When most people think of taking care of swimming pools, they assume just dumping chlorine from a jug into the pool and that’s it. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. The more is not the merrier in the case of chlorine amounts in the pool. Each week our pool service tech’s monitor for chorine levels to be high enough to sanitize the pool, yet low enough to not irritate anyone in the pool.
Regardless, the fact is chlorine is still harmful and the more information we receive on how our bodies, especially children’s bodies, are affected by chlorine, the more demand is put on more sophisticated ways to sanitize swimming pools.
We, at Tiki Pool Services, take pride in always thinking progressively in the world of pool maintenance. That’s why we want to showcase some examples of customers of ours in Boca Raton whom requested some alternative techniques to making their swimming pools a safer environment for their families.
But first, you’re going to read the term parts per million (ppm) which is the unit to measure the ratio of chlorine in the water. A pool safe to swim in shouldn’t be higher than 3ppm. To illustrate how quickly the ppm can change, a lot of pool service techs will over chlorinate their pools on the day of their visit, especially during the harsh Boca Raton summers. It isn’t uncommon for the pool’s chlorine level to shoot as high as 10ppm with the expectation of long hours of sun as well as bather load to drop the chlorine levels back to a 3ppm the following service visit.
Pool Enzyme Treatment
When we swim, oils from our hair, skin, makeup, and sun tan lotion get washed into the pool. Naturally, oil and water separate leaving a film of oil to float atop the surface of the water. As mentioned above, to prepare for all the impurities of the oil, most pool techs over-sanitize the pool. That’s where the use of enzymes comes in to play. Enzymes are used to break apart oil molecules. This allows you to use chlorine much more effectively as less is needed. For some of our customers in Boca Raton, we can confidently keep chlorine at about 2ppm consistently, alongside the use of enzymes.
Through the use of metals like silver and copper, we can treat pools with algaecides that do just as the name suggests. Kill algae. With the primary purpose of pool sanitation (keeping the pool free of algae) at bay, this leaves far less demand for chlorine in the swimming pool. Using this method requires very minimal chlorine, sometimes as little as 0.5 ppm. The one drawback to using algaecide as a primary algae defense mechanism is that the pool’s total dissolved solid level (TDS) increases along with the strong likelihood of staining to the pool’s finish. That’s why we’re upfront and honest in this treatment method and the potential pitfalls.
As the saying goes, “there are a million ways to skin a cat”. The same metaphor can be applied to pool sanitation. There are a handful of variations of chlorine, itself, (gaseous, liquid, dry). But more chlorine is not better. If you have a strong concern and value for your and your family’s well-being, we strongly recommend discussing one of these two methods with us.
If you live in Boca Raton and would like more information on these techniques or for a FREE pool service quote, call as at (561) 320-1899.