Types of Chlorine Tablets
On the market right now, you will find two main types of chlorine tablets. These are the stabilized chlorine tablets and the un-stabilized chlorine tablets.
Stabilized chlorine tablets are great for your outdoor swimming pool. On the other hand, un-stabilized chlorine tablets are good for your indoor pools.
Why is this so? Well, stabilized chlorine tablets last longer in water than the un-stabilized chlorine tablets. Why? Well, stabilized tablets have been exposed to sunlight, and due to this, they tend to clean up the water bodies more thoroughly. For these types of tablets, the more sunlight they are exposed to, the better their efficacy.
Un-stabilized tablets are not great when exposed to sunlight. As a matter of fact, their power even diminishes in such situations.
Why Chlorine Tablets are better than other Chlorine forms
There are several reasons why using chlorine tablets is better than using other forms of chlorine, e.g., liquid or powder. In this section, we will consider these reasons.
From our testing and reviews, chlorine tablets are quite cheap and come in large packages. Therefore, they can last you for a long time. With these tablets, you do not need to frequently purchase chlorine to apply to your pool. Just imagine the money and time this will save you.
Ease of Use
These products are super-easy to use. Unlike powder form where you have to sprinkle the powder or liquid where you have to apply it all around the pool, with tablets you just drop them in the pool and they sort themselves out, so to speak. They spread over the pool automatically, and this saves you plenty of time and effort. All the product above are easy to use, including the hth Pool Sanitizer reviewed above.
Easy to monitor and measure out
While applying chlorine to your pool, there is the possibility of overdoing it and totally upsetting the pH balance. Fortunately for you, this is not an issue when you use chlorine tablets. Since they come in tablet form, you can easily measure out the amount that your pool will require. You don’t have to weigh or mix anything; they are ready-made. All that is required on your part is to select the right number of tablets to put inside the pool, and you are good to go.
Chlorine tablets can be used in different things, ranging from pools to spas and Jacuzzis.
While chlorine tablets come with all these good advantages, they also come with drawbacks. Let’s see some of these.
Disadvantages of Chlorine Tablets
- If chlorine tablets come in direct contact with your skin, it can cause allergies, itching and discomfort
- You should avoid using chlorine tablets with a chlorinator because this produces fumes that are toxic and can even kill.
- If you use too much chlorine in the pool, it can damage parts of the pool. These include the pipes and lining.
- Chlorine tablets, when used wrongly, can affect breathing since it releases harmful gases into the water.
Who should use Chlorine Tablets?
Pool chlorine tablets are a popular selection by swimmers and pool owners who know their worth. It is recommended for all type of people that are conscious of their pool safety and purity.
Apart from swimming pools, these tablets also work well with the Jacuzzis, so if you own a hotel and want to present clean and clear Jacuzzis to your customers, then these tablets are for you.
Features to Consider
Before making a purchase you should always consider the following features:
Types of Chlorine Tabs
We have already looked at the two types of tabs. We only need to add that these products are found on either tablets or sticks. Sticks are ideal for outdoor pools and are bigger while tablets work better in chlorinators. So, don’t be confused about which one to buy.
Dosage and Size
There are two sizes of chlorine tabs: 1 inch and 3 inches. The size you will use will depend on the size and type of your dispenser as well as the volume of your swimming pool. A dispenser might hold just one tab or more than one. The Kem-Tek 2815-6 comes in a tablet size of 1 inch.
The number of tabs required per 10K gallons of water is usually shown on the label or in the instructions. Follow these instructions to know the right dosage for your pool.
Package of the Tabs
You might want to chlorinate your facility every week. To save money and time, you should purchase these products in bulk and even buy buckets.
Percentage of Chlorine
Trichlor tabs will offer up to 90% of chlorine. This means that they have more chlorine, and hence, you need fewer products to treat your pool. Most of the products we reviewed above, from In The Swim to Clorox Pool&Spa Active99 come with at least 90% chlorine content.
Stabilized Chlorine Tabs
This means that the product will contain an additive known as Cyanuric Acid that will protect it from sunlight. Our top pick, the In The Swim tablets come with this feature.
How to Use Chlorine Tablets
A really basic question that compels you to wonder why we can’t just throw them in the pool and let them do what they are supposed to.
However, the fact is that simply leaving them on the floor of the pool is the least effective method of using them. They will dissolve more slowly and emit the chlorine unevenly. This way, most of the sanitizer gets wasted, and you’ll need to use even more of it. Also, leaving them on the floor of the pool for a long time can leave behind stains to the material.
Therefore, to avoid that, there are other more, better ways of doing so.
The pool skimmer’s primary purpose is to block out external pollutants like bugs, leaves, and other particles. However, it is a great way to chlorinating the pool water as well. You need to place the tablets in the skimmer. The water constantly runs through the skimmer before going into the pool. Therefore, the chlorine automatically gets dissolved, leaving you with sanitized water.
A floater is a plastic container that can float on the surface of the water. All you need to do is to place some chlorine tablets in the floater and leave it in the pool. The floater itself floats around the pool while slowly dissolving the tablets and releasing the chlorine into the water.
A chlorinator gives you complete control over the amount of chlorine to be added in the water along with the rate at which the chlorine dissolves. It works along with the filtration system of the pool where the tablets are placed in the feeder that eventually releases the chlorine into the water.
What then is the best way to apply Chlorine Tablets?
A chlorinator usually works with your existing pump and filters and can be installed pretty easily. The best thing about using an automatic chlorinator is that it will ensure even distribution of chlorine across the entire body of water.
The only downside is that it can be a little expensive.
However, if you don’t want to invest too much money, you can get a floating chlorinator. It is just a plastic vessel that keeps floating in the pool and releases chlorine into the water.
Not as effective as a chlorinator, the floating chlorinators are extremely cheap and can be found at your local stores.
If you don’t want to spend any money at all, you can just drop the tablets into your pool water directly. Just make sure that you drop them next to the point of water return. This can avoid any damage to your pool’s circulation equipment.
Chlorine Tablets Safety Guidelines
Since chlorine tablets contain an assortment of chemicals, due diligence is required for proper storage and usage.
Store the tablets in a cool, dry and ventilated place. Remember, exposure of chlorine to bleach or even liquid chlorine can result in the release of harmful gases, even explosion. Likewise, contact with moisture or dirt can minimize the potency of chlorine tablets.
As long as you can make sure that chlorine tablets are properly packed and stored, they don’t pose any harm. Here are a few things to keep in mind for further safety:
- Store out of reach of children and pets
- Chlorine can be poisonous, so don’t ingest chlorine tablets
- If you see chlorine fumes coming out of tablets, take them outdoors and avoid inhaling the fumes
- Use gloves to touch any type of chlorine
- Don’t mix with any other chemicals
- Don’t mix with other types of chlorine