Since chlorine was used to sanitize a pool at Brown University in 1910, pool care has come a long way. And while chlorine is still a staple of pool care, it’s seen a shift more towards the pill form in recent decades.
Why chlorine tablets? Quite simply, they work remarkably well when used properly.
Chlorine tablets (also known as pucks, blocks, or tabs) pack a powerful punch in a small package. Being lightweight, easy to store, offering both stabilized or non-stabilized models, and with various size configurations (1″, 3″, or sticks) adds to their ease of use. Calculate your pool needs, fall in an automatic or floating chlorinator and you are ready to go.
Not only are chlorine pills readily available nowadays, but rather forgiving on the wallet. Online comparison shopping coupled with free shipping presents attractive deals. Three inch pucks in the $1.90 per pound range can be found with some homework. With approximately 105 tabs at a 50 pound bucket and using 2 per week in a 10,000 gallons pool yields one year (52 weeks) of coverage. Not too shabby at all.
Bear in mind the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race?” Well, tabs are just that. Unlike dumping liquid chlorine in your pool to suddenly jolt the chlorine level, tabs slowly degrade to provide a nice even flow of product in the water.
With chlorine tabs you do not want a PhD in physics to determine your needs. A standard three inch tablet effectively sanitizes 5,000 gallons of water. Compute your pool size in gallons and you’re up and running.
Newsflash: people pee in pools. Luckily, your chlorine tabs are extremely capable of protecting bacteria and preventing algae blooms when used properly.
Multi-functional chlorine pills step it up a notch further. With the addition of components like clarifiers, algaecides, and stain inhibitors, these goodies are the Swiss army knives of the tablet world. A true all-in-one solution.
Pool care doesn’t need to be a complicated scenario. With a simple cleaning plan, true water testing, chlorine tablets, and a bit of experience, crystal clear water awaits.