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Pool and Spa Shop FAQs


Q. How do I handle and store pool chemicals?

A. Chemicals are potentially dangerous if not used properly. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the use and storage of chemicals and follow these general tips:

  • Never allow pool chemicals to mix with each other or household chemicals. Always use a clean scoop for each chemical and never combine material from "old" and "new" containers.
  • Always use plastic, glass or china utensils (not metal). Make sure they are clean and dry.
  • Always add chemicals to water - not water to chemicals.
  • Don't addchemicals to the pool water while people are in the pool.
  • Clean up any spilled chemicals with lots of water to dilute and wash away the chemicals.
  • Do not inhale dust or fumes from any pool chemicals. If necessary use protective glasses and dust masks.
  • Promptly wash off any residues which gets on your skin.
  • Chemicals for test kits should be replaced each year.
  • Keep the original lids on all chemical containers and make sure the lids are closed tightly when not in use.
  • Don't stack different chemicals on top of one another.
  • Keep liquid chemicals away from dry chemicals.
  • Physically separate all different forms of chemicals.
  • Store your chemicals in a clean, cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
  • Do not store chemicals near the pool heater.
  • Keep acids away from other chemicals.
  • Add each chemical to the pool separately.
  • Follow all label directions and use instructions carefully.
  • Keep your hands clean and dry, and wash your hands before and after handling chemicals.
  • Always have your pump on when adding chemicals, and filter the water for at least two hours prior unless specified by your Barwon Pool Shop specialist.

Q. How do I keep correct pool chlorine levels in my pool or spa?

A. Too much chlorine can make swimming uncomfortable and result in sore eyes and itchy skin for swimmers. Maintaining correct chlorine levels at all times is important. If you are unsure, take a sample of your pool water and bring it in to our pool shop. We can analyse your pool or spa water and advise you on how much chlorine is suitable for your pool or spa.

Q: Are pool covers helpful?

A: They certainly are. At Barwon Pool Shop we highly recommend you use them. Pool covers, or pool blankets, save water by reducing evaporation and heat loss. They also keep leaves and other debris out of your pool and can extend your swimming season by keeping heat in which saves time and money.

Q. Why is it important to test my pool or spa water regularly?

A: Correctly sanitized and chemically balanced pools and spas create safe, healthy, clear water. A pool or spa that is regularly maintained and chemically balanced will prevent corrosion and damage to equipment and pool surfaces, it will also prevent algae growth.

Barwon Pool Shop provide a free pool and spa water testing service, just bring in a water sample and we will test for sanitizer levels, PH, alkalinity, phosphate, stabilizer and salt.