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Before you jump into your pool this summer, it is essential that you test your water to ensure it is balanced and clean. Failing to do this can result in bacteria and algae growth, which has detrimental effects on your health.

The traditional method of sanitising your pool is through using chlorine but did you know that putting too much chlorine in your pool is also equally bad? Exposure to too much chlorine can provoke asthma, and lung, skin and eye irritation. Maintain a good balance with a chlorinator cell.

How does a chlorinator cell work?

The chlorinator uses electrolysis in the presence of dissolved water to produce hypochlorous acid and sodium hypoclorite - these are the sanitising agents used in swimming pools.

How to maintain your pool water

The first thing you need to do is test the water levels. Buy a simple water testing kit and test the pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness. You should take these water samples just under a metre below the water's surface. If you not are satisfied with the levels, try adding more or less chlorine. Remember that the type of chlorine you use will depend on the size of your pool. If you find that you have too much chlorine in your pool, you can take the cover off and let the ultraviolet rays from the sun destroy chlorine.

There are other things you can do to ensure you do not have excess chlorine, such as replacing some of the existing pool water. However, this may not be the quickest or the most affordable option.

Do-it-yourself swimming pool care is simple, so there's no need to call the pool boy. Buy your chlorinator online on eBay and ensure the health of your pool-goers is looked after. For morepool cleaning toolssuch aspool vacuums¸ covers, and more, don't look past eBay for your needs.

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