Maintaining the levels of the chemical in an ideal range is one of the obligatory jobs that every pool owner should do on a regular basis. Of course, the purpose of this process is to make sure that you have a safe environment to swim and chill. As you may have known that if the chlorine level is below the ideal range, you will face an algae problem and when the alkalinity is too high, you will find some stains in your pool.
Talking about cyanuric acid, it’s chlorine’s best friend which works to stabilize the level of free chlorine in the water. Raising cyanuric acid – also known as pool stabilizer – is not a hard job, but you have to do it carefully to prevent worse problems from happening. Below we have a quick tutorial on how to raise cyanuric acid in a pool.
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How to Raise Cyanuric Acid in a Swimming Pool
Tools and supplies you need to prepare:
- Water tester strip or kit
- Wood bar
- Protective gear (rubber gloves, goggles, etc.)
Please make sure that you take a careful measure of raising the cyanuric acid because if you add too much, you can cause a high cyanuric acid level which will make you have to solve a more complicated case.
#1 Test the Water
- First, test the level of the chemicals in the water to know your water chemical level.
- The ideal range of cyanuric acid is around 30 ppm to 50 ppm, so when it’s lower than 30 ppm, you need to raise the level.
- Use a water tester strip or kit to check.
- If you want a more accurate result, you can use a water tester kit though the process may be more complicated.
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#2 Add Cyanuric Acid
Once you know that the level is lower than the ideal range, you can add more with the rule of thumb is 4 lbs of cyanuric acid can raise 30 ppm of 10,000 gallons of water. The steps are:
- Calculate the amount of cyanuric acid that you need by measuring its current level and the volume of the pool. You can also use a website that provides this feature like poolcalculator.com.
- Add the cyanuric acid to the bucket and mix it with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Stir the mixture with a wood bar for a safer way to prevent skin irritation.
- Pour the mixture around the perimeter of your swimming pool evenly.
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#3 Run the Pump
To make sure that the cyanuric acid and the water blend evenly, you have to keep the pump of your swimming pool running for several hours. After this process, you can do another water test again to check if the level is in the ideal range.
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So, that’s a simple and quick tutorial on how to raise cyanuric acid in a pool that you can do by yourself. Since each manufacturer has different instructions, please make sure to read the label before starting the process. Have a nice try on stabilizing the level of the cyanuric acid of your swimming pool!