maintaining your water balance. If the Ph level in your pool is low the water is acidic and will be very corrosive to any metal components, too high a PH level and this will deplete the ability of the chlorine to properly sanitise your pool. If your PH levels are high then you add acid to lower it and add Soda Ash to increase it.

Low Alkalinity can give you an unstable PH or “PH Bounce” and it would be impossible to maintain your PH correctly. By adding Alkalinity Increaser you can increase your Alkalinity levels and stabilise (steady) your PH. Too high an Alkalinity level and scaling can form on your pool surface. Add small amounts of acid (max 1/2 a litre/50,000 ltr pool) at a time when trying to lower PH or Alkalinity, then retest after about 6hrs of filtering to see if more acid is required.

Stabiliser: Sunscreen for your pool.

Without Stabiliser in your pool water it can be almost impossible to maintain a chlorine level as the sun will remove up to 90% of the chlorine from the water. Generally stabiliser only needs to be added to your pool 3 or 4 times a year but this will vary according to the amount of fresh water that is added to your pool. There are other chemicals your pool will need over the course of the season, and your local pool supplies store in Ipwsich can supply them – and are readily available to test all your pool water chemicals, to keep your water balance in perfect shape.