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Why cyanuric acid is needed for swimming pools?

Category : General Chemicals
Published by : Data Research Analyst, Worldofchemicals.com

In summer season everyone thinks about what are the ways to get rid of the heat and sweat.

One of such cool technique is swimming activity. Nowadays many health clubs, fitness centers and private clubs, have pools used mostly for exercise or recreation. Most hotels and resorts have pools available for their guests to enjoy their leisure. Even reputed educational institutions such as schools and universities occasionally have pools for physical education classes and recreational activities.

This activity is not a new thing, as it is dates back to Ancient Greeks and Romans who built artificial pools for athletic training in the palaestras, for nautical games and for military exercises. Roman emperors were one step forward, they had their own private swimming pools.

Therefore, it seems appropriate to offer a brief recap of the reasons why everyone can benefit from swimming as a primary, secondary or alternative form of physical fitness to complement their existing routine.

1. Swimming provides unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning

2. It builds longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter denser muscles that develop from weight training.

3. A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing flexibility and enabling important stretching.

4. Swimming also develops core body strength because it utilizes all the body's muscles simultaneously.

One of the most important steps of swimming pool maintenance is water balance. Generally, understanding water balance can also be one of the most confusing processes of pool maintenance. Because of its complexity, some pool owners may not know everything they have to do to keep their pool water safe, comfortable and corrosion free.

Below are a few of the reasons why having a balanced swimming pool is so important

1. If you are using either a salt based pool producing chlorine or a chlorine based tablet pool, then your pH needs to be correct.

2. The pH should be neither too acidic nor basic in order to feel comfortable.

3. The swimming pool water should not cause harm to our hair and skin.

A common pool service household name, cyanuric acid is now in the toolbox of most residential and commercial pool service professionals who are servicing outdoor pools.

Since it’s invention in 1829, cyanuric acid has been revered as magical, invaluable and essential to keeping chlorinated pools clean and sanitary. At the same time it is labeled as misused, misrepresented, controversial and dangerous.

That being said, people often wonder what is the other effects of cyanuric acid has in our pool water and how best we can utilize this chemical to our advantage. In this article we will go over this information and how it relates to your pool water maintenance.

Cyanuric acid, as it’s name suggests, is an acid. Although a weak acid, it is commonly sold as white crystalline powder, which is able to dissolve in water and has little overall effect on a pool’s pH. It is commonly referred to as a chlorine stabilizer or conditioner, forming a weak and temporary bond with chlorine. This means it will chemically hold onto free chlorine in the water and protect it from the sun’s UV rays until the chlorine is consumed for oxidation or disinfection of material in the pool.

The primary benefit of cyanuric acid in pools

A chlorinated pool with cyanuric acid will remain chlorinated in direct sunlight, whereas without a stabilizer, chlorine will dissipate and leave the pool unprotected without free chlorine in a matter of hours. Most important, cyanuric acid will not be consumed in this helpful work and will, over time, start to build up in pool water.

Cyanuric acid is a miracle worker in many ways. It has allowed the typical homeowner, HOA and pool service professional to manage a pool’s water chemistry with less effort and with higher consistency. Allowing for weekly water maintenance instead of daily has created an opportunity for service companies to take care of more pools with less hassle and emergency house calls.

Consequences of a high cyanuric acid level

Chlorine’s potential to oxidize, often measured as oxidation reduction potential (ORP), is a good indicator of the effectiveness of chlorine to oxidize and sanitize swimming pool water.

Over the years, numerous independent and academic research has come to show that when cyanuric levels build up in the pool, ORP levels consistently drop indicating that the effectiveness of chlorine diminishes. In addition, there is a clear correlation to increased levels of cyanuric acid and the time it takes to effectively kill bacteria present in pool water. The chart below demonstrates the amount of time to kill 99 percent of bacteria at various levels of cyanuric acid and different levels of chlorine.

Reference

1] © From, https://clearcomfort.com/cyanuric-acid-friend-or-foe-of-swimming-pools/

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