If you’re thinking about becoming a pool owner, you probably have many questions about caring for a pool. Is it easy? Is it hard? What exactly do you even need to have on hand? Here’s a checklist of basic supplies every pool owner needs, which you can easily stock up on from your local pool supply store.
Common Cleaning Chemicals
At the top of the list are supplies needed to keep your water clean and clear. Perfectly balanced water will ensure that your pool is safe and enjoyable to swim in. These products include:
- Your Preferred Sanitizer
- Chlorine — if traditional chlorine is your primary form of pool disinfectant.
- Pool Salt (if you have a saltwater pool) — if you install your Narellan Pools swimming pool with a salt-chlorine generator.
- Minerals (if you have a mineral pool) — if you install your Narellan Pools swimming pool as a mineral pool.
- A Water Testing Kit — Keep a testing kit in your supply cupboard so you can regularly balance and maintain your water’s chemistry. Plus, for mineral pools, you’ll use this kit to test for metals.
- pH Increaser and Decreaser — This will help you keep your pH balance between 7.0 and 7.4.
- Alkalinity Increaser and Decreaser — This is an extra layer of protection for your pool’s pH; use it to further balance and stabilize your water chemistry.
- Shock — Keep on hand if your pool is introduced to potential chemical disturbance, such as lots of debris or a high swimmer count (a.k.a., a pool party). It’s also suitable for when you’re opening your pool for the season. Plus, it helps prevent algae from growing with warming temperatures.
- Algaecide — Speaking of algae, algaecide is another great combatant against a green pool. After shocking your pool and waiting for the levels to return to normal (at least 24 hours), adding algaecide will further prevent algae from blooming.
- Calcium Hardness — Prevent your water from “leaching” calcium from the fiberglass shell, interior piping, and pool equipment, strengthening it against brittleness.
- Cyanuric Acid — Also known as a “stabilizer,” Cyanuric acid does just that; it stabilizes your chlorine.
Useful Pool Tools, Equipment, and Supplies
Along with a cupboard of chemicals, there are a few tools, equipment, and supplies you’ll want nearby, too.
- Pool Cover — Whether you go with a solar cover, a safety cover, or an automatic cover, you’ll want a quality cover to protect your pool from windblown debris and heavy storms.
- Skimmer Net — Use a skimmer net to scoop out debris in case it lands in your pool.
- Pool Brush Pole — Good for sweeping the interior sides of your pool.
- Vacuum or Cleaner — Whether you opt for a manual vacuum or an automatic, robotic one (they are oh-so-convenient), having a pool vacuum or cleaner will allow you to thoroughly clean those hard-to-reach depths of your pool.
- Filters — Filters are essential to keeping your pool clean and your equipment running efficiently. If you have a cartridge filter, have a few replacement filters on hand to swap out as needed. If you have a D.E. or sand filter, backwash your filter to ensure proper filtration.
With these basic supplies, you’ll be able to easily care for your fiberglass pool from Narellan Pools. Don’t have one yet? Check out our shape and color range, or get a free quote today! We’ve been in the pool industry for nearly 50 years, so we know a little something about caring for and maintaining your new high-quality fiberglass pool. Call us at 1-888-342-7665 anytime to get set up with an experienced Narellan Pools’ swimming pool builder near you.