ClearWater Chemical Guide

Please Note: The information and guidelines below have been provided by ClearWater™ (distributed by Wilton Bradley Ltd). They nor Bestway After Sales are responsible for any misuse of chemicals. 

Water Problem Solving Chart

 Are you having problems with your pool water? If so check out the problem and symptons in the table below.
 
SYMPTOM
CAUSE
REMEDY
Green Cloudy Water / Slippery Sides
Algae
Shock dose with chlorine and add algaecide
Too much chlorine
Overdose
Allow time to naturally dissipate or buy chlorine reducer
pH hard to control
Alkalinity low
Seek advice on how to raise total alkalinity
Can’t maintain chlorine levels
Chlorine demand of water too high up start up, after holidays or due to excess contamination or neglect
Shock dose with chlorine. Repeat after 24 hours if necessary.
Cloudy water
Poor chemical control or inadequate filtration
Clean cartridges, check chemical levels and adjust if necessary (chlorine/pH). If the problem persists buy a pool clarifier to remove small particles.
Rough pool sides/edges
Scale formation due to high calcium levels in the water
Ensure pH levels are correct and use a pool scale inhibitor to stop calcium precipitating out of water.
No colour change on test strip dip test
Too high chlorine leading to bleaching of indicator pads (over 15ppm chlorine)
Check expiry date on test strips. Wait for chlorine levels to drop and re-test.
Foaming
Detergent present from incorrect cleaning product or excessive algaecide use
Reduce water level and top up with fresh water. Avoid domestic household cleaners.
 

General Safety Tips

  • Do not leave non swimmers / children unattended
  • Do not overload the pool
  • Avoid sitting on pool walls
  • Do not allow diving in shallow water
  • Do not use during thunder storms
  • Do not use electrical appliances near water
  • Use plastic rather than glass around the pool
  • Have a First Aid Kit available for any accidents 

Chemical Handling

  • Read instructions thoroughly on each product/box before use
  • When pre dissolving chemicals always add chemicals to water and not vice versa
  • Never mix different chemicals in concentrated forms including these kit products but also with other products like bleach or weedkillers – a dangerous reaction may occur
  • Always pre dissolve chemicals in a clean,plastic container in a well ventilated area
  • Avoid spillages but in event of spillage clean up using clean receptacles anddispose in the pool. Flush cleaned spill areas with water
  • Never use unlabelled chemicals
  • Wash hands after handling pool chemicals

Storing Chemicals 

  • Store chemicals well away from children and pets
  • Store in a secure,cool and dry place

Starter or Shock Dosing

 AFTER THE POOL HAS BEEN ERECTED:
Use Clearwater dip tests to test the water supply for pH and Total Alkalinity levels.At this stage the water is unlikely to have much chlorine (if any),so to avoidalgae and bacteria from the start add a “shock” or starter dose of Clearwater Stabilised chlorine granules. 
Allow 50gms of chlorine granules to 1000 gallons (4545 litres).

THE IMPORTANCE OF CIRCULATION AND FILTRATION:
Most above ground pools now include a pump and cartridge filter as standard.It is acombination of circulating water through the cartridge to collect suspendedparticles,together with good chemical water treatment,that helps you maintainclear,clean and healthy water.As a guide to running circulation,you should aim to “turn”the full volume of poolwater through the cartridge once per day.Typically in most splasher pools,usingstandard equipment,this is 4 hours per day (that the pump should be turned on).

WATER TESTING AND IDEAL POOL LEVELS:
Using Clearwater 3 way dip testsyou are able to quickly and accurately assessthe condition of your water and make adjustments to chemical levels with theappropriate chemicals added where necessary.Test daily when the pool is in use andtwice weekly when the pool is not is use.
 
TEST
IDEAL READING
TERMS
Free Chlorine
1-3ppm*
*ppm = parts per million
pH
7.2-7.6
 
Total Alkanlinity
125-150ppm*
*ppm = parts per million

When using Clearwater dip tests follow the instructions on the bottle for bestresults being observant of the optimal reading times and always holding strips level(to avoid indicator pad colours mixing).