How To Keep Your Pool Safe And Clean

Even the most seasoned professional may have questions about pool maintenance from time to time. That's why we have our direct pool care support through AquaGuard® at 1.800.SOS.POOL (1.800.767.7665). Many of the most frequently asked questions involve pool chemicals and how to use them.

Due to a national Trichlor and Dichlor shortage, many forms of chlorinating products are in short supply this year. You can still keep your pool sanitized and open all season - with liquid chlorine.

Liquid Chlorine At A Glance

  • • Unlike stabilized trichlor or dichlor, you will need to add Liquid Chlorine daily or use a chlorine feeder. Make sure you test your pool water twice daily, or according to local code.
  • • Due to its high pH, you will need to supplement liquid chlorine with Muriatic Acid: 10-16 oz per gallon of liquid chlorine added.
  • • For outdoor pools, be sure to add Cyanuric Acid to stabilize your chlorine against the sun's UV rays. CYA levels should be in the 30-50 ppm range.
  • • Due to its short shelf life, we recommend keeping just two weeks of liquid chlorine on hand at a time. Use Easy Subscriptions for easy inventory control.

Pool Chemicals

The pH In My Pool Is Off. What Should I Do?

How Do I Control The Alkalinity In My Pool?

If you balance total alkalinity, you will have less fluctuation in your pH levels. It is recommended that you test alkalinity at least once a week, before testing the pH. The alkalinity of your pool should be between 80 and 120 parts per million.

What Is Pool Stabilizer And How Is It Helpful?

Cyanuric acid, or CYA, is used as a pool stabilizer. CYA can help you reduce your chlorine consumption. CYA should only be used in outdoor pools.

Still Have Questions? Ask The Experts

If you need more help, check out our Pool Maintenance Troubleshooting Tips, or call our hotline, 1.800.SOS.POOL (1.800.767.7665).

You can also take advantage of HD Supply's basic pool maintenance and NSPF® Certified Pool Operator® Certification classes. Visit our professional training page or call 1.800.431.3015, ext. 12465, for more information on these and other maintenance skill-building courses.

Outdoor Pool