Although fun, pools can easily become problematic as they present a near perfect breeding environment for potentially harmful bacteria and other pathogens. Pool owners should follow some simple yet vital steps to ensure that their pools are safe amenities for relaxation and recreation.
While a pool filter is a vital component of keeping pools safe, applying chemical treatments is the most important task you can do to keep your pool water free from harm. The quality and quantity of the chemicals matter and should be considered when deciding what product to use to clean a pool.
Common Chemicals Used for Pool Cleaning
Disinfecting agents, like chlorine or bromide, are commonly used to clean pools. Chlorine comes in either a solid (calcium hypochlorite) or a liquid (sodium hypochlorite) form. When these interact with the water, hypochlorous acid forms, which kills the cells of harmful pathogens. Bromide is less common than chlorine, but it is equally effective.
These chemicals should be applied through a feeder just after the filtering process is completed. Otherwise, they could become concentrated in a single area of the pool and thus become less effective.
The Effects of Poorly-Balanced Chemicals
Poorly-balanced chemicals can cause eye and skin irritation. The wrong chemicals or ratio of chemicals can also lead to cloudy water and damage to pool materials.
Hypochlorous acid degrades when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays or when encountering certain other chemicals, such as ammonia, which is found in urine. While cyanuric acid is usually added to chlorine to act as a stabilizing agent, this does not prevent chloramines from forming when ammonia and hypochlorous acid interact.
Chloramines are the cause of skin and eye irritation and the unpleasant, strong chemical odor that is falsely associated with too much chlorine. In fact, if these problems present themselves, it is usually because there is too little chlorine – in the form of hypochlorous acid – rather than too much.
Chloramine formation also affects the pH balance in the pool. To resolve this problem, pool professionals must shock treat the pool by flushing out any organic compounds or other unwanted chemical compounds with an unusually strong application of chemicals.
Contact a knowledgeable pool cleaning company to ensure protection from bacterial agents. A balanced ratio of chemical compounds and cleaning devices will maintain the stability and healthy environment of your backyard or community pool. Blue Chip Pool Service offers maintenance, repair, and debris removal. Contact us online, or at 561-907-4862 and get your first cleaning free!