Knowing the difference can affect the balance of your pool significantly
Having a swimming pool and maintaining the chemical balance is sometimes like being a mad scientist. A little bit of this, many times has a huge effect on a little bit of that. This article by Rudy Stankowitz in the Pool and Spa News does a great job explaining the difference between soda ash and baking soda. It also demonstrates how you can get more bang for your buck by using the right chemical under the right circumstances.
You know you’re the only one who buys that,” the counter person at my local distributor would say as he headed to the warehouse to pull a 50-pound bag of soda ash.
The industry standard has always been to use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to raise total alkalinity and sodium carbonate (soda ash) to raise pH — the exception being if both total alkalinity and pH are low. Understanding that it is impossible to raise (or lower) one without effecting the other chemically, there is still a “right tool for the job” analogy that comes into play.
Using sodium bicarbonate will have a more measurable effect on total alkalinity, while only raising the pH of water slightly. Sodium carbonate will actually have a dramatic effect on both pH and total alkalinity. Using sodium bicarbonate to raise pH is the equivalent of driving a nail into a wall using the handle of a screw driver — it can be done, but a hammer would handle the job more effectively and at much less of a cost.
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Uses & Benefits
As you know, Wechlser Pool & Supply Company is the Catskills leading supplier of liquid chlorine. But did you know that household bleach and pool chlorine are the same thing? The difference lies in the concentration strength. Chlorine bleach is formed by mixing water with the chlorine-based compound sodium hypochlorite. Your typical household bleach is usually a 6% concentration, while pool chlorine is usually between 10 – 12%.
The biggest advantage of using liquid chlorine to sanitize your swimming pool is that there is nothing “extra” added to you pool except the water to liquify the sodium hypoclorite and a small amount of salt. Think of it as buying a boquet of flowers and getting all roses instead of dandelions.
It’s the fillers that go into powdered chlorine that can cause a variety of issue with your pool water. Consider this – chlorine tablets commonly have tri-chlor that adds a conditioner to your pool. This may lower your pools pH but it also adds CYA or cyanuric acid. This stabilizer typically helps prevent the sun from buring off the chlorine. What actually happens over time is that the CYA level gets to a point that your chlorine is not effective. Correcting this can be costly and take a lot of time.
You can see that staying as close to a pure chlorine is the best option, but who wants to handle liquid chlorine. The best option is to a liquid chlorine feed system. These systems feed the liquid chlorine into the pool and adjust the amount based upon your pools chemisty. Ask one of our help service techs how we can install a liquid chlorine system on your pool.
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- Many of our customers interact with us remotely, limiting the exposure between our employees. Deliveries are made to tanks outside your home or business. We strongly encourage our customers to continue to interact remotely online or over the phone. Our customer service representatives will continue to be available over the phone. Currently our Wechsler storefront is closed. This can change as the situation dictates. Visit our website for updates.
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IMPORTANT —- COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS & HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: CORONA-VIRUS CONCERNS: Bleach is a strong & effective disinfectant – it’s effective in killing bacteria, fungi and viruses, including influenza virus. Diluted bleach disinfects within 10-60 mins contact time and is available at a relatively low cost and recommended for surface disinfection. Our Wechsler Pool Supply division offers BULK DELIVERIES of 50 gals – 7,000 gals of bleach/
Don’t believe us? Go to the bleach experts – Clorox. They off a variety of ways to sanitize with bleach. Check out their website. If you’re interested in purchasing a delivery or finding out more, please contact us: email@example.com 845-794-9600
Great article brought to you by the pool experts at Pool Operation Management, explains why it’s important to go to the pros when it’s time to close your entertainment investment.
With the end of summer just around the corner, it’s time it start thinking about closing your pool. Getting your pool ready for the winter is more complicated than simply tossing a pool cover over it. Properly closing a pool requires time, equipment, and technical expertise that many pool owners simply don’t have. By hiring a pool closing company, you get to enjoy every last bit of summer.
PEACE OF MIND
One benefit of hiring a pool closing company to winterize your pool is peace of mind. In cold temperatures, pool pipes can freeze and potentially crack if they were not winterized correctly. Unfortunately, replacing these pipes can be quite expensive. A pool closing company knows exactly how to prepare your pool for winter so you can rest assured that there will not be any mishaps.
As previously mentioned, closing a pool isn’t a simple process and it requires the right equipment to get the job done. You need a blower, a cover tool, a pump to remove the water, and more. These tools can be expensive and the average pool owner wouldn’t know where to purchase them and how to use them. With a pool closing company, this isn’t an issue. Professionals will come to you with all of the tools necessary to properly close your pool.
To properly close a pool, you need to know what to do, how to do it, the equipment you will need, and how to use that equipment. If you don’t know every last step, you could face some serious and costly problems. An expert pool closing company can provide a certified staff of experienced professionals who are fully aware of the entire process. The technical expertise of a pool closing company is yet another reason why winterizing your pool should be left to the experts.
If you attempt to close your pool yourself, you could be putting yourself at risk for injury. Equipment needed to close your pool, as well as the pool cover, are very heavy and lifting them alone could result in a pulled muscle or back pain. A professional pool closing company will send out a team of professionals when closing a pool. Also, installing a pool cover can be difficult at times and you could potentially fall into the pool. By hiring professionals to close your pool, you can avoid these risks.
When you installed your pool, you were probably thinking about all of the fun and leisure you would get out of it. The time-consuming process of closing a pool for the colder months was likely the last thing on your mind. By hiring a professional pool closing company, you can savor the last moments of summer and spend that time on things you love. Would you rather sweat it out in the backyard on your day off or enjoy a summer day with family and friends?
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