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According to the National Swimming Foundation, there are approximately 9 million pools in the United States. Homeowners in warm parts of the country often install a pool to boost the appeal and value of their home. But if you haven’t maintained a pool before, you might have some questions. Here’s a quick guide to what pool supplies you need.

Determine How Much Water your Pool Holds
The first step in determining which pool supplies are needed is finding out how much water your pool holds. There are many ways to accomplish this: contact the company that installed your pool or have a professional evaluate the pool. Also, if you have directions from when your pool was installed, this information should be included as well.

Checking Chemicals
Chemical maintenance is one of the most important components of caring for a pool. Chemicals should be added to your pool weekly. Sunscreen, cosmetics and other debris can build up in the pool and promote the growth of bacteria. The same is true with hot tubs.

Purchase testing strips or take weekly water samples to your local pool supply store for testing. Most stores will test the samples for free, especially if you buy your supplies and pool chemicals there. If you elect to purchase testing strips, they are super easy to use. Just dip the testing strip in the water and match it against the color chart on the testing strip bottle. Although your pool store will provide an extensive chemical list based on the type of pool you have, here’s a couple items not to forget when chemical shopping:

Algae Killer
This is typically a shock chemical that kills bacteria that causes pool algae and keeps your water clear. It helps avoid that “swampy green” look that happens when chemicals aren’t present in the right balance.

pH Balance
You’ll also need to test your pool’s pH and add pH increaser or decreaser to keep it balanced. This will ensure your water doesn’t become acidic and cause damage to your pool liner. And if your pH is low, you can get a scaly looking buildup on the pool liner.

Filtration System
You’ll also want to make sure your pool has a good filtration system. Run the filtration system several hours a day. This will circulate pool chemicals and ensure one area isn’t more susceptible to bacteria or damages than another.

Cleaning your Pool
During months of high usage, you’ll want to keep pool cleaning supplies handy so you can clean your pool every 1-2 weeks. Purchase a pool cleaning system to accomplish this task. During this time, you’ll also want to shock your pool with chemicals purchased from your local pool supplies store. Your filter may also need to be changed periodically; check the filter directions for guidelines. Also, consider having a pool maintenance professional visit your pool once a year. Just like a car, sometimes a pool will need part replacement or repair from normal wear and tear.

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