Use Less Chlorine
Of course using less chlorine in your pool will cost less money, but won't your pool turn green? Not necessarily. One of the least understood elements of pool water chemistry often causes pool owners to use more chlorine in their pools than needed. Managing this one chemical correctly can increase the effectiveness of the chlorine leading to less chlorine demand and a smaller chlorine expense.
, otherwise known as pool stabilizer
or pool conditioner
is the chemical that protects the chlorine from the sun. Simply put, if there isn't enough OR there is too much, the chlorine in the pool won't be as active as it can be and more chlorine will be needed to keep up with the demand and keep the pool clear.
Test your pool water every month or two using either Cyanuric Acid Test Strips
or a Cyanuric Acid Test Kit
. For salt pools the ideal level is 50 - 70 ppm. For pools that use traditional chlorine the ideal level is 30 - 50 ppm. If you aren't comfortable testing the conditioner level yourself, bring a water sample to the local pool store and ask them to test the cyanuric acid level.
Keep in mind that if the stabilizer level gets too high, the only way to reduce it is to dilute the pool water by draining some of the water and refilling.
Helpful Products for this Tip
Cyanuric Acid Test Kit
Cyanuric Acid Test Strip