Water Quality in your Intex Pool – Suggested Chemical Levels

First of all, note that these reccomended measurements are given with the assumption that you are using a high quality, accurate test kit.

Chlorine (FC): 10% to 15% of your Stabilizer measurement (Example: if your stabilizer level is 40, Then your FC target should be between 4 and 6. If your stabilizer level is 70, your FC target should be between 7 and 10)

CYA/Stabilizer (If you add bleach daily): Target range is 30 – 60. The more sun your pool gets, the higher you’ll want your stabilizer level.

CYA/Stabilizer (If you have an automatic saltwater chlorinator): Target range is 70 – 90.  The more sun your pool gets, the higher you’ll want your stabilizer level.

pH: Acceptable range is between 7.2 and 8.0, with ideal levels being around 7.4 or 7.5.

Alkalinity: Acceptable range is between 70 and 90

Calcium Hardness: Acceptable range is between 70 and 200

 

2 thoughts on “Water Quality in your Intex Pool – Suggested Chemical Levels

  1. I have a 12′ metal frame intex pool. I bought the chlorine tablets and a floating device- do I just add the tablet(s) into the floating device and leave it in there 24/7 even when kids are in the pool? I had a friend add it to the inside of the pump so it never came into contact with the kids- just trying to figure out how to do it without causing any harm to my kids or the pump! Should it take several days for the tablet to dissolve?

    • Most likely, a floating dispenser won’t cause any problems with swimmers but it’s not a bad idea to remove it while people are in the pool. Just set it aside on a shelf while you’re swimming, then put it back in the pool. If you add it to the skimmer basket, the water flow will cause the tablet to dissolve more quickly than you probably want it to.

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