Is Stabilised Chlorine Right For Your Pool?
What is the difference between stabilised chlorine and non-stabilised chlorine? The main basic difference between stabilised and non-stability chlorine is how fast it evaporates when exposed to air. In water, a constant amount of chlorine would ensure its safety, but when exposed to air, non-stability chlorine is required for disinfection purposes. The best way to describe this difference is that non-stability chlorine is less environmentally safe than stabilised chlorine.
So, why is this important? Well, consider how easily chlorinated water can enter our bodies through inhalation, consumption, and skin absorption. Stabilised chlorine simply ensures pool users are kept safe from this danger by slowing down the speed at which chlorine evaporates into the swimming pool water. This feature is especially useful for those who swim or wade in the pool regularly.
How much should one expect to pay for chlorine? Well, this largely depends upon where you live as it is a highly competitive product. Stabilized calcium hypochlorite is commonly sold in combination with calcium nitrate. In California, you can buy 50 pounds of stabilised calcium hypochlorite for just $1.50 per pound.
Should I use chlorine in my pool?
Yes, you should! Studies show that over five million Americans regularly use chlorine to keep their pools clean. This chemical is used for a wide variety of reasons, but largely because it works just as well as regular chlorine for disinfection purposes.
Should I purchase additional chemicals to disinfect my pool?
Typically, no – there is no need for additional chemicals as stabilized chlorine has all of the necessary ingredients for disinfection. However, if you have an established swimming pool that is not disinfected regularly, you may want to consider adding small amounts of additional cyanuric acid or potassium nitrate. Both of these substances are slightly more expensive than stabilized chlorine and may be necessary for proper disinfection.
So how much should I use stabilized chlorine in my pool? This largely depends on the size of your pool and how often you’re going to use it. If you’re using it frequently, you may want to spend a little extra money and buy several bags of stabilised chlorine rather than one bag of either type. That way, you’re covered if the supplier you get it from says it won’t work with your pool water chemistry. That’s usually good advice, as most suppliers of this chemical would never sell to individuals who wouldn’t be able to pay the additional expense.