ClearWater Chemical Guide | Bestway After Sales UK
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.
Green Cloudy Water / Slippery Sides
Shock dose with chlorine and add algaecide
Too much chlorine
Allow time to naturally dissipate or buy chlorine reducer
pH hard to control
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.
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.
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
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
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.
*ppm = parts per million
*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).