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residential and commercial pools

Here at Georgia Pool Cleaning, it’s our job to keep your pool clean and safe, so that you can worry less and enjoy it more.

We maintain
residential and commercial pools

Here at Georgia Pool Cleaning, it’s our job to keep your pool clean and safe, so that you can worry less and enjoy it more.

Pool Chemical Calculator for Georgia Pools

outdoor pool after using chemical calculator to regulate chemicals like chlorine

Before owning your own pool—whether it’s commercial or personal—you’d probably never put ‘pool’ and ‘math’ into the same sentence. But the truth is, keeping a pool sparkling requires lots of calculations!

How much chlorine do you need to add to your pool water in order to maintain a certain chlorine level? How often should you test the pH and alkalinity of your water? What’s the right ratio of chemicals for a proper shock treatment?

The good news is that you don’t have to be a calculus professor to answer these questions. We’ve created a handy chemical calculator that does all the work for you. All you need is some basic information about your pool to plug into these formulas and you’ll be ready to take great care of your pool.

To get the most out of the chemical calculator, you should have the number of gallons your pool holds and the number of weeks you plan to keep your pool open.

Sanitizers

To stop any yucky algae or bacteria from taking over your pool, you need to keep the chlorine levels above 1.0 ppm at all times.

Pool Shock

A 1 lb. bag of pool shock can add 8-9 ppm of free chlorine per 10,000 gallons.

Calculate: Decide whether you want to shock your pool per week or per month (this will depend on how much traffic your pool gets—the more traffic, the more frequently you should shock). Then it’s one bag for every 10,000 gallons multiplied by your weekly or monthly need.

Example: If your pool holds 20,000 gallons and you’ll be shocking it weekly for 20 weeks, that’s 2 bags a week for 20 weeks. You’ll need 40 1 lb bags of shock.

Chlorine Tablets

A chlorine tablet typically weighs 7 oz and is capable of adding 5 ppm of free chlorine per 10,000 gallons. We suggest 2 tablets per 10,000 gallons per week.

Calculate: Take your gallons and number of operating weeks. Divide your gallons by 10,000, multiply that number by two, and multiply that number by your operating weeks.

Example: If your pool holds 20,000 gallons and will be open for 20 weeks, you’ll need 80 tablets.

Water Balancers

Even with the help of a chemical calculator, it’s a bit harder to know how much of each water balance chemical you need unless you have records of water tests and chemical amounts. So for this section, you’ll give suggested ranges for each chemical.

Each of these chemicals is per 10,000 gallons.

pH Increaser & pH Decreaser

You should have both of these on hand because the need often varies. Each 1 lb. of pH Up or pH Down will move pH .2 or .3 clicks on pH scale. 

Recommended range: 7.4-7.6

Alkalinity Increaser

Each 1 lb. of Total Alkalinity Increaser will raise total alkalinity by 8 ppm.  

Recommended range: 80-120 ppm

Calcium Hardness Increaser

Each 1 lb. of Calcium Hardness Increaser will raise hardness by 8 ppm.  

Recommended range: 200-400 ppm

Cyanuric Acid Increaser (Stabilizer)

Each 1 lb. of chlorine Stabilizer will raise cyanuric acid levels by 12 ppm.  

Recommended range: 30-50 ppm

Specialty Chemicals

Kind of like pain medicine, you won’t need these chemicals daily, but when you’re suddenly dealing with algae or cloudy water, you’ll want them ASAP! That’s why we suggest having a little bit on hand for emergencies or prevention.

Remember to calculate the amounts you’ll need by your pool gallons and operating weeks.

Clarifiers:

If your filter isn’t the right size for your pool or just isn’t cutting it, it’d be great to have a clarifier on hand. By attracting suspended particles, it clumps small debris into a larger, more easily filtered size.

Initial Dosage: 4 oz. per 10,000 gallons.

Maintenance Dosage: 2 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly

Pool Algaecide:

This one is pretty self-explanatory—algae is a very frustrating but very real pool problem.

Initial Dosage: 12 oz. per 10,000 gallons

Maintenance Dosage: 3 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly

Phosphate Remover:

Algae thrive off of phosphates and nitrates, so you can try getting rid of the problem at its source with a phosphate remover.

Initial Dosage: 5 oz. per 10,000 gallons

Maintenance Dosage: 5 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly

Enzymes:

Enzymes remove organic debris from the water and continuously clean your pool filter. If your pool has oily scum lines, high chlorine demand, and poor water clarity, look for a powerful enzyme to solve your problem.

Initial Dosage: 5 oz. per 10,000 gallons

Maintenance Dosage: 5 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly

Stain & Scale Prevention:

Although metallic stains and mineral scale are not as common a problem as algae, agents in stain and scale prevention will prevent and remove unwanted metals and minerals from your pool water.

Initial Dosage: 16 oz. per 10,000 gallons

Maintenance Dosage: 2 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly

Whew, you made it to the end! We hope this combined chemical calculator and guide was helpful and informative, even if it did force you to think back to 9th-grade algebra. Good luck with your pool chemical quantities this season, and we hope it keeps your pool clean and sparkling.

Ditch the Math with Georgia Pool Cleaning

If you’d rather let someone else take care of the pool math for you, the team at Georgia Pool Cleaning is happy to help. We offer full-service pool cleaning and maintenance packages that can be customized to meet your unique needs. And of course, we take care of all the chemicals so you don’t have to.

If you’re interested in learning more about our services or getting a free quote, contact us today! We serve the Greater Atlanta Area and would love to help you enjoy a stress-free pool season.

Why Choose Our Pool Cleaning Company?

Here at Georgia Pool Cleaning, keeping your pool clean and safe is our serious business. Our extensive industry experience has made us one of the go-to experts for various homeowners and business owners with pools in our service area. Whether you need pool cleaning or inspection, we can do quality work for you. All of our service techs are CPO certified. We work on all major brands, and we are also a Pentair and Hayward authorized dealer.

Partner With Our Pool Cleaning Company

Having over 45 years of combined experience, our pool cleaning company has been a trusted expert for many clients in the Atlanta Metro area. Call us today for more information about the pool maintenance services we offer. We have bilingual representatives who can communicate in English and Spanish. Our services also come with free estimates.