How to Get a Sparkling Clean Pool
You know how important it is to keep your pool sparkling clean. It is important for the health and safety of those who are swimming, so if there’s an easier way to a clean pool most pool owners are happy to hear about it!
Thankfully, there are several different ways to go about sanitizing your pool. In this article, we will talk about what your options are and how you can determine which one is best for you.
What Are Your Options?
So you want a clean pool, but what sanitizing option should you use? Chlorine, salt chlorine, bromine, ion sanitizer and ozone are all great options for pools. Each pool may be different in what it requires to keep it clean, so it’s best to read up on all the options and talk to a pool professional to get the best results.
You’re probably familiar with chlorine as it is one of the most common chemicals found in swimming pools and spas. It helps to keep away germs and bacteria very effectively. Chlorine starts a chemical reaction that oxidizes harmful microorganisms until they are completely destroyed. When it is being used in a pool, a level of around 1-3 parts per million is the best for correct sanitization. It is cost-effective, convenient and can be stored for extended periods of time.
A familiar option is salt chlorine. It’s distributed by the use of the pool’s filtration system and produces chlorine from the salt added to the water. This sanitization process happens repeatedly and does not require the continual additions of chlorine to the pool.
Salt chlorine is different from regular chlorine because it doesn’t require you to manually add the chlorine to the pool. These types of systems are typically less harsh than adding chlorine straight into the pool and are easy to use.
However, like most sanitizing systems, they do require an investment upfront.
Another option utilized by pool owners is bromine. It belongs to the same family as chlorine.
Bromine’s byproducts are bromamines while chlorine produces chloramines. After they are produced, bromamines keep working to sanitize the water. Something to note however, is that bromine needs special equipment to work effectively and dissolves slower than chlorine. It is also more susceptible to UV light exposure which accelerates its degradation.
You’ll have to use more chemicals in order to have effective working levels.
If the above options don’t work for your pool, you’ll also have the option of using an ion sanitizer.
With these types of sanitizers, two different types of metals are placed in the water. These metals are typically silver and copper.
The purpose of copper is to be used to kill algae and silver is the sanitizer. Because chlorine can cause skin discomfort and red eyes, using ion sanitizers can be a great alternative.
However, like other pool chemicals, they must be used in conjunction with chlorine to be completely effective. Another possible issue to take note of is that pH levels must be constantly monitored. If pH levels are off, pool staining can occur.
Lastly, ozone is another effective additive to keep your pool sparkling clean. When ozone is dissolved in water and comes into contact with organic material, it triggers an oxidation reaction.
A byproduct, similar to dirt, is produced and is filtered out by the pool filter. Overall, it is very effective at killing germs.
When it is added to your pool, there is no effect on the water’s pH so there is no need to adjust any pH levels.
When you use chlorine in conjunction with ozone, you use less chlorine and it lasts longer. Over time, it becomes easier to maintain the proper levels and you won’t need to add as much chlorine to the water.
One thing to note, however, is that ozone is ineffective at destroying algae when used by itself.
As you can see, there are several different methods you can choose from in order to sanitize your pool.
As you’ve taken care of your pool’s water, you’ve no doubt found that there is a wide range of variables when using a sanitization system. If you are not sure of which system will work best for your pool, let us help!
Contact us today for a consultation and we’ll get your pool in tiptop shape.