Pool Tip of the Day – Using A Lot More Chlorine Lately?
Good morning Gateway and surrounding areas!
Today I’d like to talk about increased chlorine consumption in your pool.
During the summer months, the three biggest culprits of chlorine consumption are rain washout, the sun’s UV rays, and bathers in the pool. One way to protect your pool’s chlorine is to check your stabilizer level, also called Cyanuric Acid (CYA). The stabilizer forms a weak molecular bond with free chlorine molecules and acts as “sunscreen” for the chlorine. This will help maintain the level of chlorine through the hot and sunny Florida days and keeps your pool’s disinfectant levels more stable throughout the week.
A balanced amount of stabilizer in your pool should measure between 40 ppm and 80 ppm. If this is achieved and maintained, you will see a reduction in chlorine use!
Most mid-level test kits found at your local pool store have the ability to measure your cyanuric acid levels.
If your stabilizer level is low in your pool, you can also purchase it at your local pool supply store. Follow the instructions found on the product packaging to adjust your stabilizer level up to the desired concentration. Pour small amounts under your skimmer basket and run your pump for a minimum of 8 hours after. This will dissolve all of the stabilizer into the water and prevent acid “hot spots” in your pool that can potentially cause damage and discoloration. Also, keep in mind if the stabilizer level is too high, some water will need to be drained from your pool and replaced with fresh water from your home’s water supply.
Questions or comments?
Give me a call or send me an email.
We would be happy to work with our Gateway neighbors and surrounding areas to help in any way possible.
Sincerely your neighborhood Pool Professional in Magnolia Lakes,
Advantage Pool Services, Inc.