Quick Reference Guide:
PH is the balance between alkalinity and acidity
Muriactic Acid lowers Total alkalinity and PH
Baking Soda raises Total alkalinity only
Soda Ash or PH Increases (granular form) raises PH
Liquid metal magnet is a stain, scale and rust remover. It also helps bind the minerals in the water together. As a general rule, Add 2-4 oz. in water every 2 to 3 weeks
Chlorine Tabs or Granular Shock Treatment purifies water.
- Regular household bleach can be used to help fight green water (algae). Occasionally apply 1/2-1 gallon in the pool around the water's edge in the evening, with the pump shut off.
- Do not use liquid chlorine or liquid algaecide in the pool as it is too harsh over a period of time and could slightly bleach out the color of the shell.
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Water Chemistry Items
- Potential Hydrogen (pH) is the relative acidity or base of your pool's water. For example: low pH would be acidic and high pH would be base. The human tear has a pH value of 7 and is classified as neutral. The ideal pH value for your fiberglass pool is 7.2 to 7.4. pH levels should be checked weekly.
- Total Alkalinity (T.A.) is composed of the minerals in your pool water that buffer pH and is measured in parts per million (1 P.P.M.= 1 part per million parts of water). If the mineral levels are too high, then the pH will constantly drift up. If the mineral levels are too low, the pH will drift down or fluctuate. The proper total alkalinity level for your fiberglass pool is 70 to 80 P.P.M. and should be checked weekly.
Calcium Hardness (C.H.) is the relative hardness of your pool water, and is measured in P.P.M. If the water is too soft, it will be aggressive and erode pool equipment such as heaters, ladders and even the gel coat finish. If the water is too hard, deposits will form on the pool equipment and finish. 300 to 350 P.P.M. is the proper hardness for your fiberglass pool and should be checked weekly.
Total Dissolved Solids (T.D.S.) are the sum total of all materials in solution in your pool water, and is measured in P.P.M. T.D.S. should be checked annually by a pool store professional or service company. T.D.S. above 1,500 P.P.M. reduces sanitizer effectiveness and causes the water to become abrasive. Note: During periods of heavy rain or high swimmer loads, all of the above water chemistry valves, except T.D.S. should be checked more frequently.
Help Prevent Backyard Drowning
- Completely fence in your pool area, and ensure that access to the pool is locked whenever an adult is not present
- Remove the steps to above-ground pools when they are not in use.
- Keep rescue equipment nearby, and learn CPR and First-Aid
- Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool, even if they can swim.
- Never substitute flotation devices for supervision.
- Never leave the pool cover partially in place. Always remove it completely when the pool is in use.
- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in the United States 260 children under the age of five drown in backyard pools every year, and that another 3,000 children in the same age group are treated in emergency rooms for submersion-related accidents. Help prevent backyard pool-related injuries by making your swimming pool a safe place to play.