Tracking chemicals made easy [free download]

by T. Duff on January 6, 2015

A while back I created a quick “Chemical Journal” and I think you’ll benefit from it.  And, I’d like to give it to you – free of charge.

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s an effective way to track your chemical usage and what your water is consuming.

You can grab it right here (it’s a PDF).

Feel free to modify accordingly for your needs and if you have a commercial pool (or are managing one), you’ll want to add a bit more information.

This is also a great way to see if your pool is requiring too much chlorine, muriatic acid, or if there may be other things taking place ‘under the radar’ (ie; TDS, metals, etc).

Anyway, just a free gift I wanted to throw your way to help you manage your pool’s chemical consumption.

Here’s the link again to your “Chemical Journal”.

Feel free to share away with other swimming pool owners if you think this would help make their life a little easier.     🙂

Enjoy and we’ll talk again soon!

All my best,

Terry Duff

 

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If you have a pool and want to make sure you keep it sparkling all year long, then you must devise a regular pool water maintenance routine. One of the main problems with swimming pools is algae can develop, and when this happens your water will become contaminated beyond the point of which you can safely swim in it. This article will tell you about what good pool maintenance is all about.

pH Range

The pH level of your pool basically refers to how acidic the water is. A pool with a high pH (acidic) is very likely to become filled with algae. Your target pH readings are between 7.2 and 7.6 (the higher the number, the more alkaline your water…low number is acid, high number is alkaline). If you can keep your readings in this range, you will be able to keep your pool water maintenance in check and not have to worry about growing algae.

If your pool water has a high pH level (above 7.8), then your water is too alkaline and you should add some muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate. Sodium bisulfate is used more often because it’s much easier to handle and there are no problems storing it. Whereas, muriatic acid comes in a liquid form.

Chlorine Level

For ideal pool water maintenance with no algae, you will have to maintain proper chlorine levels. Chlorine is responsible for killing any algae that begins to grow in your pool. If you have enough chlorine, algae won’t grow. However, you should know that chlorine is very toxic. It is recommended to keep your chlorine level at 1 to 3 parts per million.

Algaecides

If you administer any form of an algaecide regularly, then you help to ensure the algae in your water will never start to multiply. For instance, one chemical that interferes with the algae’s ability to complete the process of photosynthesis is called potassium tetraborate, which basically starves it before it can multiply. You can thus use this as a great pool water maintenance solution.

Brushing And Patching

Another pool water maintenance task is to clean the lining of your pool regularly, as this also helps to keep algae away. If your pool is lined with concrete, you can use a steel brush to brush it, but if you have nylon liners, you must use a soft scrub brush. By doing so, you will manage to dislodge any algae colonies that might have formed. Eventually they will be drawn into the pool filter system and filtered out of the water. Proper pool water maintenance will keep your pool sparkling all year long.

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