The power of chlorine in your pool
You look forward to it all day long; after a tiring working day, it is high time to take a refreshing dip in your above ground pool. You want fresh bathing water and not to be buried with sand and leaves. Below you will find out how to keep your swimming pool water in perfect condition with chlorine and which type of chlorine is best for your outdoor pool.
Let’s start at the beginning. Spring is coming and it is time to set up your outdoor pool. It takes time, but finally the pool is completely filled with water. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before the first leaf lands on the fresh pool water. The first grains of sand and blades of grass are also not far behind. And how about all those creams on your skin. All this ensures that bacteria get into your pool. These can be harmless bacteria, but there are also bacteria that can make you sick. It is important to disinfect your swimming water to prevent these bacteria from living in your swimming water. Disinfection is best done with chlorine!
Check the chlorine level
Before you actually put chlorine in the pool, it is important to ensure that your pool water actually needs it. You can check the current chlorine level with a chlorine test set or chlorine test strips. Or measure it with a chlorine meter. The packaging on a chlorine test set will indicate what the perfect chlorine level should be. If your current chlorine level deviates from this, you can bring the level back up by adding chlorine if necessary.
Chlorine in different forms
Chlorine comes in different forms. Usually, chlorine is added as chlorine tablets. But you can also choose liquid chlorine, chlorine granules or chlorine powders. What is important to know is that some chlorine products dissolve quickly and others more slowly. We recommend waiting at least 7 hours. In addition, there are products, such as chlorine tablets that have to be placed in the pool water via a chlorine dispenser. This ensures that the chlorine is evenly released into the water. Perhaps it is still relevant to know that there are two types of chlorine: inorganic chlorine and organic chlorine. Inorganic chlorine should be used in swimming pools with automatic disinfection and should only be used with soft water. Organic chlorine can be used in all water types. It does not matter whether your water is soft or hard. In addition, this type is easier to use. Products such as chlorine tablets, chlorine granules and chlorine powders are organic.
You may have heard of a chlorine shock, but it is important to be aware of what it is and when you use it. You use a chlorine shock if you want to quickly increase the chlorine level of your above ground pool. For example, you want to get the green swimming pool water clear again. So, you need to kill bacteria that can withstand normal amounts of chlorine. A chlorine shock is available in a powder form. You first mix it in a bucket with pool water or warm water. For every 1000 litres (1m3) of water you need to add 10cc chlorine shock. To maintain the chlorine value of your swimming pool water, you can continue to use chlorine tablets. When you buy a chlorine product, there is always a handy dosing schedule. Using the schedule, you know exactly how much chlorine you can add to your swimming pool water. This enhances the fun and prevents irritated eyes.
There are also other ways to keep your pool clean. Namely by placing a SunnyTent over your outdoor pool. This pool dome ensures that the water remains clean, and the water also heats up faster! It’s a win-win situation!