What, bromine for the treatment of my spa? We are used to hearing that water disinfection is done with chlorine. In fact, it is the most common solution in the world of the swimming pool. However, another solution, more effective and adapted when it comes to treating spa water is bromine. Advantages, disadvantages? This article will tell you everything!
To get started, what is bromine?
It’s a chemical product that has similar properties to chlorine. It is used for pool water disinfection but more often for spas. It is an oxidant and disinfectant that enables water to eliminate all the harmful microorganisms that accumulate. Bromine is also a great anti-algae. Therefore, it represents a good maintenance product and doesn’t require the use of additional chemicals for disinfection. However, this product requires a higher budget than chlorine, even though they play a similar role.
Because it enables you to keep your water clean and crystalline. Then, it’s the most widespread water disinfectant treatment for spa.
A good maintenance of your spa is imperative. It is for this reason that bromine is used. This product is softer than chlorine and without any smell. It irritates neither the eyes nor the skin. It’s therefore ideal for the people who suffer allergies and for children. Bromine has also a long-lasting effect compared to chlorine. Last but not least, it remains effective even if the water temperature is elevated.
It is also important to underline that this disinfectant does not suffer as much as chlorine the parameters of the water. If you want chlorine to be effective, you should always maintain your pH level between 7.2 and 7.4. Indeed, bromine is able to disinfect correctly your water with a pH level situated between 7 and 7.8. However, the disinfectant action of bromine diminues beyond a pH of 8.
How to make a treatment of your spa with bromine ?
We recommend you to treat your spa with bromine as it is less dependent on the water parameters than chlorine. Ideally, the bromine rate in the water should always be situated between 2 and 5 mg/L (the best is 3). Using a regenerator (shock treatment) every 15 days maintains the efficiency of the water disinfection. This process enables you to avoid bromine wasting.
Generally, bromine is in the form of pebbles, pellets or sticks. They are placed in a diffuser to ensure an effective dissolution. More volatile than chlorine, bromine disperses more easily in the water. Depending on the quality of the product, the disinfection can last between 7 and 15 days. Once this period has passed, you should treat with shock chlorine (see our shop) or by adding some bromine depending on the rate in the water.