Why Pool Chemicals are Important in Pool Cleaning

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in pool cleaning | Comments Off on Why Pool Chemicals are Important in Pool Cleaning

robotic-pool-cleaner-on-stairsMaintaining and cleaning your pool can be challenging if you do not know the right chemicals to use and why you should use them. Of course nobody likes pool chemicals considering their irritating and stinging effect on the skin. Furthermore, these pool chemicals cost money and are a chore when it comes to maintenance.

While pool professionals can scare you with the intimidating names of pool chemicals, the truth is that pool maintenance isn’t as difficult as it appears. All you need to know is the few simple facts and you’ll be good to go. There are two main reasons why you should use pool chemicals:

  • For safety of the pool water. If you don’t treat your pool water, it will be contaminated with bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms which are a threat to your safety and that of your family. Treating your pool with chemicals will keep all these away.
  • For esthetics. Pool chemicals help in keeping the pool water inviting and beautiful. Everyone doesn’t want to lose that sparkling blue crystal-clear color in the pool.

Adding pool chemicals will, therefore, serve you either of the two purposes or both. There are chemicals which are applied to help in maintaining the performance of other chemicals needed in your pool.

Here are pool chemicals that you should be familiar with:

  • Sanitizers

You’ll be required to often keep the pool water disinfected and sanitized. Chlorine is the chemical that serves this purpose (bromine may also be used). In most cases, chlorine is usually added directly in the pool water as a liquid although it can also be found in granular and tablet form.

  • Stabilizers

Chlorine has a tendency of getting destroyed by rays from the sun. Stabilizers are pool chemicals applied to boost the performance of chlorine. When the chemical combines with chlorine, they form a more stable and durable compound that can’t be dissociated with sun’s rays.

  • Water Balancers

It is important for every pool owner to test the pool severally within a week for PH and chlorine levels. This helps to keep the water in balance. As soon as an imbalance is noticed, you should adjust accordingly. Tests to be carried every week include total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels. You can then adjust using a suitable increaser or reducer.

  • Oxidizers

Oxidizers can also be referred to as secondary sanitizers since they are applied to destroy bacteria and algae in the pool. They are used for shock treatment. You’ll agree with me that chlorine loses its performance effectiveness over time hence the need to hit the reset button. Shock treatment involves applying a high dose a stabilizer (chlorine) every few weeks. They include chlorine free shock, calcium hypochlorite, and lithium hypochlorite.

  • Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals are those that can be used to address specific problems in your pool or just to improve the look of your pool. They include enzymes, clarifiers, algaecides, metal magnets, stain removers, filter cleaners, phosphate removers, and tile and Vinyl cleaner.