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Chlorine And Bromine

After your swimming pool water is balanced and stabilized, it is time to sanitize it with chlorine, bromine or with a clorinator. There are many types of chlorine and we will be glad to help you select the right type for your swimming pool. The two most popular methods are by using either chlorine of bromine. We would like to take a second and state that an automatic salt water chlorinator or alternative sanitizers have been found to be extremely effective. They will save you time, hassle and money in the long run and let you enjoy your pool more thoroughly as long as proper water is maintained. Our customers also greatly appreciate the soft, luxurious feeling of salt water without the harsh odor. This said, you can also elect to manually add your own chlorine or bromine to properly sanitize your swimming pool water effectively.

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Swimming Pool Chlorine

Our Premium stabilized chlorine features UV protection and is manufactured from only the highest quality EPA approved chlorine. These have been carefully selected to be some of the best products you can find. they dissolve completely and ensures proper chlorine dispersion. Compare our chlorine to brands like Pace®, Sun®, Guardex®, Leslie®, E-Z Chlor®, BioGuard®.




Swimming Pool Bromine

This powerful and effective sanitizer kills algae and bacteria. A great alternative to chlorine for use in swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Our Bromine is pH balanced, less harsh on eyes, skin, hair and swimwear and it does not produce harsh odors. Especially effective in higher temperatures since bromine is slow dissolving.




The most economical and convenient choice is Stabilized Chlorinating Tablets or Sticks. This type of chlorine is not affected as much by sunlight. Dispense Tablets or Sticks  by placing them in a chlorinator, a floating feeder or in a skimmer basket. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has determined that a level of 1.0 - 1.5 ppm (parts per million) of available chlorine at all times must be maintained for the swimming pool water to kill bacteria, algae and other micro-organisms. By using slow dissolving tablet you will be able to provide 24 hour sanitization to your swimming pool.

If you are just starting up your pool, you may need a bit higher concentrations of chlorine because of organics and contaminants before you started using chlorine. Be sure to use a test kit often during this time to determine the correct levels of chlorine has been reached.

A few of the factors that determine how much sanitization costs you will incur include Temperature, Bathing load, Rainfall and pH. The warmer the pool water the greater the use of chlorine. In fact, pool water 80°- 85° F will require twice the amounts of chlorine as pool water that is 60° - 65° F. The greater the bathing load and rainfall the more chlorine you will tend to use. Rainwater will also decrease pH levels and the lower the pH the higher the use of chlorine will be needed. Proper control of Total Alkalinity will prevent low pH and will greatly help save on chemical costs.

If you prefer to sanitize your pool by hand then Stabilized Chlorinating Granules is the proper choice. These are rapidly soluble in all water temperatures and provide the same 24 hour protection that you get from slow dissolving tablets or sticks.

Bromine is the preferred alternative to chlorine and is a great option for use in swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Bromine is less harsh on skin, eyes, hair and swim-wear and bromine usually produces less odor making it ideal for indoor swimming pools. The only problem with bromine is that is dissolves at a much slower rate compared to chlorine and so a dispenser or feeder must be used for effective bromine use. Bromine is especially effective at higher water temperatures so consider using bromine if you use a swimming pool heater.

Although Chlorine and Bromine both kill bacteria and harmful contaminants, they react to these contaminants in very different ways. The main difference worthy to note is that when chlorine comes in contact with bacteria or harmful organics, most of the chlorine is used up to kill these organics and will no longer serve to be useful in sanitizing your pool. This will be burned off when you apply the next Shock treatment to your pool water and will be removed by the filter. When Bromine comes in contact with organics they neutralize but still remain active. A shock treatment will burn off the harmful contaminants but still leave a portion of the bromine behind in the swimming pool. The result is that significantly less bromine is necessary to sanitize your pool over a long time.

Note: Although Bromine is less harsher on the skin and eyes and has less odors, people who are allergic to chlorine may still be allergic to bromine. Please refer to a physician about your allergies.

WARNING: Pool chemicals are dangerous and should be kept out of reach of children. Please be sure to read and refer to the product labels and use appropriately as per instructions to avoid adverse reactions.


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