Whether you are a pool novice or you have been a pool owner for years, you may not know what pool chlorine does for cleaning your pool. In this article, you are going to learn more about pool chlorine and how it cleans your pool.

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What is Pool Chlorine? How Does Pool Chlorine Clean Your Pool?

If you are like most people, you probably answered in your head that it is actual chlorine. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but it is not actual chlorine. You’ll either see the chemicals that are added to clean your pool in liquid form or compressed into tablet or granular form. You may or may not have heard of these pool chemicals.

  • Liquid – Sodium hypochlorite
  • Granular – Di-chlor
  • Stick/Tablet – Tri-chlor
  • Granular – Lithium hypochlorite
  • Granular or tablet – Calcium hypochlorite

While they all do include chlorine, after they have reacted with the water, the chemical compound HOC1 / HC10 cleans your pool water. It is not the pure chlorine.

Your pool chlorine also needs a stabilizer so that sunlight doesn’t take it out of the water. Most commonly you will have heard of the stabilizer cyanuric acid aka CYA.

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Pool Chlorine – What is the Chemical Process?

You start out with your pool water and your chlorine additive or salt if you have a salt chlorine generator. After pouring the additive into the water, the reaction creates hypochlorous acid which is the chemical compound that kills algae, bacteria and destroys dirt.

Performing Proper Pool Maintenance

When you have put your money into building or purchasing a pool, it is important that you properly maintain your pool to protect your investment. If you take proper care of your pool and do proper pool maintenance, you are going to have many years of fun ahead of you. On the other hand, if you neglect your pool, you are going to quickly find yourself experiencing challenges that can be rather pricey.

If you aren’t sure how to take care of your pool, you should contact a pool professional that will be able to help you set up a pool maintenance plan that will keep your pool looking beautiful and bright. Keeping your pool beautiful and clean is much easier than trying to do damage control after you have let your pool get out of hand.

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Some people are not ready to take on the task of pool maintenance and do not care to learn about pool chlorine and other things that are necessary to learn when you are the one that is taking care of the pool. If you do not want to learn these things, there are pool professionals in your area that will be glad to service your pool and help you keep it clean.

Once you have decided on a plan of action to keep your pool clean, you will be more at ease and know that your pool is going to be good to go for yet another season.

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