Know Your Pool: Chlorine and Salt Water Basics

Sanitization is an important part of owning a pool. It keeps the water clean, safe, and clear; otherwise, you risk issues with water quality and the health of swimmers.

Chlorine vs. Salt Water

The primary means for water treatment in swimming pools includes chlorine and salt water. Adding chemicals directly to the pool has benefits. Chlorine effectively kills off harmful organisms and is generally affordable; the downside is that it needs to be added regularly and can be irritating to some people.

A saltwater generator automatically converts salt to chlorine. Although initial costs are higher and the system uses electricity, it is so efficient that little manual pool cleaning is required. It’s also beneficial to those who are sensitive to chlorine.

Get the Necessary Supplies from Brinkmann’s Hardware

Pool salt, chlorine, and all your necessary pool supplies are available at all our Long Island stores. We also sell shock, algaecide, stabilizer, and clarifier, as well as pH increaser and decreaser and test strips to monitor the pH levels in your pool. Our staff can help you find what you need. Also, feel free to view our infographic to better understand the basics of chlorine and salt water in swimming pools.


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