Can someone explain why chlorine is a more effective disinfectant in a lower pH environment? Technical is fine, I've been brushing up on my chemistry for a year. But a subtitled description of what's happening would be fine.
Basically, if you you have a swamp with a 25 drop base demand, is it better to clear the pool up first or raise the pH and alkalinity first?
My understanding is that the more H+ in the water (lower pH) the more quickly that OCL- will convert back to HOCL and keep killing algae. Is there a point where the water is too acidic?
On a side note, does algae have a harder time growing in an acidic environment? I've seen cases where someone with a 40 drop base demand has "a tiny bit of green algae on the floor of the pool" become a swamp overnight when pH is raised before the addition of chlorine.