You have been made aware of the harmful affects produced by the regular chemicals, chlorine and bromine that most people use in their pools and have decided you don't want your family swimming in a toxic waste dump. So now you are considering switching over to a healthy, clean H2O2 treatment for the pool and spa and wonder what you have to do.
First you will be happy to know that you do not have to drain your pool and start from scratch. H2O2 will not react adversely with existing pool chemicals so you can add the H2O2 to the pool right away. What you will be using will be the 35% food grade H2O2 not the 3% variety that is sold at most stores.
Although you do not have to drain your pool before adding H2O2 it is recommended that you drain your spa and remove all chemicals as the amount of water involved is not significant. Also the concentration of H2O2 used in your spa should be greater than that used in your pool because of the higher water temperature.
Some people like to shock their pool before reducing the concentration of H2O2. This is especially important if there has been a lot of organic material; dust,leaves etc, in the pool. To shock the pool you would add one cup of H2O2per 250 gallons of water instead of the maintenance level of one cup per 500 gallons of water. Put this in the pool in the evening and let the pump run just long enough to circulate the water. You then turn the circulating pump off and let the pool stand for 24 hours before starting the pump again. Your pool will then be ready to use. The pool does not have to be shocked if you are starting with fresh water.
The H2O2 decomposes as it oxidizes organic material in your pool and also is weakened by UV rays. You should test the concentration periodically with H2O2 pool test strips and add more as required. The concentration should be kept between 50 and 100 PPM with the higher concentration maintained in your spa because of the higher water temperature. The amount of H2O2 that has to be added depends on amount of organic content, UV rays, is the pool covered when not used?, and also amount of usage the pool gets per day.
Isn't it time for you to take advantage of the many benefits of switching to H2O2 for your pool. It will not build up chemically in your pool or spa. You don't have to keep trying to balance chemicals against each other as it doesn't require an exact concentration. A stronger solution will not harm you. It is not toxic. It breaks down to our two most important ingredients, water and oxygen.
No bad smell.
No harmful vapors.
Do you need any more reasons to make the changeover today?
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If you enjoy the pleasure of a swimming pool, you should definitely consider having a hydrogen peroxide pool. The addition of hydrogen peroxide has proven to be the safest, most natural way to kill the many kinds of bacteria and fungi in your pool.
Unlike chlorine and bromine which are very dangerous to your skin and lungs, hydrogen peroxide will cleanse your skin through its natural oxygenation process. Even breathing in the extra oxygen emitted by the weak solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide will help cleanse your throat and lungs and the extra oxygen molecules will give you a feeling of more energy. Compare this with the harmful, burning fumes emitted by a pool that has been treated with chlorine.
The best hydrogen peroxide for your pool or spa is the 35% food grade. This is the purest form available and will ensure the best results. The recommended concentration of 35% hydrogen peroxide is to add one cup per 500 gallons of fresh water, when first treating your pool. The strength of the hydrogen peroxide will decrease as it evaporates with the sun and as it sanitizes the pool. The generally accepted concentration is 50 to 100 ppm. This may be increased if your pool has an extraordinary amount of organic contamination. You can easily check the concentration with test strips available at Pure Living Peroxide.