Help W/Order Of Chemicals Additions To Pool

by Cindi
(Ohio)

I forget in what order I am to add the chemicals.


1st: Pool is up; 4000 gals of water added from our pump (hard water) but not rusty, just lil green like always when ya start up.

2nd: Running pump continuously and changing filter daily to clear water. normally 3-5 days

3rd: This is where I am asking for help! Do I add pool shock ( liquid or power) next AFTER water is clear? Then add chlorine or what!?

Please advise!




Thanks for the question Cindi

I'll first direct your attention to these posts that are very similar:

I Just Filled My 18ft X 4ft Above Ground Pool Do I Put In Chlorine Or Shock It?

My First Pool..How Do I Add Chemicals & Make Adjustments?

Above Ground Pool..Need To Know About Chemicals & What To Do..

Don't spend any extra money on special "chlorine shock" or super-duper shock or anything else like that. It's all chlorine. The special colorful packages makes it look like it's something new and improved, or whatever.

pH and Alkalinity Up is nothing more than baking soda that you can buy at your grocery store.

Do You Really Need All These Chemicals For A Pool Or Are They Just Trying To Get Your Money?

This will summarize the links above:

- Get a good Taylor K-2006 pool test kit

- Test the fill water to know where to start

- Shock the pool with Dichlor. While Dichlor does add pool chlorine it will also increase your CYA level while lowering your pool water pH level. Take care in using Dichlor as your CYA can get out of hand very quickly.

Trichlor tabs can be used in a floater to keep the CYA and chlorine levels up throughout the week. Never put tabs in the skimmer.

For every 10ppm of chlorine added with Dichlor, you'll raise the CYA by 9ppm.

For every 10ppm of chlorine added with Trichlor tabs you'll raise the CYA by 6ppm.

- Test your water for metals if it comes from a well and get a metal sequestrant. A metal sequestrant does not remove metal from pool water. It holds it in solution until it can get filtered. Then you backwash the metal out.

Because metal sequestrants break down over time and get filtered and backwashed out, you need to weekly dose your pool if you have high iron and copper.

Metal sequestrants that are based on HEDP, phosphonic acid or something similar are the most effective.

Jack's Magic Blue, Purple, and Pink Pink Stuff, Metal Magic, Metal Free, & Metal Klear are very good.

- Adjust the pH and alkalinity. don't worry too much about the calcium hardness. This is mostly for plaster pools.

The links above go into greater detail about everything you need to know and do.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Start Up/Opening A Pool" category.

Check back to this post for updates or answers.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

Robert

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Please Help With Pool Chemicals

by Brittany
(Orange, TX)

Could you tell me how much and how often I should be putting chemicals in my pool, it holds 3,700 gallons of water.

I put my pool up and added some chemicals now it's a greenish color. What should I do to get it crystal clear and how much shock and how much cholrine a day?

PLEASE HELP




Thanks for the question Brittany

First I'll direct your attention to these posts:

Help W/Order Of Chemicals Additions To Pool

Where Do I Start With Pool Chemicals?

My First Pool..How Do I Add Chemicals & Make Adjustments?

I'd like to have your complete chemical readings:

Chlorine, CYA (cyanuric acid/stabilizer), pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Metals (iron and copper). It makes troubleshooting much easier and the process of clearing up your pool will go much faster. You can get this done at your local pool store.

Without these numbers I'm just guessing at what the problem is.

It's simple to take care of a pool, but I need the numbers because each pool is different. There are so many different chemical combinations. Some pools may have high pH and low alkalinity or vice versa. Some have low chlorine but high stabilizer.

Get back to me with the chemical numbers and I'm sure I can help.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Start Up/Opening A Pool".

Check back to this post for updates or answers.

If you need immediate assistance (within 24 hrs) or for emergency personal assistance, you can make a donation of your choice and I'll answer your questions by phone.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

Robert

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Sanitize Kiddie Pool

I'm wondering... If I have a 552 gallon 8 Ft x 18" pool, what are the proper chemicals to keep it from turning green.

I have a well and am not able to change the water everyday?

Thank you




Without a filter it will be more difficult to maintain clear water, but it can be done. You can follow regular chemical protocol that can be found in these posts for new pool start-ups:

Help With Order Of Pool Chemicals

FIRST TIME ABOVE GROUND POOL OWNER NEED STEPS ON HOW TO CHECK THE WATER

There are other links in those posts that will put you on the right track.

With well water you might have brown water after you put the chlorine in. Here's a post on that:

Brown Pool Water After Chlorine

Try to keep the chemicals in line the best you can and do a refill once per week, or when needed.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Chemical Questions" category.

Check back to this post for updates or answers.

If you need immediate assistance (within 24 hrs) or for emergency personal assistance, you can make a donation of your choice and I'll answer your questions by phone.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

Robert

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