Flocculant might sound like the flashy stuff you sprinkle on a fake Christmas tree, but it is a useful chemical you can use to clean a cloudy swimming pool. It is the ideal product for clearing a facility that cannot seem to respond to the filtration system.
But there are lots of things you should know about this product to guarantee the desired results.
What is Flocculant?
Also called a pool floc, the flocculant is a chemical that you can add to your pool when other clearing methods have failed. The flocs clump together all floating materials in your pool that might be light and small to sink to the bottom and get vacuumed.
They include things such as algae spores, viruses, bacteria, and other tiny microscopic particles. Although it is your swimming pool filter’s task to remove these junks, small particles can easily float around for a long time.
When you add flocculant into your pool, it attracts them together and creates one big particle that can sink to the bottom of your pool. You can now vacuum the clumped debris, or it might get sucked into your pool filter.
Types of Flocculant
Just like other pool chemicals, flocculants come in different forms:
- Cartridge flocculants: They allow for a permanent treatment of the water, although it is slow. You need to place them in the pool’s skimmer to start working when the water enters this section of your pool.
- Liquid flocculants: They enable you to pour them inside your pool. Here you need to follow the instructions to prevent adding excessive flocs in the water.
- Tablets flocculants: They also work slowly, and you can place them in the pool or skimmer.
All the above types of flocculants are useful and can clear the cloudiness if you add them to the right water. Note that you should turn the filtration system off when adding liquid flocculants.
Flocculation is the process by which several tiny particles attach and float on your swimming pool. However, they easily detach when they are disturbed.
Several factors can contribute to flocculation, such as the water temperature and the pH level. That often leads to the cloudiness and can be removed by flocculants.
Too Much Flocculant
The amount of floc your pool needs depends on different factors like the temperature of the pool, pH balance, the volume of water, and your flocculant brand. Adding more than recommended can make a pool to look cloudier.
Thus, you should check your filtration system if you find yourself using more flocs than recommended. Reducing the water temperature can help reduce the amount of floc required to clear your facility.
As with all pool chemicals, you should follow the user’s instructions when adding flocculants to your swimming pool. Applying flocs when using other chemicals or using them in excess can lead to adverse reactions to your pool’s surface and swimmer’s skin.
It is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s guide when adding chemicals into your swimming pool. That way, you can have peace of mind you have added the right amount.