How To Properly Store Pool Chemicals
Having a regular supply of the necessary pool chemicals is essential to keep your swimming pool in good condition. However, to keep the chemicals themselves in good working order, it’s important to store them correctly. Here are some frequently asked questions about where and how to store pool chemicals.
What Kinds of Storage Containers Are Best?
Pool chemical storage is safest when the chemicals are stored in the containers in which they were bought. It’s not necessary to transfer chemicals to different containers because the product packaging is designed to provide safe storage.
The safest option for storing chemicals is to put the sealed containers into hard plastic bins with tight-fitting lids. Ideally, use several bins so that you can separate liquids and solids, and so that reactants such as chlorine and muriatic acid can be stored separately.
Where Should Pool Chemicals Be Stored?
The best place to store chemicals is in a cool and dry location. Your storage area should also be well-ventilated to prevent the build-up of gasses that may be hazardous.
Can Pool Chemicals Freeze?
In most cases, pool chemicals are more sensitive to heat than to cold. Some kinds of chemicals can withstand freezing, but it’s generally best to avoid exposing chemicals to extremely cold temperatures, as some may lose strength after cold storage.
Are Pool Chemicals Heat-Sensitive?
Some chemicals do react with heat, so it’s safest to store chemicals away from all heat sources, including sunlight. If pool chemicals are stored outdoors, it should be in a cool and shaded area.
Check Your Products for More Information
While these are some good general rules to follow for safely storing chemicals, hazards can vary according to the different products you use. Most pool chemicals come with a Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) that provides details of hazards and safe handling practices, so check these to make sure you’re staying safe.
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