Since chlorine was first 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 maintenance, it has seen a shift more towards the tablet form in recent decades.
Why chlorine tablets? Quite simply, they work remarkably well when used properly.
Let's take a look at why we like chlorine tabs so much …
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 versions, and with various size configurations (1 ", 3", or sticks) adds to their ease of use. Calculate your pool's needs, drop into an automatic or floating chlorinator and you're good to go. No fuss, no muss.
Not only are chlorine tablets readily available these days, but quite 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 located with some homework. With roughly 105 tabs in 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.
Remember 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 don't need a PhD in physics to determine your needs. A standard three inch tablet effectively sanitizes 5,000 gallons of water. Calculate your pool size in gallons and you're up and running.
Newsflash: people pee in pools. I know it's hard to believe, but whether from bodily fluids, airborne spores, leaves or insects, some gross stuff gets in there. Thankfully, your chlorine tabs are extremely effective at eradicating bacteria and preventing algae blooms when used properly.
Multi-functional chlorine tablets 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 have to be a complex scenario. With a simple cleaning plan, accurate water testing, chlorine tablets, and a little experience, crystal clear water awaits.