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    Chlorine Recipes for Vinyl Pools

    February 22, 2016
    sherylsomers

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    Hello again! Well, one thing about me is that I Love Recipes. My friends and family collect and share, and treasure our recipes. You can find lots of them on my pinterest page.

    recipesAnd that love for recipes shows up in other places too, like taking care of our vinyl inground pool. For my own pool, I use one of these 3 pool chemical 'recipes' below.

    The 'Standard Recipe' is the cheapest, but is the harshest environment for pool vinyl liners. The Deluxe and Premium Recipes use softer sanitizers and oxidizers (tablets and shock) - which protects vinyl pool liners.

    Standard Recipe:

    1. Trichlor Tablets - Add enough tablets until you have a consistent 1-2 ppm with your test kit or strips. Tablets and sticks should always be used in a chlorinator, not a floater which could tip over or come to rest up against one area of the pool wall or step.
    2. Shock with Cal Hypo - Pre-dissolve each pound pack into 3 gallons of water. Stir until dissolved, and pour gently along the edge of the pool, being careful not to let any granules slip out of the bucket. Repeat as needed with a ratio of 1 lb shock to 3 gals water.
    3. Algaecide and Clarifier - With the standard recipe, some 'preservatives may be needed to keep your pool looking delicious! Algaecides stop algae before it begins, and clarifiers help the pool filter to clear the water more effectively, to reduce the chlorine demand.

    Deluxe Recipe:

    1. Nature 2 Express - Add a Nature2 Express and you can reduce your chlorine level by half, which reduces the effects of chlorine on your pool vinyl liner. Consistently high chlorine levels will dry out vinyl until it becomes hard, like a sheet of plastic.
    2. Trichlor Sticks - Sticks are harder and last longer than tablets. With Nature2 added, you run the chlorine level under 1 ppm. Add enough tablets until you have a consistent 0.5-1.0 ppm with your test kit or strips. Still need to use a chlorinator, not a floater (or skimmer!).
    3. Assure Multi-Shock - is also made of softer, low strength Cal Hypo that's easier on pool liners, but adds the power of Assure conditioner and clarifiers, which reduce chloramine formation and help our your filter. Still need to pre-dissolve, to protect vinyl liners.

    Premium Recipe:

    1. Nature2 Express - Add a Nature2 Express and you can reduce your chlorine level by half, which protects your pool vinyl liner. Consistently high chlorine levels will dry out vinyl until it becomes hard, like a sheet of plastic.
    2. Super Multi Tabs - are sanitizer, algaecide and clarifier all in one tablet. And with a Nature2 purifier installed (it's easy, even comes with the drill bit), you can run your chlorine level very low, and keep your liner soft and supple for years to come.
    3. Eclipse Emerge Shock - It's all about being gentle with your pool liner, and reducing use of harsh chemicals. Eclipse3 Emerge is a non-chlorine shock for pools that dissolves immediately (no pre-mixing) and doesn't dry out your liner.

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    Which pool chlorine recipe do I use? I've used them all at one time or another, but I'm primarily a Deluxe Recipe user. I love my Nature2 and preferred chlorine sticks over wrapped tablets.

    My vinyl liner is going on 9 years this summer, and it still looks great! The main reason my liner looks so good is that I'm careful not to overdose it with heavy chlorine, and I keep the pH at 7.4 year around.  

    Sheryl Somers
    SPP Pool Expert  

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