Chlorine is used as the main sanitizing agent in swimming pools. Bacteria can grow in pool water from either a poor chlorine residual or poor circulation.
Bacteria then feed on any organic pollutants in the water. As they eat the organic pollutants phosphates are left behind as a waste by-product. Algae then use the phosphates as a great food source to thrive in the pool. Correct chlorine levels can limit bacteria and algae taking hold of your pool.
When chlorine is relating to organic waste in the pool it gives off gases that create a strong chlorine smell. When a pool is properly chlorinated, there is no perception of chlorine presence. However, if chlorine is too high or too low eye, ear and nose irritations can occur.
A salt chlorinator makes chlorine very slowly and algae can grow very quickly so keep some good quality chlorine on hand at home for use after heavy rain or after a pool party. Adding extra chlorine to help your salt chlorinator can break the algae cycle before it has a chance to start.
Chlorine is the best defense against the bacteria and algae growth cycle occurring in your pool. Keep the ideal level at 2-3ppm and you will have a very effective bactericide and sanitizing agent constantly working for you.
Talk to the team at Pool Doctor for more information or bring in a water sample for analysis.