Having a pool installed and filling it up with water is just page one of the responsible pool owner’s book of responsibilities. You want to make sure that your backyard swimming pool remains safe enough for your family members to take a dive in, so make sure that the chemicals you use to treat it with is balanced and maintained.
Go to your local pool supply store to buy a testing kit. Be sure that you have strips for pH, chlorine, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid. Follow your kit’s instructions on how to take test samples of the water and determine its values (pool kits follow a colour scheme that should tell you about the state of the water’s chemicals).
Add about two or three chlorine tablets in your pool’s chlorinator (or through a floater basket), and you should be all set for about a week before adding more. Take care not to put the tablets in the skimmer basket though, since this might lead to all the water passing through your pool plumbing to contain high levels of chlorine.
pH and Alkalinity
Adding some baking soda to the skimmer just might work to improve the pool’s alkalinity and pH. Of course, there also are many commercial products you can use for this. Look to achieve a pH reading of at least 7.4 or 7.6.