General Pool Care Information
A Pool Owners Guide for Achieving Excellence in Pool Maintenance
Success in the care and management of a pool is best demonstrated by how well water chemistry and proper maintenance is understood. There are no “magic bullets.” The best way to ensure maximum enjoyment with minimum expenses all starts with a good education. One of the most important aspects of pool care is water chemistry. For a complete breakdown and explanation of chemicals, please refer to UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHEMICALS. In the meantime, here are some important tips in handling pool chemicals and general water chemistry information…
Handling Pool Chemicals
- Always read and familiarize yourself with label directions prior to using the product.
- Always use the correct dosage as instructed. Sometimes “less is more.”
- It is a good idea to carefully dissolve chemicals in a bucket of water prior to adding to the pool.
- When in doubt, add to the deep end in front of a return jet.
- Never add chemicals through the skimmer except for Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid).
- Stabilizer should be added through the skimmer to better dissolve/distribute the chemical
- and must be added slowly. Adding too much too quickly will cause the product to
- coagulate and possibly ruin your plumbing and filter equipment.
- Never mix one chemical with another prior to adding to the water
- When mixing a chemical in a 5 gallon bucket, always add the chemical to the water; never the
- water to the chemical.
- When adjusting chemistry levels such as pH and Alkalinity please leave ample time between
- adjustments. Some cases require up to 24 hours of circulation before making the next
- Store chemicals in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight, with proper ventilation.
- Do not store liquids above dry chemicals.
- Do not store pool chemicals near household, lawn and garden equipment and/or supplies.
- IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: Flush eyes or skin immediately for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.
- Inhalation: Seek fresh air immediately and seek medical attention.
- Ingestion: Seek Poison Control Center immediately and DO NOT induce vomiting unless instructed by a medical professional.