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Adding chemicals to your pool

Before you start make sure the pump is running whenever you add chemicals


Mix the Buffer in a bucket of pool water. Broadcast directly onto surface of your bather-free pool. Spread around evenly.


If you need to add buffer as well as acid, add buffer day 1 and acid on day 2


Pour the acid into a bucket of pool water. Mix and broadcast into the pool. Be careful not to inhale acid fumes nor get acid droplets in the eyes. Avoid contact with other pool equipment.

Stabiliser (Sun Screen for the Chlorine)

Clean the filter, then add stabilizer into the skimmer box a bit at a time (don't block the suction line). Do not clean filter for at least 3 days.

Normal stabiliser takes a while to dissolve. Rapid Dissolve Stabiliser will dissolve a lot quicker. It is okay to swim during this period.


Liquid: Adjust pH to 7.2 to 7.6. Mix the chlorine in a bucket of pool water and broadcast over the pool.

Stabilised (Dichlor): Adjust pH to 7.2 to 7.6. For vinyl or plastic pools dissolve granules in a bucket of pool water and broadcast over the pool. For all other pools sprinkle around the pool (especially on algae if present). Brush after 15 minutes.

Cal Hypo (Granular Chlorine) Adjust pH to 7.2 to 7.6. Mix the chlorine in a bucket of pool water. Let stand for 2 hours. Pour the liquid into the pool. Discard the residue.


Adjust pH to 7.2 to 7.6. Wait 2 hours before adding algaecide. Mix the algaecide in a bucket of water and pour around the pool. Do not swim for 24 hours.


Mix in a bucket of pool water and broadcast over the pool. Do not swim for 2 hours.

Starver/Phosphate Remover

Clean filter. Disconnect automatic cleaner.

Shake starver in its container thoroughly, so as to gain a consistent mixture. Immediately pour the required amount of starver into the skimmer box.

Monitor the pressure gauge on your filter and re-clean the filter if the pressure is too high.


Pour salt around the pool and brush until dissolved (failure to brush may stain the pool). Do not swim until salt is dissolved.

Typically we advise adding the salt last of all as the brushing will help to mix any other added chemicals, or assist in brushing algae from the walls and floor of your pool.

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