If you followed the news about the Olympics, then you know that athletes were not the only ones making history in Rio. The green diving pool, nicknamed “The Swamp” has taken the Internet by storm and been the subject of many memes and articles. The diving pool went from glam to sad due to the improper combination of chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, giving organizers a big headache.
A big lesson for the pool professionals responsible for keeping the water perfectly balanced. Don't let this happen to you! Consider getting a pHin smart water monitor to make sure your pool water remains healthy for swimming.
We have gathered 6 chemical combinations that will guarantee to upset the balance of your pool or hot tub….and more.
Acids and Chlorine/Bromine
Don’t add an acid and chlorine or bromine together! Muriatic acid and sulfuric acid (liquid acid), and chlorine together make a poison similar to "mustard gas".
Alkali and Acid
Never add an alkali and an acid at the same time. They will neutralize each other and lose their effectiveness. To save time, some chemical applicators may choose to add add an alkali (base product) at the end of the pool and an acid at the opposite end of the pool. Doing so can be risky, however, it's the next best thing to do if you’re strapped for time. Make sure that you keep an eye on your pool over the next day to a week.
Shock and Algaecide
Shock and algaecide together can create unwanted chemical reactions. Add the shock treatments and oxidizers when the sunrays are not hitting the water, and apply the preventative algaecide chemicals the next day.
Chlorine Shock and Surface Skimmer
Ok, it’s a bit different but still worth mentioning. Don’t add chlorine shock through the surface skimmer, especially if the skimmer is used to hold the chlorine tablets or sticks, or if there's an inline chlorine feeder plumbed into the system. when certain dissimilar chlorine agents are mixed together or come in contact with each other, the danger of fire or explosion increases.
Volume of Calcium Increaser
Calcium increaser should always be added in the deep end of the pool. Brush away any material, which may have settled into the solution. Limit the quantity of your calcium increaser to 5-6 pounds per 10,000 gallons in a 6-hour period.
Compressed Chlorine Tablets or Sticks
Never add compressed chlorine tablets or sticks directly to the pool as they will settle on the floor and cause etching of the cement finishes or bleaching of vinyl-lined pools. Additionally, they will create an amble-yellow stain, also known as "chlorine burn", which is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Your best bet to avoid incompatible chemicals is to carefully read the manufacturer’s labels.
Simplify Pool Care with pHin
Thankfully, with pHin it’s easier than before to maintain the perfect balance of your water. Check out some amazing feedback from our members with pHins in their chlorine pools:
“For what it's worth - my pool has never looked better.” - Matt S.
“Excellent! Setup was easy! Only had to add some ph!” - Roy M.
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