When it comes to pool chemicals, oftentimes it’s easy to get confused like flashes back to high school class where a teacher discussed acidity, pH, and other such terms. But with Blue Water Pool Chemical Co. on your side, it doesn’t have to be difficult. To help you learn, here is a list of several of the most common pool chemical categories needed to maintain clear, bright and beautiful water for all to enjoy:
In this category, you can find pH Increasers like Sodium Carbonate and Soda Ash, pH Decreasers like Sodium Bisulfate and their companions, Alkalinity Increasers including Sodium Bicarbonate and Baking Soda, as well as Alkalinity Decreasers including Muriatic Acid and Sodium Bisulfate. Last but not least, Calcium Hardness Increasers (Calcium Chloride). Each chemical in this category is responsible for pushing the balance of your water according to its needed chemistry.
This is by far, the most important category of pool chemicals as they are responsible for sanitizing water, controlling bacteria, and preventing algae growth. All critical components of maintaining water clarity. The most common ones include Chlorine, Bromine, Biguanide, and Ionization.
Next up, algaecides. These chemicals bring the extra force when it comes to battling algae. Most often used ones are Quaternary Ammonia, Polyquats, Metallic, Borates like Sodium Tetraborate and Borax, and Bromine Salts (Sodium Bromide).
Used to aid in sanitation, this category of chemicals works to control bacteria and algae growth by destroying organic compounds. Sodium Di-Chlor, Calcium-Hypochlorite, Lithium Hypochlorite, Sodium Hypochlorite, and Non-Chlorine Oxidizers like Monopersulfate, MPS and Potassium Peroxymonosulfate.
Last but not least, there are a few other supportive chemicals that can help maintain a clean and sparkling pool. These include Clarifiers, Metal Removers, Stain and Scale Inhibitors, and Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizers), all meant for specific tasks.
And there you have it, a primer of chemical categories essential for pool upkeep.