Pool Treatment 101: Introduction To Chlorine Sanitizing
Mastering the knack of maintaining a healthy pool is not difficult with the right information and a little diligence. The proper use of chlorine is a key step to keep your pool healthy.
For general pool treatment, chlorine has three essential characteristics:
1. It acts as a rapid and persistent sanitizer,
2. It is an effective algaecide, and
3. It is a strong oxidizer of undesired contaminants.
New Code Proposes CYA Restriction
According to the latest working draft of the Model Aquatic Health Code, there's no reason for indoor pools to use cyanuric acid, even in products such as dichlor and trichlor.
Though the code is currently a work in progress and thus open to comments and revisions, some in the industry are concerned about the implications of such a restriction.
Liquid chemical feeders can simplify pool maintenance — but an awareness of their workings is crucial for effective use.
For much of the pool industry's history, chemicals have been added to the water in two basic ways: By pouring solutions into the pool, or by placing tablets in a feeder of some sort. These techniques are both simple and time-tested, but they're not always ideal — especially for pools with high bather loads, or those that require rapid chemical adjustments.
Preventing Saltwater Problems
Many salt-related issues can be avoided through proper knowledge of the causes and an effective maintenance regimen.
Scale, stains and cloudy water are the most common challenges with saltwater pools — but only if they are not maintained correctly.
Proper maintenance goes a long way toward avoiding common problems in these pools. Watching for early signs can also help you prevent potential issues from escalating into obvious problems.
Believe it or not, we are not totally against utilizing salt water chlorinators in swimming pools. Just be careful when referring to them as "saltwater" pools, which is a misconception perpetrated by the industry. Here is the article outlining the benefits of salt chlorine generators:
Why Saltwater Swimming Pools Are Considered Environmentally Friendly
Saltwater swimming pools have gained in popularity in recent years as more and more people are becoming environmentally aware. Though they can be more costly, many people are willing to take on the extra expense of these nontraditional pools in order to avoid exposure to chemicals and other unpleasant side effects of traditional chlorinated pools.
The difference is quite simple...with saltwater, salt is used as a natural deterrent against the buildup of bacteria in the water
Techs Find 'Too Many Variables' in Fill Water
Service technicians are reporting unusual fluctuations in the chemical composition of fill water throughout the Sunbelt states.
The water's composition, they say, often varies significantly from one service visit to the next, making pools difficult to balance and treat effectively. Many have noted abrupt spikes and dips in calcium hardness levels in particular.
Video: Lake Ridge Pool Fished
LAKE RIDGE, Va. – The annual Lake Ridge Fishout is underway this week at the Ridge-Wood Pool off Old Bridge Drive.
The Lake Ridge Property Owners Association stocked the swimming pool with 750 trout for the fifth-annual Fishout event. All of the trout must be caught before Saturday so the pool can be scrubbed, cleaned, and readied for the start of the summer swim season next month.
How To Kill Black Algae In Your Swimming Pool
Black algae is perhaps the hardest algae to get rid of. It has very deep roots that can grow into the side of plaster or concrete pools. It also has many layers that protect it from normal chlorine levels. You will usually find black algae clinging to your pool walls or steps in very shady spots. So in order to get rid of this algae, you must be aggressive!
Black algae comes from the ocean. A common way for you pool to be infected by black algae is by a bathing suit that has once been in the ocean. With that said, always wash your bathing suits after swimming. It's just good practice.
Spring is here – it's time to open your pool!
Opening your pool signals the start of warm weather and chillin PoolSide. Whether you're emerging from a long snowy winter or a quick brush with cooler temps, opening your pool can be a simple process.
The first step toward getting your pool back in great shape is spring inspection. Hayward recommends calling on a local pool pro to inspect and start up your pool equipment. Often, this minimal expense pays off in the long run. A trained eye can spot safety issues such as missing suction covers, electrical or gas problems. If you prefer to do it yourself, here are some steps to follow.
The why & how of superchlorination
How's this for a bit of misinformation: "Every once in a while, you've got to shock the pool water by adding an extra-large amount of chlorine to get rid of algae and other contaminants that might otherwise be left to grow."
This is an actual bit of advice that was overheard being given to a pool owner by the counterperson at a home-supply store that happened to sell pool chemicals — and as advice goes, it's dead wrong!
True, you do have to periodically shock pool or spa water. And true, it is often done with chlorine — although "an extra-large amount" is not really an accurate guideline to be followed.
But the reason given for shocking is the most inaccurate portiion of a generally inaccurate statement. Shocking the water may, indeed, help prevent the spread of algae, but the true purpose of this periodic treatment is to rid the water of organic compounds that irritate swimmers and bathers and tie up chlorine to prevent it from performing its task as a sanitizer.