Storing Pool Chemicals: The Experts Weigh In
Cool, Dry, and Ventilated
Pool chemicals should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Garages are generally not the best place to store pool chemicals unless they are locked in a storage bin or cabinet. Oxidizers and strong acids corrode metal and can cause heavy rusting of pool, electrical, and other equipment stored in the room. Oxidizers should also not be stored near gasoline or in poorly ventilated places to prevent unnecessary worker or homeowner exposure to toxins or harmful vapors like chlorine gas.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Pool chemicals are sensitive to extreme temperatures as well. Avoid letting liquids freeze as they could begin to separate, making them unusable. Storing chemicals outside or in extreme heat can cause liquids to expand or the chemicals to release gases, causing leaks and spills. This may lead to fires or explosions.
Be safe Around Pool Chemicals
- Keep copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on hand.
- Wear gloves, a mask, goggles, and an apron (if necessary) while handling pool chemicals. Always follow chemical label instructions.
- Always store chemicals in the containers they came in. Putting pool chemicals into another container may inadvertently result in mixing and a chemical reaction.
- Make sure each chemical has its own labeled measuring cup.
- Keep containers tightly closed and store them at floor level on a pallet to keep them dry. Don’t stack the containers as this can result in an unstable condition.
- Keep incompatible chemicals separated. Liquids should not be stored on top of solids. Acids and chlorine should be stored apart from each other.
- Chemicals should be stored far away from electrical sources and heat, and areas prone to flooding.
How Long Should I Keep It?
All chemicals should be used within two pool seasons, but oxidizers like chlorine and bromine, and sanitizers are best used in one pool season. Never use a product that has become separated, badly discolored, or has a foul odor.
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