A Basic Pool Chemical Guide

When it comes to entertaining guests or improving personal health, having a swimming pool is hard to beat as long as the pool is properly maintained. For new pool owners, however, keeping track of the chemicals needed to make a pool inviting may feel overwhelming. With the help of this pool chemical guide from BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co., it will be easier for new owners to understand the basics of pool chemical use.

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Maintaining A Safe Chemical Balance for Your Pool

At the start of swimming season, pools should be thoroughly cleaned and treated with the right amount of chemicals. After this, some chemicals will need to be added monthly, and shock treatments should be performed regularly. For pool owners, using BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co. is a smart investment. Maintaining the right pool chemical balance can be difficult, even for people who recognize every substance listed in this pool chemical guide. Enlisting our help is the easiest way to guarantee that a pool remains clean and safe so that owners can get the most possible use from it. For more information about pool cleaning chemicals or the pool services offered by BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co., call (480) 991-0302 now.

Pool Chemicals and Their Purposes

There are many pool chemicals that homeowners should use regularly:

  • Chlorine and stabilizers like cyanuric acid, which stop UV radiation from destroying chlorine.
  • Calcium hypochlorite or other shock treatments, which remove chlorine-ammonia products and ensure sanitation.
  • Sodium bisulfate or sodium bicarbonate, which respectively decrease and increase alkalinity and pH levels.
  • Clarifiers, which prevent water from looking cloudy.

Pool owners may also need to use products like water hardeners and algaecides to keep their pool clean and well maintained. Achieving the correct chemical balance is challenging, but it is crucial to proper pool maintenance.

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Types of Pool Chemicals

When you own a pool, it is important to keep the water clean and free of contaminants. There are many types of pool chemicals available to help with this process. BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co. uses only the best and most effective pool chemicals.

Pool Sanitizers

Chlorine and bromine are the most popular pool sanitizers. They help stop the growth of such things as algae and bacteria. Chlorine is available in the form of tablets, although liquid chlorine is most commonly used. Bromine is used primarily in spas.


Balancers are used with chlorine and bromine to help keep algae at bay and water clear. PH balancers can increase or decrease the pH level in a swimming pool. The optimal pH range is 7.2-7.8. A pH outside of that range can be uncomfortable for the eyes and skin and may even cause pool equipment to corrode.


An algaecide is another type of pool chemical. Some forms of algae are able to grow despite the presence of chlorine. An algaecide can help combat this problem. There are algaecides available that allow swimming immediately after use and do not impact pH or chlorine levels.

Sanitizers, balancers and algaecides are some of the many different types of pool cleaning chemicals that can help keep your pool looking great and free of contaminants. For information about the types of pool chemicals used at BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co., call (480) 991-0302 now.

The Proper Chemical Levels

When it comes to maintaining your pool, it is important to educate yourself about the proper chemical levels for swimming pools. Pool chemicals have a large part to play in making sure that your pool water is truly safe for family, friends and others who swim in it, so ensuring that you always have the proper amount of chemicals in your pool is of the utmost importance. In addition to chlorine, there are several other pool chemicals that every pool owner should be familiar with. Below is a brief discussion of some of the most common chemicals for pools.

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Optional Chemicals

There are two pool chemicals that you might be curious about – phosphate and borate. Phosphate isn’t really necessary in your pool since chlorine already keeps algae levels in check. Borate is an optional chemical and is used to keep your pH drift in check. A pool service professional can determine whether or not borate should be used in your pool.

For more information about the proper chemical levels for swimming pools, or to schedule an appointment for professional pool service from BLUE WATER Pool Chemical Co., call (480) 991-0302 now.

Pool Chemicals Terms

There are many pool chemicals that homeowners should use regularly:

  • Alkalinity/Acidity – This level helps make sure that your pool equipment is kept safe and also helps prevent irritation.
  • Chlorine – Chlorine is a chemical that needs to be constantly added to your pool water in order to keep the water germ-free.
  • Total Alkalinity – With total alkalinity, your pH levels are kept in check.
  • Cyanuric Acid – Cyanuric acid keeps chlorine safe from the rays of the sun.
  • Calcium Hardness – Balanced levels of calcium hardness protect the plaster of your pool and ensure that there is no calcium scalding damaging your pool.

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