Pool Cleaning Chemicals

One of the best ways to keep your pool water sparkling and clean is through the use of pool chemicals. Testing your pool 2 – 3 times a week is important for maintaining adequate water balance and sanitizer levels as well as ensuring swimmer comfort and longevity of pool surface and equipment. Test strips are a quick means to test the pool for adequate sanitizer levels as well as pH and total alkalinity. Proper testing also ensures that calcium levels are maintained and that there are no metals present in the pool water.

Regal Pool Chemicals

Chlorine

People are most familiar with chlorine as a means to sanitize their pool. Stabilized chlorine products sanitize your pool water and kill bacteria. Stabilized chlorine products are protected from sunlight degradation and are an ideal means to keep your pool clear and clean. They are available in a variety of forms: 3” chlorinating tablets, 1” chlorinating tablets, chlorinating sticks and chlorinating concentrate. Your local pool maintenance company can help determine the best type of sanitization for your pool to help you maintain a free chlorine level of 1-3ppm.

PoolLogic Chlorine

Bromine

You can also sanitize with bromine. Bromine provides a reliable method for killing bacteria and keeping the pool clear and clean. It generally works better than chlorine in warmer water and is ideal for spas. Bromine remains active longer than chlorine, so the volume of bromine needed to sanitize a pool is less than chlorine. To utilize bromine effectively, an automatic brominator should be installed in your pool.

EZ Clor Bromagen

Shock

Shocking the pool on a regular basis is a critical step in keeping the pool clear and clean. Swimmers and the environment add waste to the pool that must be eliminated on a regular basis in order to prevent problems such as algae and cloudy water. Chlorine combines with bacteria in the process of sanitizing the pool and this combined chlorine is removed by “shocking”. This drastically raises the chlorine level of the swimming pool for a short time so that the combined chlorine is burned up.

Super Shock IT-73, Refresh +, and Super Shockwave

Algaecides

Preventing algae is the key to fun in your pool. While lack of proper circulation and out-of-balance water chemistry can lead to the growth of algae in pools, even carefully maintained swimming pools can sometimes experience algae growth. Algaecides act as a backup to your normal sanitization program and prevent algae from growing in the pool. Algaecide should be added after every shock treatment.

Pool Season Algaecide

There are other chemicals that can help with certain issues such as metals, alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH. The best way to prevent these issues is to test your pool regularly or enlist the help of your local pool professional