Chemicals

Every pool requires chemicals and an accurate water balance for ideal swimming conditions. If pool chemicals are not correctly maintained, it can lead to swimmer discomfort and poor appearance. Common chemicals used to balance a Read more Every pool requires chemicals and an accurate water balance for ideal swimming conditions. If pool chemicals are not correctly maintained, it can lead to swimmer discomfort and poor appearance. Common chemicals used to balance a pool are chlorine, acid, stabiliser, buffer and hardness raiser. These products will have a variety of names within the pool industry but all do the same job for each respective chemical they represent.

Chlorine and acid are the main two chemicals that do most of the heavy lifting with maintaining pool balance. From there, stabiliser (UV blockout, sunscreen, cyanuric acid) helps stop the chlorine from being evaporated by sunlight and oxygen, retaining the chlorine within the pool water. If too much UV blockout is added to the pool, you can get a chlorine lock, which means the chlorine is saturated and ineffective. The only way to resolve this is to drain a percent of the water and refill.

Buffer (alkalinity up, sodium bicarbonate) is used to maintain a steady pH level and stop pH from fluctuating. Hardness raiser (calcium up, hardness, calcium chloride) is added to the pool to maintain saturation within the water, protecting equipment and the pool structure. There is a common misconception that when calcium deposits form on the walls of pools, there is too much calcium hardness within the water. This is actually incorrect. It occurs when there is not enough and the water is deemed ‘aggressive’, pulling the calcium out of the concrete walls and leaching it into the pool water.

There are also other speciality chemicals available, such as algaecides, clarifiers, flocculant, lithium, stain removers and shock treatments. Mr Pool Man stocks all these chemicals needed to balance any type of pool water.