Cyanuric Acid is the ingredient used in chlorine stabilizer or conditioner. We use chlorine stabilizers to prevent the loss of chlorine due to sunlight. We are here to inform you of the pros and cons of using this product. If you are using chlorine tablets as maintenance for your pool, you should know that chlorine tablets do contain chlorine stabilizer. Some of them are known as DiChlor and TriChlor.
Pros of Chlorine Stabilizers
There are many pros to using a chlorine stabilizer. I am going to discuss a few of them here.
- Chlorine stabilizer acts as a shield to protect your water from the loss of chlorine due to sunlight. Usually, it’s added to the pools to protect them throughout the summer season. The sun can remove liquid chlorine in less than 24 hours.
- A chlorine stabilizer is also a very important product for a saltwater pool. Your stabilizer level should be around 50 ppm when using a saltwater pool so that your generator does not need to work as hard to produce chlorine. A chlorine pool should have a stabilizer level that ranges from 30 ppm- 100 ppm.
- Currently, there are two types of pool sanitizers available for users: Chlorine and Bromine. Chlorine is a bit cost-efficient and more effective rather than Bromine. You can get Chlorine stabilizer for pool sanitization at 40% less cost than Bromine.
- Chlorine stabilizer tablets are available easily. Everyone can access them without difficulty. The easy availability has made them immensely popular among the pool owners.
- Some chlorine stabilizers like DiChlor and TriChlor have a very high level of chlorine and they can shock the water.
- Chlorine stabilizers dissolve into the water very slowly. Thus, they can be used to stabilize the chlorine level for a long time.
Cons of Chlorine Stabilizers
Similar to any other product, chlorine stabilizer does have some cons. Follow are the cons of using chlorine stabilizers for pool water.
- The most important thing to remember while using a chlorine stabilizer is that there is no way to eliminate chlorine stabilizer from your water unless you drain a percentage of the water if you exceed the limit of 100 ppm. Having a stabilizer level of over 100 ppm can cause multiple problems.
- Chlorine stabilizer is an acid therefore when you exceed the limit of chlorine stabilizer, your water becomes acidic which will lower your pH and alkalinity.
- Having acidic water with a low pH and alkalinity will cause swimmers itch, ear infections, will turn a blonde individual’s hair green and is extremely hazardous to swim in. Having a high level of chlorine stabilizer will also decrease the effectiveness of your chlorine.
- If we compare it with Bromine, we can see the chlorine stabilizers are stable only at lower temperatures. When the sunlight is harsh and the pH level is higher than 7.8, it doesn’t work well.
- Stabilized chlorine tablets add cyanuric acid to the water that can rise too high as the temperature goes up.
- When you add chlorine stabilizer to the pool water, warm or hot water depletes chlorine rapidly.
A chlorine stabilizer is a great product when using it correctly. It is recommended to test your water at home or bring in a sample to your Viscount water testing professionals to see where your chlorine stabilizer level is before adding when you open up this season.