Keeping the pH level of your swimming pool water balanced and clear is an important part of every pool maintenance routine. It’s also a drag to deal with when you could be having fun swimming! Chlorine is your go-to chemical to try to remedy an imbalance, but distribution choices vary.
Today we are going to explore different equipment to hold chlorine tabs in your pool. We will focus on skimmer baskets and automatic chlorinators. Depending on the type of pool you own you may find one option more convenient than the other.
Chlorine tabs, also called pucks or tablets, are discs you add to a floating chlorine dispenser, skimmer basket or automatic chlorinator. They come in 1 and 3-inch sizes. The chemicals include calcium hypochlorite and cyanuric acid. When placed in water the chlorine tab dissolves it becomes a light acid which sanitizes your pool water and surfaces.
It’s important always to place chlorine tabs in a container. Tablets will stain plaster and damage vinyl or fiberglass pools if not contained. They can also harm skin. Protect your swimmers by keeping tablets in a container, not free-floating through your pool.
If you do use a chlorine floater, remove it carefully while swimming, to prevent it from capsizing, or being used as a pool toy. Tying off a floater in the deep end, using a length of string will help keep it from ‘floating’ around too much and also protect the pool wall from staining.
Use caution when handling chlorine products and avoid breathing chlorine fumes. Refilling an automatic pool chlorinator starts with turning off the pool pump at the circuit breaker.
Turn the pool chlorinator control valve on the feeder to the OFF position, wait one minute to allow water and fumes to drain from the feeder and remove the pool chlorinator feeder cap. Be careful not to stand above the feeder. You do not want to inhale the chlorine fumes rising from the open feeder.
Add tablets according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to recharge the pool chlorinator feeder. Lubricate the O-ring with a silicone lubricant and replace the pool chlorinator cap and tighten by hand. After you turn the chlorinator back on, you can reset the control valve dial to the level required to maintain 1-3 ppm of free and available chlorine in your pool. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations for the settings as compared to your pool use and weather conditions.
Every time you recharge the feeder take time to inspect the lines for kinks or wear. You may need to replace the line as often as once a year. Incorporating checking for leaks around your pool pump at the same time is a great way to ensure your equipment is running efficiently year-round.
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