What Are the Chemicals in Your Pool?

Everyone knows that if you leave water sitting in a container bacteria will grow. Add sunlight, people, sunscreen and pool toys, and you make a more inviting environment for microorganisms.

The only way to keep your swimming pool clean and clear is by add swimming pool chemicals or water treatment products.


A Healthy Swimming Pool

The health and wellbeing of all life is based on a fine chemical balance, and it is the same with your swimming pool.

When you keep the water in your pool chemically balanced you maintain a healthy swimming environment and extend the life and performance of your pool equipment and  liner.  

 

The main chemicals  used are:  ph balancers, alkalinity balancers, algaecides, sanitizers, clarifiers, metal controllers and pool shock.

When adding these chemicals to your pool,it is vital to test your water regularly by using test strips or to take a water sample to your local pool professional. Regular testing will ensure top quality pool water.

It’s all a Question of Balance

Monitoring and testing the balance of chemicals in your pool is how you will keep the water clean, and the pool equipment functioning properly. There are three chemicals that work on maintaining the balance.

 

PH balancers

These help maintain the pH range of 7.2 to 7.6 by raising or lowering the levels in steady increments to help you monitor it accurately. If they fall below this range the plumbing and surfaces of your pool will start to corrode, while levels that are too high will cause cloudy water and scale deposits.

When the pH is not balanced it can cause irritation to the skin and eyes and reduce the efficiency of the other chemicals used.

pH balancers will, depending on the product chosen, raise or lower your pool pH in steady increments to get it into 7.2 to 7.6 range.

Alkalinity Balancers

The optimum range for alkalinity balancers falls between 80 – 160 ppm. Just as with the pH levels, when the level is too high it causes scale deposits and cloudy water, and when unbalanced, it can also cause skin and eye irritation.

Hardness Balancers

Calcium levels are another factor to consider in the chemistry of your swimming pool. A low calcium level can cause water to pull calcium from the surrounding concrete. Too much can also cause staining, scale buildup, heater failure and cloudy water. You can increase calcium hardness,but the only way to decrease it is by draining the pool and adding fresh water.

The optimal level is 200 – 300 ppm, and maintaining this level is not difficult, but it is well worth the time taken in maintenance.

For this reason it is very important to test your water regularly and make only small adjustments as needed.  If Calcium hardness is high, a product that will protect your pool and equipment from staining or scale build-up, should be added on a weekly basis.

Sanitizers

Sanitizers are the most important chemical additive you can add when cleaning your swimming pool, removing bacteria and other harmful contaminants from swimming pool water. The most common and approved sanitizers are chlorine and bromine.  We offer a wide variety of supplies and they are available in several forms, including liquid, granular & tablets to fit your personal application needs.

Pool Shock

Pool Shocks are necessary when cleaning your swimming pool after heavy swimmer loads, after heavy rains, or simply when your swimming pool sanitizer is overwhelmed by the contaminants in your swimming pool. Chlorine based shocks eliminate any bacteria or other organics from your swimming pool water, while Monopersulfate or Non Chlorine Shocks give you similar results without disturbing your swimming pools chlorine levels. When used as part of your weekly swimming pool maintenance, your swimming pool will stay clean and healthy throughout the pool season. 

Algaecides

Algaecides are the easiest and most effective way to prevent and remove all types of algae growth from your swimming pool, which can ruin water quality and clog swimming pool filters. Algaecides are available in a wide variety of formulas to tackle green, blue-green, mustard and black algae types.  The best value in algaecides are usually found in the strongest concentrations.

Clarifiers

Clarifiers are another handy swimming pool chemical that quickly eliminates cloudy water conditions in your swimming pool, restoring it to its former beauty. Standard clarifiers attract together microscopic particles into larger ones, allowing your filter to remove them. Flocculent clarifiers also attract microscopic particles into larger ones, but its formula sinks them to the swimming pool bottom for easy vacuum removal. Either type will help improve the efficiency of your pool filter so as to help speed up the time it takes to clarify your water.

Metal Controllers

Metal Controllers enable swimming pool owners to remove copper, iron, manganese and other metals from their pool water, preventing staining and water discoloration. These chemicals are especially useful in areas with hard water, although metals can get into your swimming pool through other means. Metal preventors stop metals from getting into your pool, while metal removers eliminate metals already present.

Foam Removers

Foam Removers are an easy and affordable way to remove annoying foam buildup on your backyard pools surface caused by heavy swimmer loads. Products such as deodorant, soaps, lotions and other cosmetics from swimmers creates this foam, which foam remover can cut through in just seconds to restore your swimming pool to its former beauty.  It is a good quick fix, but should only be used to temporarily mask a problem that must still be fixed once your guests leave.

Foam Removers

Foam Removers are an easy and affordable way to remove annoying foam buildup on your backyard pools surface caused by heavy swimmer loads. Products such as deodorant, soaps, lotions and other cosmetics from swimmers creates this foam, which foam remover can cut through in just seconds to restore your swimming pool to its former beauty.  It is a good quick fix, but should only be used to temporarily mask a problem that must still be fixed once your guests leave.