Pool Chemicals – Why They are Important

Whether you are a first time pool owner, or you’ve had one for years, it is very important to use pool chemicals in order to keep your pool free of bacteria and contaminants. Pool chemicals work by disinfecting and sanitizing pool water to control the growth of certain kinds of algae and bacteria, and can also be used in hot tubs, spas, wading pools, and whirlpools.

Pool Chemicals - Why They are Important

Pool Chemicals

The most common type of pool chemical is chlorine. There are a few different names for chlorine-based disinfectants, such as: chlorinating liquid, dry chlorine, and liquid chlorine. Dry chlorine is in the form of a granular or tablet. Chlorinating liquid and liquid chlorine are solutions of these chemicals dissolved in water.

Why Pool Chemicals are Important

Chemicals such as sanitizers, oxidizers, and water balancers should be used in order to maintain a clean pool.

Sanitizers, such as chlorine tablets, TriChlor, DiChlor, bromine, and cyanuric acid, are needed to sanitize, disinfect, chlorinate, and protect chlorine from damage by UV rays. Bromine works better in hot water, so it works better in spas.

Oxidizers, such as pool-shock, calcium hypochlorite, chlorine free shock, and lithium shock, are needed to kill algae and bacteria, sanitize, and boost chlorine levels. Lithium shock is great to use in pools with liners because it won’t bleach and damage the liner.

Water balancers, such as pH increaser, pH reducer, alkalinity increaser, calcium hardness increaser, chlorine neutralizer, algicides, clarifiers, enzymes, filter cleaners, metal magnets, phosphate removers, stain removers, and tile and vinyl cleaner, are needed to increase pH when needed, reduce pH when needed, increase alkalinity when needed, increase calcium hardness when needed, lower chlorine levels when needed, prevent algae from returning, break down contamination for easier removal, clean filters, prevent stains, and remove oil and grease build up around water line.

While maintaining a pool can be a lot of work, it is important to check all levels weekly to prevent any chemical imbalances. While you can do this yourself, it is recommended, and a lot easier, to leave it to the professionals. By doing so, you can save a lot of time and space and avoid damaging your pool or harming yourself or children by using too much or too little of a chemical. Please feel free to contact us today for more information about our weekly pool maintenance services!