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

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.

If you've found this site helpful please consider making a donation. Thank you.

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


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