Which Pool Treatment Is Right for You?

Top 3 Pool Sanitizing Treatments

Pool sanitization is one of the most important things to know and understand about caring for your pool. Sanitization keeps your water clear, prevents the transmission of infectious diseases, and helps to save time and money over the long run. 

At Parnell Pool & Spa, we get many questions about which pool treatment option is the best. To help you better understand what is available for pool sanitization, let’s compare the Top 3 Chlorine pool treatments available on the market.

#1- Traditional Chlorine

Chlorine is the most commonly used chemical in swimming pools and is an inexpensive, safe option. Chlorine is a sanitizing agent that creates a chemical reaction that breaks down and effectively kills bacteria while also maintaining healthy pool water chemistry. Chlorine is a very effective sanitizer because it quickly dissolves to begin the sanitizing process. 

Chlorine can be found in different forms: a tablet and stick form, granular mixture, or liquid concentrate. The tablets and sticks can be added to floating dispensers or used with an in-line or offline chlorine feeder. 

#2- Salt Chlorinator

We often get asked the same question about the salt chlorinator system. “Does a Salt Water System use chlorine?” The answer to that is…YES, but the chlorine generation process is different. 

There is a common misconception that salt water systems do not produce chlorine. A salt sanitation system (salt chlorine generator) produces small amounts of chlorine when sodium chloride dissolves in water and separates into sodium and chloride ions. The salt chlorine generator uses a low voltage of electrical current to remove the sodium and transform the chloride into chlorine. To summarize, a salt water system does use chlorine but the process is different than simply pouring chlorine into your pool water. 

#3- Non-Chlorine Sanitizing Agents

If you are interested in completely eliminating the need for chlorine in your pool, take a look at the following articles that outline the Biguanides options. 

3-Step Systems for All 3 Sanitizing Options

Regardless of which sanitizing system you choose, you can incorporate a 3-step system to maintain your water quality and prevent problems before they start. These systems integrate a sanitizer, shock, and algae killing and prevention to help keep your pool sparkling. Want to learn more about 3-step systems? Take a look at the following article about 

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If you have a question about the proper running of your pool or spa, stop by our Fayetteville or Lumberton location anytime to check out our products, purchase chemicals for your pool/hot tub, or get a specific question answered by one of our experts. Visit us online at www.parnellpoolandspa.com or take a look at our Facebook page.  

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