Everyone knows the familiar smell of pools, otherwise known as chlorine. While some swimmers can’t get enough of this smell, others can’t stand it but no matter your opinion, no pool is complete without sanitizers. Whether enjoying a dip in your own backyard or caring for a communal pool, keeping clean is a must – but, what is in your pool water anyway?
Without sanitizers and a proper treatment plan, a pool can become a pond in no time. Sanitizers are what keep your water crystal clear and free from bacteria. Skimming surfaces help to get rid of debris but keeping water balanced means chemistry. Too little sanitizer can leave harmful bacteria behind and too much can sting eyes and irritate skin.
The most common types of sanitizers are chlorine and bromine, with salt chlorine generators rounding out salt water features. Each of these have their own advantages and setbacks:
Chlorine: Usually used in the form of granules in water or pucks/tablets in floating dispensers. This chemical keeps water safe and deters algae growth.
Bromine: Breaks apart bacteria. This chemical works better in hot water than traditional chlorine (and remains active longer). There are clear cut advantages to using bromine but it does come with a higher price tag.
Salt Chlorine Generators: Unlike traditional chemicals, these generators use electricity and dissolved salt to produce chlorine. This system is gentle on eyes and skin and cuts the costs of pool chemicals.
Any type of invasive growth is enough to cause serious damage to your pool and the surrounding area. All that it takes for algae to thrive is water and sunlight – which makes an outdoor pool the ideal space. Algaecides are most commonly used in conjunction with shock treatments and following a thorough cleaning and scrubbing routine. This means openings and closings will usually feature an algaecide treatment.
The best algaecide for your individual pool system is based on the type of algae that you are up against and your style of pool. There is also the question of the severity of your algae issue and the budget that you have to attack this unwanted growth.
Before adding any chemicals to your pool, be sure to check the basic levels of your system, maintaining the balance and condition of your water feature.