The year is already well underway. Before we know it, summer will be on the horizon…and the swimming season will return! Maybe you’re new to the exciting world of pool ownership. Caring for the water is a learning process. There are all kinds of pieces of helpful information to know as you do your pool maintenance each year. Goodall Pools is here to help you glean the important facts you need to make your new DIY job successful. For instance, here we want to discuss how to safely store pool chemicals at home.
Temperature Talk is at the Top of the List
First, let’s talk about the ideal temperature for storing those necessary pool chemicals safely at your house. Extreme temperatures must be avoided when it comes to preserving your chemicals so that you get as much use out of them as possible.
If pool chemicals freeze, they will separate and no longer be usable. And if pool chemicals get too hot, they can expand and start to leak. This means a cool environment is best for keeping the chemicals useful. Do not ever leave them near any heat source or in direct sunlight.
Container Choice is Crucial
Next, leave the chemicals in the containers they come in. This is for your safety as well as to preserve the chemicals themselves. Transferring chemicals can be tricky and toxic to the environment. You don’t want to spill and waste any of your important chemicals.
Never mix new chemicals with old ones either, even if they are the same product. Chemicals are unpredictable at best, which means caution is always the best method of preventing unwanted reactions from occurring.
Moisture Management is a Must
Another important tip from “the friendly pool store near me” on how to safely store pool chemicals at home is to keep them dry. This means they need to be stored far away from the pool itself. When chemicals come in contact with moisture, a negative reaction can occur. Use the chemicals for your maintenance needs and then immediately move them back to their dry storage area. No one wants an unplanned science experiment gone wrong if the chemicals get splashed by swimmers!
Ventilation is Also Vital
Next, let’s discuss the importance of having the pool chemicals in a well-ventilated space. At Goodall Pools, we carry high-quality chemicals from Bioguard®, the trusted pool experts. Their products come in well-designed containers that are breathable. Gasses are naturally escaping when the chemicals are just sitting still.
Breathing these fumes in a well-ventilated area is not physically harmful. But you don’t want to leave the chemicals in an area that has metal items. For this reason, the garage is not an ideal place to store chemicals. You don’t want the gasses of the chemicals to corrode your vehicles or tools nearby.
Safe Storage is Suggested
Finally, find a portable plastic storage container that you can secure with a lock. Then, you can easily move the chemicals from one location to another when you need to access them. And you will have them safely contained and out of reach when you are not using them.