HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., July 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/
Chlorine is the most widely available and utilized pool sanitizer for the average pool owner, and has been for decades. However, it is often associated with red eyes and irritated skin, with approximately 5% of the population being allergic. Many pool owners have been looking out on the market for alternatives. Inground pool cover company, LOOP-LOC, further discusses 5 alternatives to traditional pool sanitizers.
Saltwater pool sanitizing systems utilize salt to generate gentler chlorine free of irritating eyes and skin. A cycle of salt passing through a salt cell, receiving an electric charge and becoming chlorine keeps free chlorine high and chloramines low. Free chlorine keeps your pool water clean, while the absence of chloramines avoids skin and eye irritation and a strong chlorine smell. This system can be on the more expensive side installation wise, but the appeal is found in the soft water, safer swimming environment, and the lower maintenance-- the salt cell needs to be replaced every 3-5 years, but there is no need to purchase any chlorine.
Bromine is another chemical compound not too different from chlorine, but it provides more stable pool levels in high temperatures and does not require as much water testing as traditional chlorine pools. It also is free of eye and skin irritation. Bromine is a great alternative to chlorine, but is more expensive and may require more quantity to reach proper sanitation and oxidation levels for a clean and clear pool.
Mineral sanitizers utilize small amounts of copper and iron, along with other minerals, to ionize the pool water and control algae and bacteria. Maintenance is easy, since pre-filled mineral cartridges are readily available at any pool store. However, the up-front installation cost can be high. Like the previous options, mineral sanitizers free your pool from irritants, though small amounts of chlorine must be used to maintain balance in the system. These sanitizers are more environmentally friendly and use less chlorine than traditional systems, making them more and more popular among pool owners.
Ozone generators insert ozone into your pool to react with any impurities and sanitize the water. In either an ultraviolet light or a corona discharge system, your pool is sanitized in an energy efficient way with little involvement on your end. These systems do not eliminate chlorine, but instead reduce your chlorine use anywhere from 60-90%. This is because, like the mineral sanitizer, it cannot clean your pool completely independently. It should be noted that these systems perform best in drier climates, as humidity can weaken their performance and require higher levels of chlorine.
PHMB is another chlorine alternative, otherwise known as polyhexamethylene biguanide, or Baquacil in stores. PMHB kills off bacteria in your pool water and once again avoids the skin and eye irritants of chlorine. PMHB is effective against bacteria, but it does not prevent algae growth or oxidize the water. You will need to clean your pool filter regularly and use an algaecide and hydrogen peroxide to maintain clean and clear waters. Make sure that your pool is chlorine free before utilizing PHMB in the water, as the two do not react well together. This system does, however, eliminate the need for chlorine.
About LOOP-LOC: There's only one company known for manufacturing safety pool covers strong and tough enough to support an elephant: the legendary LOOP-LOC. LOOP-LOC is a global leader in the pool industry with a 200,000-square-foot headquarters in Hauppauge, New York, and 300 employees. Through its network of dealers, the company has sold safety swimming pool covers on every continent on earth except Antarctica. LOOP-LOC now also manufactures a line of luxury in-ground pool liners—with more exclusive designer patterns than any other company—as well as the BABY-LOC removable fencing, a convenient, cost-effective additional layer of protection to help deter toddlers from gaining access to a swimming pool.
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