Pool Glossary

 


  • BASE:

    Those chemicals of alkaline nature which will counteract the pH of an acid eventually neutralizing at 7.0. Common bases used around the pool would include Soda Ash, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, and Sodium Sesquicarbonate.
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  • BICARBONATE:

    An intermediate form in the deprotonation of carbonic acid.
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  • BIGUANIDES:
    The name for a certain class of sanitizers using the polymer PHMB, the only non-halogen sanitizer available for pool and spa use.  "Soft Swim" and "Baquacil" are manufacturers of this technology.
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  • BLOWER:
    Plumbed into the spa return line, air is injected to produce fun bubbles and a hydrotherapy effect in the spa.
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  • BOOSTER PUMP:
    Secondary to the filter pump, a booster pump is used to power an automatic pool cleaner such as Polaris or Letro.
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  • BREAKPOINT CHLORINATION:

    When you shock your pool, the goal is to reach a high enough level of free-chlorine, measured in ppm, to break apart molecular bonds; specifically the combined chlorine molecules.  When breakpoint is reached with sufficient additions of chlorine, everything in the pool is oxidized.
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  • BROMAMINES:
    A combined bromine - ammonia molecule.  Unlike chloramines, which are strong smelling and offer no sanitizing properties, bromamine compounds continue to sanitize.
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  • BROMINE:
    A member of the halogen family, commonly used as a sanitizer in spas, because of its resistance to hot water with rapid pH fluctuations.
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  • BTU:
    British Thermal Unit.  A unit of measurement for the use of gas by a gas appliance.  Pool heaters are rated by their consumption.
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  • BUFFER:

    A base such as Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), added to your pool will increase alkalinity which increases the buffering capacity of the pool; your pool's resistance to pH change.
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