New Swimming Pool..Don't Know About Chemcals..How To

We just installed a 41x21 ft. swimming pool. We have no idea how to add chemicals to pool.

Thanks for your question

Pool maintenance is pretty simple once you learn the basics. The main areas of pool chemicals are:

*Pool chlorine
*Combined chlorine (chloramines)
*pH levels
*Total alkalinity
*Calcium hardness
*Cyanuric acid

When you are able to master these basics, you'll have the perfect pool. First I would strongly encourage you to get a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water testing kit. These kits are what most pool professionals use. It will take some getting used to but it's worth it.

Your local pool supply store can get one for you.

Water Testing Kit

Next would be to study these pages:

Swimming Pool Chemistry

Swimming Pool Tips

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine

Swimming Pool pH Levels

Swimming Pool Alkalinity

Calcium Hardness

Swimming Pool Muriatic Acid

Swimming Pool Chlorine Tablets

These pages tell you what to do, when to do it, and why it should be done.

You'll need:

*Pool chlorine for your sanitizer

*Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) for your pH levels and total alkalinity. You can also use 20 Mule Team Borax for a pH increase.

This won't affect your alkalinity.

*Muriatic acid for a pH and alkalinity decrease

*Trichlor swimming pool tablets for your cyanuric acid levels

I've tried to make this site and these pages as simple as I can so that any pool owner can get the information he needs to have the best pool possible.

I've always found, and I still teach this to the lifeguards at the YMCA, that it's important to not just know how to add chemicals, but what the pool chemicals are for, their function and purpose, and why it's important to keep them at a certain level.

And, as always, if you have any more questions, I'll be here to answer them.

Good luck with your new pool and have a great Summer


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