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

by Jamie
(Dallas, Texas)

I just got a 15ft by 4 ft deep pool and I have not the slightest idea on how to keep it clean and test the pH levels and all that for the swimming pool.

Can you please help me out? How about pool cleaning companies and pool service maintenance?



Thanks for the question Jamie

Not to worry because everything you need to keep the swimming pool crystal clear is on my site. I've taken care of hundreds of residential and commercial pools in Arizona and Oregon, so you're getting real in-the-field first hand knowledge on what to do.

Go To this page: Clear Blue Pool eBook. Everything about taking care of a pool is found in that eBook. Proven system to work.

A good Dallas pool service or pool maintenance service shouldn't be hard to come by.

It would really be time prohibitive for me to explain everything you need to do, from testing the pH level, chlorine, vacuuming, filtration, etc.. So, I'm going to give you the links to my web pages. You can go through them at your leisure. If you have any questions, please feel free to email back.

First, and before you add any chemicals to your pool, you need to get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit. It's the best on the market and the one most pool professionals use.

Test the fill water for pH, alkalinity, and hardness. No need to worry about chlorine because there probably isn't any. The reason you do this is to have a good starting point.

Water Testing Kit

Pool Water Testing

If you want good pool water right now you can call a local pool water delivery service.

Pool Water Delivery

Everything about chlorine:

Swimming Pool Chlorine

Calcium Hypochlorite

Sodium Hypochlorite

A good page for a new pool start up:

Pool Start Up

Vacuums and how to vacuum:

Swimming Pool Vacuums

A good place to go to learn and get links about your pool chemistry:

Swimming Pool Chemistry

Your chemical levels should read:

Chlorine 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm

pH 7.6 - 7.8

Alkalinity 80 - 100ppm

Calcium Hardness 150 - 250ppm

Cyanuric Acid (chlorine stabilizer) 30 - 50ppm

This is why you need to test the fill water first, to know what the levels are so you can make the right adjustments.

If the pH is already at 7.4ppm, great. Don't touch that. It should come up naturally through splashing around and people swimming.

Again, as you can see, there's alot going on here. If you can just take one step at a time, you can do it. I would encourage you first to shock the pool with Dichlor chlorine. This is from the chlorine tablet page:

Chlorine Tablets

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.

If you can tell me the kind of filtration system you have, I can help with that as well. This is a good starting point. Read through the pages and ask as many questions as you want. Please remember that I do need alot of information to help you, so if you have a problem, it's best to make it as detailed as possible; what you've done, how much and when, what were the results, etc..

Remember this:

Swimming Safety

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Good luck with your pool and have a great and safe swimming season.


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Jun 07, 2015
Help With New Pool
by: April

I have the Intex 16"x 48" above ground and I need to know what to buy chemical wise when I go to Walmart. And or if the saltwater pump system is easier if so what pump do I need I want whatever is easier?

Thanks for the question April

I'd love to help you. The reason I built my site is for people just like you. That being said, I have nearly 1500 pages dedicated to pool ownership and swimming pool care with an additional 160 videos on YouTube. It would be an enormous undertaking to go through everything you need to know about chemicals and pool care. There are many variables to consider. Your pool is different than other pools. It's not simply "tell me what to do" but an understanding of what to do, and why. What to look for and what to avoid.

I would first encourage you to go through my site and glean everything you can. I also offer eBook at a very reasonable price. These alone can save you hundreds of dollars. I also offer personal consults. Use the search bar located on each page for easier navigation of my site.

Clear Blue Pool eBook

How To Clear Up A Green Pool eBook

Swimming Pool Consultation

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


May 14, 2015
New Pool Owner
by: Allen

I recently bought a home with a 24'x52' above ground pool. I have replaced the liner . The question I have is do I need a filter or can I just run a pump to keep the water circulating? the pump is ok but the sand filter needs replaced.

I am trying to be cheap as I have had to repair siding, new liner, and have to purchase water?

Jan 11, 2015
New Pool..How To Put In The Right Amount Of Chemicals?
by: Kinder

How to put in the right amount chemicals for a 12 feet round pool and 3.3 feet deep. My chlorine is 0/0 and pH is 6.4 and my TA is 40.

This is my first pool and I don't understand the basis because I don't want to injury myself or my children.

Thanks for the question Kinder

A 12 ft round pool with 48 inch tall walls, your pool would hold about 2,975 gallons. A 12 ft round pool with 52 inch tall walls, your pool would hold about 3,398 gallons. Knowing the gallons is the first step.

I'm going to give you some links to look at because this question has been answered in other posts.

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

What Is A Swimming Pool Conditioner & Stabilizer?

The above link has a little to do with brown algae, but you can disregard that. Just look at the links within the post and chemical readings.

About Adding Chemicals To A Relined Pool..

You may not have a newly relined pool, but the way to add chemicals to a newly refilled pool is the same. Get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit.

Water Testing Kit

You'll want to shock the pool with Dichlor. This is a fast acting granular chlorine with a stabilizer (cyanuric acid/CYA) in it. Then adjust the alkalinity. It should read between 80 - 100ppm. pH should be between 7.6 - 7.8ppm.
Chlorine should be 1.5 - 3.5ppm.

Below is the page that has those links to make the adjustments that were just listed:

Swimming Pool Chemistry

Follow the links above and they will direct you on what to do and exactly how to do it. Test your fill water so you'll have a starting point. Knowing your fill water readings is important so you don't have any surprises.

There's many posts and answered questions on the pool Q&A page so I would encourage you to look through those categories as well.

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.


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