Swimming pool chemicals are one of the most important elements to maintaining a healthy pool. Cleaning by the filtration and skimming systems can only do so much. Swimming pool chemicals help keep your pool cleaner and can even make your equipment last longer, protecting the investment you made when you installed your pool.
There are various types of swimming pool chemicals, and they are all important for the health of your pool’s water and the health of the people swimming in your pool. You should test the water in your pool about once a week and add chemicals as needed.
- First, you will need to balance the water’s pH, calcium hardness and total alkalinity. Not only does this reduce contaminants and pathogens, but it also reduces corrosion and protects your pool.
- Second, you need to make sure your pool has sufficient levels of sanitizing chemicals like chlorine or bromine to prevent accumulation of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
- Third, you will get rid of any buildup of organic waste by periodically shocking your pool. Chlorine is often used for this process, but there are also chlorine-free options available.
- Finally, you will need to add clarifying agents to fully cleanse your pool’s water and control the growth of algae in your water.
If you are new to pool maintenance, this may all feel a little overwhelming at first, but it will quickly become routine. Your weekly pool test will tell you exactly what to add. You can always contact a pool professional for advice, as well. Keep your pool enjoyable all summer long by maintaining the chemical balance.