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How to Add Stabilizer to Pool Without Skimmer

Sunlight rays eat up chlorine from your pool. To keep the chlorine levels in your pool, a stabilizer is necessary. Adding a stabilizer can be easily done without using a skimmer. Actually, the stabilizer is an acid that can easily eat up your skimmer and the plumbing system, therefore it is advisable to avoid using it. In this article, we are going to show you how to add stabilizer to pool without skimmer. Let’s get started.  

How to Add Stabilizer to Pool Without Skimmer – What Is a Stabilizer?  

As hinted earlier, unstable chlorine in your pool water can get consumed by the sun UV rays within a day. A pool without chlorine is susceptible to bacteria and algae that shall eventually affect the swimmers. A stabilizer is what comes in to protect the chlorine in your pool water from the UV rays. 

Stabilizer Composition  

A stabilizer is made of cyanuric acid which can be found in liquid, Dichlor granules, or included in chlorine trichlor tablets. It is advisable that you add a stabilizer every swimming season and also when for some reason, you’re replacing water in your pool. In addition to this, most chlorine products shall come incorporated with doses of cyanuric acid to keep chlorine in your pool safe over each swimming season.

Your stabilizer needs to be stabilized for optimum performance. Too high doses of stabilizer to your pool water makes chlorine inactive. On the other hand, too low stabilizer shall let your chlorine get eaten away. The result is algae and bacteria build-up. Algae can cause discoloration of your pool water while bacteria shall lead to infections to the swimmers’ bodies.

What Is the Right Stabilizer Dosage? 

Depending on the manufacturer’s manual, you shall get varying advice on the needed dosage. Obviously, it shall depend on the amount of water. Generally, you shall need a dosage starting from 30ppm and not exceeding 50ppm. Any amount above this, however, recommended, shall lead to a chlorine lock.

To ensure you’re doing it right, take a measurement of the chlorine amount in your water with the gradual addition of stabilizer. We advise that you take your chlorine reading and add 108% of the stabilizer from your chlorine readings.   

How to Test Stabilizer Levels In Your Pool Water  

To avoid adding the excess stabilizer, you have to test the already available stabilizer in your pool water. This is how to do it using a test kit.

Fill your test kit’s dispensing bottle with a sample of your pool water. 

  • Add the reagent and shake well for up to 40 seconds.  
  • A test kit comes with a small testing vial.
  • Dribble the sample from your dispensing bottle into your test kit’s vial to the mark and guided it in the manual.  
  • Take the reading to determine how much stabilizer is in your pool water.  

As said earlier, a reading of 50 and below is okay, however, a reading above 50 means that you got excess stabilizer that might inhibit your chlorine. 

In case you’re not ready to test the levels for yourself, have a sample tested by a professional pool service provider.

How to Add Stabilizer to Pool Without Skimmer – the Process   

There is no need for a skimmer when adding a stabilizer into your pool. You shall only need a bucket and the below skill.

  • You have to get the stabilizer evenly distributed across your pool. If it settles in one area, it might cause skin irritations since it is acidic.   
  • Put some pool water in a bucket then add the required amount of stabilizer.  
  • Stir well then pour the resultant mixture into your pool.
  • Pour little amounts along the edges of your pool water and avoid pouring too much in one area.

Alternatively, you can locate the outlet of your filter. Pour your mixture into the outlet jet to get the stabilizer evenly mixed into your pool water. Again, you should not pour all of it at once.

Did Your Stabilizer Readings Turn Out to Be Too High? Here’s a Solution   

In case your stabilizer readings get too high, you run a risk of it inhibiting chlorine in your pool water. You shall have to reduce the concentration. One long time method is dilution. Drain out some of the water in your pool. After this, add clean tap water to lower the stabilizer levels. 

However some manufacturers have chemicals they claim can lower the amount of stabilizer in your pool water, most of this doesn’t work. It is therefore advisable that you stick to chlorine for balancing.

Is Your Stabilizer Too Low? Here Is a Solution

A stabilizer is usually added once at the beginning of the season. However, there are a lot of events that might significantly lower the amount of stabilizer in your pool water within the season. One of such unavoidable reasons is rainfall. Splashes also can lower the amount of stabilizer.

In the case of this, you shall have to add the correct amount of stabilizer. Add an amount that shall compensate for the missing stabilizer. For instance, if you have a stabilizer reading of 20ppm, then you shall add 30ppm more to stabilize the level. Mix in a bucket and introduce as explained earlier. Take the test after a day of balancing to confirm the levels, in case you find low readings, add more.   

How to Add Stabilizer to Pool Without Skimmer – A Final Word    

It is very important that you guard chlorine in your pool water. Without a stabilizer, you shall get to add more chlorine daily or risk getting your water infected. A stabilizer is an easy one-time solution to chlorine loss. You do not have to run this acidic chemical through your skimmer. Just use the bucket method described above. 

As your pool water circulation system runs, the stabilizer shall mix well into your pool water. You should be cautious with the stabilizer solution as it is acidic and can cause skin irritation with poor handling. This is how to add stabilizer to pool without skimmer.