Chlorine is an important sanitizer for your swimming pool. It sanitizes the water and acts as a residual sanitizer. There are three main types of chlorine: dilute, trihydrate, and monochloride. All three are effective at killing microbial pathogens, though they sanitize the water differently. However, chlorine is a more effective sanitizer for your pool if the free chlorine level is low.
Chlorine is not the only sanitizer available for swimming pools. You also need a sanitizer that can neutralize harmful substances in the water. The most common type of chlorine is tri-chloride. The chemical tri-chloride works as a sanitizer for pools and spas. In addition to tri-chloride, you can also use calcium hypochlorite for your pool. Bromine is more expensive, but it is an effective sanitizer that is also safe for swimming.
Cloudy water is another symptom of low free chlorine. A lack of free chlorine is the most likely cause. You can try a chlorine shock to boost the chlorine level. If the problem is filtration, it’s likely that your filter is dirty. You may also try backwashing your filter to clear the clogged filter. Ultimately, your problem may be with your chemicals or your filter. But if you’re not sure how to fix the problem, you can hire a pool service company to do the job.
pH is another important metric to monitor the health of your swimming pool. The ideal pH level is around 7.2 to 7.4, depending on the temperature and sanitizers you use. For a pool made of plaster, the pH level should be closer to eight or nine than sixty degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to note that higher alkalinity can corrode the pool surface, so use caution. If the pH level is too high, the water can become cloudy and cause scale deposits.
Total alkalinity is another metric to monitor the water quality of your pool. A good TA level in your pool water is 90-120 ppm. However, if it’s too high or too low, it can cause your pH levels to fluctuate and cause problems with your swimming pool. If you don’t maintain the pH level, you’ll run the risk of algae growth and burns. Alternatively, you could simply add some muriatic acid or sodium bisulphate to the water to make it more neutral.
Another common problem with low calcium hardness is the formation of scale on the pool’s surface. Calcium hardness is the main culprit in pool plaster scaling. This unsightly scale forms on the surface of the pool. It also clogs filters, pipes, and heaters. Maintaining the right water parameters will prolong the life of your pool. If you’re concerned about high TDS, contact a local pool maintenance professional and get a digital analysis of your pool’s water.
Algaecide is not a perfect solution and is only useful if you’re dealing with a small infestation of algae. A full infestation can require large amounts of the chemical, and the best results are not guaranteed. Some algaecides may also cause water to foam or deposit copper metal in the pool water. A water clarifier can be used to clear the water of the debris and bacteria. This is an inexpensive way to make your swimming pool healthy.