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Borate In Swimming Pools | Why You Should Try This Season

Matt_Ashner | May 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Today I'd like to summarize the benefits of borate treatment use in above ground swimming pools and inground swimming pools.  These benefits have been discussed in detail in recent blog posts:

  • It only needs to be added to the pool water once in the Spring
  • Great pH buffering agent
  • Less algae growth
  • Water feels like silk
  • Save on electricity - run your pump filter less

The only thing that holds many of my customers back from using it is the cost.  They see borate as an optional additive that they have lived without for all these years, so why bother start using it now?  Unlike most chemicals, they do not dissipate in water and are only removed when water is taken out of the pool.  What that means is that they only need to be added once at the beginning of the season and your level of 30-50 ppm is maintained throughout the year. Once borates have been added, the following spring you usually only have to add a smaller dose to boost levels when the pool is first opened, but never as much as is required for your initial dose.  With all of these awesome benefits, it really makes no sense to not be adding borates to your swimming pool.  And right now The Swimming Pool Store is offering two great specials to all our existing and new customers. If you use us to open your pool we will add borates to the water at no additional charge.  

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Borate In Swimming Pools Makes Water Feel Like Silk

Matt_Ashner | May 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Today I'd like to discuss another great benefit of borate treatment use in above ground swimming pools and inground swimming pools which is the way it makes your water feel on your skin.  One of the biggest selling points with this great product is the ability to give pool water that soft silky feel that pool owners love.  It has a similar effect of adding bath salts to your bath water for a more soothing, muscle relaxing experience.  Borates are so soothing that they are one of the main ingredients in Visine eye drops.

In addition to all the great benefits previously stated in other posts, borates also act as a natural inhibitor to corrosion, which is a common problem in salt-water pools.  They also prevent scaling by preventing increases in pH and act as a weak chelating agent when they bind with calcium (which is what causes the scaling)

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Borate In Swimming Pools Reduces Pool Pump Filtering Time

Matt_Ashner | May 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Today I'd like to discuss another great benefit of borate treatment use in above ground swimming pools and inground swimming pools that often goes unnoticed is reduction of time required to run the pool pump and therefore reduction in electricity costs.  Pump running time reductions of 40% are common with times as great as 70% often seen.  This can be a savings of several hundred dollars over the course of a summer for most pool owners. Why are pool owners able to run their pumps so much less by adding borates?  This safe chemical helps to keep the water clean and sparkling without as much filtration.  Borates actually increase the refractory index of water so more light is reflected, thus sparkling, crystal clear water.

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More on Borate Treatment Benefits for Swimming Pools

Matt_Ashner | May 22, 2015 9:43:00 AM

Today I'd like to discuss some of the chemistry behind the benefits fo using borate treatment in your above ground swimming pools and your inground swimming pools.  The use has increased dramatically over the past decade by pool professionals and homeowners alike.  The main use is as a pH-buffering agent. When added to your pool. it will help to prevent the pH level from going too high (basic) or too low (acidic). The second beneficial feature is that they prevent algae growth. A common misconception is that borates stop algae growth by starving the water of CO2 or carbon dioxide. The actual mechanism involves interference of algal photosynthesis and metabolism via locking up nucleotide co-enzymes NAD+ and NADP+.  Unless you’re a biochemistry major that probably doesn’t mean much to you.  Suffice to say borates prevent the growth of algae and in so doing reduce the amount of chlorine and algaecides that would normally be required. 

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Borate Treatment Benefits for Inground and Above Ground Swimming Pools

Matt_Ashner | May 3, 2015 6:20:56 PM

Over the next few weeks, I'll be providing educational information in our blog about the benefits of using borate treatments for your inground swimming pools and above ground swimming pools.  Having been involved with the swimming pool industry for the better part of 20 years, it’s not often that I come across a new product that truly impresses me. Over the last couple of years however I have started using a new product that does what it says and more, and that product is borate. 

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