Also Known As: Enzyme treatment

Enzymes are biological molecules that create chemical reactions in a variety of different settings. In a pool, enzymes can be useful in purifying water, because they can break down organic matter, turning it into carbon dioxide or CO2.

Natural enzymes are formed through the process of fermentation. On the other hand, enzymes can be synthetically manufactured. There are differences in how these two perform. Synthetic enzymes are generally designed to eliminate certain fats and oils, while natural enzymes have a broader target.

An enzyme treatment can be very effective in eliminating organic materials, including oils, fats, detergents, dirt and pollen. Used in conjunction with traditional purification systems, an enzyme treatment can boost the effectiveness of chemicals like chlorine. This translates to fewer shock treatments and perhaps more comfortable swimming, as the chlorine or bromine levels can be lowered. Furthermore, enzyme treatments can reduce the chance of buildup of oils and debris along the side of the pool, which lowers the need for scrubbing.

In addition, enzyme treatments can be useful in closing and opening the pool for the season. For example, adding a quart of enzyme to mesh safety covers in the fall and spring can slow natural algae growth.