What to think about regarding the chemicals that are needed in your new swimming pool

Posted on: 3 November 2015

A swimming pool is a something that exists in many homes throughout the world. If you're thinking of getting one, or if you've just moved in to a property that has one, you need to know about chemicals used in swimming pools. One thing that is essential for a pool to work properly and be safe to use is that the chemicals in the water are distributed and maintained properly. Maintaining your pool water's chemical levels doesn't have to be complicated, but it's important that you are aware of what needs to be done to keep your pool in top condition.

Chlorine distributors

Dirt, water top ups, and even people are all things that can cause bacteria to enter and develop in your pool. If it's left alone, it might become dangerous enough to pose a serious threat to your health. Most people use chlorine to sanitise their pools. To distribute the chlorine you can either do it manually, or buy a chlorinator to do the job for you. Distributing the chlorine manually is not advised, as you will have to do it every other day to keep the pool clean. You will also need to test the water every time you're distributing chlorine to know how much to use. It should be considered a short term solution. If you have a saltwater pool, a salt chlorinator is a good solution. It converts salt into chlorine automatically. You'll need to clean these devices from salt every other week if you don't get a self-cleaning model. These models are more practical, but also more expensive. You could also get a liquid chemical feeder. The cheapest models require that you program how much chlorine the pool needs yourself. If you can afford to get a more sophisticated model, they come with they come with the advantages that they measure the pH-levels in the water and adds chlorine automatically.

PH-level

Even if you get a chlorine providing device that can measure pH-levels on their own, you should still do it yourself every now and then. The pH-level should be somewhere between 7 – 7.6. It's very important that you measure this as often as possible, as faulty pH-levels could cause irritation to eyes and skin when swimming in the pool. It might also lower the effect of the chlorine and thus cause problems with the cleanliness of the swimming pool. You fix faulty pH-levels by adding acid to make the levels higher or lower. 

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