Using Chlorine Tablets to Clean Your Swimming Pool

Chlorine, in the form of tablets or granules, is an essential chemical for cleansing and sanitizing you home swimming pool, spa or Jacuzzi. Chlorine tablets and granules are a tried and tested, cost efficient and safe way of ensuring you and your family can savour their leisure time in a clean and safe swimming environment. Whether you are lying back on an inflatable enjoying the sun or in training for swimming championships, the most sensible and effective method of keeping your pool free from bugs is to use chlorine.

Chlorine tablets accomplish the following vital functions;

Prevent the growth of algae around the swimming pool
Kill any water bound germs
Sustain the correct pH water level (the water pH level should be the same as human tears)
In general, they will keep the pool and adjacent area hygienic and clean

Chlorine tablets can be bought from a variety of online stores. It is advisable that you shop around and check which has the best deal for you. Many stores will offer different incentives, for example, some offer free delivery, others may offer a discount with your first order. You can also use shopping comparison websites, such as NexTag, PriceGrabber or Kelkoo to price check, however, please bear in mind that these sites do not necessarily always display the best prices. They only display prices from stores who have paid to be on their pages.

Your chlorine tablets will usually come in a large bucket. Make sure you keep this in a safe dry place. You will also need a tablet dispenser. Please check when you are buying the tablets if the dispenser is provided with your purchase or if you have to buy this separately. This is extremely important as it would be very unwise to use the tablets without the dispenser as it could cause discoloration and contamination of your water. In extreme cases, if used incorrectly, chlorine tablets can actually damage your pool, so always read the instructions carefully.

It is advisable to test your water once a week to make sure the pH levels are correct and there is no contamination. If the level of chlorination is too high, it could result in stinging eyes for the swimmers (not very pleasant). If it is too low, the chlorine will not have the desired effect on the bacteria in the water and you could find some nasty bugs living in your pool (not very pleasant). An important thing for you to know is the water capacity of your pool as this will be directly related to the number of tablets you will need to use.

Above all, the most important thing to remember is have fun in your pool! After all, that’s what it’s there for. And with a proper cleaning regime, you’ll be sure to have good clean fun!

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Enjoy Hassle-Free Summer Fun When You Call a Swimming Pool Professional

You can have a well-maintained swimming pool without taking time out of your schedule. Call your local pool company to keep your pool ready for summer fun!

Nothing kills the thrill of the upcoming summer like a dead possum in the pool. As you clumsily reach for it with your skimmer, while your children wait with the trash bag in hand, you think, “This never would have happened if I had closed the pool properly last autumn…”

Pools are a staple of sunny weather fun, but they can sometimes be a lot of work, especially when you’re not properly educated on maintenance, or if your pool requires special repairs. Sometimes you just might not have the time to perform all of the necessary swimming pool maintenance procedures and chores. But you can enjoy a clean, fully functional swimming hole without having to take time out of your busy schedule when you call your local swimming pool company.

The professionals at your local swimming pool company have the knowledge and experience to perform a variety of routine pool maintenance tasks, such as pool openings and closings, with speed and efficiency. From cleaning off the cover to refilling the pool to winterizing and dewinterizing your equipment, your local professionals can do it all. Attention from an expert can mean the difference between a pool that lasts season after season without incident, or a pool that requires many repairs throughout its lifetime.

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Benefits of Chlorine Tablets in Swimming Pools

If you own a swimming pool, spa or Jacuzzi, then, if you haven’t done so already, you will need to sort out how you keep it clean and free from harmful bacteria and algae. The most widespread method today of keeping your facility sparkling clean and good as new is to use chlorine, usually in the form of tablets or granules. When used properly, chlorine tablets or granules dissolve in the water thus rendering it safe for you and your family to swim in.

Chlorine tablets or granules are the most cost effective and popular way to make your swimming facility a safe place to paddle. Just think how grimy your bath water is when you get out after a long soak. Now imagine all the germs that would be floating around in a pool after tens or even hundreds of people had been using it. Lovely thought isn’t it?

Chlorine is such an essential and widely used method of sanitizing public pools nowadays, that it’s pretty much taken for granted. When used properly, chlorine will do the following for your swimming leisure facility;

Destroy all harmful germs
Maintain a good ph water level (it should be the same ph level as human tears)
Stop algae from growing round the pool
In general keep the pool and its environs clean

Chlorine tablets usually come in a large bucket and should be kept away from pets and small children. They are, however, quite safe to use providing you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. A dispenser or chlorinator can be used in conjunction with the tablets and if all goes according to plan, they should dissolve safely in the water.

Again refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to see how long it should be before you take to the water after using the tablets. You will have to measure your pool and work out the volume of water it holds (if you don’t know this already). You should be able to work out these details with the use of a yard stick and simple arithmetic.

You should get into the routine of checking your water once a week. It is advisable to check the ph balance. Lastly, it’s quite rare for swimmers to have adverse reactions to chlorine although cases of skin rashes, irritable eyes and breathing difficulties have been noted on some very rare occasions. All I can say is that the benefits of chlorine far outweigh the risks when it comes to cleaning your pool or Jacuzzi. After all, just imagine fifty people in your bath. Not a nice thought!

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3D Design and Your New Swimming Pool

The time has arrived; we have decided that we are going to build a new swimming pool. What should we do first? Here are some ideas to get you started down the right path and on your way to your new fun filled backyard.

The best way to start the process is to locate a property survey, if available, to determine the amount of space available for your new swimming pool. Once you have reviewed the survey, scope out your property and decide the best area and location for your new pool. Try to determine the shape of your pool, where you would like the shallow and deep end, location of the steps, location of water features, equipment location and size and area of the deck. Also think about fencing which may be required, landscaping, outdoor kitchen areas, entertainment areas and yard lighting.

What is next?

The next item for consideration is which contractors will you have visit your property and offer a proposal for your new swimming pool? This is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. Choose swimming pool contractors which can offer ideas and suggestions for your new backyard oasis. Contractors should not be afraid to offer corrections and improvements to your ideas if necessary. Review contractor’s licenses, insurance and background before selecting any particular builder for your project.

One of the most important items to consider in today’s pool market is, choose a contractor who can offer 3D design pictures of your new backyard swimming pool in the completed stage. Computer software is now available to design and show your new swimming pool, spa, water features, landscaping, planters, outdoor furniture, equipment location, outdoor kitchens and deck areas. Pictures should also show fencing, the house in relationship to the pool, rivers, lakes or ponds in the surrounding areas. 3 D images and pictures can show different colors of tile, decking, pool interior finishes and lighting. Contractors should also offer different views of the pool and also be able to show various shapes and designs which would function on your property.

3D design pictures are a great way to see and predict how your new backyard is going to look. Don’t settle for a flat sketch or drawing, demand to see your new pool in its completed mode. Use the pictures to help consider other items such a landscaping and fencing which should be considered when costing out your project.

Once your contractor has been chosen and the construction has begun, have fun watching your 3D design turn into reality.

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The History of Unicel – Originally Printed in Swimming Pool – Spa Age, July 1997

On a spring evening in 1956, company president and founder Dick Meissner sat down in his garage to begin work on his first sewing contract. Phil Anthony of Anthony Pools had just given him his first order to produce the Anthony McIntosh filter bag. Working alone and at night, Dick laid the foundation for the company that has grown to become the largest manufacturer of swimming pool and spa filter elements in the world.

In those early years, residential DE filtration was in its infancy. As the market started to grow, Dick received additional sewing contracts, first from Swimquip, then from Landon, Pac-Fab, and Paddock of California. By 1959 this part-time venture had grown into a full-time business. The fledgling company hired two employees and quietly moved into a 2,000-square foot building in Van Nuys, Calif. Within one year the young company doubled in size and by 1962 it occupied 6,000 square feet and had five full-time employees.

With the advent of the cartridge filter, the company saw its next opportunity. Early cartridge elements were made of a paper-type material that did not hold up well in the swimming pool environment. Realizing the future potential of cartridge filtration, Meissner set out to develop a manufacturing process to enhance this new medium. In 1964, the research and development yielded the industry’s first cartridge element made with a new spunbonded, 100% polyester material called Reemay¬¨. Developed by Dupont and adapted to cartridge filtration by Meissner, Reemay has become the primary filter material used throughout the pool and spa industry.

The period from 1964 to 1972 saw steady growth of the new Reemay cartridge systems. At that time, however, individual cartridge size was limited to only 6 square feet. The filter system achieved its total surface area by manifolding numerous small cartridges. These early cartridge filters worked extremely well but were difficult to clean and maintain due to the number of small elements involved. Then in 1972, Meissner, working with Purex, developed the industry’s first extended surface, single element cartridge. Meissner’s new manufacturing technology yielded a 100-square foot filter system using only three individual cartridges. This concept quickly caught on and single element 25-, 50-, and 75-square foot filter systems utilizing Meissner’s cartridges soon were introduced by American, Baker Hydro, Hayward, Premier, Sta-Rite and others.

Throughout the early 80′s Meissner continued to work as a supplier to the brand name pump and filter producers to develop and improve cartridge filtration. By 1984 Meissner elements, both DE and cartridges, were being utilized in virtually every major brand name filter system. To meet this growing demand, the company developed state-of-the-art high speed production equipment. Unique to Meissner, this manufacturing capability allowed the company to carve a niche for quality and delivery that is unsurpassed today.

1985 became a pivotal year for Meissner when several brand name companies began producing their own Reemay elements. Faced with a loss of business, but having tremendous production capacity, the company re-invented itself. Retaining its core OEM business under the Meissner label, the company introduced and promoted the Unicel brand of replacement filter elements. For the first time, the entire range of replacement elements built to O.E.M. specifications was made available to wholesale distribution from a single source. Dealers and service technicians could easily obtain replacement cartridges from their local distributor, even if they did not carry that particular brand of equipment.

By staying focused and specializing in filtration, Unicel has developed expertise in a very critical area of the pool and spa industry. Today, Unicel services both the spa OEM market and wholesale distribution trade. Whether it is media development or cartridge design, Unicel is recognized as the industry leader.

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