This is Janine with Pool Zones and today we are covering the next lesson on pool chemistry, and we’re into number seven, that is the chlorine. This series is specifically for new pool owners who just don’t know anything about pool chemistry. This is a pebble, a mini pebble interior that we’ll be discussing today, and how we’re approaching this to curate properly.
All of this is based on the recommendations for the nation pool tile, and we’re applying two major principles, one of which is balance everything in sequence, and the second is, we take a look at our notes here of course ,we’re balancing in the five numbered sequence. And we’re up to number five which is chlorine.
And in talking about chlorine today, I’m going to tell you why there are two types of chlorine. Now, this pool, that is a new pool; four or five days old, it actually has a lot of phosphates in the water, which we’ll talk about later, which makes the water slightly green, believe it or not, I know we’re not seeing that here in this pool, but that’s because we’re keeping everything in check.
Now, chlorine and clarity. Why are there two different types of chlorine? Now, the point comes in either it’s going to be tablets, it’s going to be a liquid, or it’s going to be in granular form.
Let’s take a look now at little few notes about chlorine, so we see that the chlorine is our subject to today and in the basics if we come down into chlorine, we need to be between these parts again it’s all per million, isn’t it.
There are two types of chlorine, there is the free, and then there is the total. And the reason for the two is that the total chlorine, for example will be chlorine that’s busy. It’s busy doing things, it’s busy bonded onto bacteria. So it’s not available to kill anything at all, it’s just going to be there, killing the bacteria and sanitizing the water.
The free chlorine is any chlorine that is available, it’s available to kill bacteria. Now you never want to end up with a pool that has zero free chlorine in it, and high total chlorine, that would be a disaster. But if, let’s say you had a one to three parts per million of free chlorine and then one to four of total, and that sounds to me as if you got some good action happening, and also, excellent consequences too, because of the level of chlorine.
So on the test kit you will see your total chlorine, and then you’ll see free chlorine, and it’s just a matter of… again I’ve talked about taking tests so I won’t repeat that here, but it’s a matter of take the test and see where is the free chlorine and where is the total chlorine, and they should each just be within those ranges basically, and if they are in those ranges, then everything is fine, but we did speak about the reasons that we want to do chlorine last and the chlorine will remain in the water, the readings will be really very stable, only if you balance the preceding test before you get to the chlorine.
It is important to put chlorine into the pool within about, let’s say, the second or third day after the initial startup, and that has been done. So at this stage, I’m not going to delve into too much of chlorine tablets and liquid. I’m really here just to discuss what the outline is. And in another video, in another series we’ll delve into a little more in-depth on chlorine and also we want to discuss salt water systems, and how does that chlorine system work.
But for now, I’ve answered the question as to why there are two types of chlorine. I’ve also preceded that with why you should buy conditioner and add that into the pool because that does stabilize and protect and extend the life of the sanitizer, and the sanitizer which is chlorine is crucially important, and realistically, it’s the reason we can swim in these backyard pools, the chlorine, enables us to swim in sanitized water, so it is an absolutely phenomenal chemical to have.
So this is Janine with Pool Zones, and I think that in the upcoming videos now that I’ve finished the basic series, we’ll start looking at some of these other tests that need to be taken, and that includes phosphates, and I think phosphates will be the most important coming up soon.
But I do also want to discuss one other extremely important chemical to add, and that is a metal sequestering agent, which we’ll be talking about coming up in the next two brief videos, so please join me and find out how you can actually get sparkling clarity, by adding a very wonderful product, which is made by Havilland chemical company, and we will discuss that in an upcoming video.