A pool filter system does the work to keep the water clean, but it takes chemistry to do the perfect tuning. A regular supply of pool chemicals is essential to help control the growth of different types of bacteria and algae that will keep the water clean and safe for a swim.
As we know, all the chemicals in our modern world are useful and beneficial if appropriately handled; they are also deadly, hazardous and dangerous if not properly handled or stored. Below are some guidelines on how to use, handle, and store pool chemicals.
Handling of pool chemicals
Always dilute chemicals by adding to water, never the other way around. Pool chemicals are mean to be added in large quantities of water only.
If they are mixed improperly, the reaction may cause injuries or damage to property in the form of a fire. Swimming pool chemicals may cease to work overtime, even if they are kept dry with negative consequences.
Before adding any chemicals to your pool, Make sure that you measure the appropriate amount of the chemicals needed.
It’s recommended to use the chemicals with proper equipment only. Wear appropriate equipment and clothing, including gloves, eyewear, and footwear to ensure protective health. To clean and sanitize your swimming pool cleaners and chemicals are specially designed and created to work together. Using the wrong equipment with the chemicals may result in the creation of corrosion and may be harmful too.
Pool chemicals are corrosives and can be extremely caustic. Always be careful enough to prevent pool chemical leaks or spills from mixing with any other substances while using them.
The combination of Chlorine and acid mainly causes chemical spills. Chlorine combined with an acid will form chlorine gas which can leach into the soil and result in contamination impacting human health, groundwater, surface water, and soil. If inhaled, it may cause eye and mucous membrane irritation, nausea, and vomiting, or even death.
Respond to chemical spills immediately by following the emergency plan and using dedicated materials to clean up spills.
Adhere to chemical manufacturer labels. Read and follow the instructions on the package in relation to the safe handling and disposal of the product. This is very important from a safety point of view, as well as to preserve their effectiveness for the next pool season. For any doubts or confusion about how to use the chemicals, get in contact with the manufacturer or pool expert for best-storing practices and shelf life.
Storage of pool chemicals
Like all other chemicals in our modern world, swimming pool chemicals don’t last forever. They begin self-reacting over time if stored too long. If they start to react and spread, they destroy materials and can soon make their way onto your skin, eyes, in your respiratory tract or digestive tract damaging and killing what it touches.
Make sure to understand the chemical consequences and check the expiration date or shelf life of every chemical you intend to store. Chemicals come with a Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) that provides aspects of hazards and safe handling practices, so check these to make sure you’re staying safe.
Always make sure the top or lid of the containers are properly sealed after every use because they could begin reacting to moisture in the air, creating dangerous fumes in the process if not securely sealed and may end up in the wrong hands.
Store all the pool chemicals in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area to ensure they don’t get moist or overheated. Pool chemicals should be kept away from kids and pets. Make sure they are stored away from heat and direct sunlight because they can be heat sensitive and will react dangerously. Keep all chemicals stored in their original containers only.
Don’t . . .
-Put pool chemicals in a different container with no labels.
-Dispose of chemical containers without washing or drying completely.
-Store liquid chemicals above solid or powered chemicals.
-Reuse empty chemical containers.
-Store with acid, alcohol, cleaners or any combustible substance.
-Keep pool chemicals near any household chemicals.
-Store on a shelf or area that is higher than your head.
-Smoke where chemicals are stored or used.
-Toss expired or unused chemicals in the trash.
Properly stored and handled, chemicals aren’t a hazard to anyone. Following this comprehensive guide will keep you and your family safe and your pool clean.