Doheny’s Guide to Properly Storing Pool Chemicals

Doheny’s Guide to Properly Storing Pool ChemicalsDoheny’s Guide to Properly Storing Pool Chemicals

Why is it so important to store your pool chemicals correctly? First off, proper storage is required to maintain the longevity of your chemicals. Excessive exposure to sunlight, overly hot or cold temperatures, and damp environments can severely deplete the effectiveness of chemicals. The matter of safety is also a concern. Pool chemicals are not only reactive with one another but can also be quite dangerous when exposed to flammable substances. Without further ado, let’s dive into tips on safely securing your chemicals.

Before Storing

There are a few steps you need to take before you start storing your chemicals in order to ensure your own security and the safety of the chemicals themselves.

  1. Check the expiration dates of the chemicals. For any that are out-of-date, follow the directions on their labels to dispose of them properly.
  2. Read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding proper storage guidelines. Different chemicals may have different storage requirements.
  3. Inspect your storage containers for deterioration. Chemicals can cause damage over time, so make sure to replace any container that may be damaged or leaking. Do not reuse prior containers as this could cause reactions between any residual chemicals.

General Guidelines for Proper Storage

1. Store your chemicals in a cool and dry location.

Areas with direct sunlight or extreme temperature fluctuations will cause damage to your chemicals. Following the temperature requirements on the manufacturer’s instructions can extend the shelf life of your chemicals, allowing for effective use for up to multiple seasons. Typically this will be around room temperature, and you’ll want to avoid any excessively hot or cold environments.

2. Keep chemicals away from children or pets.

In order to ensure any kids or pets don’t get into trouble, consider storing chemicals in locked, well-ventilated cabinets or safe, hard-to-reach locations. If you decide to store your chemicals higher up, make sure whatever they are stored on won’t be easy to topple over or cause the chemicals to fall.

3. Ensure your storage containers are completely sealed.

Any moisture that gets into the container can cause the chemicals to deteriorate or react, potentially leading to toxic fumes being released into the area. Some pool chemicals also have corrosive properties and, when left in a damp environment, can eat through the storage containers, causing leaks and damage. When granular or powdered chemicals get wet, they can also clump up, leading to improper measuring when balancing your pool.

4. Keep chemicals away from fire hazards.

Due to the potentially volatile interactions between pool chemicals and flammable substances, you want to make sure to keep the chemicals in a safe location. While some chemicals are flammable, others have quite literally explosive potential and can create toxic gasses when exposed to flame. Always make sure your chemicals are stored away from any gasoline, paint, or other flammable substances and are near sufficient ventilation.

5. Make sure the location is properly ventilated. 

Accidental spills, moisture, and unintentional chemical reactions can release toxic fumes. You want to make sure the chemicals aren’t in a location where those fumes could build up and cause accidental inhalation.

6. Store chemicals away from food or beverages.

In case of spillage and contamination, you don’t want your chemicals near anything you may be consuming. On the other hand, you don’t want any food or drink spilling into your chemicals either, potentially causing them to react and lose their effectiveness.

7. Store different chemicals separately.

Mixing different pool chemicals can sometimes lead to dangerous chemical reactions and the release of hazardous toxic fumes. You want to make sure that each type of chemical is secured in a way that prevents potential spillage and mixing. Make sure liquid chemicals are never stored above granular or powdered. Some chemical interactions cause the integrity and potency of the chemicals to decrease, lessening their effectiveness when used to balance the pool.

Always make sure you properly label and know where you store each chemical. In the event of an emergency, such as an accidental chemical spill or exposure to fumes, it’s crucial to have an idea of what chemicals may be involved so emergency responders can react appropriately.

In conclusion, proper storage of pool chemicals is a must for maintaining their effectiveness, longevity, and maximizing your safety. By following these guidelines and maintaining a clear inventory of your stored chemicals, you can better prepare for emergencies and facilitate a simple and safe pool maintenance experience.

Want to learn more about chemicals, what they do, and how to measure them? Check out our Complete Guide on Basic Pool Chemicals!