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Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that act as catalysts to speed-up the chemical process of breaking down non-living organic materials like the grime and gunk that collects in a pool or spa from wind and rain, dirt, leaves, animal (and human) waste. Enzymes are not alive themselves, they do “eat” organic material by reacting with organic pollutants and turning them into natural byproducts like CO2 or water without changing their own molecular structure.
Enzymes do not eat living bacteria but are specifically attracted to non-living organic pollutants and help make the job easier for sanitizing chemicals like chlorine. Enzymes thrives as outstanding clarifiers, stain removers, and foam preventers. Enzymes cannot eliminate living algae but they will breakdown dead algae after algae treatment.
Even with a perfectly functioning filtration system and regular sanitization, pools and spas collect unsavory organic matter from bather loads (no matter how clean a bather or swimmer may be) and also from plants and animals. These are the culprits that create high chlorine demand, hazy water, high phosphate levels or an unsightly ring around your spa or pool waterline.
Common Non-Living Organic Pollutants
Enzymes reduce demand for sanitizers and shock, while breaking down the oily films that deposit themselves on the tile line and skimmers which eliminates stains. With less oil and greasy build-up, your pool filter can do more while working less, great also for increasing a filter’s lifespan. Most importantly, you will spend less time on water quality and more quality water time in the pool.
For those with mesh safety covers, enzyme use over the course of the winter is popular to help combat the pollutants that sift through the cover during the offseason. Applying a quart of enzymes in the fall, or add them early in springtime, a couple of months before you open, as the weather warms-up. Especially for mesh covered pools, using enzymes can make spring clean-up a snap. Used in conjunction with algaecide and chlorine, enzymes can eliminate dead algae from the water, reducing the need for several water-wasting backwashes during spring clean-up.
Natural Chemistry Enzymes are made from natural sources like botanicals, malt or molasses. Each enzyme product is designed to consume specific organic pollutants and break them down into their most basic form of carbon dioxide or even into water. Natural Chemistry’s SmartZyme technology creates enzymes that are specially formulated for hot water for spas, cold water for pools, or for use in salt water pools.
Question: What Is the Best Enzyme Product to Clarify Cloudy Water?
Answer: Pool First Aid
Pool First Aid’s SmartZymes team-up with an organic clarifier to clear cloudy pool water fast. Besides being a highly effective clarifier, Pool First Aid can assist your pool’s filtration system and help it run more effectively regardless if you own a cartridge, DE, or sand filter. It helps remove oil and greasy buildup, allergens like pollen, and even the antifreeze you used in your plumbing over the winter.
Pool First Aid helps conserve pool water by consuming the dead algae that collects at the bottom of a swimming pool after an algaecide treatment. Typically, dead algae can be too fine for a filter to effectively remove resulting in the algae to cycle through the filtration system and back into you pool. Pool First Aid can eliminate the need to vacuum to waste or to backwash by consuming these fine particles and turning them into carbon dioxide or even water.
Question: What Is the Best Way to Eliminate the Black Ring Around a Pool’s Waterline Without Scrubbing?
Answer: Pool Perfect
Pool Perfect is engineered with a high concentration of SmartZymes that specialize in breaking down suntan lotion, make-up, sweat and other non-living organic pollutants that are the top culprits in creating the unsightly black ring around a pool’s waterline. Pool Perfect does all the work for you so you do not have to waste time and effort tediously scrubbing the stain. The SmartZymes are specifically designed to have a ferocious appetite for these stain-causing agents.
Not only is Pool Perfect a stain removing specialist but it too, like Pool First Aid, can make any type of filter work more efficiently by eating up the gunk that hinders a filtration system from working its best.
Question: What Enzyme Product Can Help Prevent an Algae Bloom?
Answer: Pool Perfect + Phosfree
Phosphates are the organic nutrients that algae feed on to help them grow. They are found everywhere naturally. While high levels of phosphates do not directly cause algae, they can serve as the food to fuel a full-fledged algae bloom.
Pool Perfect + Phosfree offers the powerful stain removal capabilities of Pool Perfect with the added benefit of Phosfree to help prevent algae growth by reducing a pool or spa’s phosphate levels nearly to zero.
Question: What Can I do In the Fall to Ensure a Hassle Free Opening in the Spring?
Answer: Pool Magic Spring & Fall
Pool Magic Spring & Fall uses SmartZymes specifically designed to function best in cold water conditions to control non-living organic contamination in pool water throughout the winter to minimize the effort and need for clarifiers, flocculants, sand stain removers when opening in the Spring. Pool Magic is great for pool owners with mesh safety covers because it targets the fine particles that sift through the mesh cover that amass via snow melts and rainwater during the off-season.
Option #2: Pool Magic + Phosfree
Pool Magic+Phosfree offers the extra power of Natural Chemistry’s Phosfree. Phosfree is formulated with lanthanum (rare earth) compounds that create a thin coating of Phosfree on any filter media. While pool water flows through the filter, phosphates are reduced to a very low level. Excessively high levels of phosphates can serve as fuel for an algae bloom. Phosfree doesn’t directly kill algae but it does help prevent algae growth resulting in one less chemical you need to spend money on when it comes time to open in the Spring.
Option #3: Hasslefree Start-Up Kit
Natural Chemistry's Hasslefree Pool Start-up Kit is the best of both worlds as it includes both of the aforementioned products: Pool Magic+Phosfree as well as Metal Free at a discounted price. It’s a great way to cover all your bases and reduce the pool chemicals you need to have a clean pool opening down to just two.
Question: How Can I Prevent Waterline Rings, Cloudy Water, Smelly Water, and Ineffective Filtration in a Spa or Hot Tub?
Answer: Spa Perfect
The Natural Chemistry Spa product line mirrors the pool product line only the SmartZymes are engineered to work best in warm or hot water conditions. Just like Pool Perfect, Spa Perfect eliminates unwanted, non-living organic contaminants. Body oils, cosmetics, suntan lotions, hair products and much more are on the menu for these SmartZymes leaving you without a ring around your spa’s waterline, odor free water, and an optimized filtration system.
Question: Are There Spa Enzyme Products Specifically Made For Hot Tubs With High Traffic or Heavy Use?
Answer: Spa Purge
Spa Purge cleans non-living organic waste from inside spa plumbing using a concentrated formula with SmartZymes. It is designed for heavy duty spa cleaning jobs and cleans deep down into a hot tub’s filtration system and plumbing to get where it is otherwise impossible to manually clean.
Question: What Enzyme-based Product Specifically Targets Scale in a Salt Chlorine Generator Cell?
Answer: Scale Free
Scale Free defends salt chlorine generators and salt water pools from the damaging effects of scale build-up caused by excessive deposits of minerals and calcium. The SmartZymes found in Scale Free are specifically designed to work best in salt water conditions. Beyond protecting expensive salt cells, Scale Free can also protect vinyl pool liners from calcium scale as well as stains created by metals. Many stain and scale prevention products naturally contain high levels of phosphates which could enable algae growth, unlike these products, Scale Free does not contain phosphates.
Note: Scale Free can be used with most sanitizing systems and is compatible with all pool surfaces. Do not use with biguanides (chlorine-free pool sanitizers).
Salt Water Option #2: Salt Water Magic Monthly Kit
The Salt Water Magic Monthly Kit consists of Salt Water Magic and Cell Protect. Similar to Spa or Pool Magic, Salt Water Magic’s SmartZymes are salt water smart.
Easy to use, this powerful 1-2 punch will ensure that your salt water pool system is running at peak performance and optimized for longevity. Protect salt cells from the degenerative effects of scale, degrease any type of pool filter, and prevent staining—even on vinyl liners. Treats up to 20,000 gallons.
Question: Is There An Enzyme Cleaner That Works For Any Kind of Surface?
Answer: Clean & Perfect
Clean & Perfect is an all-purpose cleaner with uses that extend beyond the pool, spa or hot tub. Clean & Perfect’s SmartZymes can be used inside or outside, and is effective on the toughest grease on a bbq grill, dirt and grime, but safe for any surface be it pool, spa or household surface. The enzymes on soot, residue from mildew in a shower, waterline rings, leaf stains, and even to remove dead insects from your vehicles grill and headlights. Clean and Perfect can even be used eliminate stubborn stenches from pet accidents. These SmartZymes are smart enough to be safely used anywhere.
Question: What Enzyme Product Specializes On Cleaning Pool Or Spa Filters?
Answer: Filter Perfect
Filter Perfect is a natural, highly concentrated filter cleaning solution that removes oils, grease, non-living organics, and more from a filter’s surface. Filter Perfect improves filter efficiency and lengthens cycles between filter cleaning. Filter Perfect is compatible with all sanitizers.
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