Having your own pool can be a wonderful thing and a horrible thing at the same time. Spending hot summer days frolicking in the cool blue waters is a definite plus, but trying to achieve and maintain that crystal-clear water can be a big minus. We’ve compiled a list of a few of the top products that you should have stored in your pool supply area to help keep that pool of yours sparkling clean and ready for a pool party at any time.
It has recently been discovered that phosphates are a food source for algae. For years, we have been treating algae with metal based algaecides, such as silver, copper, and zinc, all of which can cause serious staining to your pool surface. In addition, algae learns to adapt to it. Using a phosphate remover starves the algae, making the pool environment hostile to its needs. Many pools can go chlorine-free by simply using a phosphate remover. The initial investment is worthwhile, and weekly doses costs very little.
This helpful chemical does wonders to keep your water clear. It’s a bonding agent, hitching a ride to the particulates floating in your pool and bonding to them. This bonding system gives the clarifiers weight and mass, with the weight making the particulate sink and the mass helping to get the particulate caught up in your filtration system.
Quality Chlorine Is Important
One thing you might not be aware of is the importance of checking chlorine percentages when buying tabs or granules; that great deal you received on chlorine might be a poor investment in a weak product. Bargain chlorine products may only contain 60 to 40 percent active and inactive ingredients, while the more expensive product would be 90 to 99 percent pure, leaving you paying the same amount of money for the identical amount of chlorine or costing you even more in the long run. It’s true what they say: you get what you pay for!
One essential component in pool chemistry is alkalinity; it’s the foundation for your water chemistry. Maintaining a proper alkalinity level helps your pool maintain its own pH level, which in turn can lessen the need for chlorine, and soda bicarbonate is the tool that helps you maintain the balance.
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It’s the little things that make us your best friend in pool ownership. Schedule an appointment with us today, or whenever you are having pool issues. We’re here to help!