How a Brominator Works

An outdoor pool.

A brominator works hard to keep your swimming pool clean and well-circulated. It works with bromo-chloro-dimethylhydantoin to keep your pool sanitized as it goes through the summer months. Using a brominator actually works better than using chlorine. The chemical that is created—called hypobromite—will keep your water clear and free from algae, and it will not leave a chlorine smell.

Install Brominator In Circulator

Algae grows fast during the summer, when the sun beats down on the pool. While this problem is generally treated with a chlorine circulator connected to the pump, a brominator will create the same process needed to keep the pool clean without any of the harmful effects.

Before you buy or install your brominator, make sure that it will fit your pool. There are different sizes designed to treat each specific size pool.

Requires Bromine

In order for the brominator to work, you need to add the required amount of bromine tablet to the bank. The amount that you use will vary according to the conditions and the size of your brominator. The sizes of the pool, pump, and brominator, the heat, and even the amount of use the pool gets will determine the number of bromine tablets needed.

You may also need to add some other chemicals depending on the condition of the water. Check the pH of the water to make sure that you add what is needed.

Add An Oxidizer

A brominator works to circulate the bromine into the water as it passes through the filter. However, the bromine will not begin to work unless an oxidizer is activated. The oxidizer is what is needed to get the bromine to activate into the water. Without it, the bromine is just sitting in the pool water doing nothing. The type of oxidizer that you will need depends greatly on the type of bromine tablets you are using.

Use Flocculants Regularly

Another chemical that you will need to keep your water clear is a flocculant. The clear blue water will not stay forever. When you notice that the water is starting to look cloudy, and a little dim, then you should add the chemical to shock the water. This process of shocking the water causes the bromine to return into the bank for reuse and recirculation. The type of flocculant that you use will also depend on the type of equipment you are using.

Keep Water Tested

Using a brominator is a wonderful way to keep your pool water clean and sparkling without using harmful chlorine. That does not mean that it will stay that way. Throughout the summer season, continually check the water to make sure that it is staying within healthy conditions. When the water starts to get out of acceptable range then add the chemicals needed to the brominator.