Welcome to Goodall Pools and Spas’ Pool Chemicals 101! Here, you’ll learn about all of the chemicals and other pool supplies you’ll need to maintain your pool and where you can get them. Let’s get started!
Pool Chemicals: The Basic List You Need in Your Stock Closet
To balance your pool water’s chemistry, you’ll need more than just chlorine. The most basic list of pool chemicals you’ll need to care for your pool include:
- Sanitizer: While this can be chlorine, there are also chlorine alternatives like bromine, biguanide, and even salt or mineral systems to keep your pool sanitized. We are happy to help you choose the sanitizer option that is best for your pool.
- Stabilizer: A stabilizer like cyanuric acid helps stabilize your chlorine so that it doesn’t evaporate away, helping you buy less chlorine.
- pH increaser or decreaser: These keep your pool’s pH levels in balance.
- Alkalinity increaser or decreaser: Helps keep your sanitizer and pH levels in check and prevent scaling.
- Calcium hardness increaser: Helps prevent corrosion, staining, and other pool surface damage from hard water.
- Algaecide: Primarily used in the spring when you’re opening your pool, an algaecide helps eliminate and prevent algae growth in your pool.
Pool Supplies: Everything You Need in Your Pool Owners’ Tool Belt
Pool chemicals can only do so much to keep your pool clean. Some of the top pool supplies you’ll need to have on hand to care for and maintain your pool include:
- Home water test kit or test strips: These kits or test strips will allow you to test your water on a weekly basis. They will tell what chemicals you need to use to balance your pool’s water chemistry. If you have trouble reading your test results, have a bottle handy to take a water sample into our store for testing.
- Skimmer net: A skimmer net on a pole helps remove debris from the surface of the water. This will keep your filter from getting clogged and your water from becoming unbalanced.
- Pool vacuum or robotic pool cleaner: A pool vacuum or robotic pool cleaner sucks up and scrubs away debris that lands in hard-to-reach areas of your pool. Typically, you can set it to run while you’re away for the day, working or running errands.
- Pool cover: A pool cover will keep out dirt and debris when your pool is not in use, as well as prevent evaporation of chemicals. It’s a vital investment for any pool!
Where Do I Get Pool Chemicals and Supplies?
Trusted Local Pool Store
It’s tempting to buy chemicals and supplies from a big box store for a “better” price, but keep in mind that cheaper is not always better. It’s best to visit your local Goodall Pools supply store at any of our five locations: Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle, or Lancaster. We specialize in all things pools, including professional-grade chemicals like those from BioGuard®. There, you’ll be able to ask one of our team members familiar with our amazing pool products and have them answer questions you may have. You’ll receive better guidance on what chemicals and supplies your pool needs to be well cared for.
Online Pool Supplies
While you can easily order pool supplies online, be careful where you buy! You don’t want chemicals with tons of fillers and binders. Plus, you’ll want to be able to easily contact the company with any questions and concerns.
You can also order your products online from Goodall Pools. We’ll have your order ready quickly for local pick-up.