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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Jan 11, 2015
Just Filled Up Pool. Now What?
by: Bonnie & Derek

I purchased a swimming pool. Intex from Wal Mart 24x52. What do I do? I just filled it up, now im clueless.

It does have a Krystal Clear filter/pump. The directions on the box says contact a pool dealer to find out what I need to do/use for pH balance and stuff.

Well, this is our very first pool and and we are totaly dumb to the facts of pool maintenance. Can you help or at least explain how/what I need to do after the 1st. intial fill up of the pool?

Thanks for the question Bonnie

I have answered several questions about pool start up on the Q&A page in the Start up/opening a pool category.

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Please look them over. If you have a specific question about pool maintenance, feel free to contact me.

Best of luck with your new pool.


Jan 11, 2015
Basics on Pool Chemistry
by: Lillian

We just got a 15 X 36 in. Intex metal framed pool. How long should I run the pump each day?

We are new to this pool stuff and don't know very much.

Can you give us the basics on how to keep the water clean and what levels?

Thank You

Thanks for the question Lillian

You'll want to run the pump 8 - 10 hours per day in the Summer and 4 - 6 hours in the Winter. Being in New York, you probably close the pool in the Fall, but that's for another time.

I'm going to give you a few posts to look over. Other pool owners had the same question as you.

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

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

Pool Start Up

New Pool - Is Shock Required?

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

There are many links within these posts. I'd encourage you to really study them, don't simply skim through them.

Having a pool isn't difficult, but they are many components to keeping the water well balanced.

Hope this helps and if you have other questions, please feel free to contact me again.


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