6 conditioner

This is Janine Wilson, I am with Pool Zones and today I am continuing a series on pool chemistry for new pool owners, anyone that just knows nothing about chemistry will gain a tremendous benefit from taking this course and you will gain in probably a few hours, a very simplified version of what it took me around 20 years to learn in the industry. 

So, we are up to the next series next in the series and that is number six, conditioner, also known as Cyanuric acid, but conditioner is fine. And this is what looks like milk and I really quite enjoyed pouring this into the skimmer.

Number five is the conditioner, and we want between 20 to 40, and that’s going to be the number we want to aim at however, however, because this is a salt water pool, later, when we get closer to adding the salt we are going to need about double at least double what we started with. So around 80 to 100. In fact, more than double if we’re start with the lower digits there. 

So let’s look at… again if you have a… I’m not recommending test strips and I’ve mentioned in a previous video why I don’t recommend test strips, they’re just great for an instant glance, but if you want a more detailed assessment you really need to use the drops. 

This is where you can see cyanuric uric acid and when I keep repeating the word cyanuric conditioner. So you buy what’s called conditioner but if you look on the bottle, you will see sign cyanuric acid somewhere. 

The range is normally, because they want it between 50 to 100 and then they show, I mean 30 to 50, and then they show that 100 up to 100 is also acceptable. We don’t want 100 when we first start a pool, that’s definitely not what we want, we want that later as we get into the 30 day period, that curing process is over and we start salt water, we will not discuss salt water today, but I will say that cyanuric acid is very important to have at between 30 to 50 parts per million.

Now, why is it so crucial, and I mentioned the question in the previous video. Why is this so crucial to number six chlorine? The reason is that without cyanuric acid, the ultraviolet light… here it is in the bottle, it’s called conditioner… shaking it up, i have to shake it well, it’s very easy to add that is around a gallon. 

Also, let me explain, the ultraviolet light will destroy the chlorine, what the conditioner does is it conditions the chlorine to stay in the water and it protects it from the ultraviolet light, so therefore, is the principle or the rule, you add the conditioner and your chlorine will last a lot longer and you will spend a lot less on chlorine. 

So let’s look now and see how I’m going to add this milky substance into the actual pool. And I’m going to do it by the skimmer, I’ve just thrown an insect out I think I tend to toss those aside. 

Now, okay, let me explain something here, we probably want the whole bottle to get to 100 parts per million, remember this is 11 and a half thousand gallon pool.

We never never want to add that quantity of any chemical, we never want to achieve that, the numbers in large doses, we want small doses and very gradual incremental movements. 

And that’s what you’re seeing here I’m adding approximately eight ounces, maybe 10 ounces. 

There we go I decide I want to go from eight to 10, I remember that thought process. And then I’m going to take that and I’m going to start to add some water from the pool, and then I will start to gradually. Very gradually pour into the skimer, remember that I always have pump money before I do this. 

So I’m adding water I’m diluting it, and I’m adding it, this is conditioner isn’t it,l, this a sign uric acid. And this is a buffer for being boring, and this will maintain the chlorine levels. Without conditioner, the chlorine levels will be depleted, extremely quickly. 

Again, I’m diluting it, it doesn’t take long. Once I have it in the water it’s going to be something that will remain in the water for quite some time. So once I’ve established my dosage, then cynuric or conditioner stays there for quite a long time. 

It’s losses become a beautiful backyard and beautiful greenery, there will be losses when there’s rain and there’s overflow or splashing. So you can see here I’ve diluted it quite substantially before I poured into the skimmer and I’m using the skimmer that is the furthest distance from the pump, so there’s a lot more water flowing through, and also diluting that cyanuric conditioner. 

And I would say that by the time I’ve added eight to 10 ounces twice, so getting there up to about 20 ounces, then I would be fairly close to the 30 below range, and that’s fine. 

Again, I just want to do things incrementally, I do it very slowly and gradually you see there I just dumped it in. So that’s it on that particular number six section on chemistry basics so that’s number five conditioner, and then we will have achieved our 20 to 40 parts per million, of double doses over several days. 

That was a good point, oh there we go, look at the clarity of is water hold on, let’s go back to that, there was a lot of construction happening at the time too, so we had hammering and banging and a lot of noises in this beautiful… well, I quite enjoy construction. So to me they are beautiful sounds, then of course the waterfall in the background. 

There are two bubbles here or a tanning ledge, but look at the clarity of that water on day three or four, that’s really absolutely phenomenal clarity, lovely sound, this is a turned down waterfall, just so you know, it’s a sheer descent, so it has a high speed, and we did a low speed as well because it’s nice to have softer sound. 

So that’s it on conditioner or cyanuric and the next one will be to work on chlorine and to discuss the two types of chlorine, and why are there two different types of chlorine, and why should you want to know about it.