Life can be cool in the pool

Can this really be true? This winter, climate patterns in Houston are predicted to result in warmer and drier conditions compared to the usual weather experienced in November.

So, with average high temperatures in the upper 70s, and only a gradual decrease to the upper 60s following Thanksgiving, we predict that some Houstonians will be taking the plunge for a little longer! 

Tropic like it’s hot!

And here’s a thing. According to a Texas Swimming Pool Construction report by Home Builders Weekly, although Dallas had the highest concentration of pool starts during August of this year with 286 permits, Houston boasted the highest average value for new swimming pool construction at $79,750. There’s no doubt that we love to soak and swim whenever it’s hot outside.

Discolored water could be a sign of  bacteria, algae

On a more serious note, preparing your swimming pool for regular use then taking good care of it is a must if you want to keep it free from bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms.

For starters, sunlight encourages algae growth and bacteria are more active in water that is 72-90 degrees. But that’s not all – if outdoor pools are left uncovered, they frequently accumulate leaves and insects that fall into the water which then serve as a source of food for bacteria.  Your swimming pool will also look cloudy and will be unsafe to swim in.

Comparison of pool chlorine and liquid bleach

There is a wide range of chlorine-containing products available for pool cleaning purposes. The primary options are commonly referred to as chlorine and bleach, and many use these terms interchangeably.

However, there is a distinction between them – while household bleach and pool chlorine share the same chemical composition, with chlorine being the main element, the difference lies in its concentration.

Bleach typically contains a concentration of 5 – 6% chlorine, whereas pool chlorine can range from 10 – 12%. Needless to say, it follows that to clean your pool to the same degree, you will need twice as much bleach as you would chlorine.  But there are other factors to consider as well.

Why liquid bleach?

As a source of chlorine, liquid bleach (a powerful oxidizing agent) is by far the most commonly used disinfectant for sanitizing swimming pools. Chlorine tablets, by contrast, despite being combined with stabilizers to extend their effectiveness against sunlight exposure, actually have reduced efficacy in killing algae or bacteria.

As indicated above, liquid bleach does not contain a stabilizer. Therefore, when you add it to the pool, it immediately starts working to eliminate microbes and sanitize the water. It is not only simple to apply but also works quickly and has a long shelf life meaning that it will not lose its effectiveness over time.

Regularly adjusting the amount of bleach in your pool water will help maintain a consistent level of active sanitizing chlorine, and thus a cleaner pool, which will ultimately be more cost-effective and easier to manage in the long run.

Life is a bleach – liquid bleach

Pool ownership doesn’t have to be hard work. By discovering the incredible power of liquid bleach to achieve a sparkling clean pool, you can say goodbye to stubborn stains and say hello to a pristine oasis right in your backyard.

What’s more, by contacting Patriot Cleaning Supply — who are the most reputable suppliers of bulk liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) in the Houston area — you can revolutionize your pool cleaning routine.

Patriot Cleaning Supply are the experts in pool cleaning and pressure washing. They not only supply liquid chlorine with a 12.5% concentration (making it significantly more potent than the bleach sold at stores like Walmart or Home Depot and in grocery stores), but they also offer locals and commercial property owners or managers the option to bulk-purchase liquid bleach in tanks or drums, at wholesale prices.

This can result in meaningful savings of money, time, and effort compared with buying just a few gallons at a time for your pool.

Overcome challenges with expert knowledge

A swimming pool can be a valuable addition to any residential property. Pools offer endless opportunities to engage in physical activity, enjoy leisure pursuits, and unwind. Nevertheless, a pool can be something of a burden for homeowners with busy schedules, as pool maintenance makes ongoing demands in terms of time, effort, and resources.

In order to enjoy your pool to the fullest, it’s wise to take advantage of the know-how and experience of a pool cleaning specialist who is an expert in their field.

Wouldn’t you like to chill out and take the plunge — with a splash of liquid bleach to keep your pool crystal clear?

Please note: For the correct use and disposal of liquid bleach and other disinfectants, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.