Many pool owners take great pains to learn how to test their water and apply chemicals as needed, but too few thinks consciously and carefully about where to store those chemicals. Improper storage can not only limit these chemicals’ effectiveness, but they can pose serious dangers including toxic fumes, chemical burns or even explosions.
For these reasons and more, follow these general guidelines suggested by home pool maintenance companies and the manufacturers of the chemicals themselves.
Store in a Cool, Dry, Well-Ventilated Place
Your first priority when storing chemicals is to keep them dry. Make sure that they are sheltered from rain as well as humidity and general moisture. Many unfinished, uninsulated storage sheds are inadequate for this purpose because they can collect humidity during the summer.
Although pool chemicals are designed to ultimately get wet when they are placed in a pool, water can cause issues when it touches stored chemicals. When pool chemicals encounter moisture, they can quickly change their chemical properties. Some oxidizing chemicals, including calcium hypochlorite “shock” powders, can react to water by generating high temperatures or toxic fumes. Others may be rendered completely ineffective.
For all these reasons and more, think carefully about the storage facility you choose for your chemicals. It should have insulated walls and be well-ventilated with a thermostat and humidity monitor at minimum. Ideally, it will be temperature and humidity controlled. Also, ensure that the storage area remains locked to ensure that children or other parties do not come into contact with the chemicals.
Read the Labels Carefully, and Mind Shelf Life
All pool chemicals are accompanied by guidelines for storage and use. Even though these warning labels and recommendations can get quite wordy, it is in the best interest of your health and safety — not to mention the condition of your pool — to heed every word.
You will find storage recommendations and warnings based on temperature, and you will also see “use by” or expiration dates. Pay close attention to these dates because they are the result of rigorous testing. Manufacturers can only ensure the efficacy and safety of your chemicals up to a certain time period. Past this time period, the product may be no longer effective, and it may even have unpredictable or dangerous consequences.
Dispose of all expired chemicals properly per your municipal area’s waste guidelines and laws.
Store Chemicals in Their Original Containers and Do Not Mix
Just like expiration dates, the containers your pool chemicals come stored in have been tested to ensure that they will not react with the chemicals over time. Certain plastic can deteriorate, which can lead to unpredictable results as the composition of the plastic contacting the chemicals changes. Therefore, leave the chemicals in the container you have bought them in.
If the container has been damaged, you can contact the manufacturer or an experienced swimming pool maintenance service company for advice on how to transplant them.
Another important safety tip is to never mix chemicals when storing, even when just consolidating old and new ones. Yet again, the results can be unpredictable or even dangerous.
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