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Understanding Chlorine

The pool is the focal point of the backyard.This is where understanding chlorine falls into place and this is where all the activity takes place during warm weather. Keeping the pool clean will allow it to shine. Pool cleaning involves chemicals that can be hazardous if used incorrectly. The proper amounts of pool chemicals are needed to keep the proper chlorine, pH, acidity, base, calcium and cyanuric acid levels.

Chlorine is one of the most important pool cleaning chemicals. Chlorine when added to pool water, breaks down into different chemicals; hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion. The purpose of these chemicals is to break down microorganisms and bacteria that are potentially hazardous to humans. One of the chemicals breaks down bad bacteria instantaneously, the other can take up to 30 minutes. If the pH level of the pool is too high when the chlorine is added, the breakdown of microorganisms and bacteria will take much longer. On the other hand, sunlight can speed up the reactions of chlorine. If this is the case, more chlorine should be added.

Understandably, the positive bacteria-killing properties of chlorine make it the ideal a pool cleaner. It is important to know that chlorine can be hazardous to people if used incorrectly. Chlorine should never be added while people are in the pool. Swimmers should also wait up to an hour for chlorine to break down completely. The noxious gas can also make it hard to breathe if too much is used.

Pool cleaning in Knoxville has never been easier. Sparkle Pools can take care of all your pool cleaning needs on a one time, or weekly basis. Give us a call today and allow us to take over your pool maintenance!

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