Tips for avoiding chlorine problems in your pool

The chlorine stabilizer is an element of protection against the sun’s rays and is the best disinfectant to keep the pool free of bacteria.


Dosing chlorine levels to keep the pool clean is vital throughout the months of pool use. Chlorine exists in the pool in two ways: free chlorine that attracts contaminants and cleans the pool and combined chlorine that is the result of free chlorine when it attacks a waste particle. The combination of both would be total chlorine.

Ideally, it is best to keep the chlorine free between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm without letting the combined chlorine exceed 1.0 ppm.


As chlorine works it changes to combined chlorine or chloramines. This form of chlorine is a nonfiltrable nitrogen compound that causes eye irritation and has a strong odor. When this occurs, more chlorine is needed and the chlorine level needs to be increased in larger quantities than normal. In this way chloramines are oxidized and allow free chlorine to reappear. Chlorinate only if the combined chlorine is 1.0 ppm or higher.