What chemicals to put in my pool?
I bought an Intex above ground pool 18ft.x48in. last year and we did alright keeping it up but we just never understood how to keep the ph balanced. We always bought the packs of Shock and poured it in the pool. If anyone has an above ground pool, could you tell me in details what chemicals you put in the pool each week, or daily and where you buy your chemicals at. I got the kit, but im not quite understanding it. If someone wants to chat with me to help me out my s/n is girlegrl7,please share your ideas, thanks!!
Most chain variety stores carry pool supplies, as well as home improvement centers. Also most companies that instal pools sell supplies.
It will depend on the type of pool test kit you bought, and the chemicals you bought. Keep in mind, Pools and Spas require different chemicals and are maintained differently. I prefer the test kit that uses reagents that change color in a test sample of water.
It is important that you don’t get pool chemicals on your skin. In the right out of the container concentrated form, they are caustic and will burn your skin. In the pool water, they are diluted and harmless.
1. Balance your water, nothing else will work right if your water isn’t in balance. Test your Ph. It should be between 7.2 & 7.8.
If it is below 7.2 add soda ash until the Ph is above 7.2. Soda Ash is sold in stores under a variety of names. Check the container for a statement that it increase the Ph.
If the Ph is above 7.8, add Muriatic Acid until the Ph is below 7.8. Muriatic Acid is sold in stores in a dry form under a variety of names. It can be bought at pool installer and supply companies in a liquid form. Check the containers for a statement that it decreases the Ph.
2. OK, now you have your pool balanced. Next, obtain Cyuranic Acid. Cyuranic Acid bonds the Chlorine to the water. Without Cyuranic Acid, the Chlorine does a poor job burning up the impurities in the water and will evaporate quickly into the atmosphere.
You normally only have to add Cyuranic Acid once, and that is when you initially fill or change the water in the pool.
Check the side of the container for a chart showing how much to apply for the number of gallons of water in your pool to reach 200-400 ppm.
3. Add Free Base Chlorine until the pool reaches 3ppm. Free Base Chlorine is a mixture of chlorine and calcium, commonly called Calciumchloride, or BurnOut.
Cheap Bleach will work also, but it will leave a white residue in the bottom of the pool. Burn out is best.
Burn out your pool once a week.
4. When the chlorine levels drop to 1.5 to .06 ppm. Add Stabilized Chlorine to keep your pool water free of contaminants. Try to maintain your pool chlorine level as close to 1 ppm as possible.
Stabilized Chlorine can be bought in the granulated form, or compressed into tablets or sticks. Stabilized Chlorine slowly releases the chlorine into the water insuring a continual supply over time, and because it last longer, it cost less than adding Free Base Chlorine every day.
5. Last, add your algaecide to prevent your pool from turning pea green. You should add just enough algaecide to make a couple of bubbles appear on the surface of the water when the kids jump in the water, or when you splash with your hand.
Add weekly doses of algaecide to prevent algae bloom.
All it takes is the intorduction of one chlorophil cell to start multiplying, and your pool will go green. It can come from the kids sliding on the lawn grass, or wearing swim suits that haven’t been washed after swimming in lakes or creeks.
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