Chlorination / Salt Chlorination
Chlorine is a chemical used to keep swimming pools and spas free of bacteria that can be dangerous to people. Chlorine kills bacteria though a chemical reaction. The chlorine solution breaks down into many different chemicals = hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypochlorite ion (OCl-) are two of them. Both kill microorganisms and bacteria by attacking the lipids in the cell walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell, leaving them oxidized and safe to people. One difference between HOCl and OCl- is how fast they oxidize. Hypochlorous acid is able to oxidize the organisms in several seconds, while the hypochlorite ion can take as long as 30 minutes. The levels of HOCl and OCl- vary with the pool's pH level. If the pH is too high, not enough HOCl is present and pool cleaning can take much longer than normal. The optimal level of pH in the pool should be between 7 and 8; 7.4 is the goal -- this is the pH of human tears. Though cost effective and its ability to kill bacteria, chlorine also has some downsides. Chlorine has a very distinctive smell, and some find overwhelming. It can also cause itching in some skin types. There are alternatives to chlorine, like salt chlorination and ion generators. Some of these are great alternatives. When using  Salt Chlorination, like with the Aqua Rite system from Hayward, you can say goodbye to red eyes, and itchy skin. Ultimately the choice is yours but Premier Pools will be here with all the options and answers to your questions to guide you to an informed decision.
“Constructing Premium Quality Pools Since 1983”
RAINBOW ™ Automatic Chlorine/Bromine Feeders
Years of customer use and satisfaction have proven Rainbow feeders to be the performance leader in pool & spa chemical dispensers.
Chlorination / Salt Chlorination
Chlorine is a chemical used to keep swimming pools and spas free of bacteria that can be dangerous to people. Chlorine kills bacteria though a chemical reaction. The chlorine solution breaks down into many different chemicals = hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypochlorite ion (OCl-) are two of them. Both kill microorganisms and bacteria by attacking the lipids in the cell walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell, leaving them oxidized and safe to people. One difference between HOCl and OCl- is how fast they oxidize. Hypochlorous acid is able to oxidize the organisms in several seconds, while the hypochlorite ion can take as long as 30 minutes. The levels of HOCl and OCl- vary with the pool's pH level. If the pH is too high, not enough HOCl is present and pool cleaning can take much longer than normal. The optimal level of pH in the pool should be between 7 and 8; 7.4 is the goal -- this is the pH of human tears. Though cost effective and its ability to kill bacteria, chlorine also has some downsides. Chlorine has a very distinctive smell, and some find overwhelming. It can also cause itching in some skin types. There are alternatives to chlorine, like salt chlorination and ion generators. Some of these are great alternatives. When using  Salt Chlorination, like with the Aqua Rite system from Hayward, you can say goodbye to red eyes, and itchy skin. Ultimately the choice is yours but Premier Pools will be here with all the options and answers to your questions to guide you to an informed decision.
“Constructing Premium Quality Pools Since 1983”
RAINBOW ™ Automatic Chlorine/Bromine Feeders
Years of customer use and satisfaction have proven Rainbow feeders to be the performance leader in pool & spa chemical dispensers.