Non Chlorine Shock

By · Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Non Chlorine Shock

Vacations should be fun and relaxing. It's a nice return from vacation and jumping into the pool to cool off after hours on the road. But what if you walking in your backyard, only to find that his bright blue pool is now a dark, algae-infested swamp? Here is how to prevent this from happening to you this summer.

First, do not rely on friends or neighbors. They only know how! Especially if you do not own a pool. And the odds are that going to forget.

If the pool is not already operating in a timer, get one. That's the biggest time savings can have. Having the performance reserve 12 hours a day, every day. If you do not have a timer and can not get one before going on holiday, going to the pool are continually 24-7. The little extra they spend on electricity will be well worth it.

Make sure the water is in good balance. The parameters of better balance the pool water are: pH 7.4 to 7.6, total alkalinity 100 to 140 ppm, calcium hardness about 200 – 250 ppm. If the water balance is properly adjusted before your holiday, you should not have to worry from slipping too far, even if you and your family have gone for up to 2 weeks.

The day before departure to thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool. Brush, vacuum and clean all surfaces of the pool. Backwash sand filter or rinse the cartridge or DE (diatomaceous filter networks). Do not forget to reload DE filter for proper operation. Make sure you have added some slow dissolving chlorine tablets or sticks in the skimmer or automatic chlorinator. If you normally granulated chlorine used to disinfect your pool, consider using products dissolve slowly in the pool skimmer otherwise be out of your pool chlorine and fight bacteria and algae protection. Figure on using about a pound of slow release chlorine by about 10,000 gallons or any part thereof (ie, a pool of 14,000 must use a full 2 pounds more than 1.4 pounds) for every 5 days to be on the safe side.

Just before leaving, add a double dose of chlorine to pool water and a double dose of good quality algaecide. Try to stay away from the types of algaecides gallon, are too thin for anything. Find and use an algaecide that has at least 40% or more active ingredients. Copper-based algaecides are good to treat algae problems, but not the best when used as a preventive product.

Pools are treated with bromine products such as BioGuard Soft Swim or Baquacil should follow the routine water balance above and then finish the level disinfectant 40 – 50 ppm, add additional hydrogen peroxide shock (Shock Baqua or Soft Swim "C") so that the level is "high" on the test strip, and add a double dose of algicide biguanide system.

If you normally use a solar blanket, remove it from the pool or at least properly and chemically clean to fund the solar blanket. Many problems of the pool water quality are the result of algae and bacteria bio-film "ever on the side of the solar water blanket. You do not even know they are there until you feel some mud. That's all it takes to start a pool problem that could be a major disaster and clean on his return from a wonderful holiday.

One last thing to consider before going on holiday, if not already using a borate-based product in your pool, as BioGuard Optimizer Plus or Proteam Supreme, use it. Borates are large algae avoiding chemicals. When used at appropriate levels in the pool (about 40 to 60 ppm of chlorine or bromine treated pools and 50 to 80 ppm in biguanide treated pools), blooms of algae are virtually eliminated. Borates also joined the buffering capacity of water so that pH and total alkalinity are not as affected by large amounts of rain or other concessions above water in the pool. The owners of pools and Swimmers also find that your skin, eyes and hair feel better in the pool water containing borates (ophthalmologists use eye washes containing borate).

Enjoy your holiday and return home with a nice blue clean, bright, sparkling pool!

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