Chemicals used in swimming pools may include different types of disinfectants and sanitizers, which aim to limit the growth of particular types of algae and bacteria in swimming pool water. These chemicals can also be used on spas, whirlpools, spas, and wading pools.
There are different kinds of disinfectants and sanitizers used on pools; however, ‘chlorine’ type is the most common. Chlorine normally comes from “chlorinating compounds” that release chlorine after dissolving in water. Large pools can be maintained using chlorine gas.
To maintain safety and cleanliness of swimming pools, proper water chemistry must be observed. This process also helps pool owners save time and money in the long run. Here are some bad pool chemical combinations from Katchakid pool safety.
Bad Pool Chemical Combinations
Chlorine Shock + Algaecide
Chlorine shock can alter the chemical components used in most pool algaecides and in many cases, it can totally destroy the algaecide. You can utilize pool shock to eradicate algae and apply algaecide after the chlorine levels are normal.
Chlorine Shock + Sequester Agent
Chlorine shock can also alter scale and stain chemicals also known as sequestering compounds or chelators if they combine together. Apply stain and scale chemicals one day before or days after you shock a swimming pool.
Clarifier + Clarifier
If you put a lot of clarifier in your swimming pool, a certain phenomenon can happen. Instead of acting as a coagulant, the electron charge will reverse, leading to some formulas to act as a dispersant. Make sure to follow proper dosage instructions and wait 5 to 7 days after treating with clarifier again.
High Cyanuric Acid
Have you ever heard of a guy that added 15 pounds of cyanuric acid to his pool, which he thought was calcium? Putting excessive amounts of cyanuric acid can make proper sanitation hard. The only way out is dilution.
Chlorine Shock + High Metals
High metals combined with low pH levels can end with black streak and stains in your pool.
Make sure that your pools Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and pH levels are within the right range while adding a regular treatment of chelators like Metal Free or Stain away to maintain metals in solution.
Important Note: Make sure that your pool chemicals don’t come into contact with one another. A single drop of antifreeze, clarifier or algaecide combined with chlorine can result in a fire. Combining chlorine and acid can produce a poisonous gas. Combining various kinds of chlorine can explode if moisture is added. Chemical remains from a scoop or bucket container mixed with another chemical can lead to a reaction. Pool chlorine mixed with dirt, dust or any liquid can result in a volatile reaction.
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