If you’re unsure how to put chemicals in a pool for the first time, follow these steps.
Step 1: Fill your swimming pool! Once full to the recommended capacity, turn on the pool pump to circulate the water through the filter. Use AquaChek Test Strips to determine chlorine, pH, and total alkalinity levels. Now you know what needs to be treated.
Step 2: Add pool chemicals one at a time, with 30 minutes between each addition. Distribute the chemicals using a pool brush and make sure your pool pump is running to help circulate them.
Now what? What chemicals do you put in a pool for the first time, and in what order?
- Alkalinity increaser. Adjust your pool’s alkalinity to between 80-100 ppm (parts per million) using Hy-Clor Alkalinity Increaser. If the alkalinity is maintained, pH fluctuations will reduce, and chlorine efficiency will increase.
- Balancer chemicals. Balance your pool’s pH levels to between 7.2-7.6. If the readings are off, use Hy-Clor pH Decreaser (dry acid) to lower the pH or Hy-Clor pH Increaser (soda ash) to raise it.
- Calcium increaser. Raise the calcium hardness using Hy-Clor Calcium Increaser. We recommend a level of 200-400 ppm so that the water balance is easier to maintain.
- Stabiliser (cyanuric acid). Add stabiliser to protect chlorine against the sun’s powerful UV rays. Maintaining a stabiliser level of 30-50 ppm can extend chlorine’s life by up to 50% in summer.
- Chlorine. Add chlorine in liquid, granular, or tablet form to kill bacteria and keep your pool water clean. Levels should be between 1-3 ppm.
- Salt. IF your pool has a salt chlorinator check with the manufacturer for recommended levels and add the correct amount. Remember to brush the salt once it has been added to avoid staining the surface. Check with your pool builder if you should add salt straight away or wait a period of time.
Step 3: After 48 hours, retest the water to check it’s balanced, and if not, repeat the process until it is.
It may take some time to understand what your pool needs, but if you follow these steps, you’ll get the hang of the process in no time!