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How to Use Swimming Pool Stabilizers

By Contributor ; Updated September 21, 2017

You can cut your chlorine consumption by up to 25 percent using a swimming pool stabilizer. Test your swimming pool water regularly, and when necessary use pool stabilizers to keep your pool sanitized, clear and stable.

Check the chlorine level in your pool water every day or so with a pool test kit so you can address low chlorine levels immediately. By doing so, you'll keep your pool water in good swimming condition and also prolong the life of your pool.

Read your stabilizer levels. They should always be between 80 and 100 ppm.

Get ready to apply chlorine stabilizer in hot, sunny weather. The sun can quickly consume chlorine on high temperature days, making your stabilizer even more important. The purpose of using a swimming pool stabilizer is to precondition your water to get the maximum benefit from your chlorine.

Remove some of the water from your pool to quickly bring chemical levels down to a safe amount. Backwash or use a pump to remove up to a foot of water from your pool. Then replace it with fresh, untreated water.

Use a swimming pool stabilizer to help prevent cloudy water and algae growth. If you have a problem with algae, eliminate the algae first, then use the stabilizer to help prevent the problem from reoccurring.



  • It's important to use the correct amount of stabilizer. If you use too much, you will create cloudy water and decrease your chlorine's effectiveness.

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