How to Maintain a Bromine Pool. Maintaining a swimming pool using bromine is not much different than maintaining a pool using chlorine. You still need to make sure your water is circulating, it's being filtered, and the chemicals are in balance. The only difference is the fact that you are using bromine instead of chlorine for water sanitation. Similar to chlorine, bromine is a member of the halogen family of chemicals, and when added to a pool it forms a mild acid (hypobromous acid or free available bromine) that will kill algae or bacteria.

Step 1

Add bromine to a swimming pool by using a bromine feeder and 1" bromine tabs. If you're using chlorine, you can actually switch to using bromine in a chlorinated pool by adding sodium bromide (that will convert the chlorine to bromine) and begin sanitizing with bromine tabs.

Step 2

Test your water chemistry on a regular basis to ensure your bromine levels are in the range of 2.5 PPM to 5.0 PPM and your pH is between 7.2 and 7.8 (Chlorine levels are 1-3 PPM with pH almost the same at 7.2 to 7.6).

Step 3

Ensure your test kit is designed to work with bromine, since a test kit designed to work with chlorine will likely give high pH readings. (The phenol red chemical used to show the pH concentration will actually react with bromine and form a reddish color in the tester, making it look like you have a high pH level when in fact you don't).

Step 4

Test your pool water at a pool store who can test water sanitized with bromine or get a test kit or test strips specifically designed to work with bromine.

Step 5

Run your pool pump and filter 12 - 15 hours per day when sanitizing with bromine. The tabs are slow dissolving and require water circulation to get into the pool.