Interested in learning more about what it takes to keep your pool or hot tub in great shape? This article describes the chemistry involved in keeping your pool or hot tub safe and your water crystal clear. It will help you better understand what the tests you are taking mean, and what happens when your pool chemistry is no longer in the recommended ranges.
There are is a lot of misunderstanding about how chlorine works to kill harmful contaminants in pool water, as well is misconceptions about what type of contaminants chlorine will kill efficiently. In this article, we cover 5 important things free chlorine will kill in your swimming pool or hot tub water.
In general, chlorine levels should be tested at least twice per week. However, the answer to this question depends heavily on how often your swimming pool is used, who uses your pool, and weather events that may introduce a large amount of fresh water into your pool.
Chlorine is the most important chemical when it comes to maintaining sparkling clean water that is safe to swim in. Chlorine sanitizes your pool water by attacking and killing harmful microorganisms, called contaminates, that could lead adverse health consequences. Therefore, it is critical to know how to test the chlorine in your pool or hot tub, as well as what to do when your chlorine levels are outside recommended ranges.
The degree to which chlorine is effective in sanitizing your pool by breaking down contaminants is highly correlated to the degree to which pH is kept in balance. In this article, we dive into the relationship between chlorine and pH, and how pH of water changes the effectiveness of chlorine.
Sanitizers come in liquid, powder, and tablet form, and many pool owners have questions about the differences between them. In this article, we will get your questions answered.
Maintaining both pH and total alkalinity in your swimming pool is important for keeping your pool properly sanitized and non-corrosive. Total alkalinity is to pH what cyanuric acid is to free chlorine. Total alkalinity stabilizes pH levels. The ideal pool pH level is 7.4 to 7.6. The ideal total alkalinity level is 80 to 120 ppm.
Free chlorine is the amount of chlorine available to sanitize contaminants. Combined Chlorine is chlorine that has combined with contaminants. Total chlorine is the sum of the two.
Regardless of where you live or what kind of pool you own, you’re going to have to test your pool water chemistry. Testing your pool helps keep the water safe from viruses, bacteria, and algae and ensures chemical levels are safe and comfortable for swimmers.