When it comes to chlorinating your swimming pool it is important to do it right. By adding chlorine to your pool, it works to protect against germs, bacteria, algae, and so forth. Chlorine needs to be replenished, which is why you must regularly chlorinate your pool. Using a liquid chlorine or SWG are the better options. These have the least side effects while effectively keeping your water sparkling clean.
In order to keep your pool properly chlorinated, you should be adding chlorine to 2-3 ppm of chlorine daily to your swimming pool. Lets take a closer look at the different ways you can do this.
Liquid Chlorine is the most common way to chlorinate your pool. It is particularly effective because you only add chlorine and trace amounts of salt to your pool, making it easier to balance pool chemistry. It works similarly to household bleach, except that it is much stronger.
A Salt Water Chlorine Generator or SWG can be installed in your swimming pools circulatory system. This electronically machine works to produce chlorine from the salt in your pool. This is certainly a costly investment, but pool owners rave that it is by far the most convenient way of sanitizing your pool.
Using Chlorine Pucks/Tablets (also known as Trichlor) is a choice method to ensuring the proper amount of chlorine to your pool because it is relatively hands-off. Adding your pucks or tablets to the water mean that they will slowly dissolve. The downside to this convenient method is that over time your CYA levels may build up, meaning eventually this method may prove ineffective as algae will begin to grow. This may also lower your PH levels, so it is important to regularly test your water.
Another convenient method for chlorinating your pool is Calcium Hypo. This is a powdered form of chlorine, which offers similar conveniences to chlorine pucks. There is one major downside to using this method over time, and that is that over 30% of the calcium released remains in your pool. This causes scaling and cloudy water.
Dichlor is often sold as Chlorine Granules or Shock. These granules dissolve quickly and are often used as a quick cleaning solution. Like with Trichlor, Dichlor will raise your CYA levels.
One of the more expensive forms of swimming pool chlorination (next to a SWG) is Lithium Hypo. This is a powdered form of chlorine, and doesnt add problematic additives to your water.
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