If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your back garden, you are one of only a small percentage of homeowners that do so in the UK. For this reason it’s no surprise that few UK residents have any clue in relation to swimming pool chemicals – with most having to source external companies to maintain their pool for them. Unfortunately, balancing a pool’s chemicals is certainly no easy task although it’s also not one that should require outside assistance.
For this reason, we’ve put together this brief guide that aims to help the small percentage of home swimming pool owners in the UK who are aiming to maintain their pool all by themselves. We’ll now take a look at all of the chemicals that are required to treat a pool, with all of them available from Primary Sanitizer and Sanitizer The primary sanitizer is probably known by most people in the country, with that familiar chemical chlorine being regularly used.
You will usually be presented with three options to purchase chlorine in, with the chemical available as a liquid, in granular form or as a tablet. With most pool owners desperate to get the maintenance done as quickly as possible, we’d always advise you to purchase the liquid form which can be immediately added to the pool without any need to dissolve anything.
Bromine is another common option although with this chemical requiring an automatic feeder to regulate the insertion, we’d tend to recommend chlorine to keep things simple and again more efficient. As well as the primary sanitizer, you will also have to use another sanitizer to prolong the life of either the chlorine or bromine. While it’s possible to buy a primary sanitizer and sanitizer together, if this option is not available to you a chemical such as cyanuric acid should work effectively.
Shock Treatment one of the most frequent maintenance tasks is to shock the pool – although contrary to popular belief this does not involve any form of electrical impulse. Instead, it revolves around specific pool shock chemicals, which are designed to break down any contamination and disinfect the water of the polyp Balancing Chemicals Something else that needs to be performed regularly is pH monitoring.
Most people will have been in that unfortunate position where the swimming pool has caused some sort of skin irritation, with this most likely because the water was too acidic or too alkaline. This can also cause long-term damage to any equipment that is used in the pools.
Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on the pH levels to make sure that they correlate with what the sanitizer’s are designed to function adequately in. Algaecides Fortunately, algae growth isn’t too common in pools in the UK with above maintenance tips usually sufficient to deter it.Nevertheless, some pool owners do like to be extra cautious and will purchase algaecides which will prevent the growth of any unwanted algae substances.