Pool Start Up - Chemicals and How to Add Them

howdy gang and welcome back to pool

school in today's lesson I am finally

going to address a subject that so many

people have asked me about and I'm

finally getting around to doing and I

figured we're at the end of the pool

season so this is a good time to address

it it is on startup chemicals and

putting startup chemicals in your pool

water to get it going for the first time

so what do you say we dive right in

already before we get going

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channel alright so we are talking about

new pool water okay so there's a couple

of reasons one you might have drained

your pool for the purpose of repairing

something or maybe your water was old

and you're going to jury drained it and

refilled it if you want to know about

that I'm gonna put a link in the

description below of my video on

changing your pool water why and when

and so you can check that out and look

at why and when you might be changing

your pool water okay the other reason is

maybe you have a brand new pool and

you've just filled it up for the first

time and you get some chemicals in there

so I understand that too so we're gonna

take this in two parts the first part

I'm going to talk about the short list

of the chemicals you're going to need

for your start up of your pool chemistry

alright the good news is those are

chemicals you're going to use in the

regular maintenance of your pool so you

can keep them on hand providing you just

keep them in a nice ventilated area

that's away from direct sunlight okay

and then the second part I'm going to

talk to you about how to add those

chemicals because I have a little bit

different take I think on adding the

chemicals than a lot of people so we'll

go from there so first thing let's go

over the list of the things you're going

to need and again don't panic if you

don't get it all down I'm going to put

it in the description below

in order of how I tell them to you so

that you can have them down okay

alrighty first thing that you're going

to want to have is some test strips all

right and my my go-to would be this one

this is the aqua check seven test strip

it's also called aqua check silver now

I'm not gonna put any links to these

things in my video because number one I

don't make any money off of them and

it's very easy to do a google search and

just look these up soap again you check

that it's the aqua check seven made by

an I don't know how to pronounce that H

a CH

very easy to find I did a Google search

and found a bunch of okay one of the

reasons I like this one is because for

your needs you're gonna want to make

sure you can test the sign your cast and

see that right there

sign Eric acid that's critical when it

comes to servicing your pool especially

at a startup now in my video on testing

your pool chemistry which I'll put a

link to below

I use the aqua check foreign ones or

five in ones and the reason I do that is

they're cheaper and I go through them a

lot more because I have a lot of clients

so I go through tube after tube of those

pretty quickly and I don't really need

to check the cyanuric acid every single

week nor do you but rather than having

two different types this will suffice

and this comes in a two of a hundred so

if you're checking your pool water twice

a week even really once you get it going

once a week is sufficient you're not

going to be going through many of these

this will last you close to two years so

this is a good deal and that way you

don't have to have both and again if you

haven't watched my video on testing your

pool chemistry please do so on the link

below okay alright so that's the first

item that you need the second item that

you need is cyanuric acid you're gonna

want about a five-pound bucket or tub or

bag of cyanuric acid it's dry sometimes

it's granular and you're gonna want to

that have that for your knees okay the

next item you're gonna need is liquid

chlorine I suggest getting four gallons

of liquid chlorine okay you can get them

at Walmart they sell them in a two-pack

to one gallon jugs I've seen them at

Home Depot and Lowe's or dig in with

your pool supply store but it's four

gallons of liquid chlorine oh by the way

remember I am basing this on your pool

being a typical play

which is about 10 to 15,000 gallons if

you have a larger pool has a diving end

which a deep end you're probably gonna

be looking at 20 to 25,000 gallons but

you're still gonna add the chemicals the

same way and you probably don't need

much more than I'm suggesting now okay

so liquid chlorine is the next thing

after cyanuric acid

alright that's a sec that's the third

thing right the fourth thing you're

going to need the fourth and fifth

actually pertain to dealing with pH more

on that in a second but you're gonna

want a five-pound bag of soda ash okay

five pound bag of soda ash and then

you're also going to want two gallons of

liquid muriatic acid again two gallons

of liquid muriatic acid and those two

things are going to help you adjust the

pH whether it's low or high we'll talk

about that in a moment okay and then the

last two things you're gonna need

pertain to alkalinity and those are a

five pound bag or tub of bicarbonate of

soda okay bicarbonate of soda and you're

going to also want a five-pound bag of

dry pool acid okay dry pool acid so

those are the chemicals that you're

going to need and the tool that you're

going to need to test your chemistry so

with that said remember I put all these

in an order in a list in the description

of this video so you can check it out

and and look em up accordingly alright

now that we've done that let's go into

adding the chemicals okay so your pool

water is filled up it's completely

filled up and here's where I different

philosophy sometimes people some people

go in to do a google search and say

here's the size of my pool what

chemicals should I add in and how much

to begin the startup of my pool I'm not

a fan of that because you just started

out with fresh water but even if you

have fresh water in your pool there's

residual chemicals in your pool and

there's chemicals in the water source

that your pool came with your water came

from so that's gonna affect for instance

I did a refill on a on a health clubs

pool we drained it refilled it they

wanted to add a bond

boring to it and I said let's test the

water first we tested the chlorine

levels it was off the charts two reasons

number one that city's water was really

highly chlorinated and there was

residual chlorine left on the plaster of

the pool that was there so we felt that

there was a lot of chlorine still in the

pool so I'm not a fan of adding

chemicals based on a chart I prefer

maybe it's an old-fashioned way maybe

it's a slower way but I think it's safer

because what you don't want to do is

over saturate your pool water and then

all of a sudden have to drain it and

refill it again because you put too much

chemicals in your pool and now you have

a problem okay so start slow it's not

going to take you that much time to do

okay so your pool water was filled

you've got your pump in your system

primed and the water is flowing through

your system in through the suction out

through the returns and everything's

open and circulating leave your pool

system running when you add your

chemicals until you've got your

chemicals balanced to where you want

them okay so the first thing you're

gonna do is you're gonna take your aqua

check seven test drip and you're gonna

take it out and you're gonna dip it in

the water I'm not gonna be great details

on this and you're gonna pull out it

tells you to wait about 10 to 15 seconds

once you get past about 25 seconds on

these then the colors start to change

too much and then you're kind of like

you're not going to get super accurate

readings so between 20 15 seconds but

the things that you're looking for

you're gonna look for the total chlorine

and the I'm sorry the total hardness

don't worry about the total hardness

hard water is hard water and that's from

your water sources nothing you can do

about that you're gonna look at your

total chlorine and your free chlorine

okay you're also gonna want to check

your pH your alkalinity is gonna show up

too but I wouldn't worry too much about

that make note of it but don't worry too

much about it right now and then you're

definitely gonna want to check your

cyanuric acid okay

all of these levels are done in

parts-per-million all these numbers that

you see are based on parts per million

and that's just how chemicals are are

measured in pool water parts per million

okay so hey dip your test strip in and

you're first gonna check out your

cyanuric acid alright and again your

system is running chances are your

cyanuric acid is going to be way down

here on the zero level see that right

there it's gonna be on zero but I want

you to look at the ideal level see where

it says

3250 and then it and it says okay and if

you go up to a hundred it's still okay

and then when you get to 150 and 300

it's high don't make the mistake of

dumping a ton of cyanuric acid in there

you want to get to your level to the

ideal on the low range between 30 and 50

all right so here's what you're gonna do

all right you are going to now with your

system running you're going to take one

pound of cyanuric acid remember it's

also called cya or stabilizer or

conditioner and you're going to add it

directly to the skimmer basket of your

pool remember no more than one pound

your systems running it'll erode it it

will disperse it and distribute it and

into the into the water and that's how

it's going to happen

now you're gonna while that's happening

at the same time people said well he do

it individually you can do all this at

once okay you're gonna check your

chlorine your chlorine levels are

probably going to be low you're going to

take two gallons of liquid chlorine and

just walking around the perimeter of

your pool you're gonna pour that those

two gallons into your pool remember your

equipment is still running all right

that's the second thing you're gonna do

after you've tested your water and

you've added the cyanuric acid one pound

all right so the two gallons of liquid

chlorine go in the next thing is going

to pertain to your pH now this gets a

little tricky so I do have a video on

adjusting the pH of your pool water

which I've put a link to in the

description below so if you want to get

details about this you can watch that

and I would if you have it suggest you

watch it and educate yourself because it

will help but you look at your pH and if

your pH is low you're going to need to

neutralize the acidity and the way you

do that you're going to take one pound

of your soda ash again one pound no more

of your soda ash walking around the

perimeter of your we'll distribute it

into the water as you walk around the

edge of your pool okay it will get

cloudy but that's it's dissolving and it

will distribute and it will clear up

fairly quickly within an hour or two it

should clear up pretty quickly okay now

that's what you're gonna do if the pH is

low if it is high if it is high then

you're going to instead of adding soda

ash you're going to go to your liquid

muriatic acid you're gonna take one

gallon jug and you're gonna pour two

quarts of the liquid near Yakutat

Marietta gasps excuse me into your pool

walking around the perimeter of the pool

be careful about it splashing because it

is an acid so it can burn a hole in your


it can also irritate your skin and cause

possibly cause a burn so that does

splash on you flush it with water same

thing with a liquid chlorine liquid

chlorine is a bleach so that splashes on

your clothes it's gonna bleach it so be

careful to not get all this stuff

splashed on you okay

so again that's the two quarts of

muriatic acid if your pH is high don't

worry about the alkalinity right now in

Arizona where I do pools it's usually

common for the pH and alkalinity to be

similar so the pH is low the alkalinity

will be low and vice versa the pH is

high the alkalinity will be high and

when I add those chemicals to bring the

pH lower or higher or lower it's gonna

slightly affect the alkalinity as well

so I wouldn't mess with the alkalinity

yet so get your sign Erik acid your

chlorine and your pH levels ideal and

then you can deal with the alkalinity

okay so after you've added those

chemicals you're gonna let your system

run for a couple hours that will allow

the chemicals to dissolve and distribute

into the water and then test your water

again with your test strips so you've

only used two test strips so far test

your water and check cyanuric acid if

it's low you're going to take another

pound and you're going to add it in

there but remember 3250 don't have this

the right way yes

3250 that's not low that's ideal so if

it's just at 30 you're good don't add

any more all right but if it's lower

than that then add another pound to the

skimmer and it will do the same thing

okay your chlorine is low you might want

to add another gallon but I wouldn't

drop two more gallons a night out under

the gala okay if your chlorine is

alright then you can take your chlorine

tablets and if you have a floating

tablet district dispenser you maybe put

two or three tablets in there

because they're kind of like

time-release capsules they release the

thing slowly over a period of time and

then you're just gonna have to check it

weekly and see how much you need

obviously in the in the warm summer

months when people are using the pool

you're going to go through more chlorine

tablets and you're going to use more in

the floater in in the off months you're

probably going to use less okay and

again if you have an erosion style

chlorinator then your tablets are going

to go in that alright if your pH is good

then you're good to go then you can mess

with the alkalinity but if your pH is

still low chances are if it was low when

you first started it's and it's it's

still gonna read low if it needs

anything and then you just repeat add

another pound of soda ash around the

perimeter of the pool if it's low and

that will start bringing it back up just

one more pound alright if it's the ass

if it if it's high then take another

quart or two of your liquid acid and put

it around the perimeter of the pool wait

a couple hours let it all distribute

test it again alright once your

chemicals all get to where you're

cyanuric acid is good an ideal your

chlorine levels are good and your pH is

balanced and ideal then you can look at

your alkalinity chances are your

alkalinity would have moved a little bit

when you adjusted your pH but now you

can really focus on the alkalinity again

if your alkalinity is low that's where

you're gonna grab your bicarbonate of

soda okay you're gonna grab bicarbonate

of soda take one pound and with your

equipment running you're gonna walk

around the perimeter of the pool and

distribute it around the surface of your

pool okay if it is high you're gonna do

the same thing with the dry acid you're

gonna take one pound of the dry pool

acid and distribute that around the

perimeter of your pool on the surface

and it'll settle in and dissolve okay

here's the thing your equipment is still

running all right

two hours goes by after you've done one

of those or the other and you're gonna

put your gonna put your test strip in

now you're on three test strip and

you're gonna test and see if your

chemistry is good if not adjust the

alkalinity as needed remember no more

than a pound at a time of either one of

those two items okay once you've got it

going you're good to go

and every

things in place and you're good to go

okay I've also put a video a link to my

video on adjusting the alkalinity of

your pool so those are things that will

help you to further understand what I'm

talking about but that's pretty much all

you need to do with your start up

chemicals some people are very very

adamant about not using the stabilized

chlorine tablets because there's

cyanuric acid in there and they don't

want to over saturate the pool honestly

the biggest mistake I see people make

with cyanuric acid is they take the the

dry cyanuric acid in the tubs and they

put way too much in the pool to begin

with and then you've already got too

much cyanuric acid in there I will do a

video on the controversy you if you will

about liquid chlorine versus stabilized

chlorine tablets and based on my

experience I'll give you my opinion on


I honestly use them the the tablets for

all of my pools unless they're saltwater

pools and most of the people that do

pools in my area they use those as well

because they're convenient they really

don't put as much cyanuric acid as

people fear goes into your pool and they

really do make things very convenient

and you don't have to check your water

as often so I think that's about it

again remember start slow it's better to

add your chemicals slowly so that you

don't over saturate your pool water with

chemicals because if you do that you

might be back to square one you have to

drain your pool refill it to dilute the

chemicals okay so that is my video on

start-up chemicals and adding them to

your pool and as always if you have any

questions you can post in the comment

section below

and again if you have issues with with

the stabilized chlorine tablets on that

please I understand that a lot of people

do or some people do and I respect that

but I don't really want to debate that

subject matter here I'll do a video on

that and I respect whatever you believe

and whatever works well for you okay but

if you do have any comments or questions

put them in the comment section below

this video or you can email me directly

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hope all of this made sense and even

though the pool season is about over you

still have your pool and there are still

kids around so please remember have fun

be safe and always watch those kids

around water and I'll see you next time

bye for now