Pool Chemistry on Sep30 2010

by Alan | Print the article |

Living in the sunny, sweaty weather of Florida, you find that maintaining a hygienic and healthy pool both visually and biologically is quite difficult. But it is also necessary, so that pool users do not develop diseases or physical irritations. The water in a swimming pool has many variables which need to be controlled to maintain a good pool. In Florida, though, there are a number of places willing to help you control pool chemicals in a professional manner.

Variables that need to be controlled are pH, chlorine, bromide, sand (seaside Florida’s major nemesis), iron, hard water chemicals, algaecide, and others. The pH level controls the algal and bacterial growth and the corrosion of the metals. An optimum pH between 7.2 – 7.8 should be maintained. Chlorine is useful for maintaining the pH of the water and reducing algal growth. If you increase the chlorine in the water too much, though, it leads to irritation of eyes and skin. Algaecide is used to kill algae. A high amount of algaecide causes bubbles to form in the water. Using hard water in swimming pools lead to calcium carbonate deposit on the walls of the pool, so that’s another consideration.

The presence of iron in the water will cause patches to develop on the tiles and leads to increased algal growth. The presence of copper and iodine in the water leads to a reaction with the already-present chlorine, causing the color of the water to turn red or blue. The presence of organic matter and cutting the fresh water supply can alter the optimum levels of chemicals and increase the number of bacteria in the water. Besides spending hours maintaining these chemicals, safety pool covers can greatly help in maintaining the visual and biological characteristics of the water. They can reduce water evaporation and help you to avoid the accumulation of degradable debris.

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