Pool Chemicals: Everything You Need to Know
Updated: Nov 21, 2022
Are you a pool owner? If you are, you're in the right place! Like most pool owners, you want to do everything possible to ensure your pool is clean and safe for swimming. This means keeping up with regular pool chemical maintenance. But what are the right pool chemicals for your pool? And how do you go about adding them?
In this blog post, we'll answer all of your questions about pool chemicals and provide some helpful tips on maintaining your pool's chemical balance, why they are important, and how to use them correctly. We will also dispel some common myths about pool chemicals!
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The Importance of Chemicals for Your Pool
Pool chemicals are essential for keeping your pool clean and safe. They work to kill bacteria, algae, and other contaminants that can make your pool unsafe to swim in. Pool chemicals also help to maintain the pH level of your pool water, which is important for both swimmers' comfort and the longevity of your pool.
3 Most Common Pool Chemicals
There are a few different types of water chemicals that you'll need to use in order to keep your pool clean and safe. The most common chemicals used in swimming pools are chlorine, bromine, and pH adjusters.
Chlorine is the most popular pool chemical and is effective in killing bacteria and algae. Some pool cleaners like to pair chlorine tablets with baking soda, however you need to be careful mixing chemicals because it can alter your pool chemistry very quickly. Here at Sea Breeze Pools, we typically use stabilized chlorine It's important to note that chlorine can be dangerous if not used correctly, so follow the manufacturer's directions carefully and ensure that your chlorine levels are safe to swim with.
Bromine is another pool chemical that is effective in killing bacteria and algae. Bromine is less harsh on swimmers than chlorine, but it can be more difficult to maintain a consistent level of bromine in your pool. One of the most common problems when using bromine with concrete and plaster pools is maintaining the calcium hardness levels. Bromine can be someone temperamental, especially when dealing with the sun's UV rays in the Central Florida area.
These are pool chemicals that help maintain your pool's pH level. The pH level of pool water should be between seven and eight for swimmers' comfort and to prevent damage to your pool. If you have a pool, then the pH level of your water must be between 7 and 14. Calcium carbonate or magnesium oxide will treat any other amount with chemicals such as calcium chloride, which has been known to make people sick in pools where there are high concentrations!
Regular Pool Water Testing = Proper Pool Maintenance
In order to keep your pool water clean and safe, it's important to test your pool water regularly and add pool chemicals as needed. You can test your pool water yourself with a pool test kit (test strips), or you can take a sample of your pool water to a local pool supply store for testing, and they will tell you what you need to add and how you need to go about adding it to your swimming pool.
When adding pool chemicals, be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Never add pool chemicals directly to your pool. Remember to always add them to the skimmer basket or another container first. This will help to prevent pool chemical accidents. Most of the time, pool shock is your best friend when dealing with stubborn algae growth. Try to avoid overusing chemicals that will cause buildup over time. If not properly maintained, you could potentially damage your pool filter and end up with cloudy pool water.
Central Florida Swimming Pool Maintenance Help
If you have any questions about pool chemicals or need help maintaining your pool's chemical balance, Sea Breeze Pools is here to help! We specialize in cleaning, repairing, and resurfacing all types of pool surfaces, spas, hot tubs, and outdoor pools in the Central Florida area. Sea Breeze Pools offers a variety of pool services, including pool chemical maintenance. Give us a call or fill out a contact form on our website today to learn more!
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