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Understanding Free Available Chlorine – Shapleigh, ME

A town in York County, Maine, Shapleigh (pronounced “SHAP-lee”) was incorporated in 1785 and has a population of about 2,700. Part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford metropolitan statistical area, it is served by state routes 11 and 109.

Above ground pools have slowly gained in popularity in the area, especially since summers can be hot and humid. While easier to maintain than inground pools, owners of above ground pools should still make sure their pool is chlorinated properly. For healthy pool water, a chlorinator must be used to kill bacteria, algae and other organic contaminants.

Understanding free available chlorine, or FAC is a good start. In essence, it is the amount of active chlorinator in the water. The correct amount of FAC in a pool should be between 1.0 and 4.0 ppm. If the amount is less, this can cause algae problems and cause the water to get cloudy, as well as cause rashes.

When the level of chlorine is lower than 1.0 ppm, be sure to add the proper chlorinators or shock treatment until you achieve the proper FAC levels.

When testing for FAC, the ideal frequency is daily, though you can get by checking it once every two weeks.

To learn more about FACs and how to properly maintain your above ground pool, be sure to contact Ambassador Pools for more information.

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