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Chlorine Maintenance: Sanitizing Your Pool

When trying to sanitize water, the two best options are chlorine and bromine. Chlorine tends to be the most common choice, but you will need to know how to add the proper amount to achieve the right results.

Testing The Chlorine Water

You must use a chlorine test kit to measure the amount of chlorine in the water. The chlorine residual should be between 1.0 ppm and 3.0 ppm. Make sure that your pool alkalinity is between 80 and 100 ppm. You will need to monitor your pool everyday to make sure that it is sanitary.

Stabilizing The Chlorine

You will need to use a chlorine stabilizer known as cyanuric acid. This substance slows down the evaporation of chlorine, which helps keep the chlorine level more consistent. This acid is especially important when it is sunny out because it can prevent the sun's rays from breaking down the chlorine. Avoid adding too much cyanuric acid because it will reduce the effectiveness of the chlorine, sometimes down to zero. Test to make sure there isn't more than 40 ppm.

Choosing The Right Form

Chlorine comes in many forms. The granular chlorine dissolves the fastest. The granules are dissolved in a bucket before being added to the pool. The chlorine tablets dissolve more slowly and the chlorine sticks dissolve the slowest.

Adding Chlorine To His Pool

Always read the label even if you believe you know how to use the chemicals. Do not use a pool chemical that is not in its original container. Don't simply dump the chlorine into the pool. Instead, you will want to use a chlorine feeder that will slowly release the chlorine into the pool. Fortunately, if you adjust the feeder, you will not have to worry about adding more chlorine for a week.

When working with pool chemicals, make sure your instruments for handling the chemicals are dry. Do not add water to the pool chemicals unless you are told to do so by the instructions. Instead, add the pool chemicals to water.

Cleaning Up Spills

If there is a chemical spill, clean it up quickly. Spilling more than 50 kg of chlorine can be an emergency and will need to be handled by the local fire department. Otherwise, when wearing protective gloves and goggles, carefully place the chlorine in a plastic bag to dispose of it in. If you are careful though, you can add the right amount of chlorine and make your swimming pool safe to swim in.