Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Supplies

How long should I wait after I shock the pool with chemicals?

The amount of time to wait after shocking the pool will depend on what type of pool supplies you used. Most pool shock kits will provide instructions on the back label about how long to wait before swimming in your pool. Be sure to test the water before getting in again.

Do you have any pool supplies that will get rid of the ring of scum around the tile?

Our Natural Chemistry phosphate remover will help to keep the scum lines off your pool tiles and will control metal staining as well. All you have to do is add it to the skimmer.

What is chlorine stabilizer?

Cyanuric acid is a chlorine stabilizer that is also known as a pool stabilizer or pool conditioner. It is not like muriatic acid but instead forms a chemically weak and temporary bond with chlorine. It helps to reduce the rate of chlorine loss in your pool due to the sun’s UV rays.

What is a mineral water pool?

A mineral water pool system is the leading alternative to a chlorine or salt systems. It contains magnesium chloride to soften and detoxify the skin, borates to prevent algae and the pH level from rising, and normally contains a low level of chlorine to destroy bacteria.

When should I use muriatic acid and how does it affect my pool water chemistry?

Muriatic acid, or hydrochloric acid, is used to lower the total alkalinity of pool water. This is very strong acid, so be careful to not get it on your body or clothes when using it. High alkalinity makes the water look cloudy and will leave limescale deposits on the sides of your pool, in the plumbing pipes, and inside your pool equipment. Muriatic acid balances the water’s pH level to an ideal level of between 100 and 150 parts per million to balance the alkalinity.

Why do so many public pools use too much chlorine?

The overbearing chlorine smell isn’t caused by too much chlorine but by not enough. There is too much biological matter for the amount of chlorine used to successfully fully break it down. Makeup, urine, deodorant, perspiration, poop, and other contaminants need to be treated with enough chlorine or else chloramine is left in the water. Chloramines results from chlorine reacting with ammonia. Those contaminants are still there, so it’s important to use the right amount of chlorine.

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