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Alcohol and Chlorine Pools

05/18/2010 10:20 AM

Can you use alcohol to warm a chlorine pool?

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/18/2010 10:32 AM

Only by burning it.

Recommend you drink it before swimming - you won't be any warmer - but you won't notice the cold.

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/18/2010 10:33 AM

Yes, I can.

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/18/2010 10:37 AM

Location? What kind of pool? Why is warm chlorine required? What size pool? What are the wetted materials of this pool's structure? How is the chlorine contained? Temperatures? Pressures?

Alcohols and chorine don't react easily and the reaction products are toxic. Then, so is chlorine.

Alcohols are combustible, so it would depend on the burner design, though why burn alcohols when other fuels are cheaper? Which alcohol or alcohols? And where is it coming from?

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/18/2010 1:40 PM

Our swimming pool always is cold. We have used a liquid solar blanket that has some rubbing alcohol. I wanted to know if another product had to be used other than alcohol to ensure that it did not harm a vinyl lining.

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/19/2010 7:09 AM

All jokes aside - Isopropyl Alcohol mixed with the water in your solar blanket is there to prevent it freezing - and splitting the vinyl. You could use ethylene glycol, or any other anti-freeze compound to achieve the same end, but, I suppose, rubbing alcohol was used to cause the least contamination of the pool in case of leakage. Zydok.

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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/19/2010 10:35 AM

The "liquid solar blanket" products contain a liquid which is slowly released into the pool.

The ingredients only list isopropyl alcohol, which is why some people think that rubbing alcohol is warming their pool.

The active ingredient is not listed. After a little research, I found that the active ingredient is a compound such as Polyoxyethylene (2) lauryl ether. This compound spreads out as a very thin layer (a few molecules thick) over the surface of the pool. this greatly reduces water evaporation, which is a major source of heat loss for a pool.

The rubbing alcohol is just a carrier. It does nothing to warm the pool..

Tad (pool owner/chemist)

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05/19/2010 11:47 AM

Excellent answer, Tad. GA

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05/18/2010 11:05 AM

My guess would be - Yes but you must drink large quantities to feel the effect.

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05/18/2010 3:57 PM
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Re: alcohol and chlorine

05/19/2010 8:00 AM

My neighbor put a solar heating unit in. Both of our backyards face the south, so they lined the solar heating panel all along his roof. Works great in spring and fall after you run the water for 2-3 days. We have a Propane Heat wish it was Natural Gas it would be a lot cheaper.

We also have a standard solar cover and use whats called solar fish.

The solar fish are bags that look like fish and release a chemical that acts like a solar cover depending on the size of the pool they can last from 2-4 months.

http://www.lesliespool.com/browse/Home/Pool-Covers/Solar-Covers/Solar-Fish/D/30100/P/1:100:10001:800020/I/70701

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