There are more pool supplies than just chemicals

Your pool chemicals are your pool chemicals…they do not constitute all of the pool supplies you need in-stock each year.


You must test your pool chemicals:

  • If you use test strips, then make sure to have plenty of them in stock and store them where required. Remember, test strips do have an expiration date.
  • If you use a test kit – which is the recommended pool tester – then make sure to have the test compounds (either reagents or powder or tablets) in stock and store them where required. Remember, test compounds (primarily liquid reagents) do have an expiration date. NOTE: if you use a reagent-based test kit and the Phenol Red (which tests the pH level) has expired, keep that expired Phenol Red in stock and mark it as “leak detection” because Phenol Red does help with static leak detection in certain instances.

Once pool chemicals are tested, they will often need to be adjusted. So you should, of course, keep the following chemicals in stock:

  • your chosen sanitizer.
  • plenty of shock; even if you use chlorine-based shock for your routine shocking requirements, have some non-chlorine shock in stock too in case you need to use the pool soon, but still need to shock the pool to restore water clarity; you can swim within 15-minutes of adding non-chlorine shock.
  • an assortment of water balancers to raise or lower the pH, Alkalinity, and Hardness levels; stock up on the balancer you use most often.
  • some Phosphate Remover (to help prevent algae) if you have phosphates in the water.
  • some Algistat (to help prevent algae).
  • some Algaecide (in case of an algae bloom).
  • some Sequesterant (help prevent discolored water, to help prevent the potential for staining and/or scale formation, to eliminated discolored water, or to remove stains and/or scale formation).
  • some Clarifier (to help prevent cloudy water or to restore water clarity).
  • some Enzyme (to help prevent a waterline build-up or to remove a waterline build-up).

Have at least enough chemical to keep on schedule for at least 2-4 weeks. Any other chemicals you can purchase on an as-needed basis.

At the end of the year, it might be a good time to stock-up during end-of-the-year chemical sales, as long as you have a safe place to store the them and as long as they have a suitable shelf-life so they are in working condition next year.


You should also keep at least the following maintenance equipment in stock:

  • telepole (that extends from 8′ long to at least 16′ long).
  • manual vacuum.
  • vacuum hose.
  • deep leaf net.
  • skimmer net.
  • brush.
  • thermometer (even if you have a heater with a digital read-out of the temperature).

If any of the maintenance equipment is damaged, replace it.

If the vacuum hose develops leaks – even pinhole leaks – replace it.


You should also own the following safety equipment and supplies:

  • life hook, which is a one-piece telepole (at least 12′ long) that is attached to a safety hook; make sure the safety hook is adhered to the telepole with stainless steel hardware (bolt, 2 washers – one on each side – and a nut).
  • first-aid kit.

The life hook is your primary safety equipment. A life ring (buoy) with an attached life rope (at least 30′ long) would be a welcome addition to your safety equipment, acting as a back-up for the life hook.

This safety equipment and the first-aid kit should be kept in the same place so that everybody in the family as well as anybody who uses the pool knows the location(s).

The safety equipment should be inspected often. All pool owners should own a life hook as their primary safety equipment; it is recommended to check the hardware on the life hook at least twice each month (so every other week) during the pool season to make sure it is tightly secured if needed. All pool owners should own a life ring with an attached life rope (at least 30′ long) as their back-up safety equipment; it is recommended to check the connection of the rope and ring at least twice each month too (so also every other week) during the pool season to make sure they are secured if needed. You should also inspect the first-aid kit regularly and take an inventory so that components of the first-aid kit can be replenished when needed.

If any of the safety equipment or supplies are damaged, then it should be replaced.

The #1 priority any pool owner is to promote safety in and around the pool.


In addition to safety equipment, maintenance equipment, a good chemical tester, and your supply of chemicals and other seasonal pool supplies, you also should keep the following parts, pieces, and repair products in stock:

  • extra adapters, clips, or pins to attach maintenance equipment to a telepole.
  • an extra stainless steel set-up (bolt, 2 washers – one on each side – and a nut) for your safety life hook.
  • at least one extra skimmer lid.
  • at least one extra skimmer basket.
  • at least one extra directional eyeball for the returns (inlets)
  • an extra light bulb (if applicable); unless you plan on paying the service call to have the bulb replaced when needed, which is recommended so that the light lens gasket can also be replaced at the same time.
  • an extra light screw (if applicable).
  • an extra pump basket.
  • at least one extra pump drain plug with its o-ring.
  • at least one extra filter drain plug with its o-ring (or cap); some filter bottoms are sealed with a plug (and o-ring) while other filter bottoms are sealed with a cap.
  • extra anchors and springs for your safety cover (if applicable).
  • various sizes of expansion plugs.
  • the correct number of winter plugs for all of your returns (inlets); if you have 3 returns (inlets), then have at least 3 plugs.
  • the correct number of gizmos for all of your skimmers; if you have 2 skimmers, then have at least 2 gizmos.
  • a bottle of Phenol Red (for certain static leak detection); it is noted that Phenol Red is the liquid reagent that is used to test the pH level in test kits.
  • a roll of teflon tape.
  • a tube of 100% silicone (and therefore a caulk gun).
  • a tube of concrete-based caulk (and therefore that same caulk gun).
  • a kit of Plast-Aid.
  • a kit of 2-part epoxy (resin + hardener).
  • whatever else you have needed in the past but did not have in stock.

Note – if your pool is a vinyl-liner pool, then also stock a vinyl patch kit.

Having these parts, pieces, and repair products will help ensure that your pool stays in service until you can get professional help, if needed.


Again, the pool chemicals are just one category of pool supplies you need each pool season.


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