What Kind of Swimming Pool Chemicals Do I Need?

The most intimidating part of swimming pool ownership is usually dealing with the chemistry of it all. Don’t fret! Maintaining your pool does not have to be complicated. Here are a few of the basic swimming pool chemicals you will need to keep your pool running.

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  • Chlorine, Bromine, or Biguanide – These chemicals are all sanitizers, one of the most important chemicals for your pool. They keep your water clear of bacteria, algae, and other gross contaminants. Chlorine probably sounds the most familiar to you because it is the most common due to the low cost and efficiency. Bromine is a little more expensive, but the product will last longer. Biguanide is the most expensive and is a preservative-free option that’s gentler on skin and hair.
  • pH Increaser and Decreaser – Keeping the pH levels balanced in your pool is important for the health of your swimmers. Foreign debris, such as leaves, twigs, or rain can impact the levels, so you will have to continuously check and adjust your swimming pool chemicals to optimize the pH level. An Alkalinity increaser can help keep the pH balance from drastically changing, so have some of that on hand as well.
  • Calcium Hypochlorite– Also known as “shocking”, you’ll need to regularly add a high dose of sanitizer to keep algae and bacteria at bay. If your child has an accident in the pool, that is also a time you should use Calcium Hypochlorite.

If you are new to using swimming pool chemicals, contact us at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc.! We can provide the products you need, or even schedule pool maintenance. We can’t wait to work with you!