WHY PHOSPHATES ARE BAD FOR YOUR POOL AND HOW TO GET RID OF THEM

Phosphate comes from phosphorus (a common element found in nature) that is constantly finding its way into swimming pools, whether it’s by source water, ground run off or rain.

When phosphate levels get too high it can create dull, cloudy or hazy water conditions. And, if your pool has high pH and calcium hardness levels, it can contribute to the formation of harmful calcium phosphate scales on surfaces and equipment in any type of pool. But this is especially problematic for saltwater pools.

Calcium carbonate scale (the brighter white) and calcium phosphate scale (the yellow scale)
Calcium carbonate scale (the brighter white) and calcium phosphate scale (the yellow scale)

Pictured above is calcium carbonate scale formation on a salt cell. Those metal plates are where electricity passes through the cell to break apart the salt molecules to create the active chlorine in the water. If electricity is unable to pass across the cell plates, then you can’t break apart your salt to create the active chlorine. Calcium carbonate scale forms first and calcium phosphate scale, which may not otherwise stick to the cell plates by itself, will start to build up on top of the calcium carbonate scale.

BioGuard has three new products specifically designed to remove phosphate in swimming pools: Pool Juice Zero (phosphate remover for high levels), Pool Juice (weekly phosphate remover) and Pool Juice 911 (instant water rescue/clean up product).A water test can easily determine your phosphate levels and recommend the right one to tackle the problem.

Pool Juice is available in our stores in Chester, NJ and Hackettstown, NJ or for your convenience you can purchase online and get it delivered or reserved for pickup.

For optimal water quality and the best pool care assistance in the area, have your water tested at one of our stores at least once every two weeks.

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