Pool Chemicals Explained




Pool Chemicals Explained
December 08/2015

Swimming pool Chemicals or Water Treatment Products are essential supplies when cleaning your swimming pool in order to keep it properly balanced.  The most important chemcials are ph balancers, alkalinity balancers, algaecides, sanitizers, clarifiers, metal controllers and pool shock. In order to properly apply these chemicals, you must use testing strips or take a water sample to your local pool professional.  Once this is done it will not only give swimmers outstanding water quality, but it will also keep your valuable swimming pool equipment and surfaces safe.

Pool Chemicals Explained – pH Balancers

pH balancers are critical to maintaining the proper pH range of 7.2 to 7.6, which determines the overall health of your swimming pool. If too low, your swimming pool plumbing and surfaces will start to severely corrode, while too high a level will cause scale deposits as well as cloudy water. An unbalanced pH will also cause swimmer eye and skin irritation as well as reduce chemical efficiency. pH balancers will, depending on the product chosen, raise or lower your pool pH in steady increments to get it into 7.2 to 7.6 range.

Alkalinity Balancers

Alkalinity balancers are another critical part of swimming pool chemistry that help keep your swimming pool in the optimal 80-160 ppm range of total alkalinity. If alkalinity is too low, pool plumbing and surfaces will start to corrode, while too high a level will cause scale deposits and cloudy water conditions. Also like unbalanced pH, an unbalanced alkalinity will also cause eye and swimmer irritation and chemical inefficiency. Balancing your alkalinity will not only result in a more comfortable pool for swimmers, but will eliminate the dreaded “pH bounce” that makes proper pool balancing almost impossible. Depending on the product selected, alkalinity balancers will raise or lower alkalinity levels in steady increments to the optimal 80-160 ppm range.

Hardness Balancers

Hardness increasers are another critical part of swimming pool chemistry that help keep your swimming pool in the optimal 200 – 300 ppm range of Calcium Hardness. If the calcium level is too low, the surrounding concrete will be stripped of its’ calcium in order to satisfy the water’s demand.  Other effects can include staining of the swimming pool, heater failure, and difficulty maintaining clear water.  Calcium Hardness can be increased but not decreased other than by draining and adding fresh water.  For this reason it is very important to test your water regularly and make only small adjustments as needed.

Sanitizers

Sanitizers are the most important chemical additive you can add when cleaning your swimming pool, removing bacteria and other harmful contaminants from swimming pool water. The most common sanitizers are chlorine and bromine, although there are proprietary sanitizers available from several brands. We offer a wide variety of supplies and they are available in several forms, including liquid, granular, tablets and sticks to fit your personal application needs.

Pool Shock

Pool Shocks are necessary when cleaning your swimming pool after heavy swimmer loads, after heavy rains, or simply when your swimming pool sanitizer is overwhelmed by the contaminants in your swimming pool. Chlorine based shocks eliminate any bacteria or other organics from your swimming pool water, while Monopersulfate or Non Chlorine Shocks give you similar results without disturbing your swimming pools chlorine levels. When used as part of your weekly swimming pool maintenance, your swimming pool will stay clean and healthy throughout the pool season.

Algaecides

Algaecides are the easiest and most effective way to prevent and remove all types of algae growth from your swimming pool, which can ruin water quality and clog swimming pool filters. Algaecides are available in a wide variety of formulas to tackle green, blue-green, mustard and black algae types.  The best value in algaecides are usually found in the strongest concentrations.

Clarifiers

Clarifiers are another handy swimming pool chemical that quickly eliminates cloudy water conditions in your swimming pool, restoring it to its former beauty. Standard clarifiers attract together microscopic particles into larger ones, allowing your filter to remove them. Flocculent clarifiers also attract microscopic particles into larger ones, but its formula sinks them to the swimming pool bottom for easy vacuum removal. Either type will help improve the efficiency of your pool filter so as to help speed up the time it takes to clarify your water.

Metal Controllers

Metal Controllers enable swimming pool owners to remove copper, iron, manganese and other metals from their pool water, preventing staining and water discoloration. These chemicals are especially useful in areas with hard water, although metals can get into your swimming pool through other means. Metal preventors stop metals from getting into your pool, while metal removers eliminate metals already present.

Foam Removers
Foam Removers are an easy and affordable way to remove annoying foam buildup on your backyard pools surface caused by heavy swimmer loads. Products such as deodorant, soaps, lotions and other cosmetics from swimmers creates this foam, which foam remover can cut through in just seconds to restore your swimming pool to its former beauty.  It is a good quick fix, but should only be used to temporarily mask a problem that must still be fixed once your guests leave.
pools spas hot tubs IPG canadaSwimming pool Chemicals or Water Treatment Products are essential to keep your swimming pool properly balanced.  The most important chemcials are ph balancers, alkalinity balancers, algaecides, sanitizers, clarifiers, metal controllers and pool shock. In order to properly apply these chemicals, you must use testing strips or take a water sample to your local pool professional.  Once this is done it will not only give swimmers outstanding water quality, but it will also keep your valuable swimming pool equipment and surfaces safe.

Pool Chemicals Explained – pH Balancers

pH balancers are critical to maintaining the proper pH range of 7.2 to 7.6, which determines the overall health of your swimming pool. If too low, your swimming pool plumbing and surfaces will start to severely corrode, while too high a level will cause scale deposits as well as cloudy water. An unbalanced pH will also cause swimmer eye and skin irritation as well as reduce chemical efficiency. pH balancers will, depending on the product chosen, raise or lower your pool pH in steady increments to get it into 7.2 to 7.6 range.

Alkalinity Balancers
Alkalinity balancers are another critical part of swimming pool chemistry that help keep your swimming pool in the optimal 80-160 ppm range of total alkalinity. If alkalinity is too low, pool plumbing and surfaces will start to corrode, while too high a level will cause scale deposits and cloudy water conditions. Also like unbalanced pH, an unbalanced alkalinity will also cause eye and swimmer irritation and chemical inefficiency. Balancing your alkalinity will not only result in a more comfortable pool for swimmers, but will eliminate the dreaded “pH bounce” that makes proper pool balancing almost impossible. Depending on the product selected, alkalinity balancers will raise or lower alkalinity levels in steady increments to the optimal 80-160 ppm range.

Hardness Balancers

Hardness increasers are another critical part of swimming pool chemistry that help keep your swimming pool in the optimal 200 – 300 ppm range of Calcium Hardness. If the calcium level is too low, the surrounding concrete will be stripped of its’ calcium in order to satisfy the water’s demand.  Other effects can include staining of the swimming pool, heater failure, and difficulty maintaining clear water.  Calcium Hardness can be increased but not decreased other than by draining and adding fresh water.  For this reason it is very important to test your water regularly and make only small adjustments as needed.

Sanitizers
Sanitizers are the most important chemical additive you can add to your swimming pool, removing bacteria and other harmful contaminants from swimming pool water. The most common sanitizers are chlorine and bromine, although there are proprietary sanitizers available from several brands. They are available in several forms, including liquid, granular, tablets and sticks to fit your personal application needs.

Pool Shock
Pool Shocks are necessary to sanitize your swimming pool after heavy swimmer loads, after heavy rains, or simply when your swimming pool sanitizer is overwhelmed by the contaminants in your swimming pool. Chlorine based shocks eliminate any bacteria or other organics from your swimming pool water, while Monopersulfate or Non Chlorine Shocks give you similar results without disturbing your swimming pools chlorine levels. When used as part of your weekly swimming pool maintenance, your swimming pool will stay clean and healthy throughout the pool season.

Algaecides
Algaecides are the easiest and most effective way to prevent and remove all types of algae growth from your swimming pool, which can ruin water quality and clog swimming pool filters. Algaecides are available in a wide variety of formulas to tackle green, blue-green, mustard and black algae types.  The best value in algaecides are usually found in the strongest concentrations.

Clarifiers
Clarifiers are another handy swimming pool chemical that quickly eliminates cloudy water conditions in your swimming pool, restoring it to its former beauty. Standard clarifiers attract together microscopic particles into larger ones, allowing your filter to remove them. Flocculent clarifiers also attract microscopic particles into larger ones, but its formula sinks them to the swimming pool bottom for easy vacuum removal. Either type will help improve the efficiency of your pool filter so as to help speed up the time it takes to clarify your water.

Metal Controllers
Metal Controllers enable swimming pool owners to remove copper, iron, manganese and other metals from their pool water, preventing staining and water discoloration. These chemicals are especially useful in areas with hard water, although metals can get into your swimming pool through other means. Metal preventors stop metals from getting into your pool, while metal removers eliminate metals already present.

Foam Removers
Foam Removers are an easy and affordable way to remove annoying foam buildup on your backyard pools surface caused by heavy swimmer loads. Products such as deodorant, soaps, lotions and other cosmetics from swimmers creates this foam, which foam remover can cut through in just seconds to restore your swimming pool to its former beauty.  It is a good quick fix, but should only be used to temporarily mask a problem that must still be fixed once your guests leave.  We have all the supplies you need in order to maintain a healthy swimming environment.














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