How Do I Put Chlorine Tablets Into My Pool

clock July 7, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Many pool sanitizer options are now available for your swimming pool. If your choice is chlorine tablets or chlorine sticks, what is the best way to get the product in the water? Chlorine tablets are usually available in 1” or 3” size. The stick is normally a 3” in diameter but much longer than the tablet.

You might think you would put them into your skimmer or use a floater. If you place them into your skimmer, chlorine residue could cause your liner to turn white in front of your skimmer. It can also damage the skimmer itself, your pump, your filter, and your plumbing lines. You also have no way to control the amount of chlorine going in your pool. The floater is a better choice. By using the floater, you may want to use the 1” size tablets. Since you do not have water rapidly going over the tablets to dissolve them, the 1” size would be better.

By trying to place them inside your pumps strainer basket, you could be doing harm to your equipment and still have no way to control the amount of chlorine getting into your pool. You have to estimate how many tablets or sticks to put in the basket. They would dissolve quickly and now your pool will have too high a chlorine reading.

The best way to use chlorine tablets or sticks, is with an Automatic Chlorinator. This unit would be installed in the pool return liner. If you have a pool heater, it should be installed after the heater. The chlorinator has a control value that you can regulate the proper amount of chlorine getting into your pool and you are not harming your liner or pool equipment.



Chlorine

clock July 6, 2016 10:00 by author medallionpools |

This is still one of the most commonly used disinfectants in a swimming pool. Several types of Chlorine Compounds are available.

1. Unstabilized Chlorine

A. Calcium Hypochlorite- granular and will not dissolve completely in water. Will tend to leave a lot of residue in the bottom of your pool.

B. This chemical will need to be put into your pool.

C. Stabilizer will also have to be added to extend the life of your chlorine.

2. Stabilized Chlorine

A. Tri-chlor- This is the solid form of chlorine and could be either chlorine tablets ( 3” or 1” ), or chlorine sticks.

B. Di-chlor- this is in granular form and is slow dissolving.

C. This product line has stabilizer built into it.

D. If you use a floater with chlorine tablets, you may need to add some stabilizer because the tablets will not dissolve quickly enough.

Chlorine is susceptible to rapid decomposition from the sun’s ultra-violet rays. In order to improve the effectiveness of chlorine and reduce its loss, the stabilizer or Cyanuric acid level will need to be maintained above 40 PPM. The Free chlorine level of your pool water is what is the most important. That level should be maintained between 1.0 – 2.0 PPM. Your pool could have a chlorine reading and still have algae because the free chlorine level is too low.



Factors Affecting Quality Of Pool Water

clock June 21, 2016 09:00 by author medallionpools |

Here is a list and short descriptions of factors that can affect the quality of your pool water. Please note that all of the information below is generic and will not apply exactly the same way to all pools. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your local pool professional.

BATHING LOAD- The more people that use your pool, the more disinfectant that you will need to control Algae and to properly sanitize your pool.

SUNLIGHT- The warmer the weather, the faster you will lose the residual disinfectant needed in the pool to control bacteria. You can make the residual last longer by maintaining the proper stabilizer level.

WATER TEMPERATURE- most pool chemicals will not last as long in your pool as the water gets warmer. The acceleration is even greater when the water temperature gets above 85 degrees.

WIND & RAIN- When you experience periods of wind & rain, these conditions will carry dust, bacteria and even algae spores into your pool. These items will overwork your current chemicals reducing their ability to properly sanitize your pool.

PH- When the PH level of your water rises, the ability of your pool water to disinfect bacteria will decrease. You need to maintain the PH level in the 7.2-7.6 range.

TOTAL ALKALINITY- When Alkalinity level is below 80 PPM, this will affect the PH level and could cause staining in a plaster pool or result in possible algae growth. When the alkalinity level is too high, above 130 PPM, this could cause cloudy water and scaling.



Swimming Pool Chemical Safety Tips

clock May 26, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

When using any chemical products always read the labels carefully and follow directions precisely. Chemicals protect you when they are used correctly in your pool or spa. Here are some generic safety precautions, but please always read and follow the label directions.

1. Use exact quantities specified, not more. Do not overdose.

2. Don’t mix chemicals together unless the directions say it is ok. Add products separately if instructions do not say ok to mix.

3. Don’t add water to chemicals. Add chemicals to water.

4. Handle all chemicals, liquid or dry, with care. Store products in a cool, dry, well- ventilated area.

5. Always keep chemical containers closed when not in use.

6. For products requiring measuring, use a clean, plastic scoop (or scoop provided in container). Do not interchange scoop or place wet scoop in any chemical containers.

7. A responsible person should handle pool chemicals. Keep out of reach of children.

 

8. Don’t inhale fumes or let chemicals come in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or skin.

9. In case of contact or if chemical is swallowed, follow emergency advice on product label and call doctor or local poison control center.

10. Don’t allow chemicals to stand on grass or landscaping.

11. Don’t smoke around chemicals.

12. Many chemicals such as chlorine are corrosive and should not be stored near metal products like bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc.