How long between stabilizer and chlorine?

Jun 3, 2020
19
Brooklyn, NY
Hi all,
I have a small 600 gallon pool that I am setting up for the first time. How long do I need to wait between adding stabilizer (I have the clorox brand) and the chlorine? Also, I read something about putting the stabilizer into a sock and not directly into the water?? Can someone explain the correct process for adding the stabilizer?

another question- it is supposed to rain tomorrow and the pool is not yet full. Can I just leave the pool uncovered and let the rain fill up the pool some more?

Thanks!
 

ajw22

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
18,959
Northern NJ
You are hardly going to get any rain for the week. You can leave the cover off and capture whatever rain does fall.

You can add stabilizer and chlorine at the same time. The only chemical you should not add together is chlorine and muriatic acid. Wait at least 15 minutes there.


Solid/granular cyanuric acid (CYA) should be placed in a sock and the sock put in the skimmer basket or suspended in front of a pool return. After adding CYA you should leave the pump running for 24 hours and not backwash/clean the filter for a week. Squeezing the sock periodically will help it to dissolve faster. Test and dose chemicals in your pool assuming the amount of CYA added is in the pool according to Poolmath. CYA can be tested the day after it is fully dissolved from the sock.
 

Chasarms

Silver Supporter
May 8, 2020
272
Dardenne Prairie, MO
Did you really mean 600 gallons or is it 6000? If 600, you only need a few ounces of CYA to get to 40-50 ppm. I would just put it in a 5 gallon bucket of water and stir until dissolved, then pour it in the pool.
 
Jun 3, 2020
19
Brooklyn, NY
You are hardly going to get any rain for the week. You can leave the cover off and capture whatever rain does fall.

You can add stabilizer and chlorine at the same time. The only chemical you should not add together is chlorine and muriatic acid. Wait at least 15 minutes there.


Solid/granular cyanuric acid (CYA) should be placed in a sock and the sock put in the skimmer basket or suspended in front of a pool return. After adding CYA you should leave the pump running for 24 hours and not backwash/clean the filter for a week. Squeezing the sock periodically will help it to dissolve faster. Test and dose chemicals in your pool assuming the amount of CYA added is in the pool according to Poolmath. CYA can be tested the day after it is fully dissolved from the sock.
Thank you, this was very helpful!
 
Jun 3, 2020
19
Brooklyn, NY
You're right. I assumed. Goodness there is a lot to learn.
So I can now test and adjust ph. wait 15 minutes if I needed to lower ph and then add enough bleach to raise the level to 4ppm. Correct?
And then they can swim right after I add the bleach?