Chlorine Tablets Not Dissolving

When it comes to pool maintenance, there is a whole world to be discovered, and quite a bit to learn about pH balance and its relationship to chemical application.

Truth is, swimming pools can be a bit of a handful. And unless you have previously owned or managed a pool, you will end up neck deep, learning new technical terms and jargon.

One of the most important aspects of pool maintenance is all about using the right chemicals, such as chlorine, in order to ensure the water is clean and safe to swim in.

But also, making sure there aren’t too many of the chemicals, or else the water will become harmful and toxic.

Chlorine tablets not dissolving

Many people use chlorine tablets in their pool, as they are fairly easy to use and quite convenient. You should always follow the exact instructions on the label, and read the manual if they come with one.

A common problem is the chlorine tablets not dissolving. This can be quite dangerous, but what are you supposed to do?

We will answer that very question, and many more related ones so that you know exactly what the issue is, and what to do. Let’s get started!

What are chlorine tablets?

Let’s start by explaining exactly what chlorine tablets are so that it is easier to understand how they work and why they might not be dissolving in certain situations.

Chlorine tablets are a type of tablet that contains chlorine, designed to be dissolved in water. They act as a water disinfectant, and they can effectively kill most types of viruses and bacteria so that the water becomes clean and safe.

There are also a few different types of chlorine tablets. Most people use these types of tablets to clean the pool water so that it is safe for swimming.

However, there are also chlorine tablets for making water safe enough to be drinkable or to be used in the kitchen for washing vegetables and similar.

Depending on the amount of water, measured by volume, you will have to use a specific amount of chlorine tablets. It is important to use the right amount so that the water is effectively cleaned without going overboard on the chlorine itself!

How to use chlorine tablets

When using chlorine tablets to disinfect and clean the water in your swimming pool, it is super important to follow the right instructions and to do it the right way.

Many people assume that the chlorine tablets can be dropped directly into the pool water, so that they dissolve and take effect.

However, it is incredibly important to remember that you should never drop the chlorine tablets directly into the pool water. If you do this, the water can become dangerous, as the levels of chlorine will be very concentrated, therefore becoming harmful.

They can cause irritation to swimmers, along with other health consequences. So yeah, do not put the chlorine tablets in the pool directly!

Instead, chlorine tablets should be placed within the chemical feeder for the swimming pool, or in a floating dispenser specifically designed for the chlorine tablets. Basically, follow the instructions on the label, step by step, and you can’t go wrong!

Why are the chlorine tablets not dissolving?

Now that we’ve covered the basics of chlorine tablets, to get a better understanding, we can address the actual main question of this article: chlorine tablets that aren’t dissolving. Why does this happen?

If a chlorine tablet isn’t dissolving, then you’ve got a problem. It means that something is wrong, your pool water isn’t getting disinfected and therefore isn’t safe to swim in, and also you need to find the root cause and fix it because it could be something serious.

Most often, if your chlorine tablets aren’t dissolving, it’s because there is something wrong with the chemical feeder.

Most commonly, it’s because the chemical feeder is clogged up or dirty, so water isn’t reaching the tablets properly, and therefore they aren’t getting dissolved into the pool. Most likely you will notice that they are sitting there in the feeder, with not much water.

Alternatively, if you placed your chlorine tablets into a floating dispenser, it could be that the water is too cold for them to dissolve. The fact is, certain conditions make it harder for the chlorine tablets to dissolve, such as cold temperatures.

This is why it is usually very hard to get chlorine tablets to properly dissolve into a pool during the winter. (Luckily, most pools are only ever used during the summer, when it’s hot!)

What to do when the chlorine tablets aren’t dissolving

So, what do you do when the chlorine tablets aren’t dissolving? The course of action will completely depend on the specific situation at hand, and it will depend on the reason why your tablets aren’t dissolving in your pool.

Nevertheless, as a general rule and guide, here is what you should do:

  1. Make sure you use the chlorine tablets properly. Read the label instructions, place them in the right place, and make sure they are being used in the way they are designed to be used.
  2. Inspect your Chemical feeder to identify any potentially obvious reasons that the chlorine tablets are not dissolving.
  3. If they are in a floating dispenser, check the water temperature. If the temperature is fine, then it might be something else. Usually, the best solution is to place the tablets somewhere else, like the chemical feeder.
  4. If the chlorine tablets aren’t dissolving in the chlorine feeder, clean it. Make sure it isn’t clogged up with dirt or others.
  5. Switch to a different type or brand of chemical tablets. It could be that you are using the wrong ones for your type of swimming pool.
  6. Seek professional advice! Pools can be very tricky to maintain, and using the right chemicals to the right degree is super important. If done wrong, the water can become toxic and harmful. So if in doubt, it is best to contact someone experienced, to ensure everything is safe.

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