Help your pool service company keep your pool water sparkling clean.

1. Study Your Pool's Water Needs:

Become familiar with your pool's total alkalinity and pH levels. Total alkalinity is a way of measuring the water's ability to neutralize acidity. Your water's alkalinity levels are directly related to your water's pH; the higher the total alkalinity, the higher the pH levels of your pool's water will be. pH levels measure how acidic or basic substances are. The pH scale range is between 0 and 14- neutral pH is 7.


Know your pool's chlorine, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid, and total dissolved solids levels. Besides the pH and alkaline levels, these are also important considerations. Make sure you understand what they are and how they benefit your water.

  • Chlorine is used to disinfect and sanitize the water.

  • Calcium hardness refers to the amount of calcium present in the water. If the calcium levels are too low your water will become corrosive, potentially ruining the body of your pool.

  • Cyanuric acid protects the chlorine in the water from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

  • Total dissolved solids are mainly composed of inorganic salts (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides and sulfates) and small amounts of other dissolved organic materials.


Identify your pool water's pH, total alkalinity, chlorine, cyanuric acid, calcium hardness, and total dissolved solids levels. Use these level ranges.

  • pH: 7.2 - 7.8

  • Total alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm

  • Chlorine: 1.0 - 2.0 ppm

  • Cyanuric Acid: 40 - 80 ppm

  • Calcium hardness: 180 - 220 ppm, though some say 200 - 400

  • Dissolved Solids: < 5000 ppm


Observe certain water testing timelines. Your pool to function better, and the water will stay clean and healthy. Each element has to be tested at a specific point. Some professionals advise daily testing, which can be difficult for many people. Keep the following time frames in mind to ensure proper pool functions:

  • pH- test twice a week.

  • Total alkalinity- test once a week, and at least once a month.

  • Chlorine- test twice a week.

  • Cyanuric acid- test twice a season.

  • Calcium hardness- test twice a season.

  • Total dissolved solids- test once a week, and at least once a month.


2. Testing You Pool's Water:

Purchase testing strips from your local pool store that identify chlorine, alkaline, pH, and cyanuric acid. Nowadays, you don't have to bother with different tests for different chemicals. Dip the test strip into the pool. Move to an area that's separated from the pool's skimmer, and dip the test strip about 18 inches (46 cm) into the water for about ten seconds. Wait until the different colors fill in. Match the color readings to the color description on the product box or bottle. Make sure to read the product's instructions carefully, as different manufacturers might have different procedures. Make sure your readings fall in appropriate ranges. It's very important to adjust your water if your readings do not match the recommended ranges. Using the right chemicals will easily adjust the ranges if they aren't in suggested standards.

3. Applying Chemicals To Your Pool:

Have the right chemicals readily available. From time to time, you'll be faced with water problems that require aggressive chemical solutions. But generally, these chemicals should become part of your pool maintenance routine as you might need to adjust certain levels sporadically. These chemicals provide correct dosage instructions. Here are the most common chemicals you'll need:

  • Chlorine

  • Shocking products

  • Algaecide


Apply chlorine to your pool. Your guests won't be too happy with algae and bacteria swimming alongside them. Chlorine keeps these unwanted guests away. There are a few options out there when it comes to choosing the right chlorine products.

  • Basic Chlorinating Tabs. These tabs dissolve slowly, and can be found in 1-inch and 3-inch sizes. They do a great job at keeping your pool clean. Most chlorinating tablets contain a built-in stabilizer to shield your water's chlorine from the sun's rays. You can use the tablets in your floating dispenser, skimmer or automatic chlorinator.

  • Liquid Chlorine. In liquid form, chlorine is quite similar to household bleach. But beware: it is also much stronger when it is designed for pools. Applying liquid chlorine is relatively easy, but it has a rather short shelf life. It won't last for more than a few weeks.

  • Chlorinating Tabs. Some non-basic chlorinating tabs provide a multifunctional approach to pool maintenance; they sanitize the water while also shocking your pool. Shocking your pool gets rid of all sorts of contaminants.

  • Chlorinating Granules. These granules come in multifunctional varieties that can help you resolve several issues at once; chlorinating, shocking and killing algae with a single, daily dose.


Shocking your pool keeps the water clear, and reduces eye irritation and odors coming from the chlorine. Certain chlorine products already have built-in shockers, but if you choose to go with ones that do not, here are some shocking products that work:

  • Basic Shock Products. Basic products take care of killing bacteria, from breaking down cosmetic residue, suntan lotions, and any kind of swimmer waste. Using basic products to shock the water tone down chlorine.

  • Multifunctional Shock Products. These products work fast and restore the water's clarity by eliminating all kinds of bacteria. Multifunctional products also balance the pool water's pH, boost filtration, and provide increased algae protection. The main pro is that these shocking products allow you to get back into the water within 15 minutes of use.


Add algaecide since here are millions of microscopic plants that can easily make your pool their home. Rain, wind, and fill water can allow these tiny forms of algae to settle into your pool, making the water quickly unusable and diminishing the efficiency of the pool chemicals. Your filters will become quickly clogged, and the water's circulation will become sluggish. Algaecides inhibit these small plants from invading the pool algae.

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and then pour the suggested amount of algaecides directly into the pool.


Handle necessary chemicals properly and carefully. There are many available, but they can be highly dangerous to humans and animals. Use caution when utilizing any chemical solution.

  • Always wear rubber gloves.

  • Wash hands immediately after being exposed to chemicals.

  • Carefully follow the dosage and storage instructions according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • Never pour or return unused or wasted material to the original package, and do not throw it away in regular garbage.

  • Do not light fires around chemicals.

  • Always add chemicals to the water, not the other way around.

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