Choosing the right pool chemicals is an important part of proper pool ownership. Keeping algae and bacteria from growing in pool water will ensure a safe and clean swimming environment for all bathers. Choosing which chemicals and at what frequency to use them is a skill developed by pool owners over time through experience and practice. There are a handful of supplies that are found in every owner’s supply kit, and a few optional choices that will rely heavily on preference.
Pool Chemical Needs and Requirements
Chemicals are the main line of defence for preventing unwanted bacteria, mold, and algae from growing in a pool’s water supply, filters, and pumps. These bacteria can be particularly harmful if they come in contact with swimmers, especially in the ears, mouth, and eyes where they can cause infection if unattended. To prevent this possibility, a solution of chlorine- or bromine-based additives are introduced into the water to kill off existing bacteria and discourage growth of new colonies. These chemicals also combat new agents introduced from the skin and clothing of bathers as they enter the water.
Types of Chemicals
Chlorine is an additive in modern pool water. It is a bleach derivative that acts quickly and efficiently against most types of contaminants. Due to its concentration and potential irritation, some pool owners shy away from frequent chlorine use. They try to balance its effectiveness with the desired comfort level of the swimmer. Some people will find themselves particularly affected by chlorine, while others will notice no major interactions whatsoever.
Bromine is a common alternative to chlorine. It interacts with the hydrogen in water to form bromides, which do not break down as quickly as chlorine. Due to its longer-lasting presence, bromine is not used up as quickly as chlorine and can last longer at peak effectiveness between treatments. Generally bromine is a more expensive than chlorine, but it’s frequently used by swimmers known to be irritated by chlorine.
Shock treatment (concentrated Chlorine) is a chemical component added to the pool water when other additives are not strong enough to provide the desired protection. Generally, shock will be applied when a pool is first used after a long period of disuse, or during peak use when traffic is heavy. At these times the heavier concentrations (still chlorine- or bromide-based) are introduced to combat the greater presence of contaminants. Shock is also used when a particularly stubborn algae colony has taken hold in the pool environment to help dissipate the problem.
PH balance is extremely important in an aquatic environment. Killing bacteria makes water safer to bathe in but it also upsets the pH balance, which can have adverse effects as well. To keep the pool water comfortable and pleasant for recreational use, pH balancers are often used to regulate the chemical consistency of the water.
There are three types of filters that are used to keep pool systems free of excess debris. Filters work by utilising pumps that pass the water through a type of sieve. Larger pieces of contaminating material are caught in the filter, while the water passes through unaffected. Sand, fibre and DE (diatomaceous earth) varieties each trap and contain different-size particles due to their own main filtration substance. Which filter to choose will rely heavily on price and desired filtration needs.
Not a cleaning supply per se, covers are a preventive care item that ensures outside debris will not fall into the pool water once it has been sanitised. Furthermore, pool covers help regulate water temperature by trapping heat from sunlight and warming the pool. Covers are an investment that helps offset the cost of constant treatments by preventing the issue beforehand.
How to Buy Pool Cleaning Supplies on eBay
Pool cleaning supplies can be purchased on eBay by navigating to the Home and Garden section and choosing Outdoor Living. Entering the search term “pool cleaning supplies” or searching for any of the chemicals by name, such as chlorine tablets or bromine additive will produce a list of relevant results. Once found a listing that suits the needs of the pool owner, can be bid on or chosen with the pay now option. It is important to check the seller’s feedback scores and review every listing thoroughly before purchase to ensure the proper product is being bought and in the condition (new, used, etc.) that is expected.
Pool supplies are a necessity for pool ownership. It does not take long for potentially harmful bacteria to take hold in an untreated pool system. Costly repairs to filters and liners can result if algae or molds are allowed to propagate. As well, the health and safety of bathers in the pool is dependent on proper maintenance. With a little effort and the right supplies, very little upkeep is necessary to maintain a comfortable, sanitary pool environment for the entire season.