Know Your Chemicals:

We’ve already helped you understand the basics of proper water balance for your pool (You can read more about that here.) Now we want you to know your chemicals!

Pool chemicals are a very important part of pool/ spa ownership and maintenance. But how much do you really know about the chemicals you keep in your home?

This post is designed to help you have a better understanding of the chemicals you will need to use to care for your pool and spas!

Chlorine: The most common of all pool chemicals. It comes in liquid, tablet and powder forms. Did you know that this is similar to the very chlorine you clean your homes with? The concentration level in chlorine for pools can be up to 95% the strength of home cleaners. Keep this in mind as bleach should not be used as a substitute to the pool grade chemical chlorine. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in your pool and help prevent algae from growing and keep your pool safe foe swimming. Store chlorine in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. When adding chlorine to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

Bromine: Is a  disinfectants that can be used as an alternative for chlorine. In swimming pools, bromine is used against the formation and growth of algae, bacteria and odors in swimming water. Did you know in the United States, bromine has been used since 1936 to treat swimming water. Bromine comes as a powder of tablet form. Bromine is more stable than chlorine at higher temperatures and is more commonly used in Spas because of that. For spas it is used for sterilizing and disinfecting the water. Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. When adding Bromine to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

SoftSwim: Softswim is similar to chlorine but different in that it kills bacteria differently. Softswim acts as microscopic fly paper. The bacteria (and algae) are attracted and stick to it where they die. Millions of other microscopic particles also accumulate on the it  and the chemical  is ultimately trapped in the filter. These “sticky” particles accumulating in the filter make chemical cleaning of the filter  essential. When adding Softswim to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.

Algeacides: Is a pesticide used to kill algae. Algeacides come in liquid for and are a very high concentration pesticide that is designed to be diluted in your swimming pool.  It is normally used in addition to other pool chemicals for maintaining the balance of the water. Store in a cool dry place. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions for application.  Safety is key for proper use keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

Pool Shock: There are several different types of Shock treatments.  Before using any of these treatments  you should always check with your pool professionals to know which type is best for your pool and spa. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE: Calcium Hypochlorite is a popular and effective chlorine-based type of shock.

LITHIUM HYPOCHLORITE: Although not as widely used as Calcium Hypochlorite, Lithium Hypochlorite is also an effective chlorine-based type of shock, particularly for those regions with typically high amounts of calcium in the water.

DICHLOR (GRANULAR CHLORINE): A powder form of chlorine, which is sometimes used a chlorine-based shock. Granular chlorine is a popular chlorine-based shock to help kill algae and for winterizing a pool.

POTASSIUM PEROXYMONOSULFATE: Potassium Peroxymonosulfate, which is almost universally packaged and sold as “non-chlorine shock,” is typically used with bromine. Once added, non-chlorine shock will oxidize the ammonia, killing Bromamines, while at the same time, reactivating the existing bromine, allowing it to continue to sanitize and disinfect the pool water.

It is always best to consult with your own pool professional before using any chemicals in your pool.  Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific products you are using and handle with care. If you have any questions our experts would be more than happy to help you lean more at any of our 6 locations.
If you are interested we are holding a Pool School this week on  Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm at our North Syracuse Location, 6071 E. Taft Road. We do ask you RSVP for the event by contacting Joanne at 458-8800 X326.  There is no charge for this class. Learn from the professionals how to properly open and treat your pool. If you’re THINKING about buying a pool, come learn how easy it will be to maintain.  Refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us to learn more!
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