What Chemicals Do I Need for My Pool?

What Chemicals Do I Need for My Pool?

Your pool is a place of fun, family time, enjoyment, and relaxation. With good times and great memories being made, your pool deserves the very best pool care and chemicals. But, what pool chemicals do I need for my pool? Here are some of the most common and necessary pool chemicals to keep your pool safe and clean.

Pool Chemicals

Pool Sanitizer

A sanitizer is an essential pool chemical that disinfects your pool water, making it safe to use. The most popular pool sanitizer is chlorine. Chlorine is very effective at eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms in the water. In general, the chlorine in your pool should be between 1 and 3 Parts Per Million (PPM) and should be tested weekly. Other pool sanitizers include salt and bromine, though at A-Quality Pools we recommend chlorine as the most effective and easiest-to-use pool sanitizer. 

pH Adjusters

Maintaining proper pH levels allows your chlorine to be most effective. Plus, correct pH levels make the water more comfortable for swimmers and can help prevent damage to your pool’s surfaces or equipment. We recommend the pH level of your pool water should be between 7.4 and 7.6 at all times. If you test the pH levels and they are not between those levels, adding a pH adjuster will help solve the problem.

Alkalinity Adjusters

Alkalinity and pH work together. While a pool’s pH can easily and quickly change from contaminants as simple as rainwater or a heavy user load, alkalinity helps stabilize the pH and stay balanced. Keeping your alkalinity balanced will help keep your pH in control as well. A pool’s alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm. 

Shock Treatments

Shocking your pool is an important maintenance step that helps eliminate contaminants, clean your pool, and prevent your regular sanitizer from working overtime. Shock treatments are ideal for after lots of users have been in the pool, after heavy rainfall, or at the beginning of pool season. Many pool owners also choose to shock their pool as a part of their weekly pool maintenance routine.


Pool stabilizers help protect chlorine from being broken down by direct sunlight or heat. Without a stabilizer, chlorine will quickly degrade, requiring more frequent additions to maintain a proper chlorine level. In fact, UV rays can break down chlorine by up to 90% in as little as two hours. Using a pool stabilizer prevents this from happening.

Make Life Easy with Routine Pool Service

Perhaps pool chemistry feels overwhelming or time-consuming. Either way, you can easily remove the burden by signing up for A-Quality Pool’s routine pool service. With our pool service, you can leave the pool chemicals, timing, measuring, and balancing to our experienced pool professionals. 

Choose between our two pool service options, Chemical Cleaning or Full Pool Service. With our Chemical Cleaning service, our team will handle all your pool chemicals needs on a weekly basis. The Full Pool Service, however, also includes all your regular pool care needs. In addition to testing and balancing the water, we will skim the surface, check your pool equipment, clean the skimmer and filter baskets, brush or vacuum the interior, and more. We have a large service area covering all of Tarrant County and beyond. To sign up for weekly pool service, contact our team today. 

Still have questions about pool chemicals and your pool’s needs? Our team at A-Quality Pools would love to help! Contact us by calling 817-587-8980 or stop by our store in North Richland Hills. With more than 45 years in the pool industry, we can help answer your questions and get you set up with the very best products to keep your pool clean and safe to use. Stop by today!

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