• Chemicals

  • The Best Types of Pool Cleaning Chemicals & How to Use Them

    Cleaning a pool is a tough job. Owning a pool is easy; keeping it clean is the toughest job. For such a job, you need a collection of basic and advanced equipment. You can find several types of pool cleaning tools in the local stores today. The tools would be insufficient without the right chemicals. However, before investing in the chemicals, check that you have the following types of equipment too:

    • Telescoping pole
    • Vacuum heads
    • Vacuum hose
    • Leaf traps
    • Skimmer nets
    • Pool brushes
    • Leaf bagger
    • Stain master
    • Pumice stone
    • Tile brushes

    Chlorine – Effectiveness and Drawbacks

    If the tools are in place, your focus should now be on the chemicals. The most common type of chemical for cleaning swimming pools is chlorine. Chlorine is effective at killing germs. The beauty of chlorine is that it’s generally cheaper and safe to use. What’s more, chlorine makes the pool water clean and clear. For the most part, you have to be a bit patient to see the full effects of chlorine in the pool water. 

    Stabilizer – Restoring pH Levels

    Where chlorine is limited, expect a stabilizer (also known as cyanuric acid) to leave stunning results behind. Stabilizer is highly recommended only after you have tested the pool water thoroughly. In addition to the stabilizer, you also need a chemical mix known as pool shock. Pool shock refers to a chemical that restores the pH in the pool water back to the required, proper levels. 

    Algaecide – Removing Algae

    An algaecide is essential in cleaning pools full of algae-filled water. Algaecide is highly recommended when you want to make the pool water clear and clean. The market mostly has two types of algaecide - polyquat/quat and copper-based. The latter kills algae but leaves a stain behind, especially when applied incorrectly. The polyquat or quat algaecide is capable of killing algae without leaving stains behind. 

    Clarifiers – Producing Clear Water

    Lastly, don’t be afraid to use clarifiers. The beauty of using clarifiers is that they’re capable of clumping small particles together thus making it easier to clear out the dirty water more effectively using a filter. Don’t hesitate to use enzymes, especially when you want to break down debris and particles in the pool to make it easier for chlorine to work effectively and produce amazing results. 

    Therefore, follow this guide to know the kind of pool cleaning chemicals to buy and use today. 

  • Balanced water levels

    ParametersMinimumIdealMaximum
    Free chlorine (ppm)12-410
    Combined chlorine (ppm)000.2
    Total bromine (ppm)24-610
    pH7.27.4-7.67.8
    Total alkalinity (ppm)6080-100180
    Calcium hardness (ppm)150200-400500-1000
    Cyanuric Acid (ppm)1030-50150
    Total dissolved solids (ppm)n/an/aInitial TDS +1500