In our last discussion we discussed Chlorine, “The Cleanser”. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine are necessary for all pool water, but the job we ask them to do is heavy. While they are busy killing viruses, bacteria and organics, some tasks may slip through the cracks. This is where oxidizers come into play and fulfill their role as “The Helper”. Although sanitizers may be considered oxidizers, there are other products that specialize in oxidation. To put is simply (which is what Ricks Remedies is all about) oxidizers remove the bodies or debris left after chlorine has inactivated it. A good example is algae. Once its dead, it is no longer green, however the leftover particulate remains in the water. This particulate must be broken down into its base materials to be filtered or evaporated from your pool. An appropriate dose of an oxidizer will rid the water of that cloudy flat look, and make it sparkle like a diamond! Another advantage of the most common oxidizer, potassium monopersulfate, also known as nonchlorine shock, is that it can remove chloramines without reaching breakpoint (see “Chlorine-The Cleanser”). So, I recommend adding a weekly dose of an oxidizer to your regime to keep your water smelling good, looking good, and feeling good!
Ricks Rule of Thumb. Did you know that EZ-POOL, PEPPER and EZ SPA all contain oxidizers?