Pool Chemistry 101
The key to keeping your pool crystal clear all year round is pool chemistry. Luckily, you do not have to be a scientist to understand the chemistry of your backyard pool! There are two main elements to pool chemistry that you should focus on – sanitation and water balance – that will help to keep your pool ready to take a dip at any time.
The most common way to keep your pool sanitized is with chlorine, but it is not the only way. You can also use bromine, biguanide, or certain minerals to sanitize your pool. Chlorine is very effective at killing algae and bacteria and is also very cost effective. You can introduce chlorine into your pool through chlorine tablets, powdered chlorine, or a salt chlorine generator. Bromine is the halogen cousin to chlorine and is most commonly used in indoor pools and hot tubs because it does not have the “chlorine” smell. Biguanide is a chlorine substitute and can make the water feel much smoother. Copper and silver are minerals that can be added into your pool through a mineral system and will help to sanitize the water, but at a much slower rate.
Keeping your pool water balanced can be a very delicate process, but is necessary to reach perfect harmony in your pool. Keeping your pool balanced means keeping the pH level of the water between 7.4 and 7.6, which is just above neutral on the pH scale. There are three main ingredients that can be used to keep your pool balanced: alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness. Keeping all three ingredients at the perfect level will help to make sure that your pool is always balanced and safe to use.
For help keeping your pool chemistry right where it should be, contact Clean and Clear Pools in Danville, California.
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