There are different ways in which to treat your swimming pool, the main ones being chlorine, bromine and salt (which produces chlorine). After having spoken about chlorine in our previous article, here is another form of treatment, bromine. But what is it? What are the advantages and the inconveniences? How is it measured? Find all the answers to these questions below.
WHAT IS BROMINE ?
Bromine is a chemical element which is one of the halogens like fluorine and chlorine. It is present in sea-water. Like chlorine it possesses the qualities of being a disinfectant, an algicide (preventative) and it is long-lasting (it purifies the water and destroys germs there and then).
It is something that is little known in Europe but is used a lot the other side of the Atlantic. Bromine is the perfect substitute for chlorine when someone is sensitive to it in your family.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BROMINE ?
1) No risks for your skin
Bromine is odorless and less aggressive than chlorine. Furthermore it is not an irritant for your skin and eyes.
2) Not sensitive to UV rays
Effectively, bromine is barely sensitive to UV rays therefore it does not need to be stabilized in any way. Thus there is no risk of over-stabilization.
3) All around efficiency
Despite being reactive, bromine remains efficient even if : the pH of your water is high (for example with a pH of 8 : the rate of efficiency is 80% whereas chlorine’s is 20%). The same goes for high temperatures. Since it is not very sensitive to heat, it is effective treating warm water such as found in hot tubs or heated pools…
WHAT ARE THE INCONVENIENCES ?
THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF BROMINE
First of all, it is available in the form of tablets, which you can simply place in the skimmer and leave them to work. Secondly, it exists in pellets. This must be placed in a brominator which is directly linked with your filtration system.
HOW TO MEASURE BROMINE ?
To conclude, bromine is an alternative to chlorine but its price can be between 48 and 80 € for a bucket of 5kg.
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