A take on chlorine for pool owners

chlorine production

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to maintain your pool? Or maybe you have some general questions regarding pool maintenance and utilization of pool chemicals (there is an excellent guide on pool chemicals here). Below are some common questions regarding pool supplies and how to use them to keep your pool clean and clear. We’re happy to serve your pool care needs in any way possible. If you have a question that you don’t see listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

1. What is “stabilized chlorine?”
Chlorine that has a built-in stabilizer (sun shield) is called “stabilized chlorine.” The built-in stabilizer replenishes any stabilizer lost to splash-out and filter backwashing.

2. If swimmers get eye burn and the pool has a “chlorine” odor, have I added too much chlorine?
No, this actually indicates a need for more chlorine (a shock treatment), not less! Free chlorine is odorless.

3. How can I prevent algae from occurring?
Keep free chlorine levels between 1.0-3.0 ppm and begin an algaecide maintenance program using Algaecide or Algaecide Plus.

4. Why are other methods more expensive and less reliable than the Constant Rate Feeder method?
Other methods such as skimmer feeding and enclosed pressure feeders allow water to cover and begin dissolving virtually all loaded tablets or sticks at once. Initially the feed rate may be more than needed. The rate then continues to drop lower and lower until more product is added, restarting the declining rate cycle. The Constant Rate Feeder controls the water level. (Note: The feed rate of an enclosed feeder can be slightly but unprecisely controlled, with ongoing manual adjustments of the water flow speed knob.)

5. How does a Constant Rate Feeder save me time and money?
The Constant Rate Feeder controls the water level to prevent the water from dissolving more than a small portion of the chlorinated contents at one time. The remaining chlorinated tablets are stored high and dry until needed.

6. What causes cloudy pool water?
There are numerous causes of cloudy water. Some of the more common causes include contaminant build-up, chemical residue, out of balance water, metals and poor filtration.

7. What causes contaminant build-up in pool water?
When swimmer’s wastes and other contaminants build up, the result is combined chlorine. This means it’s time to shock the pool!

8. What leads to chemical residue in pool water?
More than likely, you’ve used an unstabilized chlorine as a primary sanitizer. Switch to stabilized chlorines. They are all 100% soluble and leave no residue.

9. What should I do if my pool water is out of balance?
Take a water sample to your local pool products dealer. Typically, you’ll find cloudy, out of balance water to have a high pH, total alkalinity or high calcium hardness.

10. What can be done about metal build-up in my pool?
Your local dealer can test for metals in your pool’s water. Many metal relieving products can help control the metal in your pool.

11. What leads to poor filtration?
You may not be running your pump a sufficient number of hours. Check to make sure that your filter system is operating properly. If needed, backwash the filter or clear the filter with Enhanced Filter Cleaner.

12. How often should I test my pool’s pH?
Daily testing is recommended, or a minimum of 2-3 times a week is acceptable.

13. What is the recommended range for pH?
For maximum swimmer comfort and chlorine effectiveness, a range of 7.2 to 7.6 is recommended.

14. How often should total alkalinity be tested?
Test total alkalinity twice a month.

15. What is the recommended range for total alkalinity?
Total alkalinity ranges from 125 to 150 ppm with stabilized chlorine. The range is 80 to 125 ppm with unstabilized chlorine.

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