Everyone knows that chlorine is used to keep pool water clean, but not everyone knows how it sanitises your pool – or why you need to put in just the right amount.
Chlorine kills bacteria through a process called oxidisation – the chlorine attacks and breaks down the enzymes and cell structures of the bacteria, rendering them harmless to us when we decide to take a dip in the pool.
However, there can be too much or too little chlorine.
Adding too much chlorine to pool water can seriously affect your pool’s chemistry.
Too much unstabilised granular chlorine raises your water pH level, causing it to become more alkaline. This can wreak havoc on your pool’s equipment and surfaces because it causes them become scaly; it also makes the water cloudy.
On the flip side, if there is not enough chlorine in the pool, harmful bacteria and algae will remain in the water, and they’ll multiply.
How much chlorine your pool needs depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- Water volume and weather conditions
- How often the pool is used
- The amount of debris (like leaves and refuse) that gets in your pool
- The pump and filtration system you use
For some pool owners, it can seem as if their pool never has enough chlorine, or that their chlorine is just not working. This is often because the sun dissipates certain types of chlorine. Unless you have an indoor pool or have a pool cover to prevent this, it would be best to add chlorine to your pool in the evening.
Depending on the season, you’ll also need to use different amounts. If you are unsure how much chlorine you should be adding to your pool, pop into your nearest The Pool Team store and chat to one of our friendly experts.
Once you know just how much you need, measure it out and simply add the chlorine to your weir/skimmer and set your pool pump to filter. Take off the deck lid of the skimmer/weir and pour the right amount of chlorine in. Pour it in slowly so that you don’t make a mess. Once you put the cover back on, you are good to go.
Direct contact with concentrated chlorine granules is harmful – make sure you either wear gloves or wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling it.
The Aqua Pro Chlorine Professional Range is made using high-quality chemicals: this granular, premium concentrate product sanitises and clarifies swimming pool water – leaving it clean and safe to swim in.
It is available in 4kg or 10kg to make sure that your pool stays sanitised for longer.
To find out more, contact a friendly expert at The Pool Team or pop into your nearest store.