Chlorine or pristine blue? I just purchased a home with a screened in inground pool!
Cody: Chlorine or pristine blue? I just purchased a home with a screened in inground pool! I’m new too pools and have to start from scratch beings that the pool motor has been broken for months and the pool is green now! So which is better? I’m in south Mississippi!
Der: “Pristine blue” is not a chemical it’s a brand name. So without knowing what chemical that is I couldn’t tell you. You have three options with sanitation for your pool.
1. Chlorine, what most people choose. Best to use a salt system to introduce it to your pool.
2. Bromine, which is very similar to chlorine only expensive for large bodies of water better to use bromine for spas.
3. Biguanide. Which is a peroxide based Sanitation. This is a good option however you have to know what you’re doing. Pristine blue maybe a biguanide product I’m not sure.
It doesn’t matter which three sanitizers you choose you still have to balance the water the same way. Alkalinity, pH, calcium, phosphate ext
Cody: My biggest question is will the salt eat my enclosure up with rust?
Der: Probably not simply due to the fact that it is made for swimming pools. The salt water for swimming pools is only 3500 parts per million a human tear is 6000 parts per million so it’s not as corrosive as people think it is. Mist or evaporated it pure H2O is actually more corrosive than salt water. Your enclosure is going to rust overtime either way I don’t think there’s any way around that unless it’s made out of aluminum or something like that which it probably is. You can go to the manufacturer and ask them questions about it.
I just called the pristine blue guys. It is not a primary sanitizer although they do have a chlorine product.
It is not a biguanide it is an algaecide. As such it is meant to be used with chlorine so if you choose to use pristine blue you will be using chlorine as your primary sanitizer.
Cody: So basically I’d be spending money on the pristine and also still spending money on Chlorine!
Der: Yes. Chlorine is a primary sanitizer so you will always need to keep your chlorine levels at around 2 to 4 PPM.
You’re not going to be able to get around that.
Pristine blue is an algaecide. You can use it as a system on a regular basis to prevent algae or you can use it as one time to get rid of algae that you have you don’t have to use that you do have to use chlorine.
Cody: Thank you for the response’s! I’m just trying to gather information before I decide!
Der: No problem my friend. I’m in nationally certified pool operator I’ve been doing this since 2002.
Mark: Der, is spot on, if you see him posting you know you are in good hands. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need here, I’m sure there will be many, and we are happy to help!
Sher: I guess everyone is different. We just had our pool put in recently and every person we asked (every single one) said salt is cheaper and better than chlorine.
Der: Not necessarily cheaper or better. However I believe it to be a good option just for different reasons. The main reason is, it’s constantly putting chlorine in the water as opposed to adding a bunch of chlorine one time per week. In doing so it helps keep the chemistry balanced which makes it seem like you are spending Less in chemicals and sometimes you are. I like salt chlorination.
Scot: For 10 years I’ve been giving new pool customers a deal, do what I say with chlorine and if it’s not as easy as I say I’ll install a salt cell at my cost and labor free. Haven’t had a single customer take me up yet.
Cody: Well right now started shocking it with chlorine it is blue now just cloudy! Tomorrow evening makes 1 week that I’ve been working with it! I’ve heard to add floc then vacuum it! Is that my best option?? I’ve got a house warming party next Saturday and want it to be crystal clear for the party ! Any suggestions??
Der: Hopefully you are working with a pool company to help you get this right. If you are you have a much much better shot at getting it clear by your open house.
That being said if the water is balanced correctly then I would probably flock it. Flock is one of those things that has to be done correctly, It has to! If you screw up in the flock process. You’ll be doing more damage than good.
So yeah make sure the chemistry is balanced correctly and then go through the flock process it’s not just added to the water in vacuum out later you have to put your filter on recirculate and do a couple of other things but the directions are on the package.