Even though the weather might not get incredibly cold in Dallas during the winter, you still might be wanting to put away the pool for a few months. That means completing the regular maintenance for the pool itself and finding a safe place for the pool chemicals and other supplies. It might not seem like it’s a big deal putting the containers on a shelf in your garage, but if you need the extra space and have a storage unit, it’s crucial that you store chemicals correctly in order to prevent any dangerous accidents. To make sure all of your belongings are safe at our Love Field or Oak Cliff locations, here’s all you need to know about storing your pool supplies.
What Are Pool Chemicals?
To keep algae and bacteria from swimming around with your family, chemicals for your pool include disinfectants and sanitizers that can be used for pools, hot tubs, spas, wading pools, and whirlpools. Chlorine is the most popular chemical and it comes in various forms, including dry tablets or liquids. These solutions are often put in the water and the solution or tablet release chlorine into the water as it dissolves.
There are also organic (trichloroisocyanuric acid or potassium dichloroisocyanurate), and inorganic (calcium hypochlorite or lithium hypochlorite) chemicals. These agents are not compatible with each other so be sure to pay attention to how and when you are adding and storing these products. When they are cross-contaminated with each other, there could be dangerous, explosive effects.
Why is Safety Important?
Pool chemicals can either be corrosives (breaks down materials that it comes in contact with) or oxidizers (when combined with other materials, the risk of fire or explosion increases). If a corrosive pool chemical were to spill in your storage unit, it could seriously damage belongings that are in the area of the spill.
Tips For Safe Storage of Pool Chemicals
- Keep the containers in a cool place, avoid sunlight, and keep the space as dry as possible.
- Keep the chemicals in the original containers they were purchased in.
- Be sure the storage unit is as ventilated as possible, or consider renting a climate-controlled unit.
- Don’t keep the materials near gasoline, fertilizers, paints, turpentine, or flammable materials.
- Store the chemicals as close to the ground as possible, but not directly on the ground, so if a spill were to occur, it won’t contaminate belongings below it.
- Don’t stack pool chemicals on top of each other.
- Be sure the lids are sealed before locking the storage unit.
- Keep different chemicals away from each other.
Saving space in your garage is tricky, especially during the cooler winter months in Dallas when bikes, cars, and lawn equipment are put away. When storing pool chemicals, it is essential that the safety tips are followed to ensure accidents don’t occur and to protect your belongings. If you have questions about safely storing specific products, please give either our Love Field or Oak Cliff locations a call. With our storage units, you can confident your items are safe and secure.